LABC Building Excellence Awards 2021 winner: Best Residential Conversion to Create a Single New Home
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 Residential Conversion to Create a Single New Home is Willowplatt Barn, Aveton Gifford, Kingsbridge, Devon.
The judges took into account that the project involved a rare and distinctive heritage Devon stone barn thought to date from 1787. As with all 2020 construction projects, the project team and Building Control faced uniquely difficult challenges in maintaining communications, due to the COVID-19 lockdowns particularly in the spring and summer of 2020. Despite this, communication and ‘virtual visits’ remained regular, positive and effective, due to the willingness on both sides of the dialogue to accept these new difficulties and to find constructive ways together to continue working around them without disrupting or delaying the project.
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. Here, the Building Control team worked collaboratively with the architect, contractor and structural engineer throughout, to deliver a sympathetic project that has successfully retained all the important features which the owners viewed as ‘essential’ to maintaining the history and character of the barn.”
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