A Hellingly company has won an award for its work to build the new integrated health centre in Herstmonceux.
The building, which opened its doors last year, was built by JH Builders and designed by Dil Green architect.
The finished product, which had to be green and ecologically friendly, was so impressive, the company JH Builders won the Federation of Master Builders ‘Master builder of the year 2015 commercial project of the year Southern counties’ award.
The firm was presented with the award on Friday (February 6).
The project was managed by Sam Marshall Hill.
As well as being ecologically friendly, Sam said the building had to have a low impact on the environment and to fulfill this they built a grass roof for insects and birds.
JH Builders also bespoke made all of the internal and external joinery in its purpose built workshop which meant the architect could have free reign on his design.
Sam said: “We used a varied mixture of building materials that naturally insulate, along with grass roof areas to replace the habitat of insects and birds that a building would normally destroy in removing the grass area where the building now stands.
“The room shapes and layouts allow as much natural light in so there are no poorly lit rooms. Also it’s built with a variety of modern and traditional materials all aimed at being recyclable or recycled should the building ever be changed.
“JH Builders bespoke made all the internal and external joinery in our purpose built workshop meaning we could give the architect free reign in his design. meaning unique fitted furniture and a very distinctive structural finish.”
The company will now see if they go on to win the overall ‘Master builder of the year’ award on February 18 at the awards dinner.
Sam continued: “JH Builders feel to win an award for a project that was such a big challenge in its unique design and construction techniques on such a strict budget is a testament to our team of forward thinking dedicated skilled craftsmen.”