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Beverley Extra Care - Winner - Building Excellence Awards 2015

We are delighted that our project for 40 extra care flats for East Riding Council at Rita Hunt Court, Beverley was awarded winner of the ‘Best Social or Affordable Housing Development’ at the Local Area Building Control North and East Yorkshire Building Excellence Awards 2015.

An excellent result for the Client East Riding of Yorkshire Council, the designers East  Riding of Yorkshire Council Infrastructure & Facilities and all the Houlton team and supply chain involved on this new building.

It was presented to the project team at the awards presentation ceremony at The Royal York Hotel on Wednesday 17 June 2015 where the guest speaker was Jules Hudson from BBC’s ‘Escape to the Country’. All the finalists provided excellent examples of Partnership working with Local Area Building Control and were shortlisted from a significant number of nominations.

It received the award for building excellence in the delivery of outstanding construction and workmanship. The award recognises developments of any scale by organisations developing new social or affordable homes. Specific Criteria - Involvement of the community - Affordability of maintenance - Response to site constraints - External appearance and internal planning - Layout grouping and landscaping - Attention to safety, security and accessibility

The LABC Building Excellence Awards are a two-stage process beginning in their 12 regions at events starting in the spring and running through to mid summer. Regional winners are automatically shortlisted for the LABC Grand Finals, which are held in London in the autumn.

Building Excellence Awards are all about the essence of good buildings. The 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 tussle with technical issues, difficult sites, innovative and creative solutions.

Special praise is also due to Houlton Site Manager Scott Lilley who was nominated as a finalist for the LABC Site Supervisor of the Year at these awards. This category recognises a specific person rather than an overall company. Nominations are for a site manager that has stood out by going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure an outstanding working relationship with the local authority.

Houlton Wins CONCOM Certificate of Merit

Houlton were delighted to receive the highest Concom accreditation, a Certificate of Merit in recognition of outstanding achievement in their last Concom audit, achieving a score of 97%.

The award was presented by Trevor Thompson of Greenergy and also Chairman of Concom  and Dave Roulson Concom Coordinator to Houlton SHEQ manager Ian Shepherdson at a recent awards ceremony and Catch Up With Competency Event.

Humber Bank Contractor Competency Forum HBCCF or Concom as it is more usually known is a joint project between a number of the Humber Bank process industry sites and their contractors to monitor and promote high standards of competency in the contractor base. It helps clients meet their need to assess contractors systems and capabilities and provides contractors with a single standard and consistent system to demonstrate their competence to multiple clients. HCF CATCH are appointed by Concom to administer and run the scheme.

Key advantages to Houlton is that it provides a single audit for 19 Humber Bank clients which provides development support and shared information on safety and competence issues as well as a joint approach to common issues and best practice.

Concom audits contractors who are working on, or clients are intending to use on their sites using an audit template agreed by the client group. The audit report and data is then available to all the client members so that the contractor is only audited once regardless of how many of the clients they work for.

Concom supports contractors in improving their systems and competency by promoting and sharing best practice and providing training targeted at areas found to be weak during systems or site audits. Concom is a collaborative and supportive tool promoting continual improvement.

Considerate Constructors Scheme 2015 National Site Award

Houlton won a Bronze Considerate Constructors Scheme 2015 National Site Award for our Hull Royal Infirmary Tower Block Facade Repairs and Encapsulation Works for Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

The award was presented for Houlton winners James Townend, Steve Cheesman and Christopher Carline at a ceremony in Leeds.

Considerate Constructors said: "This site has shown the highest levels of consideration towards the public, its workforce and the environment through adhering to the Scheme’s five-point Code of Considerate Practice".