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Construction Awards 2017

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Also in this Issue: Drainpower Environmental Ltd. Flowscreed JDA Architects Living Stone

CONSTRUCTION AWARDS

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Editor’s Note

, Welcome to the BUILD Construction Awards The 2017 Construction Awards have been designed to pay homage to the exceptionally talented firms and individuals whose tireless efforts has seen them achieve remarkable goals. These awards celebrate those from all corners of the construction industry, from the biggest companies to those just starting out.

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Contents

, 04. Clearly Renovations Ltd

12. Clarke Contractors, Inc.

Best Residential Renovations

Contractor – London & the Home Counties

Best Restoration & Remodelling Contractor - Ohio

05. Central London Lofts

13. Flowscreed

Best Loft Conversion Contractor London

Best Floor Construction Company - UK

06. Mason Wright Associates

14. JDA Architects

Best New Building Surveying Practice 2017 - North West England

Residential Architects of the Year 2017 North West England

07. YDS Architects

16. Living Stone Construction

Best International Architecture Practice Japan

Best Home Renovations Company - South East USA & BUILD Excellence Award Sustainable Design/Build 2017

08. Brett Ward Homes

Best Luxury Home Builders - Queensland

17. Climachill Ltd

09. Forme Partitions

Best Steel Framed System Product: FORME Partitions

10. RPL Construction

Best Design/Build Company 2017 - Isle of Wight

Best HVAC Solutions Provider – South East England & BUILD Excellence Award for Portable Air Conditioning Units 2017

18. Wallpapering and Decorating Specialists

Interior/Exterior Decorator of the Year Dorset

11. Drainpower Environmental Ltd.

Robotic Repairs Specialist of the Year 2017 - Republic of Ireland & Recognised Leaders in CCTV Drainage Inspections - Republic of Ireland & Best Drainage Survey Project: Limerick Regeneration Project

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Best Residential Renovations Contractor – London & the Home Counties Clearly Renovations Ltd is a construction company that was founded in 2005 and delivers its commitments to a very high standard, from the attention to detail, to the excellent service we provide. We profiled the firm to find out a bit more Offering a variety of products, Clearly Renovations Ltd extend, convert and renovate residential homes, including loft conversions, rear and side extensions, kitchens, bathrooms and decorating. The company also provides design and build services through its sister company Clearly Architects Ltd and property maintenance services through Clearly Maintenance, part of LJB Maintenance Ltd, which provides a vital on-going maintenance role for all the existing clients of Clearly Renovations Ltd, allowing them to stay in regular contact with previous clients. Marking itself out from its competitors, the firm values its customer service and the services it can provide to its client. Ensuring all staff are pulling in the same direction, employees subscribe to the company’s motto ‘Our Passion, Your Peace of Mind’. The firm’s vision is a clear one; it wants to be the best high end residential contractor in London and the Home Counties. Clearly Renovations are trying to surround themselves with the best team who epitomise its ‘can do’ culture, and make sure that it remains a fun and exciting place to work. One of the firm’s latest projects was based in Notting

Hill and resulted in a new project on next door neighbour property, demonstrating the great value that the firm provides for its clientele.

it is now £300K, with a pipeline average of £450k (30 contracts). These results highlight that the firm’s target marketing strategy is paying dividends.

As part of its dedication to collaboration and support, the firm cares about its community by raising funds via its activities or donating unwanted white goods and suites to Emmaus charity from the firm’s sites.

Overall, Clearly Renovations want to be a company that is recognised by architects and clients alike for the highest quality service. The firm believes that they are fairly close to achieving its vision, but this does not mean that the team and their staff will stop striving and learning every day, maintaining the high standards that they set themselves.

