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Devon building projects rewarded for excellence

Updated: Mar 1, 2019

Kindly contributed by Teignbridge District Council

Builders, architects and their clients have received prestigious awards for building excellence in projects across South and West Devon.   

The awards were presented by Devon Building Control Partnership (DBCP), at a ceremony at The Dartmoor Lodge in Ashburton on Thursday 21 February.

The Partnership, representing three local authorities – Teignbridge District Council, South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council, held the awards to showcase buildings and design teams that have had to tussle with complex technical or construction issues and building site constraints.

The awards celebrate innovative and creative solutions and building control professionalism that leads to safe, sustainable and high quality construction projects.

The winning entries were nominated by DBCP professional surveyors operating across the three councils who visited the sites which completed during 2018. Judges considered entries across eighteen categories and there were so many outstanding projects this year that along with the 32 winning projects there were 30 highly commended ones too.

Andrew Carpenter, Head of Devon Building Control Partnership, said:

“Our surveyors work with a lot of construction professionals in South and West Devon and witness the frequency that schemes exceed expectations in terms of quality, attention to detail, low carbon awareness and the use of sustainable construction.’’

“Those who involve our surveyors from the outset recognise how this benefits everyone by identifying potential issues and ensuring a smooth progress from start to finish.”

“By promoting our local businesses and in presenting these awards we can highlight those making a real contribution to the success of the area covered by the Partnership’’.

Cllr Terry Pearce, Chairman of Devon Building Control Partnership, said:

“I am delighted to see so many high quality projects across the South and West Devon geographical area. The standards of building are a credit to the industry. There are real benefits to the clients, the building owners and occupiers, the local communities and the environment.”

“Team work involving the clients, designers, contractors and Building Control is a major factor to success and it is very pleasing to know that this happens regularly.”

“Today’s awards celebrate only the very best projects in a variety of categories. There are many others, not here today, that have still achieved very good standards. Therefore everyone involved in this celebration today should be really proud of their involvement.”

Gold Winners:

Best Ancillary Building:       The Old Cottage, Galmpton Best Barn Conversion:         The Dutch Barn, Blakemore Farm, Harberton Best Commercial:                 Exeter Racecourse, Haldon Best Conversion:                  Castle Point, Sandhills Road, Salcombe Best Educational Building:  Loddiswell Primary School, Beechwood Park, Loddiswell Best Individual Dwelling:    Old Quay, 107 Yealm Road, Newton Ferrers Best Innovative Design:      Old Crebor Farm, Gulworthy Best Large Development:  Land at Sparkwell Golf Club (Fairway Gardens/Blacklands Close), Sparkwell  Best Large Extension:         Leign Farm, Doccombe, Moretonhampstead Best Renovation/ Internal Alterations:                Strelna, Bovey Tracey Best Medium Development: Trenemans, Thurleston Best Medium Extension:        19 Ferndale Road, Teignmouth Best New Flats:                        Oceana, Higher Contour Road, Kingswear Best Refurbishment:               Oakford House, Kingsteignton Best Site Agent:                       Nick Redman, Stevens Homes Best Small Development:      Holcombe Hall, Holcombe Drive, Dawlish Best Small Extension:             Fitzford Gate House, Plymouth Road, Tavistock Best Loft Conversion:             Rivendell, Aboveway, Exminster

Silver Winners include the following sites:

Paradise Point, Ravensbury Drive, Warfleet, Dartmouth Haypark House, Abbey Road, Cornworthy St Johns Ambulance Station, Ashurton Station House, Doddiscombsleigh Redstone Barn, known as Pine Lodge, Stoke Fleming Connybeare House, Coffinswell The Lookout, New Road, Stoke Fleming Furzey Orchard, Thurlestone Baymount (Bunting Way), land at Southdowns Road, Dawlish (Land to north of) Cannomede Cottages, South Tawton 6 Torrington Place, Kenton Redstone Barn, now known as Pine Lodge, Stoke Fleming Tracey Vale Retirement Home, Sadler Green, Bovey Tracey Land adjacent to Ashton Court, Lamerton Pitt Farm, Dry Lane, Christow

Devon Building Control is completely separate from planning permission and exists to ensure that buildings are safe to use, energy efficient and accessible. The experienced team of chartered surveyors, building and fire engineers cover all three districts, working closely with the building industry to ensure that buildings are designed to comply through pre-application advice, plan checking and an inspection programme.

Devon Building Control have also just created a new Facebook page, where people can find out more about the work of the Partnership, keep up-to-date with events and the latest news and message the team for expert advice.

For more information visit www.devonbuildingcontrol.gov.uk

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