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Annual Building Awards Celebrate Success

Annual Building Awards Celebrate Success

Mayor Cllr Ann Crimmings presented the awards

Top class construction companies, builders and their architects are celebrating Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Building Control Quality Awards to recognise the high standards of construction projects throughout the county borough.

The annual awards, sponsored by LABC Cymru and Rhondda Heritage Park Hotel rewarded those firms that had clearly illustrated the excellent quality of their building projects.

From house extensions to large-scale industry, the awards were announced by the Council’s Service Director of Planning Simon Gale who described each of the individual developments.

Mayor of Rhondda Cynon Taf Cllr Ann Crimmings presented the winners of each of the five categories with specially-designed trophies while certificates were also presented to those who reached the “highly commended” standard of excellence.

The audience at the RhonddaHeritagePark was presented with images of each of the developments which were shortlisted because of the quality of the construction.

Winners will go forward to the LABC South Wales Building Awards and some may be entered into the national awards in London.

The five categories were divided into domestic extension and alterations; single dwelling / small housebuilder; multiple dwellings; commercial projects and commercial refurbishments.

The awards have raised awareness of the incredible standards of development that can be attained when developers work with the experts on hand at Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Building Control Service from the planning stage onwards in order to achieve maximum results.

It also highlighted once again the challenges developers face today as they consider the environmental impact of their schemes and the sustainability issues we all have to face in the future, such as carbon footprints and climate change.

Mayor Cllr Ann Crimmings said: “The building trade often attracts bad press and cowboy builders make the headlines. This award scheme highlights and acknowledges those that strive to achieve quality in their work and recognises the importance of Building Control to achieve these high standards.

“Today we quite rightly have high expectations of quality in the things that we buy - whether it's clothes, toys, food or furniture. I think we should have similarly high expectations of the places where we live - our homes and communities.

“We need to work together to ensure that high expectations can be met, and that is why these awards are important.

“These awards reflect the Council’s interest in buildings, and it’s commitment to raising the standard of building projects, by identifying and rewarding high-quality design and construction.”

Winners in Each Category:

Category 1 - Domestic Extension / Alterations

Hollybush Grove, Porth – two storey side extension for lower ground floor garage and ground floor bedroom, living room and shower room.
Contractor – Derwood Homes ltd
Architect / Agent – Planabuild Ltd

Category 2 – Single Dwelling / Small Housebuilder

Hazelwood House, Efail Isaf – five bedroom dwelling with attached double garage
Contractor – Hazelwood Carpentry
Architect / Agent – Allan Stuckey Architects

Category 3 – Multiple Dwellings

Brynawelon, Cwmbach – four new dwellings built sympathetically within an existing social housing site
Contractor – RCT Homes
Architect / Agent - Architexture

Category 4 – Commercial

Abercynon Community Primary School – new school and learning resource centre
Contractor – Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd

Category 5 – Commercial Refurbishment

The Duffryn, Mountain Ash – refurbishment of existing private members club to public house
Contractor – Steve Evans
Architect / Agent – Roger Evans

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