Moving ahead, the company would like to grow the business from £2.3m to £5m turnover in 5 years with a 12% net profit. For the first 10 years, its average contract value was £218k and

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Contact: Jeremy Bayliss Contact Email: j.bayliss@clearlyrenovations.com Address: Brampton House, Scabharbour Road, Hildenborough, Kent, TN11 8PJ, UK Phone: 0844 800 9536 Website: www.clearlyrenovations.com


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Best Loft Conversion Contractor – London Based in London, with over 30 years’ experience, Central London Lofts are the go-to company for when you want to make the most of your attic space. We invited Renatas Staponaitis to tell us a bit more about the firm and the reasons behind its success. Central London Lofts is a loft conversion specialist firm with expertise spread across a wide range of home extension projects throughout London and the M25 area. The firm helps to take away the hassle of red tape, ensuring all work by the team meets the required building regulations. The company also deals with approvals and planning permissions for extra peace of mind. Renatas explains to us what the firm’s overall mission is and the services that the firm offers. “With a strong focus on customer service, our aim is to help the client achieve the house of their dreams and maximise living space. All we need to know is what the client wants. “Whether it is to create a master suite, a home office or kids’ bedrooms, we handle everything from planning permission to architectural design and construction. We are proud to offer clients competitive prices on loft conversions and we approach every project individually. Staff are keen to create a bespoke loft space that adds genuine value to clients’ property, just the way you want it.” Renatas believes the firm provides great customer service. This is the aim of the company

and is something staff strive to provide, in order to achieve their goal of complete customer satisfaction. When the firm reaches its goal, this is what differentiates the firm from competitors within the industry. Using the skilled employees at its disposal, Central London Lofts are able to expand their business by producing a quality end product, making sure clients will recommend them in the future. “A complete customer satisfaction is what we aim to achieve. By focusing on customer service and using

the extensive knowledge of our team of loft conversion contractors - including architects, project managers, planners and construction specialists - we aim to provide our customers with a quality end product at a competitive price. “All people have to do is read our customer testimonials, they speak for us. We feel that is the only thing that differentiate us from our competitors. A good quality loft conversion for a remarkable price marks us as the best possible option for our clients.”

Contact: Renatas Staponaitis Contact Email: rs@centrallondonloft.co.uk Address: 144 Wandsworth High Street, London, SW18 4JJ, UK Phone: 0800 634 8271 Website: www.centrallondonloft.co.uk

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Best New Building Surveying Practice 2017 North West England Mason Wright Associates are a leading surveying practice operating in the North West of England. We spoke to Graeme Wright to learn more about the firm and the services it offers. Mason Wright offer a practicable, reliable and friendly service to all its customers and partners, working closely with them to ensure excellence, as Graeme highlights. “Here at Mason Wright, we are a modern, dynamic and highly professional surveying practice of independent Chartered Surveyors with extensive experience within the surveying and property industries, with the knowledge of the local property market and the varying property archetypes being able to offer their clients the best possible advice. “There is complete professionalism in every aspect of our work, from the instruction through to aftercare, with a key focus on delivering extraordinary levels of service. We specialise in RICS Building Surveys, RICS Condition Reports, RICS HomeBuyer Reports, Residential and Commercial Valuations and Specific Reports. MWA’s highly qualified and RICS accredited Chartered Surveyors have extensive local knowledge of the property market and the varying property archetypes being able to offer their clients the best possible advice.” Overall, it is the practice’s disciplined and meticulous

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surveying approach using both the traditional and modern techniques, and latest technology available allows it to stand out from the rest, and moving forward continuing to provide this exceptional level of service is the firm’s priority, as Graeme concludes.

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“Ultimately. Mason Wright Associates has gained a significant, strong and dependable reputation in a short period of time for providing a high level of professional service, and our aim is to continue this whilst expanding our services further afield.”

Contact: Graeme Wright Contact Email: info@masonwrightassociates.co.uk Address: 245 Woolton Road, Childwall, Liverpool, L16 8NA, UK Phone: 0151 737 2806 Web Address: www.masonwrightassociates.co.uk


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Best International Architecture Practice - Japan YDS Architects is an award-winning international office that strives for innovation in design. We profile the firm to learn more and explore the secrets behind its success. Established in 2008 by Yoshitaka Uchino, YDS Architects offers several services of architecture design, urban planning, exhibition design, furniture design, and creation of concept. Their clients are individuals and companies including Mitusbishi Jisho,MitsuiFudosan which are giant real state companies in Japan. YDS Architects think that architects should be more visionary with philosophy. When creating architectures and cities, the practice starts with making basic concept based on the five principles, Nature,MA(Void),Spaces of Agora, Spaces of path, Symbiosis. Nothing is taken for granted for them as they pursue stimulating concept and design. The firm’s latest projects which reflects their concept most are House K and Misora Kindergarten. House K is a simple white box with the terrace and the garage. In House K, the intention is to create a void which responds to the city as well as to the interior spaces. Nature and the architecture stimulating with each other, spaces expand to infinity. By employing simple spatial forms as a methodology,

the practice seeks to integrate East and West. To create new and stimulating designs, Yoshitaka is always thinking about architectures and cities. He likes travelling and visiting modern architectures and villages and cities is important design source for him. This year, he has visited Europe, US,Mexico, and he visits several works like San Cristobal by Louis

