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Spectacular East Lindsey holiday home makes it to final of the regional LABC Building Excellence Awards

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The high quality renovation of a Louth holiday home saw it being chosen as a finalist in this year’s LABC East Midlands Building Excellence Awards.

Church Cottage, owned by F. Wallis & Sons, and situated on Biscathorpe Road, was nominated for the award by East Lindsey District Council and although it did not go on to win in the Best Extension or Alteration to an Existing Home category, it was praised for the high quality and energy efficient features of the build.

During the building stage the project was overseen by Lincs Building Consultancy, which delivers the building control function on behalf of the Council and promotes the design and construction of buildings that are safe, accessible and environmentally efficient to comply with building regulations.

Working with architect Lee Holmes and contractor John Collis Builders, F. Wallis & Sons aimed to fully renovate the once derelict Church Cottage into a high quality holiday home in keeping with its location in unspoilt open countryside.

The owners wanted to provide an open, light, warm space for relaxing in and taking in the local views in comfort. The completed project not only met, but exceeded all the owners’ requirements and blended seamlessly into the local environment.

The traditional exterior was retained with new windows and doors which replicated the originals, a replacement slate roof covering and the addition of a walk-in bay on the front of the property.

To reduce running costs and minimise carbon emissions a bio-mass boiler was installed to power to the under floor heating and provide hot water alongside high efficiency windows and doors and additional thermal insulation.

The Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Councillor Craig Leyland, said: “This fantastic project was more than worthy of its nomination for this award. It shows how it is possible to achieve a high quality contemporary renovation while still in keeping with such a traditional unspoilt location. It just goes to show that within current planning guidelines and building regulations, it is possible to create some truly spectacular and individual properties.”

More than 280 people from the construction industry across the East Midlands attended the regional excellence awards at the East Midlands Conference Centre, University Park, Nottingham. The awards are unique because they recognise how the work of local authority surveyors helps to improve building standards and boost sustainability and efficiency.

Sean Dale, Consultant Surveyor at Lincs Building Consultancy said: “We pride ourselves on the way we deliver our services to our customers and it has been a privilege to be involved in this fantastic project and to play our part in the cottage being delivered to such high standards. “We were pleased to endorse the nomination for Church Cottage as the project displayed many of the qualities required to be successful and we offer our congratulations to all involved in making this dream into a reality.”