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The Vale of Glamorgan Building Excellence Awards 2021: The Winners


The 18th annual Vale of Glamorgan Building Excellence Awards have been decided, with winners in 12 categories revealed at the beginning of the month.

The Building Excellence Award Scheme, organised by the Vale of Glamorgan Council Building Control team, demonstrates the Council’s recognition of high standards in building work across the Vale.

The criteria required to be considered for a building excellence award is as follows:

  • Compliance with Building Regulations and energy efficiency
  • Supplying and managing information (giving of notices and information relative to the work
  • Speed of fault rectification
  • Site environment - safety and storage of materials (so as not to be detrimental to their use)
  • Client/customer satisfaction
  • Sustainable and technical innovation.
  • Access for people with special adaptations

The winners of the 12 categories and comments about their projects were announced Monday 1st Feb on the Vale of Glamorgan Website, Twitter and Facebook. 

The winners and an extract of the comments provided about them are listed below:

Extension and Alterations Winner - Kendal House - PMS BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION - ANDREW PARKER

"Every element of the build was executed to the highest of standards, it was
clear from the outset that the project would develop into a first-class development. The local contractor consists of a team of highly skilled master tradesman who managed all aspects of the extension and organized subcontractors where necessary. High levels of Health and Safety and cleanliness where maintained on site throughout the build tradesman who managed all aspects of the extension and organized sub-contractors where necessary."


"In every room the oak frame can be admired with many columns on display, the drawing room offers exposed floor joists which gives the depth of a period property. The contractor’s professional approach was evident throughout the build and all the trades encountered were highly skilled. The building has been finished to an extremely high standard and is a credit to the hard work of the team of skilled tradesmen employed by
the contractor. The building sits beautifully within its surroundings, it has a perfect balance of finishes which provides a very traditional feel while being modern and energy efficient."

Best Small Housing Development - Meyrick House - NEIL SMITH VONE DEVELOPMENTS

"The layout provides first floor kitchen and living spaces which takes advantage of the breathtaking views of the rolling countryside beyond the large glazed sections. The developer’s exquisite eye for detail and his understanding of Regulations meant the development was finished to an outstanding level whilst complying in every way. The developer was well known to the department although the close working relationship required on this projected strengthened it. The houses achieved an air permeability
rating of 0.8 and 1.7 which are both very commendable, this is the result of the developer’s high standards and attention to detail at every stage. The high standard of the overall scheme has resulted in a stand out modern development for the 21st century"

Best Social Housing - St Paul's Church, Penarth - W.K. PLASTERERS LTD - CFW ARCHITECTS

"The building over time had started to deteriorate and become and eye
sore to the community. The front facade of the building has been retained, this consists of stonework with bath stone window frames and arches. The elevation was retained by structural scaffolding during the building work and has been cleaned. At the end it is intended to reinstall stain glassed windows to this elevation. The rear of the property was demolished and
has been rebuilt in metal framed construction. Behind the old church façade, they have created a state-of-the-art block of apartments for use by the local Newydd Housing Association. The builder has kept Building Control informed of changes and problems throughout the scheme
which has resulted in modern dwellings built for the 21st Century."


Best New Conversion - United Reform Church, Barry - LOFT CO - CHAMBERLAIN MOSS KING

"The work to the main church was undertaken over a few years due to its listed status and the requirements to repair or replace the main structure with like for like materials. The main roof has been recovered with similar slate and the entire facades cleaned to bring the building back to its former glory. The internal units have been formed within the existing building
utilising the existing feature such as arches stained glass, vaulted ceilings and timber beams, a number of structural modification were made to the existing structure.

"The existing tower has sprinkler provided prior to the requirement coming into effect to allow it to be used as another apartment. The ground floor area has had an additional concrete floor with supporting
steelwork provided in the main hall to allow the first-floor apartments to be constructed. In addition to the apartments several town houses have been created to the rear of the property. The conversion has resulted in an old building being reincarnated into to the 21st Century and providing much required housing for the area."

Best Small Commercial Building - Forage Farm Shop and Kitchen - ASHDOWN CONSTRUCTION GROUP LTD - SUE CAMBIE OF SCD DESIGN LTD

The building is situated beautifully within countryside surroundings despite having easy access from the A48. The single storey building was erected by the local contractor using a timber frame construction. The external timber cladding with decorative timber arrangement
in front of the high level windows provides a very contemporary look. There were design changes and technical queries throughout the build so regular site visits were vital to insuring compliance, this resulted in a strong working relationship being established between the contractor and Building Control. Every element from start to finish was handled with care
and finished to the highest standard, it was an absolute pleasure to be involved with this development. The building achieved an air permeability of 4.6.

Best Large Commercial Building - LOFT CO - CHAMBERLAIN MOSS KING

"The building consists of the former railway goods shed which was erected at the turn of the 20th century as part of the locomotive repairing works. Since this time, it has had several uses including as a railway museum.

"A drive-thru coffee shop has also been added in a former storage container. On this theme, a further container village has been added with another 30+ units for various uses from offices to shops and bars. In addition to this outside community, spaces have been provided. Also, an additional 5 No. railway carriages have been installed which site on the existing railway line utilising the original platform floor access. The units provide various craft shops and jewellery manufacturers. The scheme has been adjusted during construction to accommodate the developer’s ideas and the current market requirements making a diverse scheme for entrepreneurs, small businesses and community needs."

Best Residential Building - Atlantic College, St Donats - KNOX & WELLS LTD - RIO ARCHITECTS

"The building’s designs are based on the form and scale of the traditional Welsh Long House but more contemporary in terms of material finishes and detailing. Large areas of glazing maximise natural daylight to the internal spaces, particularly the shared day rooms, and promote views across the historic landscape. The project involved regular site inspections and a good working relationship was developed with the contractor and architect. This meant queries and changes during the build were handled in a timely manner whilst ensuring compliance. The contractor
was able to deliver the project to an excellent standard throughout and is a real credit to the hard work of the site team."

Other winners included Varco Consultants Limited, who won in the "Partnership" category and Steve James of S J Building and Property Maintenance Limited who won the "Best Local Builder Of The Year" award.

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