Wisbech firm gets green award

Kier Eastern business improvement manager Ian Brooks, inventor Trevor Bayliss and Kier Eastern site manager Chris Lowe are pictured at the 2011 Green Apple Awards for the Built Environment and Architectural Heritage.
Kier Eastern business improvement manager Ian Brooks, inventor Trevor Bayliss and Kier Eastern site manager Chris Lowe are pictured at the 2011 Green Apple Awards for the Built Environment and Architectural Heritage.
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WISBECH-based contractor Kier Eastern has been recognised at the prestigious 2011 Green Apple Awards for the Built Environment and Architectural Heritage.

The company was presented with a Gold Award for its use of cross-laminated timber at the recently completed Open Academy in Norwich - currently the largest building within the UK to use this sustainable method.

This latest accolade was the eighth Green Apple Award won by Kier Eastern in as many years. The builder was praised by the judges for the environmental thinking adopted throughout both the design and construction of the project, and commended for demonstrating a significant commitment to and expertise in cutting edge, eco friendly methods of construction.

At a ceremony at the University of Westminster in London, Kier Eastern’s site manager for the Open Academy, Chris Lowe, and business improvement manager Ian Brooks, were presented with the Gold Award by inventor and environmentalist Trevor Bayliss, who invented the wind-up radio.

Kier Eastern managing director Graham Howe said: “The Green Apple Awards are one of the major award schemes recognising and rewarding environmental endeavour around the world, and we are delighted that our efforts to carry out our work in the most sustainable way possible have been acknowledged.

“This is a fitting tribute to all our staff who worked so hard to make the Open Academy project in Norwich a resounding success.”