The 22nd November saw The Building Forum for Devon and Cornwall Annual Dinner return to The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Plymouth. The hugely anticipated event is one of highlights of the South West construction calendar and brings together the most respected industry representatives for an evening of socialising, dining and professional recognition with the Building of the year award. 

Classic Builders’ was shortlisted for the converted Building of The Year award with its 2019 project – Chi Winder and Chi Vesta.

Chi Winder and Chi Vesta is a purpose-built homeless centre for Coastline Housing Services in Cornwall. The result of a ten-year planning journey; the project represents the cumulative efforts of a number of well-known South West Construction contributors. Designed by Trewin Design Architects, Built by Classic Builders and owned by Coastline Housing Services, the building sets a new standard in the provision of helping those with a housing crisis. The state-of-the-art building incorporates many features not seen before in such a centre (including a sophisticated heat recovery system, zoned living areas and adaptive spaces for increasing capacity during adverse weather). The building provides progressive and supportive living accommodation, considerately designed spaces to assist its users in acclimatising to the safe and supportive environment, facilities to develop personal and social skills, access to support and services so to development user skillsets and seperate accommodation to manage the transition process for moving on and improving the prospects of its users.

The project was one of three finalists for the highly regarded award. However, the scheme secured first place due to the outstanding construction quality of the overall project and its distinctive and pioneering approach to supporting those in need. The award was presented by the well-known Broadcaster Angela Rippon.

Lewis Tolputt, Business Development Manager for Classic Builders, had this to say –

“Winning the Building of The Year award is an incredible honour and a reflection of the collaborative approach adopted by the entire project team to deliver a building that will have a real impact on improving the prospects of those in need. We have worked with Coastline Housing Service on a number of projects but this one holds a special place in our hearts. We would like to thank all those involved with the project and to the judges for recognising the hard work, dedication and commitment invested in this building.”

Chi Winder and Chi Vesta joins the array of Classic Builders’ projects continuing to receive external recognition. To learn more about this and other projects, please visit Classic Builders’ portfolio of completed case studies here.