The converted dwelling – located in Headingly – was highly praised in the category of Best Small New Housing Development at the LABC Building Excellence Awards Grand Final – one of the most recognised events on the building industry’s calendar.
A panel of industry experts – judged a list of the highest quality projects from around England and Wales to reward the best in technical innovation, sustainability and design. The scheme at Shire Oak Road involved the restoration and extension of a single dwelling into six cottages. The sub-division of the building presented the designers with the task of minimising both internal disturbance and removals, which was acclaimed by the judges.
They also commented on the conversion’s success in retaining the integrity of the original building and its features, as it is of ‘local historical importance’.
LABC Chief Executive Paul Everall said: “The extensive technical challenges involved in the redevelopment were met with an exemplary high-standard of design, and construction, that satisfied and exceeded all building regulation standards. The success of preserving the property’s value to the local area is testament to the hard work and tenacity of all involved.”
“Our building excellence awards are an opportunity for the trade to celebrate good practice. Our winners demonstrate how positive working relationships with local council building control teams achieve high quality, sustainable buildings. Our awards are unique because they recognise how this cooperation improves building standards and professionalism across the industry.”
The Grand Final of the LABC Building Excellence Awards took place on Tuesday 11 November 2014 at the Brewery in London and was hosted by writer, architect and television presenter, George Clarke. Over 600 building industry professionals including contractors, architects and engineers attended the celebration to find out which projects were honoured across the 13 hotly contested categories.
About the LABC Building Excellence Awards
The LABC Building Excellence Awards showcase buildings and design teams that have had to tussle with difficult technical or construction issues and building site constraints. They highlight innovative and creative solutions and building control professionalism that leads to safe, sustainable and high quality construction projects.