Merseyside green heroes unmasked at 2010 awards
Liverpool-based Studio Three Architects have been regionally recognised with first prize for Built Environment at the Northwest Business Environment Awards 2010.
The RIBA chartered practice, based in the Vanilla Factory on Fleet Street, was applauded in the 'less than £1 million project' category for its eye-catching and sustainable Food Hub Design Cube teaching facility at St Anselm’s College, Birkenhead.
The Printroom UK in Bootle scooped the Combating Climate Change award, new for 2010, for successfully basing its whole business model around a strong commitment to the environment and reducing emissions to help combat climate change.
The innovative firm has been reaping the rewards of its commitment to environmental best practice, in healthy profits and growth. Its goal is to become the most environmentally conscious printing firm in the UK.
The Printroom UK uses solvent free printing, vegetable-oil based inks and is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified for its use of sustainably sourced paper and board. It is also a member of the African Energy Efficiency Scheme and holds the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard.
A surprise award of special recognition for Lifetime Achievement was made to Walter Menzies, former chief executive of the long-running Mersey Basin Campaign. He received his award from guest speaker, Jonathon Porritt.
Meanwhile, KME Yorkshire Ltd received the runner-up prize for Best Environmental Practice in the 'large company' category. The Kirkby-based copper tube manufacturer is Europe’s largest producer of copper and copper alloy products for industry.
With fully funded support from advisers at environmental charity, Groundwork Merseyside, it has achieved significant environmental and cost savings through resource efficiency. Groundwork is helping the firm with total annual cost savings of £113,700 and total CO2 emissions savings of 643 tonnes a year.
Last year KME Yorkshire Ltd won the Best Contribution to the Environment Award at the Knowsley Business Awards 2009.
The 2010 prize-giving ceremony of the Northwest Business Environment Awards took place on Tuesday 19 October at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, and was attended by 250 guests from across the region.
Please note: Studio Three photography has been kindly provided courtesy of Infinite 3D Architectural Photography.
Posted 19 October 2010