19 Jun 2015

Best of Building excellence in West Yorkshire hailed at Leeds event

Contractors and architects from across West Yorkshire gathered in Leeds this week to celebrate excellence in building.

Winners were announced in 13 different categories at the LABC West Yorkshire Building Excellence Awards, which organised by Leeds City Council and the other four West Yorkshire local authority building control services, was held at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

Recognising the very best in building quality, standards, technical innovation and sustainable designs at a local level, a variety of projects in the region from domestic extensions to commercial developments featured in the awards. The winners of each respective category will now have the opportunity qualify for the LABC (Local Authority Building Control) Building Excellence Awards Grand Finals, which are held in London in the autumn.

The 2015 LABC West Yorkshire Building Excellence Award Winners were:

Commercial: Hird and Partners Veterinary Surgery, 2 King Street, Halifax

Community: Leisure centre at Spring Grove, Springwood Street, Huddersfield

Sustainability: Thornes View, Wakefield

Education: Bradford College, Great Horton Road, Bradford

Partnership: Paddick Engineering Ltd

LABC Site Supervisor of the Year Award: James Greenaway, Harron Homes

Domestic Extension: Woodlawn, 37 Belmont Rise, Baildon

Single Dwelling: 23 Boathouse Lane, Lower Hopton, Mirfield

Best Small Builder: Simon Cornell, MSC Joinery & Building Services Ltd

New Dwellings, 2-10 units: Alexandra Mill, Burnley Road, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge

New Dwellings over 10 units: Castle Mount, Mirfield

Restoration and Conversion – Small Projects: Sycamore Cottage, Village Road, Eccup, Leeds

Restoration and Conversion – Major Projects: Unity House, 75-83 Westgate, Wakefield Unity Works

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member for regeneration, transport and planning, said:

“We were delighted to host The West Yorkshire Building Excellence Awards in Leeds, which is a fantastic way in which to recognise and celebrate the very best in the industry across the region.

““Big congratulations to all those who were nominated and those who won an award. Hopefully, given the quality we have in West Yorkshire, we will see a number of our winners featuring in the national Grand Finals this autumn.”

The complete list of winners, finalists and project descriptions can be found on the LABC Awards website at http://www.labc.co.uk/west-yorkshire-awards

Notes to editors:

This year’s awards were attended by over 200 people who were involved in the nominated building projects in the West Yorkshire Region.

The LABC Awards recognise the importance of building control in creating a high quality, sustainable built environment in England and Wales. Local authority building control helps to ensure better design and builds by cooperative working between local councils, developers, designers and builders to avoid costly corrections during construction and to make sure projects comply with the highest standards of safety, sustainability and accessibility.

LABC is the member organisation representing all local authority building control departments in England and Wales. Its membership includes 3,000 professional surveyors and support technicians and has a 70% market share of building control in these sectors: domestic conversions and improvements; new homes and apartments; commercial offices, workshops, industrial and warehouses; education; healthcare; care homes; retail; leisure and entertainment; and stadiums.

LABC promotes the design and construction of buildings that are safe, accessible and environmentally efficient to comply with the Building Regulations. LABC builds awareness of local authority building control amongst the public, developers, designers and contractors. It also works with trade organisations, manufacturers, distributors, research establishments, test houses and professional institutions to support innovation in building.

LABC are always looking for future award winners. If you have a project completed within the next 12 months which you feel deserves to be one of next year’s finalists, have a word with your local authority building control surveyor expressing your interests and they may put your project forward for nomination.

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