Sheltered housing scheme wins national award

Borough Hall Bedford
Borough Hall Bedford

A sheltered housing scheme in Bedford has won a national award.

John Crosse House, in Albany Road, Bedford, and Bedford Borough Council have won a top award at the National Local Authority Building Control Awards (LABC).

The awards celebrate positive working relationships between construction industry design and build teams and the building control department of local councils.

John Crosse House won the best social or affordable new housing development award. The project involved the building of nine sheltered flats and additional supporting buildings.

More than 1,000 projects across England and Wales were nominated for the prestigious awards, which concluded with 14 winning and six highly commended developments.

Cllr Colleen Atkins, Bedford Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Regulatory Services, said: “This award for John Crosse House is well deserved, and I’m pleased the positive approach and hard work by our building control team, and the design team, has been recognised.”

Paul Everall, Chief Executive of LABC, said: “The LABC Building Excellence Awards reflect the ability of the best in the construction industry to deliver high standards of design and workmanship, which lead to safe and sustainable buildings where people are thrilled to live and work. Our awards are unique because they recognise how co-operation between our winners and local authority building control teams improves building quality and professionalism across the industry.”

John Crosse House is owned by the Thomas Christie Almshouse Charity and was built by Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK and designed by Ellipsis Projects Ltd and Sansome Hall Architects.