Block of flats in Crawley wins top planning award

Crawley Borough Council cabinet member for economic development Peter Smith with the LABC award for the Brunel Place development in Northgate - submitted
Crawley Borough Council cabinet member for economic development Peter Smith with the LABC award for the Brunel Place development in Northgate - submitted

A recently completed development in Crawley, has taken a top prize at the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) South East awards.

Brunel Place in Northgate, which forms part of the town’s regeneration plans, took the top spot in the ‘Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development’ category.

The building, containing 22 flats, was completed at the end of March 2015 by Osborne Construction Ltd in partnership with Crawley Borough Council.

It is part of the council’s affordable housing scheme.

LABC represents all local authority building control teams in England and Wales and members work cooperatively with building owners, home owners, architects, plan drawers, developers, building contractors and other professionals to ensure buildings are safe, healthy and efficient to meet the standards set by building regulations.

The awards look at high levels of compliance with building regulations, outstanding craftsmanship, technical innovation, sustainability and high performance.

After winning the regional award, the scheme will now go forward to the grand finals to be held in November.

Cabinet Member for Economic Development at the council, Peter Smith, said: “Brunel Place is a great development that achieves one of our key objectives — affordable homes in the town centre. I am delighted that the hard work of Osborne Construction Ltd and council officers has been recognised.”

The council has embarked on a range of developments to help improve the town. They include the revamp of Queens Square being carried out by Blakedown Landscapes Ltd.

The Station Gateway Development, which includes major improvements to the Crawley Railway Station forecourt and bus station area and to demolish Overline House has also been given the green light.

For more information about other developments and regeneration in the town centre, visit www.regeneratingcrawley.org.uk