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Northamptonshire company shortlisted for top award

A Northamptonshire company has been shortlisted for a major award in recognition of its work creating a new community centre in the London Borough of Havering.

Established in 1920, Scotts of Thrapston, specialists in the manufacture and installation of bespoke timber-framed buildings, has been shortlisted for the Installer of the Year award in the Structural Timber Awards 2018.

In their fourth year, the awards reward the very best in structural timber construction and are a celebration of innovation, best practice and expertise in timber technology.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on October 10, to be held at the National Conference Centre in Birmingham.

Scotts of Thrapston designed, engineered, manufactured and installed the Sapphire Jubilee Centre, in Havering, producing a carbon neutral building in just five months,

Richard Jarvis, spokesman for Scotts of Thrapston, said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for such a prestigious award, especially as it recognises innovative and ground-breaking developments.

“For this project, we offered a complete ‘turnkey’ service from concept to completion. This process gives us control over quality and build accuracy, and cuts onsite assembly times. It means we can oversee the whole process, from the first drawing to the opening of the building.

“Our in-house architect worked closely with the local authority to offer a bespoke design in which the choice of materials and features were critical. Advice was given on practical considerations as well as design aspects to complement the surrounding architecture.

“Many of the items used in the construction were pre-fabricated and manufactured offsite at our headquarters in Thrapston, where we have a dedicated highly-skilled team of joiners and computer automated machinery.”

Features of the super-insulated building include harvested rainwater to flush all the toilets and service an outside tap for watering plants, while the hot water and heating has a Ground Source Heat Pump, served by boreholes in the ground.