Building awards single out H&F's building control team for praise

The Building Control team from Hammersmith & Fulham Council scooped two top prizes at a prestigious awards event this week.

The team, which is responsible for ensuring new and existing buildings in the borough comply with construction and safety regulations, won the ‘Best Individual New Home’ and ‘Best Change of Use of an Existing Building or Conversion’ at the London LABC Building Excellence Awards 2016.

Finalists made up of London-based and national construction industry firms, as well as local authority building control staff from the London boroughs, gathered at London’s Guildhall for the event.

“It is brilliant news that the hard work of our team has been recognised with these two awards, fending off some strong competition,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents’ Services.

"Although many won't be aware of the work that building control does, they are vital to keeping residents and visitors to H&F safe". 

The London District Surveyors Association hosted the awards, which celebrate the design and construction teams which find innovative and creative solutions for technical issues on difficult sites.

Association president Tim Gillooly, said: “This is one of building control’s highlights of the year. The awards are an opportunity for us to celebrate the best of construction in London, not just the mega projects of which there are many, but smaller schemes, individual extensions and houses.”

Following the regional success, the winning entries automatically qualify as finalists for the LABC’s National Grand Finals 2016 later in the year.