Keigar Homes is in a class of its own with LABC win

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 12 May 2017

KEIGAR Homes has been declared a regional champion when it comes to building quality.

The Barton-based house-builder won the ‘Winner Among Winner’ title at the South Yorkshire and Humber Local Authority Building Control Building Excellence Awards after judges assessed the merits of the biggest and best projects. 

The Falkland Way development features 190 houses, and with the next phase just through planning for another 115, the accolade not only sealed a memorable night, but made it a hat-trick of success through the years.

Nathan Whall, sales director, and brother Bradley Whall, Falkland Way site manager, were at Forest Pines Hotel for the presentation, before more than 200 of their peers.

Keigar won the night’s stand-out achievement having taken the Best Large Housing Project accolade, against tough competition including the new Winter Gardens residential development in Cleethorpes from Eastbay and Ross Davy Associates.

Nathan said: “The awards show the quality, it confirms the quality of the build, the quality of the design and the quality of the whole scheme.

“We’re delighted. We have been shortlisted for nine successive years now and won at three.”

Previous success came in the Brat Hill Farm, Scunthorpe, again in the Best Large Housing Project – in 2011; and Keigar’s own office, within the Falkland Way site, for Best Small Commercial Project in 2013.

From two-bed starter to “an impressive” barn-style court yard development, Falkland Way is proving very popular, with the Whalls sure the Energy Estuary realisation, Hull’s City of Culture status and the reduced bridge tolls are making it attractive to those previously concentrating searches north of the river.

“It is a very busy site, proving very popular, with strong interest from Hull,” Nathan said, paying tribute to his brother’s efforts on the biggest project the 65-strong team has ever realised.. “It is not only a big site, but a fast-moving site, and it puts a lot of pressure on the team, on the site manager especially, to uphold the quality.

“We have just got planning for the next phase of 115 houses, so we will be there for a few more years!" 

There were wins also for JemBuild, with Best Small Commercial Project for Blackwood, the saw-tooth style larchwood-clad head office in Humberston, and the partnership behind Wilkin Chapman’s new headquarters in Grimsby’s Cartergate, which tied with Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital in Best Large Commercial Project.  

Qudos Homes also won Best Restoration and Conversion for Bluebell Court, the transformation of the former Barton pub.

Best Social or Affordable Housing Project went to Wates Living Space and Croft Goode Ltd for Riverside Housing Association's Orchard Park in Homethorpe, Hull.  

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