Housebuilder Vies for an Eco Award
Housebuilder Redrow South West has been shortlisted for an award in the BIG Biodiversity Challenge.
Run by ciria (the construction industry research and information association), the awards invite organisations to ‘do one thing’ to enhance their construction site, development or existing building.
Winners will be announced at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, on October 15 and Redrow is a finalist in two different categories.
Efforts to help birds, bees, hedgehogs and other creatures flourish at the developer’s UK headquarters in Flintshire are shortlisted in the ‘small scale permanent’ projects category; while an outdoor classroom that nine Redrow apprentices helped to create at a rural village school in Gloucestershire will compete for top honours in the class for ‘community engagement’.
Nicola Owen, Redrow’s sustainability manager, said: “To be shortlisted for one award would be achievement enough, but for two of our sustainability projects to be singled out is truly amazing. We’ve worked hard within the business to be more eco-friendly and to make sure all of our staff recognise the importance of developing homes in a sustainable and responsible way.
“Too often builders are depicted as the ‘big bad wolf’ but hopefully with initiatives like this we’re showing people that we care about the environment too.”
The new outside eco-classroom at Ann Edwards C of E Primary School, South Cerney, was created in just seven days with no budget. Designed to help the school’s pupils learn more about natural habitats, biodiversity and provide an area where the school’s eco club can thrive, it includes biodiversity enhancements such as a log pile hibernacula and bug hotel.
The challenge saw the team of Redrow South West construction site and office-based apprentices work together to source free materials from local suppliers before building the structure on a previously unused bit of land within the school grounds.
At its St David’s Park headquarters, in Ewloe, Flintshire, the housebuilder has installed 152 homes of a different kind, comprising:
• 60 bird boxes
• 50 roosting pouches
• 10 bat boxes
• 24 bee/bug/insect homes
• 5 butterfly homes,
•3 hedgehog homes.
It has monitored and recorded activity in each across the year and noted that around 80% of the new homes have been used. A key feature of the project was a bird box with a camera installed, which allowed all Redrow employees to observe the nesting and raising of chicks in the company’s very own ‘Nestwatch’.
Established more than 40 years, Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, operating across England and Wales, with a strong emphasis on high quality family housing in prime locations. Its Heritage Collection of family homes combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors. The company has won numerous awards over the years, including, most recently, the Gold Award for Best Large Housebuilder at the WhatHouse? Awards 2014, the 2014 Building Awards Housebuilder of the Year and four consecutive 5* awards in the Home Builder Federation (HBF) annual customer satisfaction survey. Redrow also collected the award for best marketing initiative at the 2014 Housebuilder Awards and its ‘My Redrow’ online tool won the overall Customer Engagement category at the 2013 Peer Awards for Excellence.