Watts receives double nomination at innovation awards


Watts Group PLC, leading property and construction consultants, has been nominated in two categories at the 2013 Housing Innovation Awards.

The firm has been shortlisted for Most Innovative Consultant and Most Innovative Refurbishment Project for its work on a sustainable redevelopment scheme in Salford, Greater Manchester.

Watts provided contract administrator, CDM coordinator and party wall surveyor services for the Bowker Street refurbishment project, which saw six derelict Victorian terrace houses reinstated to the highest standard of sustainability.

The cutting edge scheme was the first in the UK to be registered under the BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment Standard, an energy performance benchmark launched by the British Research Establishment (BRE) in June 2012.

Social housing provider Contour Homes, which owns and manages Bowker Street, and contractors Seddon have been jointly nominated with Watts for the Most Innovative Refurbishment Project award.

Philip Chorley, an associate in Watts’ Manchester office, said: “At Watts, we truly recognise the value of innovative working to secure successful project delivery.

“Getting hard to treat Victorian terraced houses to EPC ratings of ‘A’ and ‘B’ has been a challenge to say the least. However, we have demonstrated that by effective planning and utilisation of the best sustainable and environmental technologies, techniques and materials, future refurbishments can deliver up to over 80% energy savings for residents.

“The Bowker Street project represents the best value for money and long term solutions in creating desirable family homes on offer today.”

The Housing Innovation Awards showcase examples of inventive and original schemes in the residential sector, celebrating projects and services that demonstrate a ‘pioneering spirit’. Winners will be announced at a presentation evening at the Park Plaza Riverbank, London, on 13 February 2013.

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