We’re proud to announce that our Homefield project was highly commended in the South West Regional Finals of the 2018 LABC Awards. The project was entered into the Best New Large Housing Development and Best Social or Affordable Housing Development categories. The project is located in the South Hams village of West Alvington and delivered 16 new homes; 8 of which are affordable.
What are the LABC Awards?
LABC (Local Authority Building Control) is a not-for-profit organisation that represents all local authority building control teams in England and Wales. The LABC building excellence awards celebrate achievements and excellence in construction in the UK building industry. They reward excellent buildings as well as companies, partnerships and individuals. As the awards are run by a building control organisation, they assess projects across a wide variety of technical criteria including;
- High levels of compliance with building regulations
- Effective working relationships with LABC Surveyors
- Outstanding craftsmanship
- Technical Innovation
- Sustainability and performance
- Solving technical problems with creative solutions
- Use of innovative products and skills to overcome difficult site conditions
Homefield is a development of 16 new homes in the village of West Alvington, just outside of Kingsbridge in South Devon. The scheme comprises 8 open market houses and 8 affordable homes with a mix of shared equity and rental units. The sloping site presented some challenges, and so a number of the houses feature a clever split level design. The design of the houses responded to the local vernacular, with rendered walls and traditional casement windows sat under pitched slate roofs. The buildings were arranged and orientated to suit the sloping site, maximise natural light and afford views down the valley. The orientation of the buildings also creates an interesting street scene and ensures a degree of passive surveillance over all public areas within the development.
Following the granting of planning permission, we worked alongside the Main Contractors Coyde Construction and Consulting Engineers Airey & Coles to produce detailed building regulations drawings as part of the Design and Build project team. The houses were constructed using prefabricated timer frames for speed on site and high thermal performance. A rendered block leaf was constructed around the timber frames to provide a robust external skin, and this design decision also suited the sloping site levels. The split level house types were constructed using a hybrid system of cavity wall construction to the lower floors with a highly insulated timber frame sat on top.
Having secured the planning permission for the site for the original land owner, we were pleased to be able to stay on as part of the construction team and deliver the project.