A community building in Camden has been crowned the winner of the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award 2015.
Five Pancras Square in the London Borough of Camden was recognised as a fine example of public sector construction at the 2015 British Construction Industry Awards, which took place last night at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
The community building makes innovative use of space, housing a state of the art leisure centre, library and Camden Council offices. It has the capacity to serve 225,140 Camden residents as well as the many commuters who pass through the area. It will help the council make savings of around £500,000 per year in running costs.
It is also one of the first inner-city buildings in the UK to achieve a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ sustainability rating. 90% of all building materials were responsibly sourced, while an energy efficient ventilation system and solar panels ensure low carbon emissions and reduced running costs.
The Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award recognises publicly funded projects that are completed on time, on budget and bring real change to the community. Previous award winners include the Tate Modern and the Velodrome at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Skills Minister Nick Boles said: “Five Pancras Square shows how government and construction firms working together can deliver innovative, environmental and cost effective buildings.”