Boundary Way Estate external insulation project, Bushey Academy and Warner Bros. Studios pick up awards at Building Futures ceremony

Three local projects have been recognised for their design and sustainability credentials.

The Boundary Way Estate external insulation project, The Bushey Academy, and the refurbishment of the Warner Brothers Studios in Leavesden all won at the Building Futures Awards last month.

The awards, which are run by Hertfordshire Building Futures, a partnership of the county's local authorities, promote sustainable and high quality development in the county.

The new Warner Bros Studios in Leavesden won in the ‘Retrofit for the Future’ category.

Awards judge Dr David Strong said: "The Warner Bros. Studio complex is now a state-of-the-art, world-class facility, which provides comfortable efficient space for major motion picture production, without the environmental and economic consequences associated with demolition and reconstruction."

Dan Dark, managing director of the studios said: "When we went about redeveloping the site, one of our key aims was to retain as many of the original buildings as possible, whilst, at the same, creating a state-of-the-art production facility.

"We’re delighted that our new studios have been recognised for this work at these awards".

The Bushey Academy was awarded ‘Design Excellence’.

Headmaster, Andrew Hemmings, said: "We are very proud to have achieved such recognition for our wonderful building.

"The building is a genuine and extremely successful amalgamation of functionality and design which has resulted in the provision of outstanding facilities, enabling us to deliver innovative and individually targeted learning to each and every one of our students."

The Boundary Way project was delivered in partnership by Watford Borough Council, Three Rivers District Council and Watford Community Housing Trust and involved external insulation and other sustainable improvements to help reduce the energy bills for the estate’s occupants.

Awards judge Dr David Strong said: "The regeneration of the Boundary Way estate will deliver numerous benefits in terms of social, economic and environmental sustainability."

The Boundary Way Estate was announced overall winner in the category ‘Outstanding Commitment to a Changing Climate’.

Leader of Three Rivers District Council, Councillor Ann Shaw said, "This project has made a big difference to the homes on the estate and is already helping the residents save money on their energy bills. It is great news that the project has been recognised through this award."

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