Barragan, Fortworth Modern Museum by Tadao Ando and many others. Ultimately, with more and more architectures and cities that has clear-cut visions and designs are demanded in the world, YDS Architects tries to get the commissions overseas as well as in Japan.

Contact: Yoshitaka Uchino Contact Email: yoshitaka_u@me.com Address: 6F,2-20-7 Misakicho, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan Phone: +81-3-6272-5572

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Best Luxury Home Builders - Queensland Brett Ward Homes is a Gold Coast based construction business with a reputation for quality, luxury homes. We invited Brett Ward to talk us through the recent success of the company. Director and master builder, Brett Ward, attributes his company’s success to consistently delivering 100 per cent satisfaction to his clients from the start of a project until its completion. Clearly excited about the work the firm does, Brett outlines the services the workforce provide, along with how the firm plans to achieve its overall mission. “Fundamentally, at Brett Ward Homes we undertake new builds and challenging projects on sloping blocks. We have also helped clients make the most of their location with imaginative demolish and rebuild projects. Our network of contacts includes specialist architects, engineers, and professional, reliable subcontractors. Staff work with our clients to make their dream home a reality. We can help with custom designs or work from existing plans because we understand the market, and we have built everything from urban retreats to luxury waterfront homes. “The team at Brett Ward Homes strives for excellent craftsmanship and satisfied customers on every project we undertake. When you drive past a Brett Ward Home, you witness the results of our commitment to our clients and our high construction standards.” Working in a competitive industry such as construction, the firm

must differentiate itself from other competitors. Brett details what makes the firm special and enticing to prospective and existing clients. “Possessing a wealth of experience, the firm marks itself out as the most attractive proposition for clients by using only the best most experienced trades to undertake the various aspects of each and every build. We pay the utmost attention to detail on every house, no matter what the budget. Adding a personal touch, clients deal directly with Brett Ward, the

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owner of the business, so they can be satisfied that their project is being treated with the respect it deserves.” Looking ahead, the company has some exciting projects lined up which Brett is keen to share with us, whilst also discussing what the future holds for the firm. “Moving forward, Brett Ward Homes will continue to grow our brand and reputation as a leading Custom Home, Luxury Home, Demolition and Re-Build Builder on the Gold Coast. We are also moving forward with

plans to diversify and tap into the first and second home buyer markets in South East Queensland.”

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Contact: Kirsty Ward Contact Email: kirsty@brettwardhomes.com.au Address: Unit 2/8 Gateway Court, Coomera, QLD 4209, Australia Telephone: 07 5500 3700 Web Address: www.brettwardhomes.com.au


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Best Steel Framed System Product: FORME Partitions Forme Partitions is a bespoke and flexible steel framed system, crafted on the border of Cornwall and Devon. We invited Ashley Collins to talk us through the services that the firm provides. Inspired by the original industrial steel window designs of the 1920s, all Forme’s materials are sourced in the UK and brought together in local workshops. The firm’s system was developed after a bespoke commission for the HQ of lingerie company Agent Provocateur, who asked Forme to replicate the external Crittall windows in the internal meeting room glazing. Since then Forme products have been installed in the offices of Netflix, Vice Magazine, Tracey Emin Studio and many more with sliding doors, pivot doors, acoustic upgrades and various other features now in their portfolio. Ashley talks us through the firm’s overall mission and the steps they plan to take to reach their goals. “The company’s mission is always to design and install snag free metalwork that looks awesome and our clients are over the moon with. We aim to build close relationships with our customers, which facilitate better working practice and lead to exciting new designs. “Fundamentally, we would love one of our clients to really

