Best extension or alteration to an existing home
This may include extensions, loft or garage conversions and full scale renovations.
Specific Criteria - Continuity with existing building - Impact on surrounding area & improved efficiency of the existing building.
Best local builder or traditional craftsmanship
This recognises good quality general builders or specialists in local craft skills.
Specific Criteria - Vernacular building reflecting local traditions and construction materials - Consistency of high quality craft skills - A history of repeating good quality work - Local, small scale projects in the domestic or new build market.
Best change of use of an existing building or conversion
This recognises work to change a building from one use to another which could be commercial to homes, barn conversions, or industrial to commercial.
Specific Criteria - Improvement in the original use - Improvement in aesthetics.
Best individual new home
This recognises high quality one-off new build homes and could include ‘self-build’ or a premium single unit development
Specific Criteria - Outstanding project that goes above and beyond the level seen on a day-to-day basis - High quality finish and detail.
Best new housing development
This recognises new private housing sites but not individual homes.
Specific Criteria - Response to site constraints - External appearance and internal planning - Layout grouping and landscaping - Attention to safety, security and accessibility.
Best social or affordable new housing development
This recognises developments of any scale by organisations developing new social or affordable homes.
Specific Criteria - Involvement of the community - Affordability of maintenance - Response to site constraints - External appearance and internal planning - Layout grouping and landscaping - Attention to safety, security and accessibility.
Best public service building.
This recognises any new building used for health, leisure, sports, tourism, defence, transport, prisons etc. and includes extensions, new builds and refurbishments.
Specific Criteria - Level of community involvement - How the local community has received the development - Community initiatives or special projects linked to the scheme - Design or materials that enhance the public usability.
Best educational building.
This recognises both new build and extensions to existing schools, universities, colleges and nurseries
Specific Criteria - Quality project management (time constraints etc) - Sensitivity to the local environment - How the design supports the educational purpose of the building.
Best commercial building
LABC will divide commercial entries into two categories, small and large, based on size and value to ensure that smaller commercial projects stand a chance against large scale developments. This recognises any building used for retail, hospitality, offices, industrial, farming, warehousing or other commercial use, including refurbishment and redevelopment
Specific Criteria - Quality project management (time constraints etc) - Sensitivity to the local environment - How the design supports the commercial purpose of the building.
Best inclusive building
This recognises buildings and their surroundings that are accessible to, and usable by, as many people as is reasonably possible, without the need for special adaptation or specialized design.
Specific Criteria - Nominated buildings should show clear examples of inclusive design over and above Part M of the Building Regulations and show how the needs of all people have been assessed and catered for.
Best customer LABC partnership with a local authority building control team.
This recognises the best development team approach, long-standing relationship, or co-operative approach to problem solving
Specific Criteria - There needs to be evidence that the partnership has developed beyond the ‘normal’ working relationship and continues to use LABC over an extended period of time - Length of partnership - Variety of projects - Innovative solutions developed by working in partnership - Strengths of partnership - Consistency of work - Value of partnership - New work gained from the partnership.
LABC site supervisor of the year
This recognises a specific person rather than an overall company. Nominations for this should be for a site manager that has stood out by going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure an outstanding working relationship with the local authority.
Specific Criteria - Evidence of a good working relationship with LABC surveyor - Evidence of build quality and control on site - Evidence/examples of technical awareness, good communication and management of safety - Evidence of particular issues or problems resolved by the site agent - References/comments from building control or other development partners to support the nomination.
Categories for 2017 awards