Peter Casey, Chairman of The Casey Group Ltd, today received the University of Salford Chancellor’s Philanthropy Award 2016.
Peter set up the Peter Casey Scholarship three years ago at the University’s School of the Built Environment with the aim of recognising and supporting excellence in construction. It has so far funded two worthy students, Stuart Hartley and John Kelso, with the third recipient to be announced next week.
Peter was unable to receive the award in person as he is recuperating from an operation, but he did convey his appreciation of the award in a video message.
Peter Casey funds a scholarship at The University of Salford School of the Built Environment. Started in 2014, the scholarship recognises and supports excellence in construction and is an annual award which funds a student for the duration of their course. It has so far funded two students, Stuart Hartley and John Kelso.
Peter has just featured in the 2015 edition of Impact, the supporter newsletter for the University. In the article, he talks about his early life and the progression of his career. Did you know that after he left school, he had to work a full time and a part-time job in order to help his family budget? And he studied part-time on top of that? He also expresses his emphasis on social responsibility and encouraging education both in his own company and in the wider community, but he also stresses the need to strike a work/life balance. You can read the full article here.
This is what John Kelso, current recipient, had to say about the Scholarship.
"When I heard about the Peter Casey Scolarship I worked as hard as I could to obtain it. I'm aiming to graduate with a First Class Honours. It is an honour to be awarded this Scholarship and it enables me to carry on working to the best of my ability.
At an awards ceremony on Friday 4 December, Cathedral Gardens, Leicester was announced as the Principal Winner in its category: Restoration and Regeneration Scheme (over £1.5m).
The scheme, carried out by Casey for Leicester Cathedral and Leicester City Council, was designed by Gillespies with the intent to breathe new life into the entire area surrounding this building established over 900 years ago. The works were carried out amid the heightened global interest in Leicester, brought about by the discovery of the remains of England’s last Plantagenet King, Richard III, which were found in a nearby car park in September 2012.
The scheme involved providing lawns in intimate garden spaces and hedged enclosures with seating for visitors to enjoy moments of quiet contemplation. Wildflower meadows were created close to new water features.
Paving and terracing were installed in Cathedral Square and approach paths and the adjoining Peacock Lane.
Throughout the hard and soft landscaped areas, number of artistic features were installed. The Dallas Pierce Quintero designed piece ‘Toward Stillness’ was commissioned to portray the timeline between the Bosworth Field conflict in 1485 when Richard III died, and when he was discovered in 2012. The restored statue of Richard was installed close to the Visitor Centre.
Casey are proud to receive this award for such an interesting scheme.
A refurbishment project for two maisonette blocks at Erneley Close, Longsight, has given a remarkable facelift to the area, whilst providing equally dramatic energy savings for residents.
The blocks have been refurbished to the Passivhaus EnerPhit standard. The term Passivhaus refers to an advanced low energy construction standard for buildings that provides excellent health and comfort conditions being both cool in summer and warm in winter with minimal heating or cooling requirements.
Passivhaus buildings provide a plentiful supply of fresh air internally to ensure low C02 levels whatever the season, and to provide perfect air humidity levels for healthy conditions all year round. They are basically airtight, but provide excellent ventilation without wasting heat, and without cold draughts. Ventilation is achieved by a low-energy heat recovery ventilation system which uses outgoing warm air to heat the incoming cooler air. The extremely low energy consumption of such properties often results in cost savings to the occupier of more than 90% per year compared to ordinary buildings.
The Casey Group Ltd, have just completed this ambitious project for Eastlands Homes with developer R-Gen. Designed by Edelmann and Ebling, together with Passivhaus Designer Eric Parks, this is the largest such project to be undertaken so far in the UK.
The Casey Group Ltd has achieved the RoSPA Gold Medal yet again, for 7 consecutive Gold Awards.
RoSPA's mission is to reduce injuries and save lives and the organisation recognises commitment to continuous improvement in accident and ill health prevention at work. Through the scheme, judges consider entrants' overarching occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.
Paul Turner, Casey Director responsible for Health and Safety said, "Again, this award demonstrates our commitment to keeping our employees, and those we work with, safe. We have always made health and safety a top priority, and this award is testament to the value that all our employees place on this. We would like to thank everyone for their commitment - we can all be proud of this continued achievement."
The awards will be presented during a ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on 15 July 2015.