15th June 2018

Brewster Bye takes two LABC Excellence Awards

Fern House in Bingley, which was designed by Brewster Bye Architects,has won a second top industry award in as many months after being named the Best Social New Housing Development at West Yorkshire’s Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Excellence Awards.

In addition, another Brewster Bye designed scheme won the Best Small New Housing Development Award at the North Yorkshire LABC Excellence Awards. Developed by RHW Developments, Holgate Mews consists of six new build luxury homes that feature a stand-out contemporary design, on New Lane in Holgate near York.

Fern House is an 84,000 square foot extra care and dementia centrethat was built on the site of the former Bingley Hospital.It was developed by The Abbeyfield Society and is operated by Abbeyfield The Dales, which provides housing, support and care for people in later life across Yorkshire.

It includes 49 extra care apartments and a residential suite, complete with 30 en-suite bedrooms which is dedicated to supporting people living with dementia.It also offers a multi-storey entrance atrium, restaurant, hair and beauty salon, rooftop lounge with spectacular views across the Aire Valley and landscaped courtyard garden areas. Bardsley Construction was the project’s principal contractor.

Last month Fern House also won the best new residential development at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Yorkshire & Humber Awards.

The LABC awards reward excellent buildings and outstanding companies, as well as partnerships and individuals that go that extra mile.The awards look for high levels of compliance with building regulations, outstanding craftsmanship, technical innovation, sustainability performance, the ability to solve technical problems and the use of innovative products.

Both Fern House and Holgate Mews will now be entered into the LABC’s Grand Finals, which take place in November at The Park Plaza Westminster Bridge in London, and attract over 700 attendees from across England and Wales.

Chris Austin, managing director at Brewster Bye, said: “All the homes at Holgate Mews sold within a matter of weeks to discerning homebuyers who wanted a new build property that really stood out from the crowd, so it definitely deserves this award.

“Fern House is an innovative development that offers a fantastic array of facilities.The whole development is designed to feel welcoming and it fosters an inspirational atmosphere which has immediately made it a highly sought-after place to live. For Fern House to win two top industry awards in two months is a major achievement which the entire development team are very proud of.”