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Best buildings and contractors honoured with Cambridge Design and Construction Awards

News release from 23/03/2020

AWARDS have been presented to the best building projects, the most considerate contractors and the top construction professionals in Cambridge for the year.

Winners of the Cambridge Design and Construction Awards, and the Considerate Contractor Awards, organised by Cambridge City Council and the Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry (CFCI) were announced last week.

The award winners for 2019 were as follows:

The Best New Building – Large (over £2 million construction costs) category saw commendations for the Royal Papworth Hospital and the Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre at the Perse School. There were two overall winners in this category. Cambridge Assessment’s new headquarters were described as having been “constructed with immense care and very fine finishes”. The Marmalade Lane Co-Housing Community was the other winner with judges saying “the focus on community and the diversity of the built form of the exteriors has created a quality piece of urban architecture.”

The winner of the Best New Building – Small (under £2 million construction costs) category was a residential property 2B Derwent Close described as “a delightful surprise. The external form and materials were handled in a careful manner which works well in the streetscene.”

Best Conservation, Alteration or Extension of an Existing Building (over £2 million construction costs) was won by the Simon Sainsbury Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School. The judges found that the new extension proved itself on all points and is well appreciated, integrating well into the tight constraints of the site in this very built up part of the city.

For the Best Conservation, Alteration or Extension of an Existing Building (under £2 million) category there were two winners. The David Parr House on Gwydir Street is described as “an extraordinary example of a hidden part of Victorian housing in the city that has been saved from alteration and conserved for others to now enjoy.” Nos 33-34 Trumpington Street is a timber-framed building opposite the Fitzwilliam Museum where “the conservation of the fabric has been pursued very carefully with excellent results.” Commended in this category was the Gallery III conservation project at the Fitzwilliam Museum.

The awards also celebrated the craftsmanship that is involved with the construction and renovation of the buildings in the city. For the 2019 awards, there were two winning buildings, the Cambridge Central Mosque in Mill Road and the Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre. Both schemes were highly praised for their use of materials and the quality of the craftsmanship of the constructors.

The Considerate Contractor Scheme Awards are presented annually to firms that have made significant efforts to minimise noise and disruption on building projects in the city, with due consideration for neighbours and members of the public in keeping sites safe, clean and accountable.

This year the top Considerate Contractor Award sponsored by builder’s merchants Ridgeons, in association with the CFCI, was presented to Geoffrey Osborne Ltd for their work to construct four student accommodation buildings on behalf of St Edmund’s College on the site of the former Mount Pleasant House, Huntingdon Road.  Certificates of Excellence were awarded to R G Carter for their project at Bodley Court, King’s College and SDC for their project on behalf of the National Institute of Agriculture and Botany at Lawrence Weaver Road.

The Cambridge City Council Works in Progress Award for ongoing projects of more than two years’ duration was presented to Bouygues (UK) Ltd for their ongoing project on the University’s West Cambridge site. Here the new Cavendish Laboratory facility is under construction and this is currently the city’s largest construction project being undertaken.          

The Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce Award for contractors undertaking small to medium sized projects was presented to the Coulson Building Group for their work to construct the new Milton Road Library. This also included a number of new residential properties. A Certificate of Excellence in this category was awarded to Bayard Construction for their efforts in complying with the scheme at their project to refurbish the Cherry Hinton Road Care Home.

Buildings, firms or individuals can be recommended for the 2020 awards via the Cambridge City Council website  and and via the Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry website

Cllr Katie Thornburrow, Executive Councillor for Planning Policy and Open Spaces, said: “These awards are a way of recognising and celebrating the ambition and endeavour of those who commission, and then deliver high quality developments across our city.

“From the owners who commission and pay for the projects, to the design team and the people who then construct the buildings with care and consideration, all of the award winners and nominees thoroughly deserve this recognition.”