Manx Voice | DEFA HQ wins top environmental award
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DEFA HQ wins top environmental award

Ashley Pettit, APA Architects; Trevor Baylis, Inventor & presenter of the award; Karen Horncastle, Horncastle Thomas; and Dr Ken Milne, Senior Manager for Energy Policy, Department of Economic Development.

Our congratulations go out to the Department of the Environment, Food and Agriculture’s (DEFA) who have recently won the top prize at one of Europe’s most prestigious environmental awards thanks to their new headquarters in St John’s. The 2012 Green Apple Built Environment and Architectural Heritage Awards are the leading international awards honouring excellence in sustainable construction, design and innovation of products and architectural preservation.

The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and are organised by The Green Organisation, an independent, non-political, non-activist, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising and promoting environmental best practice. The 2012 Awards were presented by Trevor Baylis. Inventor, who designed the Wind Up Radio (and now has a company Trevor Baylis Brands encouraging young inventors to make their ideas work). The ceremony was held at the East Wintergardens, Canary Wharf, London, on 25 June.

The DEFA HQ was awarded the Gold Award under the Local Authority Section and then went onto win the Overall Winner Award.

Dr Ken Milne, Senior Manager for Energy Policy in the Department of Economic Development, accompanied the winning architects to the awards ceremony in London to promote the many benefits of the Isle of Man for businesses in the clean tech sector.

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