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Councils honour outstanding local building projects and considerate contractors

News release from 15 October 2021

THE building control service for Cambridge City, South Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire held an award ceremony recently to celebrate the many outstanding schemes, projects and people the shared service worked with during the past year. 

3C Building Control, which checks new buildings are designed and constructed safely and in line with environmental standards, held its own inaugural Building Excellence Awards.  

The overall winners in the 3C Building Excellence Awards were selected from a number of nominations in the three award categories of ‘People’, ‘Place’ and ‘3C Values (Consistency, Collaboration and Compliance)’. 

The winners in each category were: 

3C Building Excellence Place Award Winner – Twenty-Nine Architecture for their Baldock Way scheme, Cambridge. Home - Twenty-Nine Architecture | Cambridge Architects (29architecture.co.uk) 

3C Building Excellence People Award Winner – JPT Design Consultants for consistency and collaboration working with the 3C Building Control service. JPT Design Consultants

3C Building Excellence Compliment Award – BBA Architects Butcher Bayley Architects (BBA) | Cambridgeshire (wearebba.co.uk) 

3C Shared Services 3C Values Award Winner – Beechwood Estates and Development for demonstrating the 3C Values of Consistency, Collaboration and Compliance. Creating new living, working and investment opportunities | Beechwood Estates 

3C Shared Services 3C Values Award – Iain Liversage at Hill Group UK for demonstrating the 3C values of Consistency, Collaboration and Compliance. Hill | Award-Winning Housebuilder Across London and the South 

All of the award nominees will now be entered into this year’s national LABC Building Excellence Awards 2021. 

Cllr Katie Thornburrow, Executive Councillor for Planning Policy and Transport at Cambridge City Council, said: “Cambridge and the surrounding region are renowned for architectural awards, but none of them would happen without world-beating construction of the buildings themselves, and that construction needs to be supervised. That is why the 3C Building Excellence Awards and the Considerate Contractor Awards are so important as a way to recognise the hard work involved in looking after the changes to our built environment, changes that affect the lives of everyone. I am pleased to be involved in recognising the outstanding achievements in building control this year, especially as it was such a difficult period for everyone as we coped with the pandemic and the stringent health measures that were imposed - and which changed so often.” 

Cllr Tumi Hawkins, Lead Cabinet Member for Planning Policy and Delivery at South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “Our 3C Building Control is an award-winning service, recognised in the industry as providing excellent advice. The team’s aim is to ensure that all our communities in South Cambridgeshire – as well as in Huntingdonshire and Cambridge – build well together. The team is available to give good, impartial advice to anyone thinking about starting a building project from small adaptations to big builds. In giving these awards, the Building Control team is helping to promote those suppliers who are truly embracing the 3C values of Consistency, Collaboration and Compliance – to considerately deliver safer buildings in our towns and villages.” 

Cllr Jon Neish, Executive Councillor for Strategic Planning at Huntingdonshire District Council, said: “It is always a wonderful opportunity to recognise the success of local schemes, projects and businesses – and the 3C Building Control Excellence Awards are one of the best ways to do so. The awards given out to contractors directly reflect the goals and objectives of council services, focusing on the two key areas of ‘people’ and ‘place’, making a great contribution to the development of each strand for local people.” 

On the same day as the 3C Building Control Awards, Cambridge City Council held its annual Considerate Contractor Awards to honour firms that demonstrated significant efforts to minimise noise and disruption on their building projects. 

The annual Considerate Contractor Awards has recognised those contractors working in Cambridge, who have kept their sites safe and clean in consideration of their neighbours and the public in line with the council’s voluntary Considerate Contractor Scheme. 

This scheme asks members to commit to a code of good practice over and above the legal minimum requirements, to ensure that construction work does not make life unpleasant for people who live and work nearby. 

This year the top Considerate Contractor Award in association with the Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry was presented to Morgan Sindall for their project to construct a new student accommodation building on behalf of Trinity College in Round Church Street. Given the site location, traffic management throughout the project was important as was communication locally.   

A Certificate of Excellence were awarded to Barnes Construction for their project on behalf of Trinity Hall to construct the Wong Avery Music Gallery in an extremely restricted location on Trinity Lane.   

8Build were also awarded a Certificate of Excellence for their project at 58 Chesterton Road where a new residential and commercial space was built following the demolition of the existing bank premises.   

The final Certificate of Excellence was awarded to Cocksedge Building Contractors who constructed new accommodation buildings for Clare College on the site of the former St Regis building on Chesterton Road, in a prominent residential location.   

The Cambridge City Council Works in Progress Award for ongoing projects of more than two years’ duration was presented to SDC Builders Ltd for their ongoing project at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Project Atria is the construction of the University of Cambridge’s Heart and Lung Research Institute building.             

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 refurbish the United Reformed Church in Downing Place, an extremely restricted site which needed careful site management.    

Certificates of Excellence in this category were awarded to Carmelcrest for their efforts in complying with the scheme when undertaking a number of challenging projects within the Addenbrooke’s Hospital site, and to Foster Property Maintenance for their project in Brook’s Rd where reroofing works were undertaken as well as replacement glazing and a new access staircase installed.     

3C Building Control service offers independent advice and guidance for large and small building projects, from extensions and loft conversions to major developments The service has previously been nominated for several awards in the East Anglia LABC Building Excellence awards, which celebrate the way in which council building control teams work closely with architects and builders to ensure building projects are successfully completed. 

The building control team can help ordinary householders ensure they are complying with all building regulations, and that work is carried out safely and in line with all environmental requirements. 

Services offered by 3C Building Control include: 

 - Free advice and guidance before an application is made 

 - Advice on structure and fire safety before and during construction 

 - Local site knowledge - such as ground conditions, drainage and existing structures 

They also offer ongoing advice and support throughout a project and charge at cost, meaning that getting advice at an early stage can help keep costs of a building project down.