We were thrilled to take home three Bristol Property Awards last week (Friday 25 November), including the overall ‘Winner of Winners’ category for Castle Park Energy Centre.
The Energy Centre also won the Best Sustainability category, with judges commending its innovative approach. The centre contains England’s largest water source heat pump, harnessing the latent heat of the river to provide low carbon heating and hot water to local homes and businesses through the city’s underground heat network.
Our development manager Christiana Makariou was awarded the ‘Rising Star’ prize in what was a strong shortlist of young property professionals. Christiana was praised for going ‘above and beyond’, for her strong community working, and her passion for designing homes in collaboration with local people.
The panel of judges picked Castle Park Energy Centre as the ‘Winner of Winners’, beating 18 other award-winning projects and organisations. It’s the second award in just a few weeks for the Energy Centre, which was crowned ‘Heat Pump City of the Year’ at this year’s European Heat Pump Awards.
Cllr Kye Dudd, Bristol City Council cabinet member for Climate, Ecology, Waste and Energy, said
“We set up Goram Homes to deliver affordable housing and provide the flexibility to accelerate innovative projects across Bristol just like the Castle Park Energy Centre, so I’m thrilled our hard work has been recognised.
“By building energy centres alongside high-quality homes and local businesses, we can not only lower our city’s overall carbon emissions, but deliver clean, affordable heating and hot water to over 1,000 homes and businesses.
“The energy centre in Castle Park is one of the first parts of City Leap – through which we have secured an initial £424 million investment in Bristol. Our landmark clean energy programme will create 1,000 jobs and cut 140,000 tonnes of carbon emissions over five years.”
Stephen Baker, Managing Director of Goram Homes, said:
“This was a truly collaborative project, working with teams from Bristol City Council and Vital Energi, and a great example of harnessing our natural resources to bring real benefit to our city.
“I’m also incredibly proud of Christiana for taking home the rising star award, a testament to her hard work and commitment to building homes that can truly benefit local communities.”
Thank you to Bristol Property Awards, the panel of judges, and to The Hill Group, CJ Hole, Wilmott Dixon and Hydrock for hosting the Goram Homes team at their tables on Friday afternoon.