Gleeds wins at 2015 LABC Building Excellence Awards Grand Final

Gleeds has been announced as winner of the “Best Partnership with a Local Building Control Team” category at the Grand Final of the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Awards. The accolade recognises the company’s work on Nottingham Trent University’s ‘50 Shakespeare Street’ project, alongside Ashfield District Council.

The Grade II listed building on Shakespeare Street has been under refurbishment to restore its key listed features at part of the school’s ‘University Quarter’ in the city centre. Gleeds provided building surveying services for the site, which will be used by the university primarily as office space for administration purposes.

The commendation recognised the highly effective five year partnership between Gleeds and Ashfield Council, which has increased the amount of applications presented to the LABC partnering scheme on a year-on-year basis. A panel of industry experts, that included the representatives from the Home Builders Federation and the Construction Products Association, commended both organisations for their early contact, good communication skills and constructive feedback.

LABC Chief Executive Paul Everall said: “This is a perfect example of how the LABC Partner Authority Scheme can develop into a long term successful collaboration that benefits all those involved. The result is a great working relationship between Gleeds and the local authority, which will continue to go from strength to strength.”

“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” he went on to add.

Anthony Cork, Director for Gleeds, said: “It is a real honour to be recognised by LABC for our working partnership with Ashfield District Council. Due to our experience in the heritage and higher education sectors, we were able to work closely with both the client and local authority to ensure the project was completed to a high standard. We look forward to working with the LABC in the future”.

Gleeds has worked in partnership with the council on a wide range of projects, including The University of Nottingham, Royal Mail Group and Stansted Airport.

The Grand Final of the LABC Building Excellence Awards recently took place in London. Over 650 building industry professionals including contractors, architects and engineers attended the event which recognised excellence across 14 highly competitive categories.