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Thursday 21 May 2015

Cheshire East scoops trio of top gongs at buildings’ design ‘Oscars’


Cheshire East is celebrating after three of the Borough’s developments scooped top honours at this year’s North West LABC Regional Building Excellence Awards.

The Local Authority Building Control presentations, held at the Macron Stadium, in Bolton, brought together hundreds of professionals for the prestigious event (held on Friday, May 8). A total of 32 authorities entered nominations for the awards.

Of the 15 categories, developers within Cheshire East scooped top prize in a fifth of them, winning the following categories;

● Best local builder;

● Best individual new home;

● LABC site supervisor of the year.

In addition, five more of the Council’s nominations received ‘highly commended’ recognition.

The three winners will now go forward to the National LABC Building Excellence Awards to be held in London later in the year.

Such success clearly shows that Cheshire East can demonstrate quality and style, reinforcing the value of living within the Borough.

The event celebrates the very best within construction in the region and recognises good relationships between developers and local authority building control services, who work together to ensure quality of build and design.

The awards evening was attended by members of the newly-formed Cheshire East Council wholly-owned company Civicance, which is another example of the authority’s commitment to provide high-quality services throughout the area.

Civicance managing director Ian Bunn said: “These awards showcase fine examples of how private developers are working together with local authority building control to create excellent projects, which enhance their local communities and their living environment. It was pleasing to see, once again, the energy and flair brought to these developments.

“The nominations were of a high standard, so I’m particularly pleased to see that Cheshire East performed so well. These awards both recognise and encourage the creation of a high-quality environment that people in the Borough want and deserve.

“This competition not only recognises the flair and imagination of those behind many of our landmark buildings but also the great working relationship that is harnessed between developers and their respective local authorities in creating well-designed buildings that serve our residents and communities well.”

Details of the winners are:

Best Local Builder (Winner)

Contractor:                Simon Clutton Homes Ltd

Location:                    Land to the rear of 12, Northfield Place, Shavington CW2 5BL and Wellington Road, Nantwich

Description:               Detached new dwelling

Architect:                   DSJ Private clients

Best Individual New Home (Winner)

Location:                    Deep Dene, Mereside Road, Mere, Knutsford

Description:               Replacement dwelling

Contractor:                DS Building Projects Ltd

Architect:                   Tsiantar Architects Ltd

LABC Site Supervisor of the Year (Winner)

Supervisor:                Gordon Derbyshire             

Description:               New dwellings, off West Street, Crewe

Contractor:                Countryside Properties (UK) Ltd

Those nominations which did not win their category but were recognised for their outstanding achievements rated as ‘Highly Commended’ included the following:

Best Local Builder (Highly Commended)

Contractor:                Jason Welsh Building Services

Location:                    Hawksey Drive, Stapeley and land to the side of 18 Wistaston Road, Willaston

Best Change of Use (Highly Commended)

Location:                    Lower Brook Barn, Smithy Lane, Rainow

Description:               Conversion of stone barn to a dwelling              

Architect:                   Hayes & Partners Ltd

Best Small New Housing Development (Highly Commended)

Location:                    Knutsford Road, Chorley

Description:               Erection of four new semi-detached dwellings             

Architect:                   Richard Larkin, RJL Architecture

Contractor:                PH Property Holdings Ltd

Best Public Service Building (Highly Commended)

Location:                    Leighton Hospital, Crewe

Description:               Operating theatres and critical care unit             

Architect:                   AFL Architects

Contractor:                Interserve

Applicant:                  Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Best Partnership with a Local Authority (Highly Commended)

Location:                    Crewe

Description:               Building plans and design            

Architect:                   Stuart Thorley

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