Success for Stepnell at National Building Awards

Stepnell’s Wantage construction team is celebrating after coming away with a win at the regional Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Awards, for its affordable housing development in Trowbridge.

The 28 new build housing development, named Southview Park, won the Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development category at the respected awards which took place in Bristol.

The construction firm worked closely with BBA Architects and Wiltshire Council to deliver the £3.4 million development, consisting of a mixture of 22 two- and three-bedroom houses and six two-bedroom apartments, available with both affordable rent and shared ownership options.

Colin Chiles, operations director at Stepnell, said: “We are delighted to win this award and to have Southview Park recognised as the top affordable housing development in the region is a brilliant achievement and one we are very proud of.”

The new homes all feature high levels of thermal insulation and photovoltaic roof panels making the properties energy efficient and more economical to run.

Colin added: “The development offers high quality homes at an affordable price and provides much needed housing for the local community. In order to keep the homes in line with their affordable offering, we worked with BBA Architects on the design process to ensure that the running costs were kept to a minimum for its residents.”

The LABC Building Excellence Awards showcase the top buildings and design teams within the industry that have overcome technical construction issues and building site constraints. The awards also recognise the success of innovative and creative solutions across regions in the West of England, and highlight building control professionalism that leads to safe, sustainable and high quality construction projects.

Paul Everall CBE, chief executive at LABC, said: “These awards are different. They aren’t about good looks or fancy design (although many winners incorporate both). They are about quality and standards.

“No other building awards look at how well buildings are put together from start to finish and the skills and competencies of those who design and construct them. We are very proud of everyone involved – they show the way ahead for the industry.”

Stepnell’s Wantage team will now attend the LABC Building Excellence Awards Grand Finals in London in November, along with other regional award winners.

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