push the boundaries and ask for a really complicated lattice design or artwork on the frames. With over 15 years experience delivering bespoke architectural metalwork the possibilities are endless.” Ultimately, Ashley discusses the future of the firm and shares with us an upcoming project, something the firm seems excited about, as well as some mention of expanding abroad. “Looking ahead, one of our next big projects on site is a mixeduse building on Mortimer Street: serviced offices, a restaurant and members club including gym all under one roof. Forme is currently manufacturing the office partitions with a very advanced access control specification and bespoke timber handles. We are also designing the glazing for the fitness room area and a bespoke decorative greenhouse for the restaurant. “Currently, we are working on some exciting tenders with the A&D sector including a roll out for the Pegasus retirement properties and the office of a popular dating app. Recent enquiries have included New York, Chicago, Dublin and Australia so we will see what

comes of those. But we are focusing our efforts on sales and marketing in the UK for now.” Forme continue to take on select bespoke architectural metalwork commissions alongside the partitions projects.

Address: Design Studio: Eastcott Studio, St Dominick, Cornwall PL12 6TB Showroom: Parchment House, 13 Northburgh Street, London EX1V 0JP Enquiries: info@FormePartitions.co.uk 01579 350 258 Website: www.FormePartitions.co.uk

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Best Design/Build Company 2017 - Isle of Wight RPL Construction are an established construction company delivering projects to a variety of clients in the refurbishment and new build sector. We profiled the firm to find a bit more about its success and accomplishments. RPL Construction boasts a huge amount of experience amongst its workforce. Employees have been directly working with the firm or as part of its supply chain for many years. RPL manage the contracts through its three experienced Contract Managers as well as employing a specialist Project Manager, which, totalled up, brings the years of experience working for RPL to over 40 years. In addition, a site supervisor/ foreman is allocated to each project. The company is a member of the Federation of Master Builders, the Guild of Master Craftsmen and is also CHAS registered. Since being established, the company has secured contracts in excess of £1.5million, however the average core contract is between £400k and £1million. Together with its construction capabilities, RPL can provide financial advice and a full design back up to make the client’s project a ‘one stop shop’ experience. Staff can also work with the client alongside their proposed project package of information either directly or through the appointed employer’s agent.

Becoming known for its innovative design work on a large number of projects, the firm is building on its already solid reputation, hoping to expand and become an industry leader. The work the company does ranges from house extensions to loft conversions and, in some cases, the firm has worked on schools and doctor practices. Clients’ relationships with the firm are essential to the success of the company. Staff work hard to maintain these relationships and provide only the best service they can for clients. This is what helps the firm to differentiate itself from its competitors, alongside the experience of the workforce. As a small company, RPL and its staff can afford to be flexible and pay personal attention to each individual client’s needs and requirements whilst providing a full professional construction service. Clients come to the firm expecting a high quality standard of work and this is what they receive. Throughout their years of experience, the workforce has worked with some high profile clients and the construction work is guaranteed to be of the desired quality, aiming to exceed the client’s deadlines and expectations.

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Contact: Nick Lamb Contact Email: nick.lamb@rplconstruction.com Address: 2a Windsor Street, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 3UB, UK Phone: 01582 488881 Website: www.rplconstruction.com


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Robotic Repairs Specialist of the Year 2017 - Republic of Ireland & Recognised Leaders in CCTV Drainage Inspections - Republic of Ireland & Best Drainage Survey Project: Limerick Regeneration Project Drainpower Environmental Services supply and fit replacement sewage pumps and air compressors for all types of waste water treatment systems. We profile the firm to find out more and explore the secrets behind its success so far.

Based in Nenagh, Drainpower Environmental Services offer a nationwide service, providing maintenance and cleaning services for septic tanks and drains, as well as leak detection and the installation, cleaning and maintenance of grease traps. Another innovative service offered by the firm is CCTV surveys, to identify ongoing issues causing the blocking of drains. A CCTV drain survey

can easily and quickly assess the condition of your drains and identify any problems such as damaged joints, cracks, deformities, obstructions or issues with pipe gradient (sagging or backfalls). Once the problem is established, the firm can advise clients of the best type of repair for their home which can be carried out by our specialist drain repair crews. The majority of the drainage system are hidden from view under the ground and the only way to thoroughly check its condition is with a CCTV survey.

