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Double success at regional awards

Posted onPosted on 8th Oct

A project to breathe new life into almost 200 19th Century Grade II listed properties and encourage community engagement has won an award.

New Bolsover Model Village was named scheme of the year at the Forum for the Built Environment (fbe) awards ceremony, sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric.

The project — nominated by Edwinstowe-based contractor Robert Woodhead Ltd — had earlier taken the top spot in the regeneration award category, with the judges saying: “This project quite frankly blew the judges away.

“This visionary regeneration project for one of the most socially deprived areas of the UK is an exemplar project.

“The aspirations to give the area a new beginning and tackle its problems to create a thriving community were well met.

“Community groups have been formed, from heritage to allotments groups. The refurbishment programme to 194 Grade II listed properties with complete modernisation and significant energy-efficiency improvements have excelled in their delivery. This development has changed lives.”

The winner of the rising star award, sponsored by Duncan & Toplis, was Dannielle Baguley, apprentice resident liaison officer in the regeneration team at J Tomlinson Ltd, which delivers support to residents of Ashfield District Council while they have improvement work undertaken on their properties.

At the same time, Dannielle is studying for an NVQ in customer service.

The judges said: “Dannielle is highly motivated, dedicated and has great empathy for the local community she serves, which she has great ambitions for.

“Danielle has also inspired students in school to work hard to achieve their goals.”

Around 140 guests attended the awards at the Albert Hall, Nottingham.

They celebrated some of the best schemes from Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, along with the brightest young professionals in the sector.

During the evening, £1,400 was raised for Maggie’s Nottingham, which offers professional support for those with cancer and their loved ones.

The money was match-funded by The Woodhead Group, taking the total to £2,800.

The fbe is one of the leading independent built environment networking organisations. It has more than 1,000 members nationwide from a wide variety of backgrounds – multinational construction companies, cost consultants, architects and designers, property developers, engineers, planners and consultants, legal & financial specialists and other service professionals.

Pictured are Mark Maisey, of Woodhead; Paul Williams, of awards sponsor Mitsubishi Electric; and Sue Hunter, Jenna Frudd and Craig Pygall, of Woodhead.

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