More than 900 leading construction industry figures attended the LABC Building Excellence Awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel, London to celebrate best practice, quality, and exemplary standards in construction.

The LABC Building Excellence Awards focus on professional skills and competence, as well as exemplar projects with categories for ‘People’ and ‘Places.’

A panel of industry experts judged a selection of the highest quality projects, professionals, and teams from around England and Wales to showcase solutions to complex technical or construction issues, site constraints and technical innovation. The awards highlight the vital contribution public sector building control teams make as part of the project team, ensuring safe, sustainable, and high-quality construction projects.

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LABC announced that the WINNER of Best Large Social Housing Development is our development at Queens Drive in Swindon, on the site of the former George Gay Gardens.


Nestled in the heart of Swindon, Queen's Drive stands as a flagship development, marking a significant step in addressing the town's vital social housing needs. The introduction of affordable yet stylish housing solves an important issue faced by the residents of Swindon. This project is truly remarkable due to its blend of stylish yet affordable housing, the renewal of outdated structures, a commitment to environmental sustainability, and an emphasis on inclusivity.

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The LABC public service building control team at Swindon Borough Council have worked closely with the site team and kept excellent lines of communication during this project. Their collaboration was evident when the client requested additional wheelchair-accessible homes in the site design. Both the site team and building control showed great flexibility and commitment to fulfilling the client's needs. This collaborative effort not only showcased the seamless coordination between the site team and building control team but also highlighted their consistent devotion to ensuring the satisfaction of the client.

Congratulating the whole team on their success, Lorna Stimpson, LABC Chief Executive said:

"I firmly believe that one of the best ways to see more good work is to praise building excellence and publicly acknowledge companies, designers, site managers and tradespeople who go that extra mile."