; Master Builder Awards 2017: Commercial Project
The Federation of Master Builders

Commercial Project

Undertaking work on an operating ‘live’ hotel seems like a daunting prospect but Lowry Building & Civil Engineering Ltd from Castlederg, Northern Ireland, relished the challenge, pulling off a redevelopment worthy of the national title. Not only is the finished renovation a stunning and dramatic change from the original building, the effort Lowry Building & Civil Engineering made to ensure that staff and customers were undisturbed during the work was remarkable.

Silverbirch Hotel

The brief set by the Silverbirch Hotel was for a renovation which would make them the number one choice in Northern Ireland for weddings and business functions. The project provided a complete redevelopment of the Drumragh Suite to hold 400 seated guests and an additional function space in the lower ground floor suitable for 700 people. The existing function room was demolished and replaced with a stylish, relaxed bar which opens up into a courtyard complete with mounted televisions and outdoor seating, adding yet another unique element to the hotel.

Lowry Building & Civil Engineering worked hand-inhand with the client throughout the process, developing an open and transparent relationship which allowed them to deliver the project on time and within budget.

Visits were arranged for the hotel staff during each phase of the build, to help familiarise themselves with the new surroundings and understand the approach of the construction project. Lowry Building & Civil Engineering had a constant presence onsite and were on-hand to deal with any questions and rectify any issues that arose.

The project was carried out in the very high risk environment of an operational hotel. Risks were identified, managed and controlled proactively by the Lowry Building & Civil Engineering team, allowing the hotel to continue to operate without affecting guests whilst still providing the highest quality, bespoke build for the client. The real testament to the success of Lowry Building & Civil Engineering is that thanks to the renovation, the hotel has already exceeded booking expectations this year.

Overall winner - Master Builder Awards 2017

Congratulations to John Dynes & Son, worthy winner of the 13th Master Builder Awards.

Small Renovation Project

True Build Director, Paul Dempsey regards this Edinburgh build as "the most challenging project yet".

Large Renovation Project & Heritage Project

Alan Staley Building Contractors Ltd has secured the titles for work on a prestigious listed property surrounded by amazing gardens.

Energy Efficient Project

Northern Irish builder Setanta Construction Ltd has picked up the national Energy Efficient Project title for a passive modern farmhouse.

Builders Merchant Award

The judges were impressed by the company’s culture, both as a place to work and to do business with.

Heavenly Builder

Donald went above-and-beyond to ensure that David was comfortable and as undisturbed as possible during building works...

Commercial Project

Lowry Building & Civil Engineering Ltd, relished the challenge of pulling off a redevelopment worthy of the national title.

Apprentice Award

Northern Irish apprentice Kieran Magee has been chosen from a vast selection of impressive candidates to be crowned Apprentice 2017.

Kitchen or Bathroom Project

This smart and thoughtful move has secured Project One Installations the national award for best Kitchen or Bathroom Project.

Lifetime Achievement Award

The new Lifetime Achievement category is presented to a Master Builder who has contributed positively to the building industry.

Categories and Sponsors

Master Builder Awards 2017 categories and sponsors.


The Master Builder Awards Winner 2017 (builder) will win a Vauxhall LCV worth up to £20,000.

Northern Ireland Master Builder Awards

Northern Ireland Master Builder Award winners

Cymru Master Builder Awards

Wales Master Builder Award winners

Scotland Master Builder Awards

Scotland Master Builder Awards winners

Eastern Counties Master Builder Awards

Eastern Counties Master Builder Awards winners

Southern Counties & London Master Builder Awards

Southern Counties Master Builder Awards winners

Midland & South West Master Builder Awards

Midland and South West Master Builder Awards winners

North West and Yorkshire & Trent Master Builder Awards

North West and Yorkshire & Trent Master Builder Awards winners

Northern Counties Master Builder Awards

Northern Counties Master Builder Awards winners

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