Construction firm delivers £17m worth of carbon-reducing projects

Harlescott Junior School in Shrewsbury

A Shropshire construction firm has helped local authorities reduce their carbon footprint in projects worth more than £17m.

Pave Aways Building Contractors delivered the first-ever Passivhaus school and social housing schemes for Powys County Council and a net-zero carbon extension to Blacon School for Cheshire West and Chester Council in the last 18 months.

To be Passivhaus rated means the building has been adapted to use very little energy for heating and cooling and ensure emissions are decreasing whilst providing a high level of comfort for the occupant. The solution is certified through a quality assurance process.

Its next developments are new carbon-neutral buildings at Harlescott Junior School in Shrewsbury for Shropshire Council and the decarbonisation of Newport Leisure Centre to increase the energy efficiency of the facility for Telford & Wrekin Council.

Pave Aways’ managing director, Steven Owen said “Working on Passivhaus and carbon-neutral buildings has helped us to introduce these building methods to our team as well as the subcontractors in our supply chain. This, in turn, is beneficial to the wider community as they can put those skills to use in other projects.

“There is more and more demand for low carbon construction especially on large scale builds and, thanks to our experience in that field, it is giving us a competitive edge. As we saw at COP26, there is a demand for net-zero transformation in the sector and we are actively looking at how we can reduce embedded emission.”

Despite supply chain issues across the construction industry, Owen says the business is facing a positive 2022.

“In the past two years we have delivered contracts worth £48.5m across Shropshire, Mid Wales, Cheshire and beyond, opened an office in Mid Wales, won awards, supported the communities where we work and stayed true to the values of honesty and integrity that underpin everything we do at Pave Aways.”