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Integra picks up top construction accolade for Severn Trent Academy build

Integra Buildings has been named Contractor of the Year at the annual Offsite Awards – recognised as the ‘Oscars’ of the emerging construction sector.

The East Yorkshire firm has been recognised for the outstanding success of the company’s biggest project to date – a state-of-the-art training academy for Severn Trent Water.

Officially opened by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in May, it provides a purpose-built centre of excellence for technical training as part of a £10m programme delivering training for 7,000 staff, as well as thousands of members of the community.

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Severn Trent, which serves eight million people across the Midlands, has described the building as “an amazing space in which to learn”.

Judges praised Integra’s seamless relationship with the supply chain and highlighted the effective use of cutting-edge digital technology.

The Severn Trent Academy delivered by Integra Buildings.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson met apprentices and Kickstart trainees during a tour of the facilities built by modular construction specialist Integra Buildings.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson met apprentices and Kickstart trainees during a tour of the facilities built by modular construction specialist Integra Buildings.

Gary Parker, Integra’s managing director, paid tribute to his “outstanding” team and suppliers after the team collected the accolade at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

He said: “We’re honoured to be presented with such a prestigious award in front of leaders from around the industry.

“Our team and our suppliers demonstrated exceptional skill and dedication to deliver the Severn Trent Academy at the height of the Covid crisis, so we’re thrilled that their outstanding efforts have been recognised.

“We’re particularly pleased that the judges recognised the strength of our relationship with our wonderful client, Severn Trent, whose support, encouragement and expertise contributed hugely to the success of the project.

Integra picks up top construction accolade for Severn Trent Academy build
The Severn Trent Academy delivered by Integra Buildings provides a purpose-built centre of excellence for technical training.

Integra Buildings managing director Gary Parker, second left, with fellow directors, from left, Mike Marriott, Paul Tansey and Chris Turner.
Integra Buildings managing director Gary Parker, second left, with fellow directors, from left, Mike Marriott, Paul Tansey and Chris Turner.

“We pride ourselves on building strong relationships with our clients, which helps us to understand their needs and meet and exceed their expectations, so it’s really pleasing to see this approach paying dividends.”

Integra, the last Large Business of the Year winner of the Hull Live Business Awards when last held as a physical event, was also shortlisted for Education Project of the Year, while Severn Trent, was nominated for Client of the Year. Another of Integra’s major projects, the Springhead Park Primary School, in Northfleet, Kent, was recognised too. Bond Bryan, the architects who designed the striking and distinctive building, won the award for Best Use of Volumetric Technology.

The accolades come at an exciting time for Integra as it embarks on a major expansion of its base in Paull, near Hull, which is key to the management’s ambitions to double revenues to £60 million within three years.

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