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RICS visits West Buckland School to present prestigious award

PUBLISHED: 11:01 23 September 2011 | UPDATED: 20:02 20 February 2013

RICS visits West Buckland School to present prestigious award

RICS visits West Buckland School to present prestigious award

Senior members of RICS visited West Buckland School, Barnstaple this week to present the South West 2011 Sustainability Award to the team responsible for the new Art, Design and Technology and Drama Building.

Senior members of RICS visited West Buckland School, Barnstaple this week to present the South West 2011 Sustainability Award to the team responsible for the new Art, Design and Technology and Drama Building.

The winning announcement was made at the beginning of May and the visit provided the opportunity both to celebrate and present the Award. The accolade recognises the special efforts made throughout the design and construction process to ensure the building is socially and economically sustainable in supporting local businesses and engaging the community.

Sustainable features include underfloor heating supplied by a biomass boiler, photovoltaic panels on the theatre roof, and light occupancy sensors in teaching spaces. Materials used included Forest Stewardship Council certified timbers, locally sourced natural stone, natural rubber flooring and cork pin board on the walls.

The project now goes forward to compete in the RICS international awards where it will be judged alongside other projects not just from around the country but around the world. Winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held at the Savoy Hotel in London on 21 October.

Pictured at the presentation are, from left to right: Mark Robinson (Chair of the RICS South West Awards Judges, Lady Arran (West Buckland School Governor) and John Vick (Headmaster).

About RICS

RICS is the worlds leading qualification when it comes to professional standards in land, property and construction.

In a world where more and more people, governments, banks and commercial organisations demand greater certainty of professional standards and ethics, attaining RICS status is the recognised mark of property professionalism.

Over 100 000 property professionals working in the major established and emerging economies of the world have already recognised the importance of securing RICS status by becoming members.

RICS is an independent professional body originally established in the UK by Royal Charter. Since 1868, RICS has been committed to setting and upholding the highest standards of excellence and integrity providing impartial, authoritative advice on key issues affecting businesses and society. RICS is a regulator of both its individual members and firms enabling it to maintain the highest standards and providing the basis for unparalleled client confidence in the sector.

For more information:

Sarah-Jane Dean, PR and Communications Co-ordinator RICS West

t +44 (0)121 643 0106, e


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