The Cambridge City, South Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire building control service won the top prize at a national awards ceremony.

3C Building Control, the local service that verifies that new buildings are designed and built safely and in compliance with environmental standards, won gold in the “Efficiency and Effectiveness” category at the iESE Public Sector Transformation Awards, which celebrates best practices and innovation among public bodies .

The award for 3C Building Control, which is a shared service between Cambridge City Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council and Huntingdonshire District Council, recognized organizations that have ‘tapped their organisation’s potential, delivering high performance, creating efficiencies and delivering exceptional customer service with enhanced value for their residents.

The building control service was praised during the awards ceremony for its response to the Covid-19 pandemic and for its rapid mobilization towards working from home, facilitated by digital technology. The judges highlighted “3C Building Control’s ethos of continuous improvement, most recently engaging in its own strategic intervention program of initiatives, designed to make a tangible difference for residents and communities while empowering team members to collaborate with other partner departments and agencies.

Cllr Katie Thornburrow, Executive Adviser for Planning Policy and Open Spaces at Cambridge City Council, said: “I am delighted that 3C Building Control has been recognized in this way nationally – it is testament to their continued desire to improve and innovate, in order to provide better service to their customers and locally promote the best construction standards.

Cllr Jon Neish, Executive Adviser for Strategic Planning at Huntingdonshire District Council, said: “3C Building Control always strives to innovate and be an enterprising service that delivers exceptional customer service. Being recognized nationally for their commitment to building standards through high efficiency and effectiveness is proof of their ever-increasing standards and their importance to local customers.

Cllr Dr. Tumi Hawkins, Senior Planning Cabinet Member at South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “Our award-winning 3C Building Control team continues to go from strength to strength and this latest accolade shows just how far they are going for their customers. I strongly urge anyone considering building work to contact 3C Building Control and take advantage of their expertise.

3C Building Control helps ordinary homeowners ensure that they comply with all building regulations and that work is carried out safely and in accordance with all environmental requirements.

The services offered by 3C Building Control include:

  • Free advice and guidance before you apply
  • Structural and fire safety advice before and during construction
  • Local knowledge of the site – such as soil conditions, drainage and existing structures

They also offer ongoing advice and support throughout a project and charge at cost, which means getting advice at an early stage can help reduce the costs of a construction project.