• 30 September 2020
  • News, People,

Tolent is celebrating following a string of award wins at the 2020 Northern LABC Awards.

Picking up awards for best new housing development and a highly commended for best social or affordable housing development, the team were delighted to see colleague Paul Thompson receive the title of ‘Site Manager of the Year’ for his work on a housing scheme in Newcastle.

The award recognises those who go the extra mile and show the exceptional dedication and commitment it takes to deliver a quality site.

Andy McLeod, CEO for Tolent said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Paul and one I know is truly deserved. It’s always good to celebrate our people, and following a very challenging year, receiving an award like this makes it all the more special.”

The LABC Regional Building Excellence Awards recognise quality in all types of building projects, and are the largest business to business awards in the building control sector

Built on behalf of Newcastle City Council as part of its £20m Annuity Lease Back Model (ALBM), the Brockwell Grove and Newbiggin Lane development was awarded the title of ‘Best New Housing Development.’

Designed by P+HS Architects, the project delivered 18 accessible homes for rent for older people that achieved a high design standard and energy efficiency across all properties.

With a changing age profile, Newcastle’s older population is projected to grow significantly, and ALBM has delivered 148 new high quality, affordable homes that promote independent living and social inclusion. 

ALBM has proved so successful that Tolent was recently awarded the £27m contract to build another 199 homes across the city.  

Mike Brown, commercial director for Tolent, said: “It’s been fantastic to be part of such a pioneering scheme that has delivered some much needed quality homes in Newcastle and to be involved in creating new, inclusive communities in the region.

“Across each project, we’ll also continue with our commitments to deliver on our social value targets, creating employment and apprenticeship opportunities as well as engaging with local schools, colleges and universities.”

Councillor Linda Hobson, Cabinet Member for Housing at Newcastle City Council, said “We are absolutely thrilled with that the development at Brockwell Grove and Newbiggin Lane has been recognised with this prestigious award.  There was strong competition in this category so to be named as the Best New Development is a real achievement.

“We have ambitious plans to deliver a range of housing that meets the diverse needs of all our residents and by working with partners, including Tolent, we’re delivering hundreds of new council homes across the city through initiatives such as our Annuity Leaseback Model.

The team also received a highly commended certificate for its project in Ferryhill, Durham for homes and communities organisation Livin Housing. Hackworth Close delivered 10 bungalows and 4 apartments for the over 55s.