The beautifying restoration of Middlesbrough’s Town Hall has been recognised as the best work of its type in the North East – while two more significant refurbishments have also won accolades.
The Town Hall project was one of a number of design and build works in Middlesbrough which were honoured in the LABC (Local Authority Building Control) Northern Region Building Excellence Awards 2019.
Middlesbrough Town Hall won the Best Public Service Building award in recognition of the overall achievements including the work and efforts of those working on the scheme including Kier Construction, Atkins, Faithful + Gould and Middlesbrough Council.
Best Extension or Alteration to an Existing Home category saw The Old Smithy at Stainton, Middlesbrough receive a Highly Commended award. Work was undertaken by Francis W Construction.
Commerce House in Middlesbrough town centre’s historic quarter received a Highly Commended award within the Best Small Commercial Project category, based on the efforts of Rare Earth Holdings, Space ID and Stile Joinery.
Cllr Ashley Waters, Middlesbrough Council’s executive member for regeneration, said: “I’d like to congratulate all of the council officers and partners who have worked on these schemes.
“The Town Hall is the jewel in the crown of Middlesbrough and the works to open up more of the building to the public and to restore it have been absolutely brilliant.
“The Old Smithy and Commerce House are both massively important historic buildings that help tell the story of the town and it’s great to see them recognised in this way also.”
The awards are a celebration and recognition of the best in design, construction quality and skilled construction as well as a reflection on attitude to achieving the best in building projects.
There were a total of 16 different judging categories which recognised the variations in building types including best domestic extensions, Best Change of Use, Best Education Building and Best Large Commercial Project, as well as categories relating to key construction personnel including Best Site Manager and Best Construction Professional.
There were five finalists which are aligned to development within Middlesbrough and endorsed by Middlesbrough Council Building Control as worthy of recognition within their categories.
LABC Non Residential Construction Professional of the Year Category was won by Jason Hartnell of Kier Construction in recognition of his role as site manager for the refurbished Middlesbrough Town Hall scheme and Adapt Architectural Solutions were finalists within the Best Partnership with a Local Building Control Team category.
The two winners will be automatically entered into the LABC Building Excellence Awards 2019 Grand Finals which take place in London in November this year.