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Building projects praised in excellence awards

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Published: 04/07/2013

Frys Farm in Cold Ashton beat off competition from similar projects throughout the West to win the regional award for Best Conversion in the West of England Building Excellence Awards.

The awards are held each year by Local Authority Building Control (LABC), an industry body representing building control departments in England and Wales, to showcase best practice in building design and construction.

Eleven schemes in South Gloucestershire were nominated for this year’s regional awards, including Yate International Academy which was highly commended in the categories Best Educational Building and Best Sustainable Building. Weavers Wood in Almondsbury, which was nominated in the category Best Single Dwelling, was also highly commended.

Frys Farm was designed by Charles Manning Architectural and Planning Consultant and built by Goodridge Homes. It was selected as Best Conversion for its outstanding quality and attention to detail.

LABC West of England chairman Andy Clark commented: “This is an impressive and sympathetic barn conversion that demonstrates outstanding workmanship, including stone work that blends in effortlessly with the building’s older sections.

“Internally, the design delivers a contemporary finish without altering the traditional layout. Charles Manning Architects are advocates of Local Authority Building Control and I am delighted they were successful with this nomination which deserves recognition for its quality and attention to detail.”

Other nominees from South Gloucestershire included Bradley Stoke Community Centre (nominated for Best Community Building) and Newland homes on Morley Road Staple hill (Best Housing Development).

Frys Farm will now be nominated for the national LABC finals, to be held in November.

Further information on the LABC Building Excellence Awards is available on the LABC website

Developers with schemes that will be completed by February 2014 are encouraged to contact South Gloucestershire’s Building Control department for a nomination form for next year’s awards, by emailing

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