Betteridge and Milsom were pleased to attend the Kent Design and Development Awards (KDDA) last night, held in the prestigious County Hall at Kent County Council in Maidstone.

Rewarding excellence, the awards are held every two years to showcase and celebrate the best examples of the built environment in the county.

Thirty finalists, including two projects we were proud to work on, the Sibson Building and Royal British Legion’s Veterans Accommodation, were nominated across 8 award categories.

We’re thrilled that the Sibson Building at the University of Kent won the Environmental Performance Award. It then went onto win the overall accolade of Project of the Year, which was voted for by the attendees at the awards out of the 8 winners, a true reflection of the impact the scheme has had.

Director Paul Gannaway (right) on stage collecting the award

The Sibson Building has revolutionised the Kent Business School and School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Sciences by providing new, unique and modernised learning facilities. Featuring teaching, research and social space, the BREEAM Excellent scheme is cleverly integrated into the woodland environment it sits in, with clear connections into the existing campus making easy wayfinding for students.

B&M carried out the role of Quantity Surveyor and Principal Designer on this £27m project, working closely with the project team which included Penoyre & Prasad, Max Fordham LLP, Price and Myers and Willmott Dixon.

Paul Carter CBE, Leader of Kent County Council explained the importance of recognising these projects commenting; ‘From east to west, north to south, Kent benefits from the talents of many highly skilled development professionals. These awards are a way of celebrating those people, highlighting the efforts they go to and thanking them for the difference they make to the way our county is seen by the rest of the country.’

Congratulations to all the other winners on the night.