By LABC Building Excellence Awards 2015 on 12/11/2015

The Old Railway Quarter in Swindon was awarded the title of Best High Volume New Housing Development at the Grand Final of the LABC Building Excellence Awards - one of the most recognised events on the building industry's calendar.

A panel of industry experts - judged a list of the highest quality projects from around England and Wales to reward the best in technical innovation, sustainability and design. The redevelopment of the former Great Western Railway works has provided 124, one and two bedroom apartments, as well as 745m2 of office space. The site contains a number of Grade II listed buildings, some of which were on the English Heritage Buildings at Risk Register. The scheme reflects the aesthetics of the surrounding heritage area and creates a high quality living and working environment, with its own distinct character.

LABC Excellence Awards Grand Final 2015

LABC Chief Executive Paul Everall said: "Working in a challenging context involving sensitive restoration and difficult technical issues during construction, Thomas Homes have produced an excellent project which successfully blends the contemporary design notes with the strong character of the original buildings on a prominent site. The result undoubtedly adds to the quality of this important historic area. The project also demonstrated strong team working with building control and other partners, including accommodating the needs of important adjoining buildings and their owners."

"Our building excellence awards are an opportunity for the trade to celebrate good practice. Our winners demonstrate how positive working relationships with local council building control teams achieve high quality, sustainable buildings. Our awards are unique because they recognise how this cooperation improves building standards and professionalism across the industry."

Hugh Thomas, Managing Director at Thomas Homes said: "We've achieved this award by working closely with Swindon Borough Council over a period of years to redevelop the Old Railway Quarter site to its full potential. With the neighbouring Swindon Designer Outlet also being a finalist at the award ceremony as Best Large Commercial Building the area is fast becoming one of the region's most desirable neighbourhoods, of which Swindon should be proud.

LABC Grand Finals

The Grand Final of the LABC Building Excellence Awards took place on Tuesday 10 November 2015 at the Lancaster in London and was hosted by comedian and impressionist, Jon Culshaw, best known for his work on Dead Ringers. Over 650 building industry professionals including contractors, architects and engineers attended the celebration to find out which projects won across the 14 hotly contested categories.

About the LABC Building Excellence Awards The LABC Building Excellence Awards showcase buildings and design teams that have had to tussle with difficult technical or construction issues and building site constraints. They highlight innovative and creative solutions and building control professionalism that leads to safe, sustainable and high quality construction projects. Sponsors of the 2015 awards included Home and Build, LABC Acoustics, LABC Warranty, Polypipe, Roger Bullivant, TLX Insulation, Travis Perkins Sustainable Building Solutions.

LABC is the member organisation representing local authority building control departments in England and Wales. Its membership includes over 3,000 professional surveyors and support technicians and has a 70% market share of building control in these sectors: domestic conversions and improvements; new homes and apartments; commercial offices, workshops, industrial and warehouses; education; healthcare; care homes; retail; leisure and entertainment; and stadiums.

LABC promotes the design and construction of buildings that are safe, healthy, accessible and environmentally efficient to comply with the Building Regulations. LABC builds awareness of local authority building control amongst the public, developers, designers and contractors. It also works with government, trade organisations, manufacturers, distributors, research establishments, test houses and professional institutions to support innovation in building. For more information please visit LABC website:

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