Clients can rest assured that they are in safe hands, as the firm holds a nationwide waste permit which allows it to legally service and clean septic tanks and water waste treatment systems in the Republic of Ireland. Utilising the very latest technology, Drainpower Environmental Services ensures that clients receive the very highest standard of service. Moving forward, continuing to provide the very best service possible will be the firm’s ongoing focus.

Contact: John Fanning Contact Email: info@draindoctorireland.com Address: Portroe Health Centre, Pallas More, Co. Tipperary, Nenagh, Ireland Phone: 00353 86050 5454 Website: septictankanddraincleaning.com/

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Best Restoration & Remodelling Contractor - Ohio Clarke Contractors, Inc. specializes in complete property damage restoration and emergency service for all insurance claims. We profiled the firm and its president, Jason Clarke to find out a bit more about the firm and the services that it offers. Clarke Contractors, Inc. is focused, first and foremost, on customer satisfaction. Since 1997, we have taken great pride in providing our customers with the highest quality of service. The firm is committed to fast and reliable response time, quality craftsmanship, and reasonable pricing by using Xactware estimating software. Staff work together with the clients’ insurance company to determine the scope of their loss and needed repairs. Alongside providing great customer satisfaction, the firm also offers a variety of services including fire, water and storm damage restoration as well as 24/7/365 Live Emergency Response team. Additionally, the firm also help clients with tree removals, lead abatement, mould remediation and contents restoration as well as many, many more. Attracting the best clients is vital to the industry and there are many ways which mark the firm out as one of the best within the industry, in some cases, the business is streets ahead of its competitors. When clients are facing a water or fire-damage

emergency, the response time is critical to prevent total loss of possessions and belongings. Clarke Contractors provide a fast emergency response and at 48 minutes, it is the fastest in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky and the industry. Being the largest contracting firm in the region, staff are all certified and the company possesses more trucks and more industryleading technology. This is how the company quickly responds to home and commercial property incidents and is able to minimize damage and get the client back to their pre-disaster condition. The company implements the latest tools and technology, ranging from its famous Ozone Room to an army of dehumidifiers and an advanced floor drying system plus thermal imaging, the firm uses the best tools to do the best job. The firm’s commitment to IICRC certification and top-notch service has earned it a spot on the prestigious Top 500 Remodelers list, an A+ rating plus a lot of numerous awards. The firm’s president, Jason Clarke, is an experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working

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in the construction industry. He is skilled in property and casualty insurance, xactimate, contractors, project estimation and flooring. Jason is a strong business development professional with a BBA focused in Marketing and Management from University of Cincinnati College of Business. With a host of accolades and credentials, Clarke Contractors can look forward to a successful future, with highly trained staff and the best tools and technology in use, clients can

feel satisfied that when they use the firm, they will receive great value for their money. The firm is able to restore and remodel people’s homes to make them look a million dollars without the client having to spend that amount of money. Contact: Jason Clarke Contact Email: Jason@clarkecontractors.com Address: 4475 Mulhauser Road, West Chester, Ohio, 45011, USA Phone: 001 513 678 2711 Website: www.clarkecontractors.com


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Best Floor Construction Company - UK Flowscreed are premier wet underfloor heating, liquid screed and concrete specialists, providing an innovative, quality flooring solutions. We profiled the firm to find out more and explore the secrets behind its success. Flowscreed Ltd has been established since 2007, holding a high regard for client satisfaction on quality and program finishing. The firm have completed projects such as schools, colleges and domestic work. Staff help clients through the process of their project for screed applications. Possessing an advantage over traditional concrete and floor screeding solutions, Flowscreed’s flowing concrete, liquid floor screed provides clients with a fast, efficient and precise floor covering. It is ideal for underfloor heating as the screed flows around the pipes and forms a void-free finish. If clients have an underfloor heating system, then the warm water from any heat source is circulated through a series of pipes installed and integrated within the floor. The heat which is emitted from the floor is natural radiated heat and therefore, provides a more comfortable and even temperature throughout the room. Offering a variety of products, the company’s Thermio + is a liquid floor screed specifically designed for use with underfloor heating

systems, allowing only 20mm cover to pipes and offering unrivalled heating performance. Alongside this product, the firm also employs its Eco screed which is a liquid screed designed to provide a smooth level surface. This product is commonly used in residential and commercial applications. Another product offered up by the company is an ultra-thin flow screed, sub-base leveller known as EXCELIO screed, a ready mixed truck delivered screed that can be applied from just 12mm, eliminating the need for a more expensive alternative, saving the client money.

