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LABC AWARDS A year of building excellence

The Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Awards celebrated the buildings that have achieved technical design brilliance

On the 1st November, The Brewery in the City of London played host to the prestigious LABC National Building of Excellence Awards. The Awards are acknowledged as a unique scheme, recognising the unnoticed work of local authorities.


aving held many of London's most iconic events, The Brewery made a fitting venue for the Awards. More

than 500 guests, including senior government and building control officials, along with contractors, developers and architects

attended the ceremony, hosted by Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow. The Awards were divided into twelve

categories including Best Commercial Building, Best Sustainable Project and Best Technical Innovation. There was also an overall Supreme Award, which was granted to the exceptional One New Change in St.Pauls, London. This year the judging panel focused on candidates' response to the contemporary desire for builds that balance aesthetics with security, cost effectiveness & high environmental standards. The judges had a hard time judging this

year, with a number of impressive entries to judge. LABC Chief Executive Paul Everall said: "The judges had a tough job to pick winners from such high quality entries. The thing that marks out the winners is how feedback given by local authority building control, often as early as the design stage of a project, can make the difference. This early cooperation leads to a better working relationship with customers, which in turn, results in the impressive work featured in the Awards. My congratulations go to all the finalists – and especially the winners." Here, BB&D looks at some of the winners

from this prestigious event. 

CATEGORY: Supreme Winner/Best Commercial Building (Large) WINNER: One New Change LABC REGION: London DEVELOPER: Land Securities Plc CONTRACTOR: Lend Lease ARCHITECT: Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Sidell GIbson Architect

Selected as the outright winner on the night was the One New Change development in London from developer Land Securities. The panel selected the project as the outright winner because of its success in the face of a number of potentially problematic features, namely the build's proximity to St Paul's Cathedral and a complex concept design, which included a glazed façade, 'top down' construction and geothermal heating. The winning combination of innovative features and exceptional attention to detail resulted in a build that aims to change forever the way people view the City. Other finalists in the category that were beaten included the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury, the Percy Gee redevelopment at the University of Leicester, the new pavilion at Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Headingley, Leeds, and the Carmarthen Town redevelopment in Wales. 

CATEGORY: Best Partnership WINNER: Peveril Homes & Amber Valley Building Control LABC REGION: East Midlands DEVELOPER: Peveril Homes

Peveril has been partnered with Amber Valley since 2001. The part- nership operates in a way that is mutually beneficial to both parties, ultimately resulting in what Peveril director Colin Wright calls an "almost guaranteed...problem-free build". The development of a set of standard specifications and designs for common construction ele- ments was one of the key features of the partnership that led to its success in this category, said the panel. 

CATEGORY: Best Housing (Large) WINNER: Phoenix Quay LABC REGION: South West (Plymouth) DEVELOPER/CONTRACTOR: Linden Homes ARCHITECT: Various

Winning for Best Housing (Large) was the Phoenix Quay develop- ment in Millbay, Plymouth, from Linden Homes. The panel felt that the project set an impressive benchmark for the planned regenera- tion of this under-developed area of Plymouth. The homes were all built to high specification, replete with modern fixtures and fittings, including features such as open-plan kitchens, full-length windows and balconies overlooking the sea.  | British Builder & Developer | 13

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