ECCI Wins Special Commendation in UK Universities Sustainability Prize

04 November 2014

ECCI specially commended in the Green Gown Awards, UK Universities' top Sustainability Awards

ECCI has been specially commended in the Green Gown Awards in the Construction and Refurbishment category. Now in their 10th year, the Green Gown Awards recognises the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK.

The awards recognised the achievements of ECCI's purpose built hub for low carbon innovation, formerly Edinburgh’s historic Old High School. Confirmed as the UK’s most sustainably designed building by sustainability assessors BREEAM this year, High School Yards has won a host of other awards including ‘Building of the Year’ in the Edinburgh Architectural Awards.

With sustainability moving up the agenda, the Green Gown Awards have become established as the most prestigious recognition of best practice within the tertiary education sector. Winners were announced on Monday 3 November 2014 at the stunning Whitworth Hall, The University of Manchester.

What the judges said

The judges were very impressed that a complex listed building was able to achieve BREEAM outstanding at the design and procurement stage.

The efforts made to integrate the project into the city through the replanting of the square and reopening of pubic access points is to be applauded.

ECCI Executive Director Andy Kerr said: 

"We're delighted to receive this commendation of ECCI's new building from the Green Gown awards and congratulate all the many talented, visionary and hard working practitioners who worked together to make it happen.

ECCI's unique building reflects the great work that's going on inside and one year after we moved into Edinburgh’s famous old High School, the sheer vibrancy of the engagement with big social challenges by different enterprises – public, private, academic and community – and by people across Scotland suggests a bright future.

Making public promises is easy. Delivering on such promises, on contested topics, is very difficult. But when engaged politicians, vibrant social and business enterprise, a supportive public sector and a strong university base are able to work together, delivery starts to look a lot easier."

The University of Edinburgh was also finalist in: Continuous Improvement: Institutional Change, Courses and Learning and Food and Drink.

As the ethos of the Awards is to ensure the lessons and examples of good practice are shared within the sector and beyond, ECCI's film about the construction of the bulding with architect Calum Duncan has also been selected as a case study as part of the EAUC's Sustainability Exchange. Watch the video below.


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