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York developments win industry awards

Groves Chapel, York

Two property developments in York have won coveted titles at the North and East Yorkshire Yorkshire’s Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Excellence Awards.

Groves Chapel, which has been developed by leading property company S Harrison into  apartments and a Co-operative Food convenience store, was awarded the ‘best refurbishment or extension of a listed building’ title.

The award category was created four years ago to recognise the additional care and attention that is needed in the restoration and adaptation of listed buildings.

Work on the former Groves Chapel completed earlier this year and the transformation of the original building, which sits at the junction of Union Terrace and Wigginton Road, was complemented by the addition of a new build extension. The construction work was carried out by Broadley Group.

Holgate Mews, an exclusive new homes scheme in York was named the ‘Best Small New Housing Development’.  The six new build luxury homes feature a stand-out contemporary design, on New Lane in Holgate near York.

RHW Developments completed work on the site, which was designed by Leeds based Brewster Bye Architects, towards the end of 2016. As part of the scheme, RHW Developments, also built a new modern social club to replace the existing Holgate Working Men’s Club.  The new club now offers 270 square metres of modern space over two floors that benefits the local community.

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.

David Clancy, development director at S Harrison, said: “This building was previously considered to be at risk by City of York Council and it required major investment.

“The carefully refurbished Chapel building sits alongside the new-build element of the project and we are very proud to have created such an impressive, award winning, mixed-use development that has been singled out for outstanding levels of construction, workmanship and its overall delivery.”

S Harrison recently sold the scheme’s freehold to investment company Wulstan Capital and the residential element of it was sold to international property investment firm IP Global.

Ian Tulloch from RHW Developments said: “The homes at Holgate Mews and the club are outstanding in terms of design, style and substance and sit in a really popular residential suburb of York.

“Our contractors Woodhouse Barry Construction and architects Brewster Bye did a fantastic job and the entire development team, as well as the residents at Holgate Mews, can all be proud of this award.”

Mark Henderson, a director at Brewster Bye Architects, 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.”

Both developments 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.


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