Northumberland’s Building Projects Nominated for Awards

Northumberland  County Council, local architects and building industry firms are celebrating this week after seven projects in the county  were shortlisted in this year’s LABC Regional Building Excellence Awards.

The prestigious awards celebrate exceptional achievements in the construction industry, focusing on outstanding craftsmanship, technical innovation, sustainability and partnership working.

The Northumberland building projects  nominated are: Walwick Hall, Humshaugh - Conversion To Hotel and New Swimming Pool & Gym Building ; The Cheviots, Ashington – Social Housing Development; Orchard Gap, Hexham – Small Housing Development;  St James Place, Morpeth – Large Housing Development; Wesleyan Reform Church, Ashington – Public Service Building ; Medburn Grange,  Medburn – Domestic Extension;  Eastfield, Low Newton by the Sea – Domestic  Extension.

Walwick Hall  development in Humshaugh has been shortlisted for an impressive three awards while Wesleyan Reform Church  in Ashington has been shortlisted for two awards.

Northumberland County Councillor Allan Hepple,  cabinet member with responsibility for planning services said:

“ These are quality building projects which involved a real partnership effort from start to finish with clients, architects, developers and  local authority  planners and building control officers all working together. It is great that their professionalism has  been recognised.  My congratulations to everyone involved.”

Kate Wilson from Doonan Architects who worked on the Walwick Hall development said: “From initial conception to completion the project team worked proactively together and the quality of the finished project is testament to this. The project faced many challenges, due to its sensitive location on Hadrian’s Wall, and the building is Grade II listed. Walwick Hall hotel is a fantastic project, bringing a redundant historic house back into use, combining historical restoration, alterations, contemporary design and sustainability. The hotel has been open to the public since November and has had great feedback and reviews.”

The LABC network covers all local authorities in England and Wales and is split into 12 regions, each of which holds their own awards.   Regional winners in each category are automatically shortlisted for the LABC Grand Finals which are held in London.

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