2018 has drawn to a close and we have created a round-up of our most exciting and prosperous year yet, to reflect on our achievements and celebrate our collective successes.
This year, we celebrated our 5th birthday and our 3rd year at our Oxford House office in Guiseley. We took on our 1000th project and were nominated for 5 awards!
We celebrated the local 2018 Yarnbury Beer Festival with a sponsored beer in the summer, and we celebrated World Mental Health Day with a group bouldering session and a curry to bring the team together. We also celebrated Christmas Jumper Day and met our fundraising goal for Save the Children before closing for the break!
Most notably, we were shortlisted for our first two CIBSE Yorkshire Awards – “Small Consultancy of the Year 2018” and “Apprentice of the Year 2018” – two highly prestigious accolades we were thrilled to run for.
Throughout the year, three of our projects had also seen success with industry awards.
Fraser Studios, a student residential development in Aberdeen, was shortlisted for a BREEAM 2018 award after achieving a BREEAM “Outstanding” rating during the design process.
Midway House Post Office in Birmingham was shortlisted for a 2018 CIBSE Building Performance Award after its refurbishment to accommodate a new coin-sorting area and compressor room.
The Spinning Acres residential scheme in Leeds has been crowned “Best Small Development of the Year” at the 2018 Yorkshire Variety Residential Property Awards. The first phase of the three-part scheme features townhouses, a coach house and a stable conversion, providing some of the finest rental accommodation available in the city. Earlier in the year the project also won “Best New High-Volume Housing Development” accolade at the LABC awards.
NOVO Integration are proud to have provided Mechanical & Electrical design and consultancy services for all three of the above mentioned projects – and are overwhelmed with the volume of praise and recognition we have received, shared and celebrated with our clients and associates this year.
Throughout the year, the NOVO workforce gained 10 new individuals – including our first specialist Public Health design engineer, Rickesh, our third consecutive university student, Nathan, and our first graduate engineer, Ann.
In addition to this, we have celebrated three internal promotions. CAD & Revit Apprentice, Jake, has been promoted to Technician, and his mentor Cameron has been promoted from Technician to Manager of the department. Chris Proctor has also been risen from Project Electrical Engineer to Senior Electrical Engineer this year.
Director Gavin Power has gained recognition by the Institute of Engineering by achieving MIET status.
Our support for local youth champions has also grown as we have provided sponsorship and support to 16-year-old racing prodigy Moh Ritson through his first season of competitive motorsport. We have also continued our support for local youth football team Pudsey Juniors U9s and have also recently contributed towards a new kit for Guiseley Girls.
In further support of the next generation, we have also launched NOVO Academy. Within this, we are preparing a series of in-house workshops and educational sessions where our senior engineers can share their valuable knowledge and expertise with our juniors. This ensures that our entire team is growing and developing alongside one another as a whole, particularly when new regulations and innovations are introduced to the industry.