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Collaboration earns national honour for Shire Hall

The regeneration of Shire Hall in Gloucester has been recognised with a national award.

Work to transform Gloucestershire County Council's headquarters into an energy-efficient, sustainable building had already earned three awards at the Constructing Excellence South West awards.

And it has added the national title in the integration and collaborative working category with judges praising the collaboration between the council, contractors Kier and designers Quattro. which enabled staff to continue working in the building during the redevelopment.

Along with the integration of the project team at Shire Hall, judges said their combined efforts helped to reduce costs and the timescale of the build, caused minimal disruption and transformed the building into a highly sustainable workplace.

It now has solar panels - installed by Cheltenham firm Mypower - and highly insulated cladding systems which have significantly reduced its carbon footprint and heating bills and will ensure the building is self-sufficient over the summer months.

Councillor Lynden Stowe, cabinet member for finance and change, said: "We invested in extra insulation and solar panels as part of our work to cut our carbon emissions, but it has also given us a building that's cheaper to run in the long term.

"It's great that this ambition has been recognised with this national award.

"We now have a much more energy efficient building that has helped trigger further investment in the area and I would like to congratulate everyone involved in the project for this well deserved success."

The award is the latest success for the project which has also been named best large commercial project in the Local Authority Building Control Excellence Awards or the West of England.

Kier head of general works Dave Walsh said: "The close working relationship between ourselves, the design team and the council's project management team was undoubtedly the major contributing factor in the success of this complex building project.

"We are delighted with its outcome and the national recognition it has achieved."

The ambitious redevelopment programme lasted more than 120 weeks and aimed to reduce running costs and make more efficient use of public sector assets.

The redevelopment has allowed colleagues from the NHS, Gloucester City Council and Police to work within Shire Hall, creating revenue savings and more efficient use of the building, while the modernised building is much more accessible with disabled powered access, ramps, lifts and accessible toilets.

Leaders of the county council wanted to rejuvenate the existing building rather than build new offices to support the city centre economy and reduce costs.

Quattro Design Architects director Mike Court,said: "This is fantastic recognition for Gloucestershire against some incredible projects across the country.

"Our partnership with the project team, Kier Construction and Gloucestershire County Council, alongside the combined effort of all those involved, has created a wonderful legacy for the county."

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