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Exclusive Formby home wins top building and design award

An exclusive property in Formby has been named as the Best Individual New Home in the LABC North West Building Excellence Awards.

Firwood Hall in Formby took the honours at a prestigious awards ceremony held at the Emirates, Old Trafford in Manchester.

The LABC Building Excellence Awards showcase buildings and design teams that have faced complex technical or construction issues and building site constraints. The awards also celebrate innovative, smart solutions across the North West region of England.

Sefton Council’s Building Control team advised over compliance with the building regulations during construction of the property, which is owned by Mike McComb.

The contractors Creative Design & Build (North West) Ltd and the Project Architects RAL Architect Ltd were all also recognised.

Stuart Barnes, Sefton Council’s Head of Economic Growth and Housing, said: “This has been a long term, unique and complex project, and taken its time to reach delivery.

“During this period, there have been a number of design alterations, client led and technical, that have required a collaborative approach between all parties, including the Council’s Building Control team.

“The results of the ambition of the land owner and the quality of the design and execution have rightly been recognised, and the LABC award is a worthy accolade.”

Paul Everall CBE, Chief Executive at LABC, added: “These awards are different. They are about quality and standards. No other building awards look at how well buildings are put together from start to finish and the skills and competencies of those who design and construct them. We are very proud of everyone involved – they show the way ahead for the industry.”

Rob Anderson, from RAL Architects, said: “Delivering a home of this quality requires a collaborative effort between architect, builder and the local authority with all parties appreciating the end goal but, above all it requires a client with vision who is willing to put significant trust in the project team.

“RAL are extremely pleased with the end result and are delighted to have the efforts of all involved recognised with an LABC Building Excellence Award.”

Sefton Council works with a number of partner clients. For more information visit sefton.gov.uk/planning