Paul Everall CBE, Chief Executiveand Mick Henman, President of the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) opened the prestigious South West LABC Building Excellence Awards award ceremony in Torquay last Friday. 

These awards recognise and reward the most forward looking organisations and the most innovative construction projects across the Region.  The evening was a showcase of the best projects across the South West, and this year included a Somerset project from Langport architectural practice, O2i Design Consultants.

Dan Donovan, Building Control Manager at Sedgemoor and Taunton District Councils who nominated O2i Design’s project explains “…the project designed by O2i Design Consultants was unique in its sustainability credentials. The development of five dwellings on a confined site successfully achieved Level 5 under The Code for Sustainable Homes.  The project incorporates the latest technology and demonstrates that with innovative design high level carbon reduction can be achieved. It should be looked upon as demonstrating the future path of building design for domestic construction. It exceeded the minimum requirements imposed by the Building Regulations by a long way!”

O2i Design Consultants were delighted to be amongst the finalists for yet another prestigious award for their sustainable work, and Mick Henman, President of the LABC added that “The finalists can be proud to be amongst the best projects in the region”.  O2i Design’s Managing Director Duncan Pyle says, “We were delighted to have won ‘Best Sustainable Project’ locally and proud to be amongst the finalists in the South West this year.  It is a great recognition of our work and heartening for the future of quality buildings in Somerset. This particular project really demonstrates our passion for high quality sustainable work and we are excited to be working on more Code 5 & 6 houses in Somerset.”

O2i Design Consultants are a family-run firm with national and international experience.  They have completed a range of award-winning, innovative and sustainable design projects for both commercial and private clients across the South West.  This is not the first time that this particular housing project has received an award.  O2i Design Consultants won “Best Sustainable Project” at the local LABC awards covering Taunton Deane, Sedgemoor and West Somerset last year.