The Arium Horticultural Glasshouse in Leeds, delivered by NPS, has been crowned winner of the Community category at the SPACES Awards 2018.
The project which provides extensive floral displays around Leeds city centre was described by the judging panel as a pleasure to visit and a fantastic project.
The nursery currently grows and nurtures plants for all public spaces within the Leeds area and sells the surplus on to the local community. The former site consisted of inefficient poly tunnels and old buildings which expanded irregularly over time. The new site designed by NPS Leeds, includes a purpose built glasshouse offering four different climates, makes full use of collecting rainwater for irrigation, maximises solar thermal energy and provides visibility from the community shop and cafe so the public can view the growing process. Sales of plants have increased 100% over the first 8 months of opening and the facility has sparked interest with other local authorities in the area.
Further award successes were revealed on the night, with Temple Green Park and Ride designed by NPS Leeds also Highly Commended in the Community category.
The NEDO Project by NPS North West received runner up for the Innovation Award. This successful pilot project within the social housing sector trailed the implementation and use of air source heat pumps (ASHPs) in over 550 social housing properties. The judges were very impressed with the collaborative nature of the project with its many stakeholders, as well as the way the project was linked to Wigan Council’s wider agenda of engaging citizens to use ICT to access services.
In total, eight NPS schemes were shortlisted for the awards and all feature in the SPACES Yearbook 2018