Staff are of vital importance to the firm’s success, and they work extremely hard to make sure they exceed client’s expectations. Working with a variety of individuals and businesses, the firm are yet to find a job that is too big or complex for them to handle. Looking ahead, Flowscreed will be aiming to expand within the UK, with its client base already covering a variety of areas, mostly in the East of England. The experience of the staff at the firm and the willingness to put the client first ensures that Flowscreed marks itself

out as one of the best flooring solution companies for clients, guaranteeing that the business will not have any issues growing its client base.

Contact: Hugh Doggett Contact Email: hugh@flow-screed.com Address: 62 Gorefield Road, Leverington, Cambridgeshire, PE13 5AT, UK Phone: 07970 906477 Office phone: 01945 232111 Website: www.flow-screed.com

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Residential Architects of the Year 2017 North West England JDA Architects are a Liverpool and Manchester based team of architects, master planners, interior designers and technicians providing architectural design services to private and public clients across the UK. We profiled the practice to find out what makes it so successful and attractive to clients. JDA offers clients a full range of services from sketch schemes to full planning applications, Building Control drawings, detailed design work and site inspections. Other in-house services include master planning, interior design and 3D visualisations. Clients range from high net-worth individuals and sports celebrities wanting one-off houses in the countryside, to private housing developers with 8 to 800-unit housing sites and social care clients offering rental and shared ownership homes and retirement apartments across the UK. Their private one-off houses provide support for unique houses in the greenbelt. New house building in the greenbelt is usually frowned upon, however planning policy does allow new homes to be built in the countryside, including greenbelt. JDA are also working with specialist consultants on larger masterplan schemes for housing in the greenbelt and have two large sites in the North West for circa 4-500 homes and a school. They are also working on the detailed design of an approved masterplan for circa 800 homes at “Harry Stoke” near Bristol,

which includes a community centre with retail facilities, recycling areas and children’s nursery. Outstanding Design & Modular Design To evidence the outstanding designs, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) review process supplements the planning application. JDA have obtained numerous approvals in the greenbelt, with two projects currently under construction. Whilst the practice offers traditionally constructed designs, one of their specialisms is true volumetric modular housing for the social housing sector. Along with Developer Bowsall, the practice has designed and built three modular sites across the North West; Liverpool, Tameside and Stockport with homes constructed in factory conditions, complete with bathrooms, kitchens, wall and floor finishes installed and erected on-site in a matter of days. The Government are pushing for more houses to be built quickly and JDA see modular off-site construction as a way to meet these aims. The company

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are also providing designs for retirement living across the UK from over 55s extra care apartments to specialist dementia care homes. HAPPI Carehomes They recently completed a Housing the Aged Population: Panel for Innovation (HAPPI) care home for St Vincent’s Housing Association at Danesmoor Drive, Bury. HAPPI research found that the time may come to build homes that meet the needs and aspirations of older people and that housing for older people should become an exemplar for mainstream housing meeting higher design standards for space and quality. Due to the success of Danesmoor Drive, JDA Architects have been re-commissioned to provide a similar 19-unit care home at Elker Lane, Billington. Sustainable Design Leaning towards sustainable building designs, the practice is committed to encouraging clients towards the use of environmentally friendly building practices and the use of sustainable materials. The

practice has designed homes to meet code for sustainable homes standards, including nine categories of sustainable design, including energy and CO2 emissions, water, materials, surface water runoff, waste and pollution. Alongside all these categories, the practice has met standards in health and wellbeing, management and ecology. Currently, the practice are working on a Passivhaus principle barn conversion. The approach is to design a home that has an excellent thermal performance, exceptional air-tightness with mechanical ventilation. This robust approach to the design to minimise heating demand and in some circumstances only specify a heated towel rail as a means of heating the home. With Staveleigh being a barn conversion, it is not possible to meet all the Passivhaus principles, for example, orientation of the building for the best solar heating results, the EnerPHit standards were used. This is certified as Quality Approved Energy retrofit with Passivhaus Component. The EnerPHit standard requires an annual space heating standard demand of 24kwh/m2 and air


