"Built in Quality" Awards 2005
Domestic Extensions - 54 Langland Bay Road
This large detached house is located on an elevated site overlooking Langland Bay with stunning views of Swansea Bay. The extension is an exceptional example of how an addition to an already attractive house should be designed and constructed. The owners Mr & Mrs Blyth have not compromised on any aspect of the design or finishes to achieve a truly stunning result. It is very difficult to spot where the original house ends and the extension starts, a credit to all involved, and the time taken to bring this project to fruition.
Single Dwellings - 2 Pant Y Deri, Carmel Road, Pontlliw
A large detached dwelling set in a corner plot backing on to open countryside. An imposing house with classical proportions and design elements built to an exceptionally high standard throughout. The owners Mr & Mrs Gates, particularly Mrs Gates spent many hours planning and designing the house prior to starting the construction phase. The end product is a truly stunning house a result of a close harmony between the clients and the builders Cymric Developments. Needless to say Building Control were fully involved from day one on site.
Multiple Dwellings - Flats at Rotherslade Bay
The developers, Meadgate homes acquired the former Osbourne Hotel which occupied a very prominent position overlooking both Langland and Rotherslade Bay. The original building was totally demolished and the new complex you now see was built. The site presented many complex problems for the construction team, not least the need to use explosives to reduce the rock level to allow for an underground car park. The resulting building is a credit to all involved in the design and construction process, providing 35 flats and 1 maisonette in a visually stunning envelope. The complexity of the scheme and the various problems encountered during the construction were dealt with by all involved including Building control to ensure work progressed on site to a satisfactory conclusion.
Commercial Schemes - Stella Maris Convent
This scheme included the refurbishment of the existing convent building and the construction of 2 large extensions. The original building was acquired by the convent in the 1950's and used as a school and nursery prior to becoming a convent. Originally the building was a family house built for a Mr Eaton, who gave his name to Eaton Crescent. The Architect engaged obviously put a great deal of thought and effort into the design of the scheme, the end product being an outstanding building in a parkland setting. The convent now has all modern facilities for the sisters, full facilities for the disabled, a chapel, and a series of guest bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. The contractors Gees of Bridgend were in constant contact with Building Control throughout, the site was extremely well managed, which allowed the convent to continue operating whilst construction was in progress.
The new Liberty Stadium stands on the original site of the first copper smelter in the world, indeed some of Swansea's industrial heritage was exposed during the excavations for the foundations. The stadium was designed by TTH Ltd of Gateshead and constructed by Interserve Project Services to a very strict time scale and budget, both criteria were met, enabling both Swansea City and the Ospreys to kick off the 2005-2006 season in their joint home. Throughout the entire contract and after the opening, Swansea Building Control and in particular David King has been comprehensively involved in the construction phase and crowd safety at all matches and events