Wednesday, May 28, 2014

News: Rotherham buildings recognised in awards

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Several new buildings across Rotherham have been acclaimed in a regional building excellence awards.

The Brook Meadows housing development in Aston; the new building for funeral directors J Parkinson and Sons in Westgate; and two schools in Maltby - the newly-revamped Maltby Academy and the Lilly Hall Primary School - were all successful in this year's South Yorkshire and Humber Building Excellence Awards.

The awards, which recognise building excellence during the year, are organised by building control departments of local authorities across South Yorkshire and the Humber.

The projects were judged on a range of criteria including compliance with building regulations, accessibility, inclusive environment and sustainability as well as client and customer satisfaction.

W. Redmile & Sons, a family-owned business based in Sheffield, were the winners in the "Best Housing Development" category for Brook Meadows in Aston. The site comprises 200 units off Mansfield Road and although it has taken a few years to complete this phase of the site the standard of build is always high and consistent.

The recent re-build of Maltby Academy helped BAM Construction pick up the winners award for the "Best Education Project." BAM Construction has transformed the existing site to provide over 10,000 sq m of modern teaching facilities in both new and refurbished buildings. This phase of works includes the focal point of the redevelopment, the new Business and Enterprise Centre (picture during construction), as well as the refurbished teaching and social spaces.

Most importantly, throughout the whole construction period, the daily running of the Academy has been maintained and safety ensured for the 1,200 pupils and teaching staff.

Achieving highly commended in the "Best Small Community Project" category was Maltby's Lilly Hall Primary School. It was designed by James Cox of Rotherham Borough Council's Design and Projects department and built by local contractor George Hurst and Sons Ltd.
Eton Construction, which is based in Rotherham's Wellgate, achieved a highly commended award for its nomination in the "Best Commercial Project Up To £1m." They are responsible for the new building in Westgate, Rotherham, for undertakers, J Parkinson and Sons.

Cain Green, commercial director of Eton Construction (pictured above, right), said: "We are delighted to have received the award out of the many other projects put forward within the region and hope this will help further establish ourselves moving forward.

"The project was met by many challenges; limited site space, limited shared access with our clients who were still operating in their current building and piling of the building, to name a few. We overcome them also giving recognition for the award, by closely working with the building inspectors from Rotherham Building Control, our client J Parkinson and Sons and Building Design Concept, the Rotherham based project architect."

Successful projects in the South Yorkshire and Humber Building Excellence Awards 2014 are now eligible for nomination to the national LABC - Local Authority Building Control finals - to be held in London later in the year.

Local Authority Building Control website
Eton Construction website

Images: Maltby Academy / Eton Construction / LABC

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