Skanska scoops low-carbon excellence award

Press release 27/03/2013 15:00 CET

Skanska Rashleigh Weatherfoil (SRW), Skanska’s mechanical and electrical arm, picked up the prize for low-carbon excellence at last night’s Construction News Specialists Awards, held at the London Hilton, Park Lane.

Skanska Rashleigh Weatherfoil picked up the prize for low-carbon excellence

Over 600 of the country’s leading specialist contractors gathered to celebrate their achievements of another tough year in construction on 26 March.

The low-carbon excellence award was given to SRW for the passion exhibited by its team during a presentation to the judging panel. Skanska’s array of low-carbon projects includes the UK’s greenest ever municipal building, Brent Civic Centre, which has been awarded BREEAM interim certificate Outstanding for the design stage.

The judges were also impressed with Skanska’s commitment to improving the energy efficiency of existing buildings demonstrated through the green retrofit of its own offices. This includes the current retrofit at Skanska’s UK head office in Hertfordshire.

Skanska has an active programme to embed sustainability within its culture and across all the projects it works on. Its  Journey to Deep GreenTM is part of the overall company strategy, and its ultimate aim is for all of Skanska’s projects to have a near zero impact on the environment.

Engaging with clients is another important way Skanska works to reduce carbon across the business. It has developed a bespoke energy performance contract to help schools reduce their energy use and carbon footprint without having to invest, as guaranteed energy savings cover the cost of the project.

Judges commented: “This was a good presentation by a passionate team that demonstrated strong vision and strategy at corporate level. The company also showed effective communication of their work and building performance.”

“This award is excellent recognition for all the hard work and commitment demonstrated by the teams across Skanska. Well done to everyone involved.” said Paul Chandler Executive Vice President, Skanska UK

The CN Specialists Awards recognise and celebrate the very best specialist contractors in the UK, highlighting their outstanding work across 17 categories throughout the industry. These are the only national awards where all types of specialist contractors are judged face to face. With the vigorous judging process being a winner in the CN Specialists Awards is a fantastic achievement.

Notes for the editor

  • For more information on The Specialists Awards go to www.specialistsawards.com
  • The Specialists Awards 2013 was organised by Construction News magazine, part of Emap. For more information about Construction News see www.cnplus.com.
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  • Skanska is one of the world’s leading project development and construction groups. The UK operation is one of the country’s top 10 contractors with 4,000 employees in the UK. 
  • Skanska is famous for building iconic structures like 30 St Mary Axe (the Gherkin), Heron Tower, and the QEII Bridge. A recent project highlight is the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the UK’s biggest hospital project, the £1 billion redevelopment of St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London hospitals. 
  • Skanska carries out many extensive service-based contracts across the country including: upgrading London’s aging gas infrastructure, a wealth of facilities maintenance contracts, long-term street lighting projects, and landscaping for the London 2012 Olympic Park in Stratford. By combining their skills and experience in construction, facilities and infrastructure development, Skanska has become a UK leader in delivering projects in healthcare, education, defence, transportation and municipal services, delivered through both private and public investment.