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.

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