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Horizon Centre

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2014 MCS runners upHorizon Centre
Presented to: Karl Barr and Stewart Wilkinson
Contractor: Mace Ltd
Client: Private

Situated on a brownfield site on the outskirts of Corby, Northamptonshire, this multi-million pound project is to construct a major central hub facility. The new buildings have been placed centrally, away from the well-protected permanent boundaries and sits discreetly above the skyline.

The level of community engagement and support was quite exceptional at this extensive site. An entire nature trail was voluntarily created, including bird boxes, bat boxes and other wildlife habitats, together with permanent information boards to create a legacy project. The site arranged numerous tours of the trail for local groups, and these were particularly well-received. At the same time, some 1600 trees were donated for the nearby Rockingham Forest, tools were donated to a local forestry group and a number of large donations were made to other community groups and events. Both materials and work were also afforded to building an allotment at a nearby special needs school.

These efforts were matched by extensive on-site rainwater harvesting and a strong environmental profile. Training opportunities extended throughout the supply chain, and 104 local workers were employed, including 23 who were long-term unemployed. Together with immaculate presentation throughout, these combined elements produced the highest levels of considerate performance and showed quite exemplary commitment.