The iCon centre for sustainable construction, currently under construction in Daventry, has won a Milton Keynes South Midlands Excellence Award.
The accolade was announced at a prestigious awards ceremony at Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury on Wednesday 2nd December 2009.
The MKSM Excellence Awards are designed to celebrate developments which demonstrate excellence in a variety of areas, including their economic impact, environmental credentials and distinctiveness.
The landmark iCon building will be a national centre of excellence for sustainable construction and green technologies. The state of the art building will contain an innovation centre with 60 small office units for businesses in the emerging market of sustainable construction, a conference hall for up to 300 people, as well as a public piazza and a café/restaurant. Positioned on a key gateway to the town centre, the high quality facilities will attract in new businesses, deliver up to 175 quality jobs for Daventry and the region, and provide facilities which can be used by the local community.
ICON EM is the charitable organisation that has been set up for the purpose of running iCon. Chairman, David Walker, commented: “This award is the first recognition of the huge efforts made by numerous partners to bring this project to fruition. When complete, the iCon will be a centre that Daventry, and Northamptonshire as a whole, can be proud of.”
Peter Mawson, chief executive of WNDC, which is part funding and delivering the project, said: “WNDC are delighted that the iCon has won this award and would like to thank everyone that has been involved with the project. The real winners are the young businesses that will eventually call this building their home, as well as the local community that will also benefit from the first class facilities at the iCon. It will be a highly environmentally friendly and attractive building, and something that the local area can be very proud of.”
Councillor Chris Over, portfolio holder for economy, regeneration and employment at Daventry District Council, said: “This is excellent news and an important part of Daventry District Council’s regeneration agenda.
“The Council has worked with our partners over a number of years to deliver this project and with it business opportunities and additional employment for local people.
“I believe iCon will play a significant role in achieving these objectives at a critical period in Daventry’s development.”
David Wallace, director of innovation for East Midlands Development Agency (emda), which is also funding the iCon building, said: “The iCon building is in itself a great example of how new buildings can be created to be more environmentally friendly. It will be a tremendous asset not only for Daventry, but also for the East Midlands as a whole. It will provide fantastic facilities for businesses, and will also be the home of our Sustainable Construction iNet, which will help businesses in this sector to innovate, develop and grow.