Nominations for the MOD Sanctuary Awards close on 31 July and we’re still looking for entries for some of our new award categories.
The Sanctuary Awards showcases MOD’s commitment to a sustainable estate and recognises groups and individual commitments to sustainability, energy saving measures, wildlife, archaeology, conservation and environmental protection throughout the Defence estate.
The award categories have been refreshed to reflect the MOD’s sustainability agenda and the new awards help to demonstrate the MOD’s commitment to its climate change, environmental and sustainability goals. We’re still looking for nominations in the following categories.
This looks at new build and refurbishment projects that innovate in fields such as new materials or designs, resource management, reuse of historic buildings and climate resilience. Here are some examples of winning projects that would fit in this new category.
The Galliford Try Lagan construction joint venture won an award for improving existing facilities at RAF Marham for the arrival of the F-35B stealth Lightning aircraft. The team won their award for Work Package E of the programme which involved construction detail and design. The project also achieved 100% diversion from landfill of excavated materials and used solar powered lightning columns during construction.
Sandhurst Block Project
This project won an award for creating a modern, fit-for-purpose office space for 21st century soldiers in a Grade II listed 1930s building. Around 750 historic timber sash windows were refurbished to include modern draught-proofing and meet MOD requirements for protections from explosions. Care was taken to maintain original features, while still making the facility modern for the needs of today’s soldiers.
These are projects that improve sustainability of equipment or services, management of supply chains or product life cycles.
Improving supply chain to achieve zero waste to landfill
Aspire Defence Limited Services won an award for implementing sustainability throughout their supply chain, which included renewing their waste contract to achieve zero waste to landfill. The team achieved large increases in recycling and power extraction resulting in a 100% diversion from landfill.
Managing mattresses in a sustainable way
The team also won an award for developing a process to find a more sustainable way to manage 18,000 mattresses. They returned old mattresses to suppliers who removed and recycled fabrics and reused the steel springs.
Energy, Low Carbon and Resource Efficiency
These are projects that have reduced energy, water or resource consumption, championed recycling, used renewable energy or contributed to the MOD’s net zero carbon emission target.
Duke of York’s Military School Wind Turbine Project
This project won an award for implementing the largest and first grid connected wind turbine on the Defence estate. The board was particularly impressed with the team’s dedication in this project despite many setbacks during the planning process. An educational programme was put together to inform MOD staff about wind development opportunities on the Defence estate, planning permissions and processes to overcome. The wind turbine provides long-term electricity for the school.
Saving energy at the Duke of Gloucester Barracks
The Royal Logistics Corps energy management team, part of the 29 Regiment, won an award for implementing several energy saving measures to help against rising energy costs.
The team empowered staff to make behavioural changes at their offices and delivered over 200 training sessions. They also monitored energy usage on site monthly and commissioned a survey to highlight opportunities where savings could be made. This led to considerable savings being made during peak times of energy usage, when the National Grid is under pressure.
You can find more examples of award winners in the Sanctuary Magazines. To nominate a project for an award please email DIO-Sanctuary@mod.gov.uk for an entry form. For more information on the awards and nomination process, please read our previous blog.