Building projects in Swindon have received regional recognition for excellence at an awards event in Bristol after being nominated by Swindon Borough Council’s building control team.
The event at the Marriott Hotel in Bristol showcased the wide variety of projects that Local Authority Building Control teams, who compete with the private sector, have been involved in across the region.
Local housing developer Hill Homes and Swindon Council’s Building Control won the Best Partnership with a Local Authority award, while Paul Morris, a site manager for builder Willmot Dixon, won Non-Residential Site Agent of the Year for his work on managing the building sites at the Redhouse and Tadpole Farm Schools to make sure the projects ran smoothly and safely in conjunction with the local community and school staff.
Hill Homes uses Swindon’s Building Control team to providing a plan and inspection service, which has been applied to nearly 300 houses on various sites in and around the Borough.
Swindon’s Building Control team make sure that buildings are compliant with national building regulations to make sure new structures, conversions, renovations and extensions, either domestic or commercial, are safe, healthy and high-performing. Detailed regulations cover areas such as structural integrity, fire protection, accessability, energy performance, protection against falls, and electrical and gas safety. They also set out standards for other issues such as for drainage and ventilation.
In total, Swindon Borough Council nominated 14 companies and projects. In addition to the two winners, another two were Highly Commended. In this category, the award for Best Extension or Alterations to an Existing Home were given to Oakhills Construction for Orchard House in Old Shaw Lane, and Best Small New housing Development went to Hills Homes for Tommy’s Barn at Church Lane in Bishopstone. In total, 13 South-west local authorities took part in the awards.
The two winners will go through to represent the South-west at the national awards in London in November, where the best projects from 13 regions are judged.
Pictured top, 2015 – Paul Morris of Willmot-Dixon with Swindon Borough Council architect Nic Newland, who designed the council’s innovative Class Solutions timber framed modular building system, outside the new Tadpole Farm Primary Academy.
Below, 2013, Paul Morris showing staff and children around Redhouse Community Centre which was used as a temporary home by Tadpole Farm Academy for 12 months whilst the permanent accommodation was built at Tadpole Garden Village
See more pictures from Tadpole Farm Primary Academy of Willmot-Dixon