7:00 p.m. October 3, 2022

Three Suffolk building projects have been nominated for prestigious national awards.

The projects, which have all been carried out by Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council’s Building Control team, have already won three regional awards at the Local Authority Building Control’s (LABC) annual Building Excellence Awards ) – and will now advance to the National Finals. in London in January 2023.

The three finalists are Angel Court, Hadleigh – for best small social housing development, The Regal, Stowmarket – for best non-residential extension or alteration, and Low Street, Glemsford – for best small new housing development.

At Angel Court, a former residential house has been converted into 21 new flats.

Councilor Clive Arthey, Babergh Cabinet Member for Planning, said: “These appointments are a well-deserved recognition of the tireless work of our building control team in the districts, with Angel Court a prime example of their expertise in action.

Best Non-Residential Extension or Alteration – The Regal, Stowmarket.
– Credit: William Jupp

“The new apartments are finished to a fantastic standard and offer more homes in the middle of one of our boroughs. Angel Court would make a worthy winner of the Building Excellence awards, as would all of our nominees.”

The refurbishment of The Regal cinema in Stowmarket was a joint project between Stowmarket Borough Council and Mid Suffolk Borough Council.

The program has seen the addition of two new screens and a complete refurbishment of the site – including accessibility upgrades to improve access for people with disabilities.

Councilor David Burn, Mid Suffolk Cabinet Member for Planning, said: ‘Having helped complete The Regal in just 15 months despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on its timetable, without compromising the finish of the building, is a remarkable achievement.

“The importance of maintaining our building regulations cannot be overstated and is often overlooked in the construction process.

“The work of our building control team means that our planning applications, from home extensions to developers building dozens of homes, receive the scrutiny they need to keep our residents safe.

“Wishing our team good luck at the LABC Awards in January.”

Lower Street, Glemsford

Best Small New Housing Development – Low Street, Glemsford.
– Credit: Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils