LABC Building Excellence Awards 2021 winner: Best Residential Conversion or Alteration to an Existing 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 Best Residential Conversion or Alteration to an Existing Home is the Ship House, Appledore, Devon. 

The judges considered that the Ship House was a unique and challenging construction project. It is located in a conservation area, on a very narrow street, with heavily restricted site access. Planning and conservation requirements played a large part in the project and contributed to the construction and building regulation challenges. The nature of working with older buildings meant the construction phase presented some unexpected challenges. However, the huge amount of pre-construction works and engagements with LABC, and other professionals, meant the project team delivered a successful project on time and budget. The LABC plan check service identified design issues, accurately estimated costings and dealt with a majority of site management and construction issues before work started.

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. Excellent communications between the project team and public service building control from start to finish were integral to the success of this project. The LABC plan check service was used prior to work, regular telephone conversations between designer and building control and regular site inspections were carried out allowing any queries to be resolved efficiently.”

Further reading 

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



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