LABC Awards 2012


Scott Brownrigg designed Reservoir House by the Ynysfro Reservoir on the outskirts of Newport, South Wales has been recognised in the 2012 LABC National Building Excellence Awards.  The state-of-the-art purpose built home won the prestigious award for best individual dwelling.

Reservoir House was designed with floor to ceiling glazing to utilise natural light and to take advantage of stunning panoramic views.  The amount of glazing meant that the contactor and architect worked closely with Building Control to meet energy efficiency standards by increasing insulation in the building fabric and installing solar water heating.  The excellent rapport between the contractors and Building Control made the whole relationship rewarding and has achieved a very high quality finished home.

Paul Everall, LABC Chief Executive, said:

"Despite these tough times there are many exciting and high quality construction projects being undertaken right now.  Our national excellence awards reflect the ability of the industry’s talent to deliver high quality designs, high standards of safe and sustainable builds – with effective and targeted regulation by Local Authority Building Control. The standard of this year’s finalists – all of whom have already won one of our regional awards – was higher than ever.  The iconic design of Reservoir house – which pushed the boundaries of building technology – threw up a number of challenges which were quickly resolved by the close working relationship between the contractors and building control.”

The 2012 LABC National Building Excellence Awards took place on Tuesday 13 November at The Brewery in the City of London – hosted by former BBC political correspondent John Sergeant. The LABC Building Excellence Awards showcased how, despite difficult economic times for the construction industry, a close working relationship between Building Control, architects and building contractors leads to good quality sustainable building projects with high standards of design and construction.