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Heritage Award Win for Woodhead Heritage

We’re delighted to have received the Constructing Excellence Heritage Award on behalf of all those that played a part in the work at Pleasley

We are delighted to announce that Woodhead Heritages’ £860K repair and regeneration project at Pleasley Colliery won the Heritage Award at the 2011 EMCBE (East Midlands Centre for Constructing the Built Environment) Awards dinner on 28 October 2011.

Celebrating the best of construction, the Awards are open to all involved in delivering construction and contributing to the built environment in the East Midlands. The Heritage Award in particular celebrates schemes of repair which significantly improve the aesthetic quality of a building/project. With eight finalists for the Heritage Award the competition was tough, so winning the Award was particular special for Woodhead Heritage, a Robert Woodhead brand.

As a scheduled monument, the repair of Pleasley Colliery located in the north of Nottinghamshire, was a very new and unique project for Woodhead. Simon Butler of Woodhead Heritage comments, “We’re delighted to have received the Constructing Excellence Heritage Award on behalf of all those that played a part in the work at Pleasley. It was a hugely enjoyable, challenging project, and was a real team effort, where everyone fully played their part. We are particularly pleased for the individuals that worked on the project as they really did work tirelessly to solve complex problems and ensure we followed sound conservation principles. The regeneration has secured the site for the future and opens the way for a Visitor Centre. A number of jobs have already been created in the community too.”

Simon continued, “We'd also like to congratulate the Pleasley Pit Trust for winning the Heritage Angels award for the project on the 31st October.”

Lead judge Fred Markland commented on the night regarding the winning project, ” These buildings of course, provide the most difficult challenge not only to the surrounding communities, but also in terms of intervention as in many instances they appear on a much larger scale with relatively uncommon repair elements to focus on. In the past it has been only to easy to discard much of what is now cherished and worthy of preserving from our industrial past and without attention, we may lose important links to the past which can provide much needed tourism opportunities to challenged areas.”

After the Awards evening, Fred Markland highlighted, “The submission received from Robert Woodhead demonstrated very clearly what issues and effective repairs had been carried out on the project and that the quality and execution were in line with current conservation standards with the key issue being the retention and repair of existing fabric.”

Steve Saunders, Partner at William Saunders, the Architects, commented “We are delighted to have been involved in the conservation works at Pleasley Colliery. This was a challenging and hugely interesting project for all members of the Design Team and Contractor Team to be involved with that secures the future of the Pleasley site for many years to come.”

The project was funded by East Midlands Development Agency and the Homes and Community Agency and the site is currently managed by The Land Trust.

Woodhead Heritage will now go on to represent the East Midlands region at this year’s Constructing Excellence National Awards in London on 25 November 2011.

For more details regarding the project, please see our Pleasley Colliery case study

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Photo of the Constructing Excellence Heritage Award Winners (Left to right): Jonathan Foyle, Chief Executive, World Monument Fund Britain, Mukesh Kashyab, Chair of the CIC (sponsor), Architect Alex Gibson, William Saunders LLP (holding the award), Site Manager Richard Savage, Robert Woodhead Ltd (holding the framed award), Architect Steve Saunders from William Saunders LLP and far right is Fred Markland, Private Heritage Consultant (lead judge).

For more information or hi-res images please contact:

Jackie Key
Tel: 0845 8800202

About Woodhead Heritage

Woodhead Heritage is a brand of Robert Woodhead Ltd, an award winning Construction Company based in Nottinghamshire that specialises in the design, construction, refurbishment and restoration of buildings.

Whether you're working on a barn conversion or the major restoration of a scheduled ancient monument, Woodhead Heritage has the specialist experience, skills and understanding to help you deliver your heritage project.

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