Royal Barham House Acknowledged At National Awards
14 Nov 2014

Royal Barham House in Truro has been awarded a high commendation at the 2014 LABC Building Excellence Awards Grand Finals.

Cornwall’s former Royal Infirmary – lovingly restored by Linden Homes and DCH – was highly praised in the category of Best High Volume New Housing Development at the LABC Building Excellence Awards Grand Final – one of the most recognised events on the building industry’s calendar.

A panel of industry experts judged a list of the highest quality projects from around England and Wales to reward the best in technical innovation, sustainability and design.

The old Cornwall Royal Infirmary had been shut since 1999 and left derelict. Linden Homes and DCH began restoration in 2007 to transform the Grade II listed building into 19 beautiful apartments. 50 craftsmen restored the Lancashire stone, the 185 stunning sash windows were all painstakingly refurbished or replaced with an idential replica and the specialist tradesmen hoisted stone up through the building to recreate the arches that date back to 1799.

LABC chief executive Paul Everall said: “This was an ambitious project on a building steeped in history, but left in such a derelict state that restoring it whilst maintaining high regulation standards seemed an almost impossible feat. As a result, I highly commend the work of Linden Homes and DCH, who meticulously planned and constructed a visually impressive structure with many of its historical features restored.”

The Grand Final of the LABC Building Excellence Awards took place on 11th November at the Brewery in London and was hosted by writer, architect and television presenter, George Clarke. Over 600 building industry professionals including contractors, architects and engineers attended the celebration to find out which projects were recognised across the 13 hotly contested categories.

Tony Franklin, business development commercial director at DCH, said: “We are delighted by this prestigious award win and see it as recognition of the great collaborative working that was the founding principle of the project. Royal Barham House, a listed grade II building, is the last phase of the TR1 hospital redevelopment scheme, providing luxury market homes within a larger mixed tenure environment. We are extremely proud of these apartments which are a fantastic reflection of our incredibly wide range of regeneration and development activities across Cornwall and Devon.”

Nigel Palmer, Linden Homes’ managing director said: “We were delighted that Royal Barham House won the accolade at the annual South West LABC Building Excellence Awards and received a high commendation for in the Grand Final.

“Site manager Jerry Dawkins and his team have worked tirelessly to create Royal Barham House and it’s testament to their team building skills, hard work and dedication that they have managed to deliver this award winning development to such a high standard. It’s certainly a building we can all be very proud of.”

The site manager won a NHBC Pride in the Job Quality Award for his work on Royal Barham House, which is the final phase of the successful TR1 development.

There are just two beautiful two bedroom apartments remaining, fully carpeted and ready for occupation.

For more details on Royal Barham House and to arrange an appointment to view call 0844 488 3530.


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