Climate conscious builders awarded

Date Published: 06 March 2020

Building excellence from around the District has been recognised at the annual Building Excellence Awards.

The awards celebrate the work of clients of the Council’s Building Control Unit completed during 2019. Nominations this year saw a considerable number of projects exhibiting strong eco-credentials in terms of high levels of insulation, air-tightness, materials use and re-use and highly-energy-efficient heating systems – advocating more sustainable building standards and echoing the Council’s own emphasis on a more-climate-conscious response.

Council Leader, Councillor Richard Wright said: “These awards are about recognising some of the fantastic building work that has taken place in our District, and celebrating the hard work and dedication that local builders, architects and owners put into their projects with the help of our Building Control Team.

“This year, we saw a number of projects seeking new approaches to building by really considering the sustainable potential in adopting new practices – through both their builds and on-site waste management.”

A special award to mark the contributions made through more sustainable measures was awarded to Bruce and Karen Coram who built their own new home at North Scarle to Passivhaus standard. They went to great lengths to achieve and deliver a home with as little environmental impact as possible; seeing their house as a way to contribute to an ecologically-sound future and repair some of the damage resulting from past lifestyles. 

Through ground source heating, rainwater harvesting, solar PV, high-level insulation and extremely low air leakage, the house has performed exceptionally well, in line with Passivhaus expectations. 

Similar measures were employed on the Council’s own refurbishment and new-build programme at Newfield Road in Sleaford, an extension on a listed building in Skellingthorpe, at a school conversion in Norton Disney and new commercial warehousing at Network 46, Witham St Hughs; all of which won in their respective categories.

The winners from the evening will now go on to the regional finals taking place in Leicester in May.

The winners were:

  • Best extension or alteration to an existing home: Skellingthorpe Hall, Lincoln Road, Skellingthorpe
  • Best commercial project: St Modwen Park (Network 46) Witham St Hughs
  • Best individual new home: Orchard Toft, 10 School Lane, North Scarle
  • Best new housing development: Land rear 465 Brant Road, Waddington
  • Best educational building: Witham Prospect School, Old Harbour Farm, Norton Disney
  • Best change of use of an existing building or conversion: Witham Prospect School, Old Harbour Farm, Norton Disney
  • Best social or affordable new housing development: Phase 4, Newfield Road, Sleaford Highly commended
  • Best local builder or traditional craftsperson: Simon Challoner – Challoner Building Services Ltd
  • Construction Professional of the Year Malcolm Cousins: – Lindum Group Highly commended
  • Special award – Contribution to sustainability: Orchard Toft, 10 Scarle Lane, North Scarle
Building Excellence Awards 2020