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Developments scoop building awards

Two newly-built developments in Mansfield District will compete for national awards after winning regional awards last week.

The East Midlands Region LABC Building Excellence Awards were held at the Nottingham Belfry Hotel on Friday (18 May).

Mansfield District Council's Bellamy Road estate in Mansfield, which consists of 43 new affordable homes, won the Best Large Housing Development award.

The properties were the first new Council homes built in Mansfield for 30 years and replaced outdated one-bedroom flats, which were previously demolished. The energy efficient homes have either ground source heat pumps or solar panels and water saving appliances.

The scheme received £2.15m funding from the Homes and Communities Agency and the Council contributed the remaining £2.15m.

The contractor William Davis used local labour from the Mansfield area and provided some training in conjunction with the YMCA.

The Council also endorsed the nomination for Westfield Folk House Young People's Centre, which won the Best Community Building category. The 1830s stately home underwent a £6.5m referb to upgrade the facility for young people, which was funded by the Governments Myplace fund, with Nottinghamshire County Council contributing £1.5m. Due to the Grade II listing, the District Council's building control team, development control and conservation officer worked closely with the architect to ensure the project was fully compliant, whilst safeguarding an important historic asset. Architects were Lewis and Hickey and the project was constructed by G F Tomlinson.

A home on Windsor Gardens, Mansfield, was highly commended in the Best Individual Dwelling category. Mansfield District Council's building control department rectified problems to ensure that it would be possible to stand up and access the first floor. The building control officers worked with the architect and builder to solve the problem and the residents are now very happy living in their beautiful new home, designed by Neville Hardy Associates and built by NBKS Builders.

The two larger schemes will go forward to compete in the national awards at The Brewery, London, in November.

Finalists are not judged on architectural beauty, but on the excellence shown from a construction and technical building control point of view. The awards showcase buildings and design teams that have had to deal with technical issues, difficult sites, and come up with innovative and creative solutions.

The categories include every class of building such as domestic extensions, social housing, apartments, schools, hospitals, commercial and retail to industrial properties.

Martyn Saxton, Head of Planning and Regulatory Services at Mansfield District Council, said: "The Council's Building Control department has always been at the leading edge in the provision of an outstanding building control service to the building industry, and winning these awards only cements this.

"It is particularly pleasing that the Bellamy Road project beat developments for open market sale in the Best Large Housing Development category and not just other Social Housing developments."

The national LABC Building Awards 2012 will be held on 13 November in London.

Published 25 May 2012

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