Congratulations to the regional and devolved nations' winners of the 2021 Commercial or Public Sector Project category who will now go on to compete in the National Master Builder Awards on 24 September 2021. Check out the full list of national finalists below and learn more about their projects.
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Property Building Maintenance (Wales) Ltd’s work on this major redevelopment project saw them convert a disused office block into much-needed social housing in a local community. The job entailed significant work on the structure itself and on the services within, and several unforeseeable changes to the original plans also posed challenges to the budget. This Master Builder rose to the occasion and maintained excellent relationships with local stakeholders to deliver new housing to the local community on-time and within budget. One of the delighted new tenants stated: “The flats are really light, modern and airy and the quality is exceptional. I’m sure I’m going to be very happy here.”
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This renovation project at St. Mary’s Church saw Punch Construction create a gallery for a six-tonne Klais church organ - re-assembled on-site after being sent from Germany - to serve as a focal point for the congregation. This Master Builder’s work at this Grade I Listed building is truly divine; featuring a hand-cut oak fascia, balustrade and staircase treads as well as glass design elements crafted to complement the angles of the organ. One of only seven instruments of its kind in the UK, this extraordinary centrepiece now finds fitting company in the unique surroundings Punch Construction have carefully created for it.
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Architecturall Ltd’s construction of Woods Quay – a new luxury reception and berthing pontoon for Thames’ travel business Wood’s Fleet – involved an unconventional construction process which took place on a floating barge, which was then towed 25 miles to the site and moored in place. The team overcame the unique challenges of building on a floating site and in a Conservation area, and sourced materials locally to reduce the impact on the environment. The judges hailed it as an “impressive and unusual scheme” and noted the finished project’s visual appeal as well as the client’s satisfaction. The latter remarked “throughout construction, Architecturall remained calm and attentive to all the precise details we had requested as a client [in] creating the luxury accommodation we required.”
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Form Construction Midlands took on the challenge of converting this Packwood Lane property from a steel portal frame cowshed into a multipurpose commercial space featuring flexible, modern two-storey offices. They brought character and authenticity to the build using only the highest quality materials, such as the wood cladding and exposed brickwork, beams and pipes, with an industrial steel staircase completing the aesthetic. The finished project features an open-plan, spacious work area with meeting rooms, a boardroom and rest facilities, and underfloor heating and air-conditioning ensures comfort all year round.
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Radford Construction Services Ltd converted this farmhouse into a stunning stand-alone wedding venue complete with a ceremony room, large function space, five en-suite bedrooms for guests, and a professional kitchen. The judges noted that the main challenges came from dealing with the fabric of the existing building and incorporating modern services and features within an aged structure. Radford Construction was heavily involved in the evolution of the design from the initial consultation and developed an excellent relationship with the client who was delighted with the finished renovation.
Taking on a challenging brief to create a bespoke state-of-the-art studio spanning three floors, GP McManus impressed the judges by maintaining a professional, productive approach even as significant challenges emerged. The team addressed a draining problem by altering the building’s steel structure and locating elusive sanitation connections even when the original designer, Building Control, and NI Water could not. The end result is a modern, multifunctional venue now fit for public use and described by the judges as a “highly appealing and challenging conversion of an existing building, combining high quality craftsmanship with modern construction techniques.”
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Taking on the challenging task of renovating this large hotel – part of which is Grade I Listed - SR Design & Build Ltd exercised tremendous care and skill at every stage. Each room now features a mezzanine floor with glass balustrades bordering an open plan floorspace, and the historic character of the building has been preserved through the retention of the original exposed warehouse trusses. The beautiful finish is even more remarkable considering it was achieved whilst the hotel remained fully occupied, testament to the builder’s innovative approach and consideration of their client’s needs.
George Fair Joiners & Contractors’ spectacular rejuvenation of these aged steadings structures into a modern wedding and events venue is one that impressed the judges both visually and technically. Beginning with only a few of the original walls intact, they exercised careful craftmanship in replicating the original mill building constructed more than a century ago. A great deal of attention to detail was also paid to satisfy the different roof sizing requirements across the various buildings, and the main function hall now features the first double hip-end scissor trusses in Scotland, measuring some 16m long.
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Mitchells Construction & Development’s work on this community centre saw them create inviting and accessible spaces for visitors of all ages. There are modern, accessible toilet facilities on the ground and first floors, and a new passenger lift means that the first-floor offices, meeting rooms and hall are now accessible to all. A new commercial kitchen allows the volunteer cooks - who prepare hundreds of free meals for elderly and homeless people each week - to increase their serving capacity and the variety of meals they can offer, cementing the new facility’s status as a beacon of hope and community for local residents.
Find out more about Mitchells Construction & Development Ltd.
This project by Stonewood Builders consisted of a complete refurbishment of a Grade II listed commercial property to create a new home for their architectural sister company; Stonewood Design (SWD). Prior to acquiring Listed status, the building – originally constructed using malthouse through the 17th and 18th centuries – had endured decades of neglect as a corn store and later as a Chinese takeaway outlet. Stonewood’s extensive work has breathed new life into the property, with the installation of a new flight of stairs linking a mezzanine floor to two others, and new timber carefully combined with the old to preserve a continuous, open aesthetic.
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