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Outstanding buildings honoured in Swansea Building Excellence Awards

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 14, 2013

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OUTSTANDING buildings from beach bars to care homes have been honoured in Swansea's annual Building Excellence Awards.

A total of 10 projects have received awards celebrating developments helping to raise the standard of the city's built environment.

Winners included the Wind Street bar Bambu which was transformed last year from the former SoBar.

A 10-property development in Treboeth which surpassed current building standards and energy performance criteria also picked up an award during the ceremony at Swansea's Liberty Stadium.

Honours were awarded to an innovative care facility for elderly people with dementia at Cefn Coed Hospital with user needs built into the design.

Coastal Housing scooped two awards, including one for its Urban Village Flats in The Strand.

Sustainable

Ty Garngoch Integrated Day Centre was honoured for its environmental sustainability credentials after becoming the first development in the UK to install highly sustainable GRP windows which are 100 per cent recyclable with high thermal properties and high durability.

June Burtonshaw, Swansea Council's cabinet member for place, said: "It is great that we are able to celebrate all the excellent work that is still going on in Swansea to make sure it can compete with other great cities in the UK.

"Developments such as family homes, as well as new schools and restaurants all help to make Swansea vibrant and an exciting place to live and work.

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"My congratulations go not only to the winners but everyone that featured in the nominations list for this year's awards for showing a very high standard in terms of development."

Peter Richards, building control manager for the local authority, said: "Swansea is a large city that is constantly developing.

"We want every development, whether it's a small extension or a multi-million pound development to be the highest quality it can be. The council works closely with developers to ensure this can be achieved.

"These awards help to recognise the excellent development that goes on in Swansea and I hope they will provide inspiration for future construction."

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