The Build It Awards 2016 winners were announced at a gala dinner at Hilton Bankside recently, with three custom build areas featuring in the 21-award line up. The awards celebrate the best of self build, custom build and renovation, including completed projects, services and suppliers.
Potton scooped the Best Custom Build Project or Model (sponsored by Origin) for its range of sites across England, such as its completed French Fields site. Take a look at MD Mark Stevenson’s guest blog which reflects on the empathy that underlies the company’s custom build work.
Best Council for Self/Custom Builders (sponsored by Custom Build Strategy) went to Teignbridge District Council for its recently-adopted trailblazing policy that requires a 5% custom build allocation on all larger sites. Have a read of council leader Jeremy Christopher’s profile to find out what’s driving innovation for the authority.
Finally, Housing People, Building Communities was awarded the Best Collective or Group Self Build Project (sponsored by Self Build Zone) for its Kingsley Road, Liverpool project. The judges felt that the scheme offered a good model towards an affordable, customised homes, with sweat equity bringing down cost, as well as building skills in construction and forging a community for the future residents.
The runners up in each category at the Build It Awards were:
Apart from the sheer pleasure of being in group of innovative SME building and associated companies, the Build It Awards help showcase the best that custom and self build have to offer. In order to grow, the sector must share successes and failures, and the awards really help with the former. The challenge for custom build will be for companies to share their learning points, as well as their successes.