Warton Grange Farm wins LABC Award
Warton Grange Farm, a development designed by HPA has won the coveted national title for the ‘Best Medium Volume New Housing Development’ at the LABC Building Excellence Awards in January.
Up against 12 other regional winning projects from across the country, Warton Grange took home the top prize during the awards ceremony which took place in Westminster, London.
HPA collaborated with South lakes housing developer Wilson & Co Properties on the project, building to standards above and beyond the current regulations and overcoming various challenges, such as contamination and historical mains drainage issues.
Located in the village of Warton in Lancashire, in an National Landscape (previously AONB), the high quality development contains a range of 25 open market and affordable properties, from 1-bedroom apartments to 4-bedroom houses.
Warton Grange Farm was originally a dairy farm containing a number of agricultural buildings. With the houses overlooking a central court, the layout of the site has been designed to reflect its former use as a farmyard, creating a spacious atmosphere and strong community feel. More than 140 trees were planted on site and a new footpath create to afford a pedestrian route through the site for the benefit of the whole village.
As the largest business awards in the building control sector, the LABC Building Excellence Awards recognise quality in building projects and individual contributions in the construction industry. The projects which enter the awards have been selected and nominated by the Building Inspectors who visited the sites regularly during Construction.
HPA were first commissioned in 2015 by the site’s previous owner to obtain Outline Planning Permission, before marketing the site to potential developers.
Richard Wooldridge, Architect and HPA Director said ‘We are delighted that Warton Grange Close has won both the North West and national LABC Award for the closely contested medium sized development category. It is a credit to all involved in the project, especially the team at Wilson & Co Properties who take great pride in their work and produce high-quality houses. This award, which considers the entire design and construction process, is a great honour and a huge achievement for both HPA and Wilson & Co’.
Heather Jones, LABC President said ‘The LABC Awards celebrate the outstanding places in our industry and the people who make them happen. LABC not only recognises excellence from a building control point of view, but also the professionalism of those behind the designs and construction, and the innovative ways in which technical issues and difficult sites are overcome.’