Preston Manor makes three shortlists

Preston manor schoolsPreston Manor Lower School in Wembley, designed by HLM for Brent Council, has been shortlisted for three awards.

The school is on the finalist list for two Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards – Infrastructure and Design and Innovation – and the Greenbuild Award for Education Newbuild.

The council invested £8.5 million in the new lower school, which created 420 new primary places from reception to year six at the all-through foundation school Preston Manor, Carlton Avenue, in order to help meet the urgent demand for school places locally.

Preston Manor Lower School was officially opened in June 2012 though pupils were admitted before that. It achieved a BREEAM rating of Excellent. Careful positioning on the site allows the building to maximise passive design ideals, including natural ventilation and daylight. Along with high levels of insulation, the school also has solar panels and an extensive green roof, while modern methods of construction further enhanced the project’s green credentials.

Brent Leader, Councillor Muhammed Butt said: “These awards show our renewed commitment to building world-class schools.”

Paul Turpin, HLM’s Programme Architect for the three schools, said: “Preston Manor Primary School demonstrates what can be achieved in a tight timescale and shows that the architecture of the building, as well as the excellent environmental sustainability, need not suffer during a fast-track process.

“Being shortlisted for these three awards is an excellent result for Brent Council and a testament to the commitment and collaborative working of everyone involved.”

The RICS Infrastructure Award recognises outstanding achievement by a project or programme of infrastructure works, including projects that deliver essential facilities, services or organisational structures. The Design and Innovation Award recognises the use of outstanding design and innovation in a successful project.

The Greenbuild Awards recognise excellence in sustainable buildings, with a particular focus on projects that illustrate an understanding of the importance of building performance in use.

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