Category Archives: building control

Two Projects Up For LABC Building Excellence Award

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Joined 2017 Certs for Social Media_001Our team was delighted last Friday to attend the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Central Region Awards ceremony in Milton Keynes. This Black Tie awards dinner is held each year to recognise and celebrate the very best construction projects in the area in a number of different categories.

This year, PCMS Design was a finalist in two awards categories. The first was Best Public Service Building for our work on a new Community Pavilion for Chinnor Parish Council. This large mixed use building incorporates changing rooms, a social hub including function room, as well as the Parish Council office.

The second finalist nomination was Best Educational Project for our design and project management of a new three classroom block on the site of Biggleswade Academy, with some facilities specially designed for pupils with physical and sensory disabilities.

We were honoured to receive these nominations and to attend the ceremony with clients, contractors and building control representatives involved in each construction project, and would like to congratulate all of the winners from the evening.

PCMS Design Nominated for Two LABC Awards!

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Biggleswade Academy Classrooms Exterior #5We were delighted yesterday to hear about our nomination for two Central Region 2017 LABC Awards. LABC (Local Authority Building Control) organise the regional awards each year to recognise excellence within the construction industry.

Our nominations are in the categories of Best Public Service Building for Chinnor Community Pavilion, and Best Educational Building for a new 3-classroom block on the site of Biggleswade Academy.

This is the 6th year running that we have received a nomination, and follows our success last year in the ‘Best Partnership with a LA Building Control Team’ category when we won the Central Region Award.

Our team is looking forward to the Awards Ceremony on Friday 5th March in Milton Keynes, and keeping their fingers crossed for continued success!

Chinnor Community Project - Pic at Night Reduced

PCMS Design Wins ‘Best Partnership’ Category at LABC Awards

Monday, April 25th, 2016

LABC Award

PCMS Design was absolutely delighted to win an Award at the 2016 LABC Building Excellence Awards ceremony last Friday evening, which was presented for the ‘Best Partnership with a Local Authority Building Control Team’. This was in recognition of the close links we share with our partnership authority, Central Bedfordshire Council.

Our team attended the LABC Central region ceremony at Double Tree by Hilton hotel in Milton Keynes, which saw a gathering together of local construction industry leaders, clients and building control departments. The presentations recognise building excellence in the delivery of outstanding construction and workmanship.

LABC (Local Authority Building Control) is an organisation which exists to represent all local authority building control teams in England and Wales.

Following the win, the firm has now been invited to attend the National LABC Awards ceremony in London in November, with the opportunity to win the ‘Best Partnership’ category in England and Wales.

Peter Keates, Head of Development & Regulation at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “Congratulations to PCMS Design on your success at the Central Building Excellence Awards in winning the Partnership Category – it was well deserved and we look forward to many more years of our ongoing partnership”.

Accessible Facility for Bedfordshire School

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

DSC00705Sometimes buildings have to be adapted to meet the particular needs of the occupants. One Bedfordshire school had a requirement to provide special facilities for a disabled child, which needed to include a shower, changing table and separate DDA WC.

Fortunately, PCMS Design staff have specialist knowledge in this area, and therefore were able to design a facility to meet the latest standards as set down in Disability Discrimination legislation. The layout and specification of the new facility complies with Building control and the relevant British Standard.

An area of the existing building was earmarked to provide the facilities, and work was largely carried out when the school was closed to minimise disruption. The School now has a dedicated changing and shower wetroom, which has a wipe-clean printed vinyl wallcovering in a bright colour and capped and coved vinyl floorcovering.

PCMS Finalist in the LABC Best Sustainable Building Category

Thursday, June 28th, 2012


We were very pleased to be named as a Finalist in the LABC Central Region ‘Best Sustainable Building’ category this year. This was for our design and project management of a first floor extension at The Lawns Early Excellence Centre in Biggleswade – see our April post for full details.

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