UK’s First National Marine Park Design Team, Honoured with Social Value Accolade

8th Nov, 2023

Services Design Solution (SDS), a distinguished sustainability and building services engineering consultancy, is proud to announce its recent win at the Building Awards in November 2023 for its work on the Plymouth Sound National Marine Park. The design team was honoured with the Delivering Social Value award, a prestigious accolade that acknowledges outstanding commitment to incorporating social responsibility into design and construction projects.

The Delivering Social Value award, presented by Building magazine, recognises organisations that excel in creating positive social impact through their initiatives. SDS showcased their dedication to social value through several impactful activities in collaboration with the architect (LHC Design) and civil and structural engineer (Airey & Coles).

Mr Shaun Hoppins, Managing Director at SDS, expressed gratitude for the recognition, stating, “Receiving the Delivering Social Value award is a tremendous honour for SDS. It reflects our unwavering commitment to creating sustainable spaces and flourishing communities. We believe in the power of design to shape a better future, and this accolade reaffirms our dedication to this vision.

The award would not have been possible without the willingness of the wider design team and our dedicated staff. It demonstrates the brilliance that can be achieved when local businesses work together to improve the communities for those living in them, encapsulating the very essence of our values.”

Activities centred around the client’s charter commitment to a fairer, greener future. At the design stage, the bid team made pledges against the Plymouth Charter and set targets for local employment, upskilling, spending, community and the environment.

The most notable activity was the water safety initiative hosted at a National Marine Park access point, Firestone Bay. This programme provided sea safety lessons to over 80 disadvantaged children in the local area. This scheme acted as a pilot, securing two years of government funding to replicate the success.

The Building Awards are widely regarded as a benchmark for excellence in the construction industry. This success reinforces the business’ position as a leader in the field, setting a high standard for socially responsible design and construction practices. The project was previously highly commended at the Construction News awards in July, with the judges commenting:

“Unusually, this was delivered by the design team and in the pre-construction phase.”

The project itself was made possible by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Read more about the project here.


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About Services Design Solution:

Services Design Solution (SDS) is a sustainability and building services engineering consultancy serving the South West and Wales with its head office in Plymouth. As previous winners of the Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development, SDS has established itself as a leader in the field, delivering transformative projects that positively impact communities and the environment.