The Dairy, Eastburn Farmhouse, Leyburn wins at 2018 LABC Building Excellence Awards Grand Finals

The Dairy, Eastburn Farmhouse, Leyburn

The project at The Dairy, Eastburn Farmhouse, Leyburn, constructed by Acton & Mudd, designed by and for Cottage in the Dales and nominated by the building control team from North Yorkshire Building Control Partnership was awarded the title of Best Inclusive Building at the LABC Building Excellence Awards Grand Finals – one of the most recognised events on the building industry’s calendar.

A panel of industry experts judged a shortlist of the highest quality projects from around England and Wales to reward the best in technical innovation, sustainability and design.

The project involved the extension, conversion and adaptation of an existing Grade ll listed building in the Yorkshire Dales National Park to create a holiday cottage specifically designed and constructed around the needs of disabled people.

Owners of Cottage in the Dales, Diane and Andrew Howarth, said "The Dairy is the first accommodation in the Yorkshire Dales to provide accessibility support for guests with mobility, hearing and visual requirements to the Visit England (NAS) National Accessibility Scheme standards.

"The Dairy aims to deliver a luxurious and relaxing 5* stay, regardless of whether a guest is able-bodied or not. Here, we want to offer the red carpet, not a red emergency cord, that we're calling 'accessible luxury'; a premium hospitality experience, at an accessible price, that's accessible to all."

LABC Chief Executive Paul Everall said: “Our Building Excellence Awards are an opportunity for the industry to celebrate good practice.

"Our winners demonstrate how positive working relationships with local council building control teams achieve high quality, sustainable buildings. Our awards are unique because they recognise how this cooperation improves building standards and professionalism across the industry."

The panel of expert judges said “This scheme goes above and beyond minimum building regulations standards. It used flexible bathroom, kitchen and bedroom layouts, products and design solutions to create a 5 star experience and the same level of luxury as their non-accessible offering.

"This results in a non-clinical feel which appeals to all customers regardless of whether they are looking for an accessible holiday property or not. This entry is a very well thought out property delivering truly inclusive design."

The LABC Building Excellence Awards Grand Finals took place on Friday 9 November 2018 at the Westminster Park Plaza in London and was hosted by Dead Ringers star, comedian and impressionist Jon Culshaw.

860 building industry professionals including contractors, architects and engineers attended the celebration to find out which projects won across the 15 hotly contested categories.

About the LABC Building Excellence Awards

The LABC Building Excellence Awards showcase buildings and design teams that have had to tussle with complex technical or construction issues and building site constraints. 

They highlight innovative and creative solutions and building control professionalism that leads to safe, sustainable and high quality construction projects.  

Sponsors of the 2018 awards included Abbey Pynford, Actis, FMB, Home and Build, Jewson, LABC Acoustics, LABC Warranty, Planning Portal, Polypipe Terrain and Swiftclean.


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