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

20, April 2016

Cheshire East is celebrating after three of the Borough’s nominations 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, 15th April). A total of 32 authorities entered nominations for the awards.

Of the 14 categories, developers within Cheshire East scooped top prize in three of them, winning the following categories;

  • Best New Housing Development (County and Overall Winer)
  • Best Commercial Building
  • LABC Site Agent of the Year (County and Overall Winner)

In addition, three 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 small new housing development (County and overall winner)
best_housing_2016Contractor: PH Property Holdings Ltd
Location: Greenlands, Chorley Hall Lane, Alderley Edge, Cheshire East, SK9 7UL
Description: 6 No. Semi-Detached and 1 No. Detached Residential Properties
Architect: Core Design (UK) Ltd

Best Commercial Building (Winner)
best_commercial_2016Location: Leighton Hospital, Middlewich Road, Leighton, Crewe, CW1 4QJt 
Description: Refurbishment of existing treatment centre
Contractor: Mid Cheshire NHS Foundation Trust
Architect: AFL Architects 

LABC Residential Site Agent of the Year (Winner)
best_site_manager_2016Supervisor: Shaun Marshall 
Description: Phase 1, Saxon Gate, Parkers Road, Leighton, Crewe 
Contractor: Bloor Homes North West

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

Best Extension or Alteration to an existing home (Highly Commended)
best_extension_2016Contractor: James Kelsall Building & Roofing
Location: Sandbach Road South, Alsager

LABC Warranty Regional Site Manager Awards (Highly Commended)


Supervisors: Ken Baker & Shaun Marshall

Company: Bloor Homes North West
Site: Saxon Gate, Parkers Road, Leighton, Crewe

Best Public Service Building (Highly Commended)
best_public_service_2016Location: Alsager Community Fire Station

Description: Change of use to community fire station, demolition of single storey outbuilding   
Architect: David Trowler Associates
Contractor: Walter Carefoot & Sons (construction) Ltd