In a ceremony held in Glasgow on Thursday 13 September 2012, Swindon Commercial Services Ltd (SCS) was awarded two prestigious APSE Service Awards. The awards were presented by TV personality Carol Smilie.
SCS won the Best Housing and Regeneration Initiative for its new build homes in Malmesbury Gardens, Swindon and was also awarded a finalist certificate for its renewable energy work on public buildings in Swindon for the category of Best Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative.
The 13 homes in Malmesbury Gardens have been built to the highly demanding “Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5”.
“Swindon Commercial Services Ltd has delivered many projects in South West England but we are especially proud to be part of this bold and innovative housing scheme”, says Julian Sadler, Head of Construction.
The houses have been designed to provide flexible living. The homes can be adapted to grow from the basic 2 or 3 bedroom house to provide 3, 4 or even 5 bedrooms. This enables the houses to respond to the changing requirements of the family.
All of the homes are fully accessible on the ground floors and can be easily adapted to provide accommodation for disabled persons.
All the properties feature the latest technology and construction methods including thermal solar panels to provide hot water and photovoltaic cells to provide the energy to run the heating system. Surplus energy generated can be sold back to the National Grid.
The project was delivered at 75% of the cost of similar houses built by other councils and is proving to be the first stage in Swindon Borough Council’s return to direct house building.
The finalist certificate for Best Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative was awarded to SCS for an ambitious project which aimed to provide renewable energy to public buildings and to save the council money.
In just nine weeks SCS had promoted the idea, gained council support, acquired all cross-party cabinet approval and funding; dealt with all planning questions; ordered and installed and registered four of the five schemes.
The PV systems were completed safely, to budget and specification, and approved by the local electricity distribution company all in time to qualify for the pre August 2011 higher level of Feed-in-Tariffs (FiT).
Swindon Borough Council is now benefitting from the FiT income of £80k p.a and is off-setting 175 tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum.
Speaking about the awards APSE chief executive Paul O’Brien said, “The winners of the APSE service awards 2012 are truly the gold medallists of local government. They have strived for excellence in service delivery and put in that extra effort to ensure that they deliver the very best in frontline services”.