Boston development up for national award
An affordable homes development in Boston has gone forward to the National Building Excellence awards.
Five new building schemes submitted by Boston Borough Council were all chosen as finalists in this year's building control excellence awards for the East Midlands.
And the Blue Street development, built by D Brown Building Contractors, was selected as the winner in the Best High Volume New Housing Development and now goes forward to the national awards.
Competition at the East Midlands awards was fierce with entries from 31 local authorities, several of which are large city authorities.
The awards, held in Leicester, are an opportunity for all local authority building control sections to celebrate the very best construction in the region. Paul Smith, Boston Borough Council's head of building control, is currently chairman of the LABC East Midlands Region. He welcomed more than 350 guests to the event. The awards were presented by Graham Rowntree, former England and Leicester Tigers' Rugby Union Player.
The regional awards cover Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. In selecting finalists for the event, the judges looked for vital elements in the creation of excellent buildings such as technical innovation, sustainability and performance as well as aesthetics.
There are 12 LABC regions and the winners from each of these twelve regions are shortlisted for the national finals to be held in London in November.
This year Boston Borough Council's Building Control section endorsed five schemes and we were very pleased that all five were selected as finalists. The schemes submitted were:
- A domestic extension in Freiston Road, Boston in the Best Extension or Alteration to an Existing Home category. The architect for this scheme was Jenny McIntee Architectural Design and the builder R H Developments Ltd.
- In the Best Individual New Home category Eden Lodge at Swineshead for Mr Booth was submitted, with Clive Wicks Associates as the architect.
- The new flats at Maud Street, Boston were submitted in the Best Small New Housing Development and Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development for Taylor Pearson Construction Ltd and Geoff Carter Architects.
- The new housing development in Blue Street, Boston was submitted in the Best High Volume New Housing Development and Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development for D Brown Building Contractors and Chaplin Farrant Ltd.
- In the Best Large Commercial Building category the Mercedes Benz workshop and office building at Old Station Yard, Sutterton, was submitted for Lagan Building Contractors, Whittaker & Watt Architects and Ballyvesey Holdings.
Mr Smith said: "We wish D Brown Building Contractors and the Blue Street housing development every success as they go forward to the National Building Excellence awards. It is an honour for a project within the Borough of Boston to be nominated as a finalist with other major national developments from all over the United Kingdom, and the Building Control section is very proud that one of their developments has received such national recognition."