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Local Authority Building Control Awards Announced In North Yorkshire


6:31am 9th July 2014
(Updated 6:55am 9th July 2014)

The Farndale Holiday Cottages were created from Grade 2 listed farm buildings and stables to form 4 holiday lets – providing fantastic holiday accommodation and employment for local people.

The conversion was carried out with every effort made to keep historic features and using traditional methods and materials.

The former sheds and stables were no longer used for farming due to their size and lack of compatibility with modern farming demands..  This new role has given the buildings a new lease of life with a sustainable future – helping to bring revenue back to a remote rural area.

This scheme has won in the Best Refurbishment or extension of a Listed Building  category at the 2014 LABC Building Excellence Awards for North and East Yorkshire.

Les Chapman, Head of the North Yorkshire Building Control Partnership:

“The scheme is a deserved winner of this award,"

“Every care has been taken to ensure that the buildings have retained their original charm in their new life as holiday cottages with great attention to detail.”

The Cottages are owned by The Farndale Estate and managed by Strutt and Parker.

Laura Hardy of Strutt and Parker’s Land Management Department in Northallerton says:

“This is fantastic news for the Estate and West View Farm. Working with Harland Builders, the quantity surveyor Harold Morris of Turner & Holman and the architect Peter Rayment, the outcome of this project has exceeded all our expectations."

“On behalf of the Estate we are all very proud of the result. The previously run-down buildings located in the heart of Church Houses hamlet have been converted into luxury accommodation, sympathetic to their picturesque surroundings, with all the original features restored."

The cottages are now available for bookings: www.farndalecottages.co.uk

A Ryedale outdoor education centre has won a top award for its designs efforts.

The Peat Rigg Outdoor Training Centre at Cropton near Pickering has scooped the Best Educational Building Category in the 2014 Local Authority Building Control Excellence Awards.

Peat Rigg is owned by Tees Valley Community Foundations and provides a unique service to young people and their leaders through their provision of Outdoor Education courses.

Since it opened in 2005 around 1400 young people each year use the centre to experience high quality outdoor learning  including high wires.

The new extension to the centre  provides carefully designed accommodation to ensure that the building is fully inclusive and that the trainers can operate effectively with their student  groups – which include people with special needs and requirements.

The extension provides eight twin bedded en-suite rooms for students plus three supervisors bedrooms with en-suite facilities, a large lounge, separate dining room and kitchen to allow provision of cookery lessons to pupils.

Energy and sustainability were key factors in relation to the project which also has a ground source heat pump for space and water heating;  Photovoltaic panels and a large Bio-Mass boiler.

Les Chapman, Head of the North Yorkshire Building Control Partnership:“A great deal of thought and effort has gone into making the revamp of the Peat Rigg Centre such a success."

A  Hovingham  housing scheme has won a top award.

The  Pasture Lane  scheme – made up of 4  affordable houses– has scooped the Best Social or Affordable Housing Development in the North Yorkshire Building Control Partnership Awards 2014.

The scheme, developed by Trilandium LLP ,  is near to all the local amenities and are eco-friendly heated through air source heat pumps.

Using traditional materials the houses – designed by Brierley Groom Architects – looks set to assist with the positive regeneration of the village community.

Les Chapman Head of the North Yorkshire Building Control Partnership: “This is a  quality development providing much needed rented and affordable homes in a rural location.

Derelict stables have been transformed into award winning business units in Helmsley

Barkers Yard  in Borogate has been transformed into 8 bustling shops in the heart of the town – winning  the category for Best Commercial Small Building/Scheme at the 2014 LABC (Local Authority Building Control) Building Excellence Awards for North and East Yorkshire.

Owned by Helmsley Estate, this disused stable yard comprised of a range of listed buildings which have been brought back to life with the redevelopment of this previously overlooked area of Helmsley.

The scheme – which now is home to a variety of shops including a hand crafted jewellers, traditional sweet shop and café – was designed by Malcolm Tempest Ltd and project led by local firm Saggers and Gold Ltd.

The shops are also environmentally friendly and incorporate  air source heat pumps  and high levels of insulation were added to the fabric of the building, to meet with Building Regulations standards.

Disabled access is available to all of the units and traditional building methods using original materials have been used throughout.

Les Chapman, Head of the North Yorkshire Building Control Partnership:

“This project is a wonderful example of how a disused site has been given a new use, which has enhanced the area."

Main contractor Will Saggers said:

“Together with Helmsley Estate’s Joinery and Repairs Department and a team of local contractors, we set out to sympathetically redevelop this historic site in the centre of Helmsley. We are delighted to receive this award in recognition of our achievement.”

Owner of the site Jake Duncombe added:

“Thriving independent shops and cafés in beautiful old stone buildings bring life to the town, and make Helmsley special. I am thrilled that Barker’s Yard has won this award, and wish to thank everyone involved in making the project such a success.”


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