LABC Building Excellence Awards 2023 winner – Best Purpose-Built Accommodation

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 Best Purpose-Built Accommodation is Eign Gate, Herefordshire.

Situated in the heart of Hereford City Centre, Eign Gate is the perfect example of how building control, architects, contractors and clients can work together seamlessly. The act of converting the building to en-suite student accommodation comprising of 71 units was complex due to the historic nature of the building, its age, and site restrictions in a central city location. Despite the challenges, the project team persevered, and the outcome is the successful transformation of an old building into a functional space whilst maintaining its original character.

The LABC public service building control team at Herefordshire Council have demonstrated their knowledge and skills through weekly inspections and resolutions to issues in order to keep the project on track and minimise any construction issues. Despite the main contractor going into liquidation, the positive relationship between Building Control and on-site parties allowed the client to take over smoothly and for work to continue as planned.

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.”

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