Winners of Jewson community building initiative announced

Published:  15 July, 2015

Jewson builders merchants has announced the 14 winners of an initiative supporting construction or renovation projects to benefit local communities.

Over 2,000 entries were submitted to the competition's juding panel before a shortlist of 63 projects was compiled.

As part of Jewson's Building Better Communities initiative, of which wood-based product manufacturer Norbord is a contributing partner, the 14 winning community building projects each receive a share of £100,000. The prize money is intended to help pay for supplies and labour to improvement projects.

The top prize of £50,000 was awarded to Penlee RNLI Lifeboat Station in Penzance. The money will be used to reconstruct its 31-year-old lifeboat base.

A team of 60 judges, including Norbord’s European brand and communications manager David Connacher, along with Jewson employees and other supplier partners, narrowed the 2,000 entries down to 63. The projects were judged on legacy, the impact of the project, the strength of the applications and the sustainable products that could be used to improve the building.

David Fenton, marketing director at Jewson, said: "We can’t wait to see the positive effect the prize money will have as we move into the build phase. We’d also like to thank everyone who got involved in the project, either by nominating, voting or spreading the word.

"By donating our sustainable building materials and expertise to develop community facilities across the UK, we aim to improve the comfort of the buildings, the health and well being of users and, where possible, make a positive impact on reducing energy bills and the building’s impact on the environment.”

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