Morris Architects win Sustainability Award 2013
Morris Architects won the Jersey Electricity Sustainability Award for the second time at this year's Construction Council Awards for their work on the refurbishment of the Pomme D'Or Farm States housing estate on the outskirts of St Helier.
Jersey Electricity CEO Chris Ambler presented the 2013 award to Andrew Morris at the awards ceremony at the Hotel De France where Karen Brady of The Apprentice was keynote speaker. Morris Architects won the 2010 Sustainability Award for the refurbishment of The Cedars.
Pomme D'Or Farm was built in the mid-Seventies. Morris Architects, in conjunction with Main Contractor Camerons, were commissioned by the States of Jersey Housing Department to upgrade the buildings in a sustainable project to reduce their carbon emissions and create energy efficient, warm homes for the 86 families who live there, while also reducing future maintenance.
The homes were re-clad in an acrylic brickslip insulation system, re-roofed with integrated high insulation, windows and doors were replaced with high performance, thermally broken, aluminium double glazed units, modern, electric-powered hot water systems were added with insulated cylinders and pipework, and mechanical ventilation was introduced to kitchens and bathrooms to control vapours and odours within the flats. Where gas was still being used for cooking it was replaced with electricity. The combined result was a substantial 40% savings in energy usage.
Outside the flats, once bleak, open concrete areas were re-designed to incorporate planting and play areas to enhance residents' well-being.
Andrew Morris said: 'We are delighted to win this award for Pomme D'Or Farm where we believe the buildings' performance has been enhanced environmentally, sustainably, economically and, more importantly, socially. In addition, the environmental impact of a refurbishment project will almost always be less than demolition and new build as all materials carry embodied energy and to replace them results in higher carbon emissions as well as waste disposal implications.'
Short-listed for the award alongside Morris Architects were Camerons for the conversion of Don Street Homemaker into the Channel Islands Co-operative Society's new corporate headquarters, BDK Architects for No1 Windsor Crescent 'The Cube', a highly energy efficient modern 'floating' glass extension on a Grade I Listed home, and Waddington Architects for Le Coleron, the conversion of an 18th Century Guardhouse and granite Magazine building into a modern dwelling overlooking St Brelade Harbour.