Third award for Clinton Devon HQ
CLINTON Devon Estates is celebrating receiving a third award for its environmentally-friendly new headquarters at Bicton.
The Rolle Estate Office, built within Grade I listed parkland at Bicton Park, East Budleigh, was singled out for its excellent environmental credentials at last week's International Green Apple Awards ceremony at the Tower of London.
Popular conservationist David Bellamy presented the estate with a gold award in the 'built environment and architectural heritage' category.
In addition the building was one of four overall winners across all categories for environmental excellence.
Judges said the eco-friendly building was an example of environmental best practice and demonstrated a responsibility to the environment for future generations.
Estates director John Varley said: "Our architects, Lacey Hickie Caley, and the estate project team have managed to create a stunning building which is sympathetic to its surroundings - contemporary and highly sustainable.
"We are all incredibly proud - although not surprised - that the Rolle estate office has captured the imagination of judges at a regional and international level.
"The team and myself are the real winners though, because we're lucky enough to work there!"
The latest accolade follows on from the presentation made by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne of the innovative building design award at this year's Royal Bath and West Show, where Clinton Devon Estates successfully competed against hundreds of entrants from Gloucestershire to Cornwall.
In April the Rolle estate office won eco building of the year.
The new office has a host of environmentally friendly features, including a woodchip boiler - uncommon in a commercial setting - which provides renewable energy to efficiently heat the building in a sustainable fashion by using timber from local woodlands.
A wind turbine, to produce all the office's electricity needs, is being trialled in the parkland prior to a planned installation later in the year. Air conditioning has been replaced with a passive cooling system and designers have ensured minimal use of artificial lights by making the most of natural daylight.
Recycled materials have been used wherever possible and the roof of the building is planted with sedum.
It was designed to evolve with the changing business world and contains flexible open plan areas and an advanced IT infrastructure, which can be easily adapted to new ideas - including estate-wide video conferencing and wireless broadband roaming.
The carbon footprint of the new £1.65 million Rolle estate office has been calculated as being about 75 per cent lower than that of the former estate headquarters in East Budleigh.
With the installation of the wind turbine, the carbon footprint will be further reduced.