Entries to the 2013 Hertfordshire Building Futures Awards came in from all corners of Hertfordshire highlighting the fact that sustainability is high on today’s agenda for architects, contractors and homeowners alike across the county.

Testament to their commitment to sustainable building, the University of Hertfordshire, St Gobain Weber and Sika are sponsoring this year’s event which takes place at the iconic Spirella Ballroom, Letchworth on 21 November. 

Munish Datta, Head of Property at Marks & Spencer’s Plc. will be speaking at the awards about how the high street giant has embraced sustainability in their new stores and is working to improve the quality and environmental footprint of their older stores.

Judging this year’s awards are Dr. David Strong who is an internationally recognised expert in sustainable design, Barry Shaw, who is an industry leading architect and urban designer, Peter Studdert, who works as an independent advisor on town planning and urban design in the East and London, and John Pratley, partner at SustainableBYdesign and specialist in sustainable architecture and retrofit.

The past couple of weeks have seen the judges visit ten lucky short listed schemes, ranging from a home extension through to new academies and even a major film studio! The quality and variety of entries this year has beaten all expectations illustrating that excellence is not always exception in Hertfordshire.

The short listed schemes are:
Boundary Way Refurbishment project, Watford
Hide House, Hertford:
Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden
Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre, St Albans:
Queensway Health Centre, Hatfield
Crowbrook House, Hunsdon:
Royal Veterinary College - Student Village, North Mymms
9 Old North Road, Royston
Francis Combe Academy, Watford
The Bushey Academy, Bushey

These biennial awards have grown in prestige since their launch in 2009, reflecting the role sustainability plays in our built environment. To find out more about the shortlisted projects, visit www.hertslink.org/buildingfutures. Winners will be announced after the event on 21 November ... so watch this space!