The team at Kingspan Timber Solutions’ are celebrating after picking up the Best Social Housing Project trophy at the prestigious Structural Timber Awards. The ceremony, hosted by TV presenter Mark Durden-Smith, took place at The National Conference Centre in Birmingham as part of UK Construction Week.
The award winning social housing project, located at Castle Street Dover, was a collaboration between Dover District Council, Jenner (Contractors) Ltd and Kingspan Timber Solutions.
The judges said of the award: “The use of the highly airtight and energy efficient SIPs system enabled significant savings in the energy performance of the building. The team showed strong collaboration from client through to specialist timber contractor, to facilitate smooth delivery of the project.”
The project was the first step towards regenerating the area of St. James’ Street, with new retail outlets, restaurants and further houses planned. The purpose built apartments, set in a conservation area, were developed to provide compact accommodation for the retired residents of Dover. The design of the apartments reflects the character of the existing 19th Century Castle Street frontage with its raised roof profile. The detailing, fenestration pattern and selected external materials, integrate seamlessly with the setting of the conservation area.
Kingspan TEK® was specified for the build because it holds a Green Guide A+ rating for the system’s energy efficient properties. The high thermal performance of the SIPs construction results in a low heating load which makes the use of electric storage and panel radiators viable. Creating this level of warmth was key for Dover District Council to provide vulnerable and elderly residents with warm homes whilst also keeping fuel bills low and manageable, particularly in the cold months of winter
Ian Loughnane, Business Unit Director at Kingspan Timber Solutions said: “The Structural Timber Awards are a significant industry event and show true recognition for our dedicated teams, the specialist design and manufacturing services we provide, together with the outstanding results achieved working with Dover District Council and Jenner Contractors.”
The Structural Timber Awards celebrate the best in timber construction and are a prominent platform to showcase and celebrate iconic projects and industry innovators, attracting over 500 national business leaders and high profile decision makers.