LABC Building Excellence Awards 2021 winner: Local Authority Building Control Team of the Year
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 Local Authority Building Control Team of the Year is Cornwall Council.
The judges considered both the challenges faced by the team and customer feedback. Cornwall Council is a unitary authority and its building control team covers the whole of Cornwall as well as operating an off-shore 'flying building inspector' service for the Isles of Scilly. The Council also incorporates the local Fire and Rescue Service so building control works closely with both Fire and Housing colleagues on regulations under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and Housing Act. This is particularly important with the large numbers of holiday and student properties in the county. Customer feedback described the team as ‘knowledgeable and approachable’ and ‘skilled and engaged’ and they have partnership arrangements going back 50 years.
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. Cornwall Council Building Control faces various challenges including its geography, climate and age and nature of its building stock. Their longstanding partnership approaches and commitment to service excellence is shown by the amount of positive feedback they receive.”
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