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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Ferndene wins awards hat trick

PRUDHOE’S groundbreaking mental health care facility for children and young people, Ferndene, has had a string of successes at the North- East Constructing Excellence Awards.

Ferndene won the top accolade of Project of the Year on the grounds of how best practice was applied, the technical merits of the scheme and the level of innovation involved while delivering a project to time and budget.

Judges also made reference to how the needs of young people there had shaped the overall design, down to the use of artwork and the environmental features.

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, which was behind the scheme, meanwhile, won Client of the Year, while its partner, construction company Laing O’Rourke, won the Integration and Collaborative Working award.

Ferndene was also highly commended in the Legacy and Sustainability category, reflecting its energy-saving measures and environmental features in a rural setting.

Trust Project Manager Grahame Ellis said: “We feel that Ferndene provides a first-class environment for caring for children and young people but it’s great that the experienced judges from different parts of the construction industry thought so too.”

Laing O’Rourke’s North- East operations manager Brian Joyce added: “It was a fantastic night, which we were able to share with the Trust and the project architect.

“I’d like to thank the project team who worked hard to achieve this result.”

The Trust and Laing O’Rourke will now go forward to the national Constructing Excellence Awards in November in the three winning categories, where they will be up against other regional winners.

Ferndene was designed by Maap Medical Architecture.

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