County Durham building firm Radford Construction Services Limited, based near Chester-Le-Street, has beaten builders across the UK to scoop the award for the best Bathroom Project at the prestigious Federation of Master Builders’ 2021 National Master Builder Awards. Company Director Andrew Radford also walked away with the Highly Commended prize in the Tradesperson of the Year category. This follows on from their bumper win at the FMB Northern Counties Master Builder Awards 2021 where the firm picked up the best bathroom project award, along with wins in three other categories.
TV presenter and all-round building enthusiast Nick Knowles announced the winners of outstanding Bathroom Project to the delight of the team from Radford Construction Services, during the virtual ceremony on September 24th.
The awards recognise building excellence, quality craftsmanship, and exceptional customer service, and are run by the Federation of Master Builders, the largest trade association in the UK construction sector which is this year celebrating its 80th anniversary.
The winning bathroom was part of a larger project delivered by Radford Construction Services to construct a new bespoke wedding venue with top class facilities. The potential of converting the building’s loft area into a luxurious bridal suite complete with vast bathroom was too good to be missed.
Radford Construction Services certainly delivered on the client’s request for a unique space, with the independent judges praising the one of a kind roll-top bath, excellent tiling, mood lighting, surround sound music and air conditioning systems, and twin showers and sinks.
The project overcame a range of challenges, with excellent use of innovative materials. The tight rooftop space meant all materials had to be carried by hand up three flights, including the bath. The renovation seamlessly blends the old Edwardian farmhouse features with the look and feel of a modern American style loft conversion.
Andrew Radford, Director at Radford Construction said: “We were up against fantastic competition, in difficult times. It was hard work, but the team overcame the obstacles. The customer is over the moon, and we’re happy. Everything in that room is just lovely.”
Tom Rynolds, CEO of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, and National Judge for this category said: “This project was chosen as the winner as it overcame an array of challenges in order to create a stunning end product…which perfectly matches the brief the builder was given. In summary, an outstanding, high quality entry.”
Andrea Dean, Property Writer at the Metro, and also a National Judge, said: “There are so many standout features: the roll-top bath is absolutely gorgeous and it’s quite different to any other free-standing tub I’ve seen before. It’s an amazing use of space in what was quite a difficult area.”
Notes to editors
The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is the largest trade association in the UK construction industry representing thousands of firms in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Established in 1941 to protect the interests of small and medium-sized (SME) construction firms, the FMB is independent and non-profit making, lobbying for members’ interests at both the national and local level.
The FMB is a source of knowledge, professional advice and support for its members, providing a range of modern and relevant business building services to help them succeed. The FMB is committed to raising quality in the construction industry and offers a free Find a Builder service to consumers.