Project of the Year Winner

Five Islands School won 'Project of the year over £3m' at the Western Morning News/Michelmores Awards on 19th June 2012 at a Gala Dinner held at Exeter University's Great Hall and hosted by TV personality and former politician, Michael Portillo. The Michelmores and Western Morning News Commercial Property Awards is the region's premier commercial property competition, showcasing the very best in West Country commercial property projects, buildings and people.

Hulley and Kirkwood were appointed by Kier Construction to provide M&E Design Services for the new Five Islands School serving all ages from 3 to 16 years old. The new building includes nursery, primary and secondary class bases and provides specialist teaching areas for design and technology, science and performing arts, as well as a library, cafe and a new multi-use games area.

Set on St Mary's in the Isles of Scilly, the provision of the United Kingdom's first through school is the largest construction project on the Islands in living memory.

The project was made all the more challenging by the logistics of construction on the Islands and the adverse environment utilises natural and mixed mode ventilation strategies, underfloor heating linked to air source heat pumps and solar thermal panels to provide hot water generation. Completed at the end of the Summer 2011 and followed by the sports hall and modifications to the adjacent Carn Gwaval Primary School in December 2011, the school was formally opened by HM the Queen in June 2011.

Commenting on the award win, Kier Construction Operations Director David Snell said:

“It was a very public acknowledgement of the skill, dedication and lateral thinking employed by our team.”