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Saturday, 23 August 2014

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Excellence award for Aspatria building firm's 'green' work

A construction firm which has helped revolutionise energy efficiency for buildings in Cumbria has been honoured for its efforts.

Roland Hill, of Aspatria, scooped an excellence award at the Cumbria Business Environment Network Awards (CBEN) on Wednesday night.

The business has carved a reputation as a trailblazer in environmental building techniques. Its innovative projects have included a zero carbon science and sixth form block for a school near Hexham.

The highly-insulated building features triple glazed windows, an air source heat pump and adaptable lighting systems.

The condition of the school building is displayed on a large LCD monitor, which is used to make students and teachers aware of how the building is performing during varying weather conditions and seasonal changes.

Roland Hill has also completed a major refit of Gilcrux Village Hall, near Aspatria, transforming it from a damp and draughty building into an energy efficient community hub.

The work took the centre from a energy efficiency rating of F to A, leaving it “fully equipped for the 21st century”.

The firm also operates an assembly plant at Brayton Domain where it produces ‘low energy modular buildings’.

The firm’s CBEN award came for its commitment to the green agenda and its vehicle-buying policy and work to reduce landfill wastes.

Lynne Fox, chief executive of Cumbria Rural Enterprise Agency (CREA), which runs the awards, said: “This is the 12th year of the awards and we had a really impressive standard of nominations to consider.

“Businesses came from across Cumbria and represented almost every industry sector, from tourism and retail to construction and engineering.”

Excellence awards were also won by Forge Europa, the Ulverston-based LED lighting firm, and Newlands Adventure Centre near Keswick.

 

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