Green Base gets on the message

Helena Homes Green Base
Helena Homes Green Base

A ST Helens housing association has scooped a top environmental prize.

Helena Partnerships has received a Gold standard International Green Apple Environment Award in recognition of its new Passivhaus community facility, the Green Base.

The award was presented by independent environment group The Green Organisation at the House of Commons earlier this month, at a ceremony hosted by Chris Hopkins of Ploughcroft Solar who has revolutionised the domestic solar power industry and gained recognition on Dragons’ Den this year.

The eco-friendly Green Base building and sustainable landscape in Thatto Heath, St Helens, provide a community hub for learning about horticulture and the green agenda as well as a home to Helena’s Green Space Service.

Helena’s Green Space Manager, Liz Ackerley, said: “It’s a real honour to have our work recognised with such a prestigious international award.

“We’re incredibly proud of the Green Base and will continue to work in partnership with our tenants to create a more sustainable future for local communities.”

A Helena Homes spokesman added: “It is one of just a handful of buildings in the country to reach the Passivhaus global standard of energy efficiency, offering energy savings of around 90 per cent.

“The Green Base was chosen as a winner from more than 500 nominations for the annual Green Apple Awards, which celebrate companies, councils and communities carrying out projects that enhance the environment.

“The citation commended an outstandingly sustainable building being used for operational, community and volunteer development purposes and training.”

Helena’s Green Base team were presented with a Green Apple Award at the House of Commons