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g “One off” CABE Outstanding house in the greenbelt”

Design Principles JDA are committed to thoughtful and rigorous design and planning principles, with a focus on collaborative process. They encourage openness to new ideas, energy efficiency and creative interpretation. They believe that great design can have a positive effect on resident’s daily lives from site design to architectural detail. The practice encourages open communication ensure projects are delivered on time and on budget. They are committed to reviewing and improving the design process and return to projects wherever possible to see them in use. All learning is shared throughout the practice through their RIBA monitored CPD (Continual Professional Development). JDA have been awarded the international standard certification for quality management ISO 9001: 2008 and Environmental Management ISO 14001: 2004.

Ultimately, with their unique volumetric housing, environmentally friendly buildings and ability to offer one-off house designs in the greenbelt, JDA believe they are unique against their competitors. They have recently taken on four new members of staff, including three architects to help with the everexpanding workload.

Contact: Bill Jennings Contact Email: bill@jda-architects.com Address: The Warehouse, Saxon Street, Denton, Manchester, M34 3DS, UK Phone: 0 1613365011 Website: www.jda-architects.com

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Best Home Renovations Company - South East USA & BUILD Excellence Award Sustainable Design/Build 2017 As only one of a few accredited master builders in North Carolina, Living Stone Construction is the perfect home renovations contractor, with their pledge to energy star, being a certified green professional, and aging-in-place specialist. We spoke to Sean Sullivan, President of Living Stone, to find out more. Established in 1995, Living Stone draws on over 22 years’ experience in the design/build market to ensure they offer clients innovative services that meet their individual needs, as Sean explains. “Here at Living Stone we offer clients a vital service, drawing on our experience in the design/ build market to create unique homes, as well as renovations. Over the years, we have gained a strong reputation for excellence in the full home renovation market, and we work closely with clients to turn the property they have purchased into a home they can cherish. “By partnering with architects, we utilize our design/ build knowledge to ensure that, right from the beginning, we understand the difference between what we call the ‘program’ (what the customer wants from their project) and their budget. From then on, we work with the client throughout the project, keeping them informed and supporting them. Our staff are specially chosen to compliment both the team and the clients we work with, so that by the time we hand over the keys to their new home, our

customers are truly a member of the Living Stone family.” Based in the heart of the Black Mountain, North Carolina, the company is able to take advantage of the many opportunities that this stunning location presents. Since some of the available land is remote, some clients tend not to build new homes, but instead purchase older ones nearer to the local town and renovate them, which is one of Living Stone’s specialities. In his concluding comments,

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Sean outlines how his firm will be utilizing this glorious natural space in its upcoming projects. “Looking ahead we have a number of exciting projects on the horizon, including an authentic craftsman property overlooking the Seven Sister’s mountains, which we are building to include a watch tower to showcase the full splendour of this gorgeous view. We are also working on a contemporary project in Asheville, where we are creating an infinity pool on a slope which will overlook the

entire city. These projects offer our firm many great opportunities for further growth which we look forward to taking advantage of moving forward.”

Contact: Molly Sullivan-Reeves Contact Email: molly@livingstoneconstruction. com Address: 706 NC Highway 9, Black Mountain, NC 28711, USA Phone: 001828.669.4343 Website: www.livingstoneconstruction.com/


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Best HVAC Solutions Provider – South East England & BUILD Excellence Award for Portable Air Conditioning Units 2017 Climachill Ltd is family run Air Conditioning Contractor based in Sussex and offers a complete range of air conditioning, heating and ventilation services to commercial end users, domestic clients and main contractors. We spoke to Paul Goldstein to try and discover more about the company and what services it provides to attract clients. Staff at Climachill pride themselves on providing honest advice to clients and clearly explaining what can and cannot be done in regard to projects; fully explaining how the team will complete the task, as well as aiming to give as much information as the client requests and proving the firm’s competence through its industry qualifications. Paul outlines the firm’s overall mission to us, as well as discussing the firm’s recent projects, highlighting the importance of client relationships to the company. “Fundamentally, our mission is to continually provide the best service that we can and to treat our customers the way that we would like to be treated. One of our most recent projects was installing air conditioning into the offices of Furniture Village’s National Distribution Centre in Milton Keynes. It was a ‘live office’ and our works had to be done out of hours so as to have minimal impact on the work of our client. We are particularly proud to have completed this installation ahead of schedule and to have received positive feedback regarding how clean the job had been and the lack

