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Praise at property awards for sustainable school scheme

We have been highly commended for the construction of net zero carbon school facilities we built for Shropshire Council at the West Midlands Property Awards.

Our team was recognised at the awards, held at Birmingham’s Metropole Hotel on November 17, for the build at Harlescott Junior School, which we completed earlier this year.

The £9.1m project involved a number of new buildings and a refurbishment of the existing Victorian school, all to highly sustainable and energy efficient standards. The flagship project was one of the first to support Shropshire Council’s aim to reduce its emissions to zero by 2030. 

Pave Aways’ Managing Director Steven Owen said: “This was a challenging build for many reasons, not least marrying the new build and renovation elements together, so to be highly commended in these prestigious awards was a great achievement and credit to our team. 

“The project allowed us to develop new expertise in sustainable building methods, something we’re using on many other schemes as we look to build a greener future going forward.” 

Steven added: “As the only Shropshire business to be singled out by judges, we’re flying the flag for the county among much larger and higher profile businesses in the Midlands so we’re proud of that too.”

Kirstie Hurst-Knight Shropshire Council’s Cabinet Member for children and education and Ian Nellins, Cabinet member for climate change, environment and transport said:

“We’re absolutely delighted that Pave Aways Building Contractors have been highly commended for its construction of our ‘state of the art’ school buildings at Sundorne Infant School and Harlescott Junior School in Shrewsbury. This one of several projects we have invested in to secure high-quality and sustainable provision of primary and secondary places in Shrewsbury and surrounding areas.

As a beacon of sustainable excellence, we are so proud of the team who have developed the site. The fit for purpose build, will benefit children and future generations, as well as the local and wider community.

“As the council works towards reducing carbon emissions, this recognition, not only celebrates good design but also recognise innovative ways new buildings help support our environment. We would like to say a huge congratulations to all involved.”