Birmingham Consultancy In Contention For Top Award by Design2e

A forward thinking Birmingham-based engineering and management consultancy has been shortlisted for a prestigious industry award.

Design2e is one of nine organisations shortlisted for the Best Use of Technology: Carbon Reduction category in the 2018 Festival of Innovation and Technology Awards.

It has been selected as a finalist for its work on the tallest residential block in Birmingham, the Left Bank apartments.

It is another coup for the thriving consultancy, which moved its offices from Cannock to the centre of Birmingham in May and has also become part of the NCE100 – which recognises the most innovative and influential civil engineering firms in the UK – for the first time this year.

Wayne Holt, Executive Director at Design2e, said: “We are thrilled to have been shortlisted in these prestigious awards. It is fantastic that our dedication towards reducing carbon has been acknowledged in this way.

“With the office move, becoming part of the NCE100, being shortlisted for another award and increasing our portfolio of clients, 2018 is becoming a landmark year for Design2e.”

Design2e limits its carbon footprint in several ways. Where possible, the amount of material used is significantly reduced by creating streamline designs. This also has the additional benefit of reducing costs for customers.

Design2e was able to make a huge carbon saving on the Left Bank apartment blocks by reducing the floor slab thickness by 32 per cent, the core wall by 30 per cent and the amount of concrete used by 30 per cent.

The foundation was also reduced by 39 per cent. Overall, the carbon footprint was slashed by 30 per cent, purely by simplifying the design.

Wayne added: “We also committed to using suppliers and a workforce based within close proximity to the Birmingham area, which had a positive impact on the amount of travelling to and from the site.”

The award winners will be announced at a special ceremony held at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel in London on September 19.