Environmental Sustainability Award from the University of Manchester

The University of Manchester recently hosted its Outstanding Contribution Awards ceremony, where John Turner Construction proudly received the Environmental Sustainability Award for our Ewings student accommodation refurbishment project at the Dalton Ellis campus.

This ground-breaking decarbonisation project involved the extensive refurbishment of the Ewings and Graham buildings situated within a Conservation Area. The buildings were taken back to shell and remodelled, with all the building services being replaced.

Aligned with the University’s goal to achieve net zero emissions by 2038, we replaced the gas-fired heating systems with electric power and connected to the university’s offsite renewable photovoltaic energy farms. Additionally, we incorporated solar thermal heating and air source heat pumps into the scheme. To enhance energy efficiency, the buildings were externally super insulated and all windows and doors were replaced with triple-glazed units. Throughout the project, we carefully worked around existing mature trees, replacing roof coverings without disturbing the natural surroundings.

Our Site Manager, Rob Burton, was honoured to accept the award on behalf of our construction team, supply chain partners and the design team. Symbolising commitment to sustainability, the award itself was crafted from a fallen tree on the campus, meticulously planed, engraved and stained by a local wood carver.

Our client’s responses

” John Turner has won a number of tenders at Edge Hill University and has been consistently successful in completing high quality projects, on programme and on budget. “

” I would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to your entire team who were responsible for delivering such a successful project. We would especially like to recognise the dedication and commitment your team gave the project which was completed with minimal disruption to our hospital functions. ”

” The project has been a real success and this is due to the professional and well organised manner in which John Turner’s staff conducted themselves. There was excellent communication with a priority for safeguarding the pupils and staff at all times. “

” It is extremely refreshing to know that the enthusiasm, professionalism, dedication and humour is still available in the right proportions to make things happen in the construction industry. What is most pleasing is that at all times, the requirements of the Client and Church of England Pensions Boards as the end-user was paramount. Collectively, we have achieved completion on time, a building within budget and in some areas exceeded the client’s expectations. “

” Just a line to express my thanks and appreciation of your sterling efforts to secure the completion of this project within the agreed programme. I am impressed by both the attitude and approach of your organisation. Thanks once again on behalf of my colleagues and the clinical staff with whom you developed a true spirit of co-operation under difficult circumstances. “




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