LABC Building Excellence Awards 2021 winner: Best Individual New Home

Press Release

More than 750 leading construction industry figures attended the LABC Building Excellence Awards at the Westminster Park Plaza Hotel to acclaim best practise, quality and standards in construction.

These were the first Building Excellence Awards since 2019 following the global pandemic and LABC has revised the awards to focus more on professional skills and competence – dividing the awards into two: ‘people’ and ‘places’.

A panel of industry experts judged a list of the highest quality projects and teams from around England and Wales to showcase solutions to complex technical or construction issues, site constraints, technical innovation and the building control professionalism that leads to safe, sustainable and high quality construction projects.  

LABC is delighted to announce the winner of the Best Individual New Home is Gables, Bartlow, Cambridgeshire.

The judges considered the importance of the timber framed and thatch elements of the barn reconstruction. It incorporated the ‘Dorset model’ for thatched buildings and created a brick end gable to overcome fire rating to the property boundary. The 3C local authority building control team worked to create an enhanced LD1 alarm system and full sprinkler system to enable the architects to maintain high open volumes within rooms. The LABC advice was informative and guided the design development with regular site visit support during the covid lockdown.

Congratulating the team, Lorna Stimpson, LABC Chief Executive said,

“These new style awards reflect LABC’s new focus on skills, quality and competency and reflect the best in construction from a technical perspective. This project showed how submitting early details to LABC enabled the project team to develop a technically robust building. Good communication was maintained through the project despite COVID-19 and the LABC was accommodating and flexible.”

Further reading 

View a full list of LABC Grand Finals Winners and Highly Commended 2021



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