LABC Building Excellence Awards 2021 winner: Best Partnership with a Local Authority Building Control Team
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 Partnership with a Local Authority Building Control Team is Aspire Defence Capital Works with Wiltshire Council.
The judges considered the scale and length of the partnership – formed between Aspire Defence and Wiltshire Building Control in 2003 to support the delivery of two MOD PFI contracts to provide new and enhanced service accommodation. Originally around Salisbury Plain and Aldershot, after a decade of success, a second contract was entered into to enable troops based in Germany to return to and move around the UK. With a project of this scale there were a significant number of stakeholders involved and communication was key across all stages, ensuring that all of the Army requirements were achieved. Between 2006 and 2021 475 new buildings and 192 refurbished buildings were delivered on time and budget, safely and to a high-quality finish, covering 1,240 hectares, across four garrisons.
Congratulating the partnership, 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 involved extensive use of off-site construction, so Wiltshire Building Control provided regular building regulation updates including CPD events and tool-box talks. The strength of the partnership has been built on trust and respect and fostering a real team spirit to achieve success”.
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