Civicance scoops trio of top gongs at buildings’ design ‘Oscars’

May 20, 2015

Civicance is celebrating after three of Cheshire East'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 Civicance'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 Civicance 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.

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)
Winner Deep Dene
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 Welch 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 Partnership with a Local Authority (Highly Commended)
Location: Crewe

Description: Building plans and design
Architect: Stuart Thorley

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