Bedfordshire-based building firm Modplan Building & Refurbishment Contractors Ltd has scooped not one but two prestigious Master Builder Awards, taking the prizes for best Commercial project and best Local Authority/Public Sector project in the Federation of Master Builders’ (FMB) Eastern Region awards.

Since 1999, the Master Builder Awards has been a flagship for high-quality building work, showcasing examples of fantastic craftsmanship, exceptional customer service and building excellence. Organised by the FMB, the awards programme is unique in that any project entered by the builder must be backed up by the customer – giving clients the opportunity to support those building companies that have delivered exceptional results. The awards programme recognises the hard work and contribution that small and medium-sized (SME) construction firms make to the UK construction industry.

Modplan Building & Refurbishment Contractors Ltd collected both prizes for the team’s work on the Visitor Centre at Houghton Hall Park for Central Bedfordshire Council.

The site is situated on the edge of woodlands and is very popular with dog walkers, runners and children alike from the local area and further afield; a beautiful setting within Houghton Hall Park and within close proximity of Houghton Hall – another popular venue for tourists and visitors.

The objective of the building works was to embrace the needs of these varied visitor groups and create a centre where visitors can enjoy a café restaurant, playground for the younger ones and an educational centre showcasing the rich history of the area. The building was a complete new build, consisting of a multi-curved design incorporating a new steel frame with a combination of cedar cladding, windows and curtain walling. Judges were impressed by the stunning finish of the project that melded perfectly with its stunning surrounds.

Modplan Building & Refurbishment Contractors Ltd was selected by the judges to win the Eastern Region Award, which was presented at the FMB South West, Midlands and Eastern Master Builder Awards Gala Dinner, at the Hilton DoubleTree, Stratford-upon-Avon on 21st June. The firm will now go through to compete in the national finals for the chance to win the UK category title. The national ceremony will be held at the InterContinental Hotel, Park Lane, London on 20th September.

John Watson, FMB Central Director, said: “The Master Builder Awards give the FMB the opportunity to celebrate a job well done and for clients to say thank you to their builders. For the construction industry, it is an opportunity to celebrate all that is good about small local building firms and their contribution to the UK economy.

“Time and time again, we have been impressed with just how far these builders will go to ensure their client is happy. It is this dedication that we want to celebrate. Modplan Building & Refurbishment Contractors Ltd should feel justly proud of their achievement in winning and we wish the firm every success in the national competition.”