Posted on July 11, 2011

The winners of the Green Apple Awards 2011 for the Built Environment and Architectural Heritage were announced on 20th June 2011 at an awards ceremony at the University of Westminster, London.

United Development Company was presented with a bronze award for various environmental initiatives at the Pearl-Qatar.  On receiving the award a UDC spokesperson commented, “It is an honour to receive this award, which pays homage to our vision of green living and sustainable development. Twice a year we conduct detailed environmental monitoring through sophisticated video-recordings and satellite images to test the water quality, sea bed, coastal morphology and marine life. Maintaining a healthy marine life is of the utmost importance to UDC”.

The awards were presented by Trevor Baylis, British inventor, renowned for inventing the wind up radio. Introduced in 1994, the Green Apple awards are one of the most respected environmental awards programmes in the world. Now in its seventh year the Awards recognise organisations for their contribution to the built environment and architectural heritage. The awards give recognition for all steps towards sustainability including design and construction, restoration and regeneration as well as product and service innovation.

The judges commented, “The Pearl-Qatar development is a unique and innovative urban development in Doha, Qatar built on a 400 hectare man-made island. This mixed development of retail, hospitality and residential properties that has installed the world’s largest District Cooling Plant and installed an innovative waste disposal system (ENVAC) to maintain a healthy marine life with regular seabed monitoring.”

Entries to the Green Apple Awards were received from a wide range of organisations including the building and construction sector; from sole traders to global construction companies as well as individuals and councils. The Green Plan case study will now be published in The Green Book, this digital publication is the world’s only annual work of reference on environmental best practice. The Green Apple Awards are an accredited feeder scheme into the European Business Awards for the Environment and United Development Company may now go on to represent the UK at the European Business Awards for the Environment in Brussels next year, one of the major international environmental awards schemes.