of interruption we had caused during the works.” Fundamentally, client relationships are incredibly important to the firm, as they ensure continued satisfaction for everyone who uses Climachill’s services. Paul details how staff maintain these relationships, working closely with the client from start to finish, constantly keeping them updated. This is important as it helps to distinguish Climachill from its competitors within the industry, conducting a personal and professional service. Paul is also keen to point out that the firm keeps up to date with any technological developments within the industry. “When completing a project, we offer a complete service from start to finish and we have our own electricians whom carry out the required electrical work needed to power the A/c systems we install. our immediate competitors don’t do this and so have to rely on third party electricians or ask the customer to organise this aspect themselves creating them hassle and grief. We are up to date with the latest systems being offered on the market and have

welcomed the introduction of ‘WiFi Controllers’ to the market allowing customers to control their new A/c Systems from an app on a smartphone or tablet, an offering which keeps us ahead of our customers. “In 2016, we provided our engineers with mobile internet enabled tablets and a bespoke reporting programme, allowing them to submit photos of the works they are doing and problems they encounter in one simple form. All engineer visits and works undertaken by us are now digitally reported and are signed for by our clients. When our engineer leaves the site, the report is submitted and arrives in our office email inbox within a few moments. This means we can immediately see what the engineer has reported and can be quick to order the parts that our clients need. It is also invaluable in helping us to keep accurate records and our clients value having the reports emailed to them for easy filing.” With regard to the future, Paul is hoping to capitalise on Climachill’s recent successes by expanding the team as it adapts to increased levels of work that the firm is undertaking.

Ultimately, with an innovative leader and well-trained staff, the firm has a bright future as it continues to grow. “Over the last few years we have grown well, adding new staff to our team in order to meet demand for the increased levels of work we are undertaking. The first apprentice we employed in 2013 has now completed his Level 3 qualifications and is now a fully qualified important member of our team. We have just recruited our second apprentice and continue to build our team at Climachill to benefit our clients.”

Contact: Paul Goldstein Contact Email: sales@climachill.co.uk Address: The Oaks, Lordings Road, Billingshurst, Sussex, RH14 9JE Phone: 01273 803820 Website: www.climachill.co.uk

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Interior/Exterior Decorator of the Year - Dorset Wallpapering and Decorating Specialists is a company which offers home improvements, painting and decorating, as well as plastering services in Poole and West Dorset. We profile the company to find more about these services and construction industry itself.

Wallpapering and Decorating Specialists are an award-winning firm in both internal and external work. The firm holds traditional values and work together well as a team. As part of its internal and external offerings, the firm provides wallpapering and wallcoverings, with the company being trustworthy, with impeccable references from clients. As part of its home improvements service, Wallpapering and Decorating Specialists can deal

with flat packs, offer a handyman to help the setup, with property maintenance and shelving. Regarding its painting and decorating services, there is also door stripping, exterior painting and decorating with specialist paint effects, the company can also offer timber restoration and wallpapering. Alongside these services, wooden windows can be stripped and painted as well as anti vandal coatings. Not just content with these offers, there is also a plastering service, notably including artexing, coving, dry lining, flat

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ceilings, lath plastering and lime plastering. Liquid screeding and pebble dashing can also be serviced by Wallpapering and Decorating Specialists, as well as polished plastering and rendering. Lastly, clients can look forward to the firm providing them with screeding services, skimming and also waterproof plasterer. Ultimately, Wallpaper and Decorating Specialists provide an extensive range of services for all clients, ensuring sure they leave satisfied. No job is too big or too small for the company,

highlighted by the diverse skill set and variety of products. It is this variety that helps stand the firm apart from its competitors and should enable Wallpapering and Decorating Specialists to build on its solid foundations.

Company: Wallpapering and Decorating Specialists Contact: Daniel Brookes Contact Email: danielbrookes11@hotmail.co.uk Address: 12 North Road, Poole, BH14 0LY, UK Phone: 01202 745778


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