Simons win Building Magazine's 'Test of Time' Award
Simons Group were named winners at this year’s Building Awards, the industry’s longest running and one of the most prestigious recognitions of property excellence.
Showcasing the best in all areas of construction, from individual projects to training and outstanding individuals over 21 categories, Simons were awarded the new ‘The Test of Time‘ award, a category for buildings which have been operational for over 2 years and exceed expectations. Judges chose Simons as the winner for M&S Cheshire Oaks. Members of the project team were on hand to collect the award, including Simons Group’s Head of Environment, Dr Rosi Fieldson and Marks and Spencer‘s Head of Architecture, Paul Glinn. Other key players behind the store in attendance included members of Aukett Swanke, SDS and Faithful and Gould.
Head of Environment Dr Rosi Fieldson said of the award, “Receiving this award is the validation of more than 10 years of collaborative effort to develop build and operate a flagship store which embodies all of Marks and Spencer’s Plan A ideals. It started with a very long term vision for sustainable retailing in the 21st century, demanded a very large team working on site for 2 years to complete and has captured the hearts of an untold audience of very happy building users. We are proud to have been able to deliver this scheme for M&S and even prouder to have our work recognised in this way.“
Since its opening in 2012, M&S Cheshire Oaks has now received 18 awards, created a post occupancy report which shows that the building is exceeding almost all expectations set by industry experts and has become a shopping destination which is providing undeniable benefits to the local community and economy.
This scheme enabled some of the perceived challenges in sustainable construction to be proven possible. Things like zero waste to landfill and sharing left over materials with the community all happened at Cheshire Oaks. It demonstrated that measuring to understand impact is worthwhile, especially in new areas like water consumption where there were no national statistics to compare against.