Federation of Master Builders | Scottish construction company breathes award-winning life into abandoned buildings

Coldwells Building Company Ltd, based in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, won the prestigious Medium Renovation Project category at the National master builder awards from the Federation of master builders, held online September 24e.

TV presenter and construction enthusiast at all levels Nick Knowles announced the winners, much to the delight of the Coldwells Building Company team, who were praised for transforming a dilapidated 19th century farm building into a magnificent family home.

The awards recognize excellence in construction, quality craftsmanship and exceptional customer service, and are managed by the Federation of Master Builders, the largest trade association for the construction industry in the UK, which is celebrating this year his 80th birthday.

Coldwells Building Company transformed an 1860s granite cottage, a neighboring barn, and added a 1970s slate clad extension into a bright, open family home, with a modern wood and glass extension. The company salvaged as much material as possible from existing and neighboring sites, including rafters, slate and granite, and was recognized by the judges for overcoming the challenge of marrying the old with the new.

The 150-year-old property suffered from a lack of light and living space, but clever design and construction overcame these issues to create a modern home. Exceptional features of the renovation include openings carved into the granite walls to provide space for extensive glazing to flood the property with bright, built-in birch cabinetry and the creation of a large open-plan living space by removing the floors. of the chalet.

Coldwells had to deal with drainage issues, uneven flooring and even woodworms while renovating the property, but managed to complete the project on time and on budget so their clients can celebrate their first Christmas as a family of four in their new home.

Ross Booth, Director of Coldwells Building Company Ltd, said: “This project has been a huge team effort and our thanks go to our extremely talented employees, our subcontractors, our partner architects and our wonderful clients who put their heart and soul into it. This is one of the first major awards we have won, and as a small family business it certainly means a lot to us. The trophy will be in the spotlight on the shelf. We are delighted and honored to have been recognized by the Federation of Master Builders and we are grateful to the award sponsors for making this possible.

Caroline Grumble, CEO of the Chartered Institute of Building and national judge for this category, said: “This project had the advantage due to the good use of glass and wood, old and new, coming together so sympathetically for the environment in which it was delivered.”

Lee Jones, editor-in-chief of Professional Builder and also a national judge, said: “It impressed me how well Coldwells worked with the client to stay on budget for the project… while producing a truly impressive finish. It is a beautiful place.

Notes to Editors

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is the UK’s largest construction industry trade association, representing thousands of companies in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Established in 1941 to protect the interests of small and medium-sized construction companies (SMEs), the FMB is independent and non-profit, lobbying for the interests of its members at national and local level.

The FMB is a source of knowledge, professional advice and support for its members, offering a range of modern and relevant business start-up services to help them succeed. FMB is committed to improving quality in the construction industry and offers a free Find a Builder service to consumers.

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