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LABC BUILDING EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2018

Cruden Construction is celebrating a double regional success, as four projects completed in 2017 have been selected as finalists in the North West and West Midlands Local Authority Building Control Awards.

In the LABC West Midlands Region, Cruden Construction will make its debut in the finals with two projects having been shortlisted in the Best High Volume New Housing Development, Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development and Best Inclusive Building categories.

First of the finalists is River View, a 4,222m2 development of 41 one and two bedroom retirement living apartments for Housing Plus Group. Constructed in the heart of Penkridge Village, Staffordshire on a brownfield site, River View is a £6.25m, architecturally striking development meeting strict design criteria, including Lifetime Homes, Secured by Design and LABC Standards, incorporating sustainable energy technologies. River View also provides its residents with an orangery, lounge, buggy store, activity room and catering kitchen, landscaped gardens and on-site parking.  

Not to be outdone, the second finalist is The Coppice, Bicton, Shrewsbury; a £9.2m development of 85 one and two bedroom extra care apartments for Wrekin Housing Trust. Built in a rural location on a site that presented several challenges, including being devoid of any services infrastructure: power, water, gas and mains drainage.  The completed development also offers its residents a restaurant and cafe, lounge, hairdressing salon, shop kiosk, games room, laundry, pamper and assisted bathrooms as well as landscaped gardens and on-site parking.

River View - Penkridge, Staffordshire

In the LABC North West Region, where Cruden Construction is no stranger in the finals, two projects have been shortlisted.

First of the North West finalists in the Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development category, is The Oaks, Shavington, Crewe. The project was constructed for The Guinness Partnership, formerly Wulvern Housing, and delivered 17 houses and flats for rent and shared ownership.

The second North West finalist in the Best High Volume New Housing Development and Best Inclusive Building categories is the Belong Morris Feinmann Community Care Village in West Didsbury, Manchester. The Care Village comprises 74 en-suite rooms for 24-hour nursing and dementia care, 13 independent living apartments and a village centre, which provides a vibrant hub for community events, including a synagogue, function rooms, kosher bistro, hair salon, exercise studio, therapy room, library and gardens.

The nominations celebrate the design and construction teams that worked closely together to find innovative and creative solutions to deliver these fantastic schemes that have benefitted local communities and enhanced the built environment.

This is the ninth year in succession that the quality of construction delivered by our skilled builders has been recognised by the LABC and we congratulate our management teams, clients, design consultant partners and supply chain that worked on these projects on reaching the awards finals.

The finals will be held on 27th April 2018 (North West) and 8th June 2018 (West Midlands).