Palgrave-based Natural Building Systems wins two awards at Babergh and Mid Suffolk Innovation Awards 2022


A forward-thinking company, which manufactures green building products, has won two awards for its innovative thinking.

Natural Building Systems, based in Upper Rose Lane, Palgrave, triumphed in two categories at the recent Babergh and Mid Suffolk Innovation Trophies.

More than 160 people attended the ceremony in Wherstead Park, which recognized companies in a variety of sectors, including healthcare innovation, customer service, sustainability, construction and high street.

Graeme Jones, director Chloe Donovan, Melissa Wicks and Rosie Donovan. Photo: Babergh and Mid Suffolk Council

Natural Building Systems won the Tomorrow’s World and Construction Innovation categories, after developing a revolutionary sustainable alternative to existing building methods.

The company combines low embodied carbon materials with digital manufacturing and other modern building methods to produce building materials that are not only carbon neutral, but also help reduce carbon in the atmosphere.

“We were delighted to have won two awards, one for innovation in construction and the other for being a promising ‘world of tomorrow’ technology,” said Chloe Donovan, Chief Operating Officer.

“It is critical that we significantly and quickly reduce the carbon footprint of our buildings and the materials they are made from, if the government is to meet its net zero carbon emissions targets.

“Our system proves that we can have healthier and more efficient homes and buildings without expecting the environment to pay the price.

“We achieve this by combining advanced manufacturing techniques, along with high-carbon capture materials, such as hemp, to create a customizable modular building system, which provides the solution to the housing shortage and creates demand. sustainable and profitable crops for our farmers. .”

Natural Building Systems was formed in 2019 by Chloe, with Design Director David Nicholson and Research Director Dr. Mike Lawrence.

All the winners of the recent awards ceremony
All the winners of the recent awards ceremony

While traditional methods create 50 tons of carbon in construction, its products can be used to create three-story carbon neutral buildings.

The Babergh and Mid Suffolk Innovation Awards were held virtually for the first time in 2020 during the pandemic.

This year was the first time that participating companies could meet in person. There were 22 finalists in total.

Harry Richardson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth at Mid Suffolk District Council, said: “Innovation in business has never been more important and our awards are a unique opportunity to recognize how businesses are embracing the change and new ways of working.

“The range of shortlisted companies demonstrates that whether it’s a start-up or a long-established company, innovation always has a role to play.”

The judges included industry experts from Suffolk University, University of Essex, Innovate UK KTN, Tech East and Tech Nation. Keynote speeches were also given by New Anglia LEP and Innovate UK.


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