THE team at Lewis and Hickey Nottingham is celebrating after winning yet another coveted industry gong, the 2012 LABC National Building Excellence Best Community Building Award. The project transformed a grade II historic building into a state of the art youth and learning centre.
The LABC award is the latest accolade in a long list of awards for the Westfield Folkhouse scheme. Others include the Community Recognition Award from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Best Community Development from the Local Authority Building Control (LABC), the Civic Trust Community Award and just last month, the Best Regeneration Project at the East Midlands Property Awards
The listed building has been fully refurbished to a very high standard using traditional materials and methods and the fusion of heritage and modern design showed how sustainability can be achieved through treating a building in an interesting manner that is sympathetic to its environment.
Paul Everall, LABC Chief Executive, said:
“Despite these tough times there are many exciting and high quality construction projects being undertaken right now. Our national excellence awards reflect the ability of the industry’s talent to deliver high quality designs, high standards of safe and sustainable builds – with effective and targeted regulation by Local Authority Building Control.”
“The standard of this year’s finalists – all of whom have already won one of our regional awards – was higher than ever. The Westfield Folkhouse refurbishment shows how a cooperative approach to design brings real benefits all round once the project is completed.”