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24
Nov

Celebrating success at the LABC SE Awards 2021

Posted on: 24 November 2021

Category: News

Every year we are proud to nominate a small number of the best projects and people we have worked with to the LABC SE Awards.  The Awards celebrate not only great design and build standards but teamwork, compliance with building regulations and several other aspects of the project and the project team.

This year due to the pandemic the Awards took on a slightly different format. Instead of hosting the LABC SE Awards presentation at the Grand Hotel in Brighton, the judging took place virtually. LABC has now organised a grand final in London in January 2022, when all regional winners will be invited to attend to hear the national winners announced.   

The results are in!

We are delighted that five of our nominees won their Award categories at the LABC SE Awards. All our winners deserved their place, which is testament to the quality and standards achieved by those involved. As a building control Partnership, we are proud to work with construction professionals who have a real passion for what they do and consistently achieve the highest standards. We will be crossing our fingers for everyone at the Grand Finals in January.

Best residential extension

This project was a stunning transformation of a standard detached house into a completely redesigned home, fit for 21st century living. (See main article image.) Architect Mark Fox listened to his clients and helped them translate their vision into reality.  Builders CKH Build produced the highest standards of work and the house is now light-filled, spacious and visually impactful.

Best individual new dwelling

This U-shaped Scandia-Hus timber framed home uses renewable energies and is an excellent example of a highly insulated self-build project.  The owners researched, resourced and project managed the build themselves and the result is a home showcasing their ideas and attention to detail. The large expanses of glazing provide panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

Best residential and small commercial builder

Having worked with Tony Howe of Just Extensions for many years we were delighted to see him and his team rewarded for their hard work, high standards and craftmanship, when they were crowned Best residential and small commercial builder for 2021.

Best Partnership with a local authority building control team

The LABC Partner Authority Scheme is designed to help streamline the building regulations submission process for designers and builders. Having built a successful working relationship with Robert and Simon from The Harvest Partnership over the last 20 years, and in more recent years, carried out their Partner plan checking work for them, we are delighted to hear of their well-deserved success.

LABC newcomer of the year

Katy joined us in the middle of the pandemic as a trainee building control surveyor and has shown herself to be highly motivated and a self-starter. As well as learning on the job, Katy has also completed the first year of her Degree course in Building Control Surveying with flying colours. We are thrilled that Katy's hard work has been recognised by the Awards judges and know how lucky we are to have her on the team.

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27
Sep

Fuel shortages and inspection visits

Posted on: 27 September 2021

Category: News

Due to the current situation regarding fuel shortages, there may be some disruption to our on-site inspection service. We will still be able to carry out inspections, however it may be necessary for some of these to take place virtually using smart phone technology.

Please continue to book your inspections in the usual way and if we are unable to call to site in person we will advise you before 10am on the day of inspection.

Thank you for your understanding.

27 September 2021

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25
Aug

Consultation now open for Government review of Architects' Regulation

Posted on: 25 August 2021

Category: News

If you are an architect or work in the architectural sector, have your say on this important Government Review - Architects' regulation and shaping the future of the profession.

Consultation is open until 8 November. You can also subscribe to receive regular email updates on building regulations and planning issues.

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1
Jul

New apps to simplify extension planning application process for homeowners

Posted on: 01 July 2021

Category: News

From 30 June 2021 two new web apps are being trialled:

  • A public-facing one, aimed at making it easier to submit a planning application for an extension
  • The second, for planners, should speed up processing of applications for extensions and other home improvements.

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