Winners across the West Midlands were applauded for their commitment to quality construction at the 11th Built in Quality awards.
Mike Whitby, leader of Birmingham City Council, who spoke at the event at the ICC in the city, said: “I am immensely proud of the inward investment that is taking place in Birmingham and across the West Midlands, so it was my great pleasure to speak to many of the key construction professionals in this region that are turning ambitious plans into reality.
“The diverse range of construction projects that have gained a Built in Quality award highlights this region as an exemplar to the rest of the country, displaying excellence in building planning and building development.
“I would like to congratulate all the winners and wish them further success in continuing to create inspiring buildings in the future.”
The awards formed a key part of the Celebrating Construction 2009 event, which recognised the professionalism, excellence, and innovation that lies at the heart of the West Midlands’ construction community.
Hosted by Birmingham City Council’s Building Consultancy service, the Built in Quality awards have grown in size and stature since they began in 1996.
This year the winners of the Built in Quality Awards spanned across the newly formed WM7, a Local Authority Building Control collaboration between Birmingham City Council, Coventry City Council, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council and Wolverhampton City Council.
Winners this year included, in the apartment category, Birmingham’s Rotunda, transformed from offices into the most famous premier residential apartment block in the city centre.
Working closely with Birmingham City Council’s Building Consultancy service and Birmingham based Glenn Howells Architects, award winning developer Urban Splash overcame many construction difficulties including removing and reinstating a cladding system, whilst keeping the Bullring shopping centre open.
Another winner in the education category was the £29 million Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College, in Birmingham, constructed by BAM Construct UK and designed by Nicholas Hare Architects.
A striking three-storey crescent shaped building has been crafted, that enhances the Highgate skyline whilst shielding beautifully landscaped courtyards from the noise of busy roads around the site.
Clive Dutton, director of planning and regeneration at Birmingham City Council, said: “The Built in Quality awards recognises the fantastic work done by construction companies making a real difference to the lives of those people who will be living, working or studying in those buildings. These projects highlight the burning ambition and drive to regenerate the West Midlands region.”
Celebrating Construction is co-hosted by Birmingham City Council, the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) West Midlands branch and the West Midlands Centre for Constructing Excellence (WMCCE).
The Homes and Communities Agency, CIOB, Advantage Offsite, Construction Skills, Business Link and the University of Wolverhampton sponsored the event.