Sunday, December 5, 2021

Boardwalk at Mercia Marina wins accolade

The Boardwalk at Mercia Marina has been named Britain’s Best Small Commercial Building at the Grand Final of the LABC Building Excellence Awards – one of the most prestigious events in the building industry’s calendar.

The announcement follows successes at the East Midlands regional LABC award ceremony earlier this year, where The Boardwalk was also voted overall winner among all categories.

At the national award ceremony in London this week, the marina’s £1.7m Boardwalk development beat the likes of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, in London, which was designed by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid.

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 project team for Mercia Marina comprised of Davlyn Construction, bi Design Architecture and Mercia Marina.  The local authority building control team was South Derbyshire District Council.

The local planners were looking for an engaging design for the development which has a very prominent position.  The initial phase of the development proved very successful and the project team went on to design and build the retail units and offices phase now called The Boardwalk – the name is derived from the award winning design of the building.

The judges were impressed by the lengths the team had gone to, including the production of a brand new type of timber cladding to achieve the rough time-worn appearance that was required.

Robert Neff, general manager at Mercia Marina, near Willington, South Derbyshire, said: “We are truly overwhelmed to not only have won the regional award but to have gone up against some hugely iconic competition to take the national award too. It’s a stunning achievement.

“This is great recognition indeed for all the careful thought and hard work that went into constructing a building that, first and foremost, needed to sit comfortably within the natural environment of the marina.”

LABC, which holds its building excellence awards annually, represents all local authority building control teams in England and Wales.

LABC Chief Executive Paul Everall said: “This project is an excellent example of how a building can reflect the environmental context in which it is located. The development fronts onto a raised wooden walkway offering terrific views of the water, boats and wildlife and the prows of boats have been incorporated into the final design. The result is a beautiful building that encompasses sympathetic and innovative design in addition to providing excellent facilities to the local area.

The leader of South Derbyshire District Council, Cllr Bob Wheeler, said: “We are delighted with the success in these prestigious national awards. It recognises the role played by our Building Control team in maintaining good communication between all of the parties involved. Strong cooperation between our team, the architect and the construction company provided the sound foundation for an award-winning project.”


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