The 2018 Building Communities Awards, an event hosted by the procurement consortium Efficiency East Midlands, has granted the Project of the Year award to Sustainable Building Services (UK) Limited. The awards took place on Friday, the 16th of February at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham.

The event was attended by over 350 representatives of the social housing and construction sectors and the reason why Sustainable Building Services (SBS) was nominated was its work for Chesterfield Borough Council, consisting of four consecutive phases of work under the Solid Wall Insulation Framework.

The initial £3.2 million phase of the project started back in 2015 with the fitting of external wall insulation to houses and low-rise blocks in three districts. Other works included the installation of loft insulation, asbestos removal, the renewal of rainwater goods, the replacement of windows, and the installation of new fibreglass canopies to some homes. The first phase was completed in October 2015 on all 509 properties, which was five months ahead of the initial schedule.

Seeing the performance, Chesterfield BC directly commissioned SBS to carry out three further phases under the same framework. The last phase is due to completion in April 2018 and it involved the treatment of over 500 properties in two work streams, comprising a mix of ‘hard to treat’ properties, including part-cavity and solid wall.

The four phase scheme will have treated 1,184 properties and all works have progressed either on or ahead of schedule and have received excellent customer satisfaction scores. SBS has scored 100% for predictability of time by property, for predictability of spend against budget, and for the proportion of properties accepted at handover. Additionally, all phases have been delivered with zero reportable H&S incidents.

“We’re very proud to have been named winners of the 2018 Project of the Year. It’s an important achievement and it builds on a long and productive relationship with Efficiency East Midlands. Through its various frameworks, we’ve worked as main contractor on a wide range of schemes, helping to improve living conditions for literally thousands of families across Britain,” said Gary Lawson, the Group Commercial Director at SBS.

At last year’s Building Communities Awards, SBS won the Contractor of the Year award and the Innovation award.