We are delighted to have been shortlisted in two categories of the 2022 Building Awards which recognise the achievements of firms across the building sector.

Chetwoods projects have been selected as finalists in the Digital Excellence Award category and the Delivering Social Value Award category.

These particular categories reflect the importance that we place on approaching every project holistically from the outset, blending imaginative design, sustainability and wellbeing with cutting-edge technology.

The Digital Excellence Award shortlisting is for our pioneering use of new technologies to measure human emotional responses to building design, in order to make the design of buildings more effective in the way they foster mental and physical health and wellbeing.

Guided by our Works Team of technology specialists, led by Dr. Erika Parn, a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge and our Chairman Laurie Chetwood, our research team is working to understand, record and analyse human emotional responses to the design of buildings and spaces, and we are using this analysis to guide the design of current schemes.

This research will help us understand what really ‘works’ in our designs. It will alter our approach to the early concept design stage. Response to design data can be taken into account from the outset which will decrease the number of buildings that on completion are discovered not to be fit for user purpose, and will ultimately lead to reduced need for demolition or re-design.

The Delivering Social Value Award shortlisting is for the Magnitude 314 logistics warehouse at Magna Park, Milton Keynes, which showcases GLP’s longstanding commitment to construction that can bring about positive change by creating healthier, safer and more resilient communities.

From the outset Magnitude 314 set out to demonstrate that it could implement, deliver and measure a positive effect on users, the local community and the environment. Chetwoods designed the scheme and acted as sustainability consultant with Savills as the social value consultant.

This building has had a significant social, economic and environmental impact. On completion in 2020 it was recognised as a ground-breaking logistics development and confirmed as the world’s first building to be verified as Net Zero Carbon for Construction in alignment with the UKGBC Net Zero Carbon Buildings Framework Definition.

For the scheme overall, the total Local Economic Value created has been measured as £2,576,510 and the total Social Value Add at £2,217,472, giving a total Social Value and Local Economic Value of £4,793,982.

The Awards will be announced at the Building Awards ceremony in London in November.

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