Milton Keynes Council wins regional LABC building excellence award

Mark Relf, Sarah Layton, Mayor Cllr Subhan Shafiq, Mark Dolling and Kulvinder Obhi.
Mark Relf, Sarah Layton, Mayor Cllr Subhan Shafiq, Mark Dolling and Kulvinder Obhi.

Milton Keynes Council has been named a winner in the 2014 Central Regional LABC Building Excellence Awards for its work on the creation of Westminster House - a new home for children with severe disabilities.

The house in Whalley Drive, Bletchley won in the ‘Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development’ category and an official celebration to mark the win was led by the mayor at Westminster House on Friday, July 4.

Designed following feedback from consultation with the young people, their parents and carers in 2011, the house is home to eight young people aged 10 to 19 years old with complex learning and physical disabilities.

The accommodation provides 24 hour dedicated care, 365 days a year and replaces the former house which was no longer able to meet the high quality standards required for residential care.

At the celebratory event, Sarah Layton, Project Leader, Capital, who led the project team in the building of Westminster House was delighted to win the award: “I was so pleased when I’d found out we’d won this award. It was great to be back and celebrate with the young people.

“The house has a great range of facilities but I think the most important aspect to it is that it does not just feel like a house, it also feels like a home.”

The house consists of a large lounge, kitchen/diner with patio area, eight en-suite bedrooms and a sensory room, as well as a staff office and bedroom.

Mark Dolling, Head of Capital and Infrastructure was pleased to see his team’s hard work recognised by the award: “It’s great to see the young people so happy and settled here.

“It’s always nice when hard work is recognised so I’m pleased to be here today to celebrate winning this LABC Building Excellence Award.”

Mayor Cllr Subhan Shafiq was delighted to be at the event and commended the project team for their hard work: “Last year I was here to officially open Westminster House and it is great to be back.

“The project team should be very proud of themselves, not only for the well-designed, aesthetically pleasing nature of the building, but for creating a home for these young people in which they feel settled and are enjoying living and growing up in.”