A comprehensive renovation of an outdated and disused office building into urgently needed social housing, including adapted living space for disabled residents, has earned a South Wales construction company a top industry award.
Property Building Maintenance (Wales) Ltd received the award at the Association of Builders National builder awardshosted online on September 24thNS by TV presenter and building enthusiast Nick Knowles.
The awards recognize outstanding construction work, quality craftsmanship and exceptional customer service and are presented by the Federation of Master Builders, the UK construction industry‘s largest trade association, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year.
Property Building Maintenance (Wales) Ltd undertook a simple project to convert a redundant building into high quality housing for Tai Tarian Housing to meet local needs. However, the judges were impressed by the way they dealt with the community, especially the local elementary school. With the school managing working hours, supplies, noise and dust on site, the builder company even organized tours of the roadside construction to include the children in the project.
The company worked through several unforeseen changes to the original plans and extensive repairs to deliver a brilliant build on schedule and on budget. They also significantly improved the building’s energy efficiency and installed improved fire protection.
The project included the complete renovation of former community offices, which were converted into six new two-room apartments, two of which are wheelchair-accessible with wet rooms. It was delivered in an area high on the Welsh Index for Multiple Deprivation. A new tenant said: “I will be very happy here for sure.”
“The team worked with the community to give them the building they wanted,” commented the independent judges. Family-run Property Building Maintenance (Wales) Ltd has been hailed for improving the area while creating jobs.
In response to his company’s victory, Geoff Griffiths, Director of Property Building Maintenance (Wales) Ltd said: “In a difficult year, that is an amazing achievement. Everyone has worked so hard and this is a welcome accolade from the leading trade organization. We wanted to give the community something high quality back that they could be proud of. Seeing the difference it has made is the greatest thing for us. “
Anna Thompson, Head of Engagement at Local Authority Building Control and a national judge for that category, said: “The execution [of this project] went far beyond that … The commitment of the community was exemplary. I’m not surprised that the team is proud to be an FMB member. “
Mark Lawrence of the Housing Quality Network and also a national judge added: “I want to say to the winner – fantastic and well done! It’s not an easy project and you will make a world of difference in the lives of so many different people.
Based in South London Architecturall Ltd became Highly recommended in the commercial or public projects category. This follows her win at the London Regional Master Builder Awards in June for building a stunning, luxurious reception and mooring pontoon on Victoria Embankment on the Thames for a London river cruise company.