Five wins for the Humber as reputational excellence is built in construction

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 23 May 2018

A FIVE star performance was toasted at the Humber and South Yorkshire Local Authority Building Control Building Excellence Awards, with two category wins for Hull and a hat-trick haul for the South Bank.

Iconic Victoria Mills in Grimsby was named best Large Commercial Building, pipping Hull’s Doubletree by Hilton Hotel on Ferensway to the prize, after judges heard how the authority stepped in when the town landmark fell into a dangerous state of repair.

Bought for a nominal fee, more than £2 million was spent to make it safe and protect it for decades to come, after residents of neighbouring flat conversions had to temporarily move out.

Now it is part of the Greater Grimsby Heritage Action Zone, with an action point in the £3.7 million part-funded plan to hold a design competition to determine a sustainable future use with a proposal and finance package.

Every other Humber success was a new build, with East Hull’s Ings Estate development celebrated in Large Housing Development category. A total of 83 homes have been realised by Together Housing Group, working with Compendium Living in partnership with Hull City Council.

The development has created a mix of affordable rent and shared ownership new homes in Surbiton Close.

Another substantial Hull project, Redwood Glades won Best Inclusive Building. The 156-apartment care complex on Leads Road, is the third and final development for the local authority by national developer Wates Residential, following an £80 million investment. 

Redwood followed Harrison Park and Cecil Gardens developments, after Wates was appointed to lead the construction of the council’s Extra Care private finance initiative in 2014.

Redwood Glades offers 60 two-bedroom and 96 one-bedroom apartments.

In North Lincolnshire, two smaller scale developments won through, with TG Sowerby winning Best Social or Affordable New Housing Project for Parkwood Avenue and Keystone Architecture taking the Best Individual New Home gong for 7A Church Street, Epworth.

Keigar Homes of Barton, last year’s winner of winners, and Grimsby’s Hyde Architecture had their partnerships with local authority building control officially recognised too.  

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