Fords of Blythe Bridge has scooped two prestigious construction industry awards at the Local Authority Building Control Awards, in recognition of construction and design excellence for buildings recently completed at two schools in Staffordshire.
The Blythe Bridge based building contractor was the only nominee to take home two awards from the event, which recognises and rewards technical excellence and innovation within the construction industry, successfully fending off competition from over 40 other finalists present on the day, including a host of national and international construction companies.
The company was awarded the best educational building accolade for new build works at Paget High School in Burton on Trent, which involved two new classrooms and a structural glazed link corridor and striking architectural design, and was deemed by judges to be the best educational build across all schools, universities, colleges and nurseries.
The second award was the best partnership award, for construction works undertaken at Thomas Barnes Primary School in Hopwas, near Tamworth. This award recognises not only technical innovation and excellence, but also a co-operative approach to overcome specific challenges, going above and beyond the requirements of the job.
Over 9,000 projects were completed by the Staffordshire and Shropshire Building Control teams over the past year, with Fords of Blythe Bridge shortlisted for three categories of award, and winning two of these three.
Ray Croft, contracts director at Fords of Blythe Bridge said: “We are delighted to have won two such prestigious industry awards, as judged by construction industry experts, especially considering the calibre of some of the national and international construction companies we were up against.”
Company director Luke Ford added: “These two projects really showcase the wide variety of works we carry out. We are equally at home working on strikingly modern designs and employing modern methods of construction as we are carrying out heritage and conservation-style projects, and these two awards are testament to the expertise of our entire workforce.”
Fords of Blythe Bridge were also finalists for the best public service building, for the Silverdale Sports Pavilion project, which is the new home of Silverdale Athletic Football club, and was officially opened by John Prescott.
The company has now been automatically been put forward for the regional finals to be held in the Autumn.