HLM Architects has been shortlisted in three categories in the 2021 Offsite Awards at their first time of entering.

“It is a great achievement for our team to have been listed in three categories of the Offsite Awards.”

The practice is now a finalist in the ‘Best Use of Volumetric Technology’, ‘Architect of the Year’, and ‘BIM/Digital Construction Award’ categories, with a focus on two key projects; Dinton Activity Centre and Addington Special Educational Needs (SEN) School.

The awards celebrate the offsite industry and aim to promote the many benefits of offsite as a more modern, sustainable and streamlined method of construction.

All three categories recognise HLM’s commitment to a more sustainable built environment and recognise profound projects in the education and leisure sectors.

Dinton Activity Centre is a Net Zero Carbon Operational (NZCOp) building delivered using volumetric technology. The new £2.4m outdoor activity centre provides a state-of-the-art educational and leisure facility for the local community and supports the client Wokingham Borough Council’s commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030.  It is the first such project, and will serve as a case study for future development in the borough, with 85% of the project completed offsite.

The £4.4 million expansion to Addington SEN School provides 50 much-needed additional SEN places, bringing the total to over 250 in the area. The scheme utilises eco-friendly materials throughout, and creates a nurturing learning environment, while optimising sustainability. Working with Reds10, around 70% of the project was constructed offsite, and the resulting building achieved BREEAM ‘Excellent’, demonstrating the effectiveness of the approach.

Dan Brown, Associate & Head of MMC Delivery said of the announcement, “It is a great achievement for our team to have been listed in three categories of the Offsite Awards. The recognition for our use of volumetric technology and BIM/Digital initiatives demonstrates the success of our implementation of MMC and Offsite initiatives. The shortlist for Architect of the Year highlights the great impact our philosophy of ‘Think: Offsite’ is having within the MMC arena and beyond. I look forward to celebrating with HLM colleagues and other industry specialists at the ceremony in the Autumn.”

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