Debi and Robin Sporn from Sporn Construction - Master Builder of the Year
Britain's Master Builders honoured by FMB
Building firms across the country were crowned champions at the FMB's Master Builder of the Year Awards on Wednesday 18th February.
The 12th Master Builder of the Year Awards awards saw Bicester building firm Sporn Construction
drive away in a Vauxhall Vivaro van after being named the overall Master Builder of the Year
A further eight national category awards
were given out at the ceremony held at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel in London presented by architecture enthusiast and TV personality Charlie Luxton.
Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: "I am very proud of the FMB's awards as it gives the building industry an opportunity to celebrate all that is good about small local builders and to recognise their importance to the UK economy."
Berry continued, "Every single one of our award-winning builders should be very proud of themselves and their teams. There were some truly amazing projects entered this year so we found the judging incredibly difficult. It just goes to show the high standard of work our industry is capable of. Congratulations to all of the winners!"
Richard Burr receives a special award from FMB CEO Brian Berry
The National Winners
This year's entries particularly reflect the extent to which FMB builders will go above and beyond the call of duty to produce an end result that all involved are proud of. This is evident in builders learning new skills and techniques when it comes to the cutting edge energy efficiency projects as well as those involved in the heavenly builder projects - there was not a dry eye in the room when it came to judging that category.
Bicester Building Firm Scoops Top Industry Accolade
The team at Sporn Construction was named 'Master Builder of the Year' after winning the national category prize for Large Renovation Project of the Year
for their work on a stunning Victorian villa in Oxford.
Family firm Sporn gutted and reconfigured the stunning house, transforming dark, confined spaces into bright airy rooms where original details are complemented by contemporary fittings, décor and furniture.
The star feature of the house is a long low kitchen basement extension with floor to ceiling glazing and roofed in zinc and natural sedum.
During deliberations the industry leading judges commented on how 'incredibly challenging' the project was due to onsite restrictions such as blending the new detail with the old.
It was also noted that all complications were overcome, well managed and the quality of the finish is 'exceptional'.
Minister for Housing Brandon Lewis MP gave a speech at the awards, which were presented by Channel 4's Charlie Luxton
The 12th Master Builder of the Year Awards
Now in its 12th incarnation the FMB's Master Builder of the Year awards continues to go from strength to strength. All of this year's regional and national winners, and of course our Master Builder of the Year, should be very proud of their achievements. They are now certifiably amongst the best builders in the UK.
For over a decade the Master Builder of the Year Awards has been highlighting and promoting the first-class work done by small and medium sized builders throughout the UK. This year saw regional awards given to companies as far north as Aberdeenshire and as far south as Devon and Cornwall showing the strength of the industry nationwide.
The uniqueness of these awards is that, unlike others, the builders do not enter themselves; it is up to the client to put their builder forward. Often it is their way of saying 'thank you' for a job well done. Often the builders have played a pivotal role in transforming a hugely important aspect of their lives and they want to show their appreciation.
The FMB would like to take this opportunity to congratulate not just the regional
winners but all those who were nominated by their clients - you obviously did a fantastic job and should be honoured.
We would also like to thank TV presenter and building enthusiast Charlie Luxton for supporting the awards and presenting the awards ceremony.
Lastly and by no means least, a big thank you goes to all of our sponsors
without whom the awards would not be possible.
- Master Builder of the Year (builder) - brand new light commercial vehicle
- Master Builder of the Year (client) - cheque for £3,000
- Apprentice of the Year - cheque for £1,000
- Apprentice of the Year (employer) - £250
- All national winners and their clients - £250