LABC Building Excellence Awards 2023 winner: Best Residential Conversion or Alteration to an Existing Home

Press Release
Smithy Cottage, Skipton

More than 900 leading construction industry figures attended the LABC Building Excellence Awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel, London to celebrate best practice, quality, and exemplary standards in construction.

The LABC Building Excellence Awards focus on professional skills and competence, as well as exemplar projects with categories for ‘People’ and ‘Places.’

A panel of industry experts judged a selection of the highest quality projects, professionals, and teams from around England and Wales to showcase solutions to complex technical or construction issues, site constraints and technical innovation. The awards highlight the vital contribution public sector building control teams make as part of the project team, ensuring safe, sustainable, and high-quality construction projects.

LABC is delighted to announce that the WINNER of the Best Residential Conversion or Alteration to an Existing Home is Smithy Cottage, Yorkshire.

Based in the Yorkshire Dales National Park just outside Skipton, Smithy Cottage is an excellent example of bringing a house back to modern use. As a Grade II listed cottage in a Conservation Area within the Yorkshire Dales National Park, sensitivity was needed to ensure the conversion was kept in keeping, as well as reducing environmental impact of both the build, as well as the finished property. This proved a challenge, but an achievable one for this project team, evident by the result of an excellent conversion with superb preservation methods and environmental practices. 

The LABC public service building control team from North Yorkshire Building Control Partnership (previously Craven District Council) operate a small team but are always available, helpful, pragmatic and interested in solving problems as well as listening to solutions. Remote sites are difficult to manage, but without fail, the team at North Yorkshire BCP always remained a solid point of contact.

Congratulating the whole team on their success, Lorna Stimpson, LABC Chief Executive said:

"I firmly believe that one of the best ways to see more good work is to praise building excellence and publicly acknowledge companies, designers, site managers and tradespeople who go that extra mile."

Did you work on an excellent project or with an outstanding person in 2023?

Enter now for your chance to be part of the LABC Building Excellence Awards 2024!


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