Thursday, 29 May 2014

Radian and CPRE Hampshire announce new award for green buildings

Have you been involved in a sustainable building? Are you currently working on a new green development? If so, we want to hear from you!  

The CPRE Hampshire Countryside Awards scheme has announced a new category for 2014, ‘Green Buildings’, sponsored by Radian. They are inviting entries from local architects, developers, housing association and renewable energy companies who want to showcase their examples of good environmental practice in building design and construction.  

This growing, vibrant awards scheme is run by the Hampshire Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE Hampshire), a charity that stands up for the Hampshire countryside. There are now four categories of entry:- Rural Enterprise, Youth, Community/Voluntary and Green Buildings.

Andrea Smith, Director of Development & New Business at Radian said: “Alongside developing housing for local people, we hold similar values to CPRE in our common goal of developing sustainable communities through community development as well as through bricks and mortar. Radian has a long standing connection with innovation and sustainability both in refurbished and new build properties, and so we are proud to be sponsors of this new award for ‘Green Buildings’.” 

The judges will be looking for buildings which maximise the use of eco-technologies, enhance the nature of rural settlements, projects that employ local craftsman, and structures that help people connect or reconnect with green spaces and/or the countryside. They are interested in larger developments which show creative use of brownfield land and/or regeneration of existing buildings and those that use density to maximise the use of available land.

This is your chance to showcase your building or development. Simply by entering you are rewarded for your efforts and receive some publicity for your company and future activities. All shortlisted entrants will be invited to an awards ceremony in September, with the opportunity for a free display stand and associated publicity.

The criteria are simple and the form is easy to fill out. It can be completed online via: Buildings or projects must be within Hampshire. They must also have been completed within three years of the closing date of application (i.e. between August 2011 – August 2014).

Contact: 01962 841897 or email for further information.

Notes to editors

1.         Full criteria for the Green Building award:

For business and organisations such as architects, developers, Parish Councils, Housing Associations, Renewable Energy companies.

Qualities we are seeking from Award winners could include:

·                Buildings which enhance the nature of rural settlements

·                Projects which show creative use of brownfield land and/or regeneration of existing buildings

·                Buildings that help people connect or reconnect with green spaces and/or the countryside

·                Conservation projects that respect the qualities of original fabric and design and /or local materials and distinctiveness

·                Projects that factor in density to maximise the use of available land

·                Buildings that maximise the use of eco-technologies to help reduce carbon footprint(s)

·                Employs local people or craftsman. 

2.         This is the first year that Radian has sponsored CPRE Hampshire. Radian is an award winning organisation, employing over 1000 staff, providing nearly 21,000 affordable homes in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Surrey, Sussex, and Wiltshire; and providing care and support to over 450 people across the South East, through Radian Support.

3.         The principal supporters of the scheme are Steve’s Leaves, a brand of Vitacress Salads Ltd. Steve’s Leaves are a bunch of pioneering farmers who grow tasty, nutritious baby leaves. We do something called nature friendly farming, where 10% of the land is dedicated to nature and the creation of habitats to encourage wildlife.  Further information can be found on   Make friends on facebook and follow Steve’s Leaves @stevesleaves on twitter.

4.         The awards were originally launched in 2007 by CPRE Hampshire, with the support of Hampshire Fare, Hampshire Ambassadors (now Hampshire Enterprise Circle).

5.         CPRE Hampshire is a small charity that stands up for your countryside. We work to influence how we plan our communities to make them better places to live and work, to ensure the countryside is protected for all to enjoy for now and future generations. Make friends on Facebook and follow us @CPRE_Hampshire on twitter.

6.         Affiliated to national CPRE, which works to influence central Government policy, CPRE Hampshire is run by a dedicated part-time staff and volunteers who care about the countryside.

For media enquiries, please contact:-

Keren Burney,

Media and Communications                           Tel:      01730 894123

officer, CPRE Hampshire.                             Mobile: 07876 780065


Michael Rescorle, Director,                            Tel:      01962 841897

CPRE Hampshire                                           Mobile: 07753 303830


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