Local Authority Building Control, commonly referred to as LABC, is a membership organisation representing all local authority building control departments in England and Wales.
They are a not-for-profit organisation which promotes public sector expertise through a variety of training courses, building regulations and sourcing the best service providers. Most recently LABC have been celebrating high caliber structures and impressive technical abilities through their Building Excellence Awards. 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 recognise not just buildings but celebrate their design, as well as the construction teams that have tackled technical issues, difficult sites and found innovative and creative solutions.
The Building Excellence Awards span England and Wales and begin with the regional qualifiers in May; before the awards that culminate in the grand finals at an autumn ceremony in London. In this issue we catch up with some of the shortlisted candidates across numerous categories.
The categories that property developers and construction firms can be entered into include: Best Extension or Alteration to an Existing Home, Best Local Builder or Traditional Craftsmanship, Best Change of use of an Existing Building or Conversion, Best Individual New Home, Best Small New Housing Development (7 units or less), Best High Volume New Housing Development (8 units or more), Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development, Best Public Service Building, Best Educational Building, Best Commercial Building (two categories, small and large, to be divided by LABC at the judging), Best Customer LABC Partnership with a Local Authority Building Control Team, LABC site supervisor of the year.
We take a closer look at property developer Hereward Homes, N F Coverdale, Bakers of Danbury and Dean & Dean Construction.