Leicester builders Ellis & Hughes of Aylestone Road beat the cream of Britain’s builders to be crowned the Best Builder in Britain at this year’s Master Builder of the Year Awards 2008 which took place yesterday.
Naomi Cleaver, presenter of C4 Grand Designs Trade Secrets presented the award to Kevin Ellis and his team from Ellis & Hughes for their amazing transformation of a run of the mill 1960s house into a stunning, light-filled contemporary family home for Elaine and Patrick Mulvihill of Newton Linford.
Ellis & Hughes triumphed to take the top national award along with the title ‘Master Builder of the Year 2008.’
Leicester builder Kevin Ellis is a wonderful example of a builder who not only excels at building the bond of trust between a builder and a client that is vital to the success of the project in hand, but who also retains it for years afterwards.
Kevin Ellis and his team from Ellis & Hughes worked in complete partnership with clients Elaine and Patrick Mulvihill and shared their vision for the family home in Newton Linford, Leicestershire.
Says Patrick Mulvihill: “Every family in the country can relate to our example – a typical family living in a pleasant but uninspiring house who have aspirations of creating a dream home. All we needed was a builder to make it happen.”
“Ellis & Hughes listened to our wish list and worked with us and the community to produce and execute a stunning design, and completed the scheme on time, on budget, and with the greatest respect for both ourselves and our neighbours. Our family love this house, and that’s why we are delighted that Ellis and Hughes is Master Builder of the Year,” he added.
The Master Builder of the Year Awards, now in its ninth year, is organised by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), the UK’s largest building trade association. These annual awards celebrate the outstanding work delivered by the vast majority of builders who can only be nominated by highly satisfied clients.
Speaking at the Awards ceremony, FMB director general, Richard Diment said: “These Awards are an opportunity to showcase projects around the country that would otherwise be overlooked. Size is not important, while solid craftsmanship, excellent customer service and delighted clients are. The Awards give these clients a platform to publicly thank their builder both for their excellent work and for the consideration shown to them throughout the build.
“For us it is heartening to see that so many clients are still willing to invest in improving their properties, something that is vital for the future of the domestic construction market, and also to see that they are increasingly concerned with energy efficiency and sustainability,” Richard added.
“Our congratulations go to Ellis & Hughes for this well-deserved award, but equally our thanks go to Elaine and Patrick Mulvihill, who nominated them,” said Richard.
Ellis & Hughes win a brand new Light Commercial Vehicle of their choice, worth up to £20,000, provided by the principal sponsor of the Award, Nissan Motor (GB) Limited. And Elaine and Patrick Mulvihill can pack their bags for a fantastic £3,000 holiday of their choice!