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The Citrus Building wins at 2016 LABC Building Excellence Awards Grand Final

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One of MLM’s recent projects, The Citrus Building, Bournemouth, was awarded the title of Best High Volume New Housing Development at the Grand Final of the LABC Building Excellence Awards – one of the most recognised events on the building industry’s calendar.

A panel of industry experts judged a list of the highest quality projects from around England and Wales to reward the best in technical innovation, sustainability and design. The Citrus Building is so called because of its bright orange, yellow and green exterior and its distinctive curved shape.

The £12m development, on the former council-owned surface car park at Leyton Mount, comprises 64 apartments and a 5,898 sqft restaurant. The 5 storey development provides apartments ranging from studios to three bedrooms, all incorporating stylish, contemporary design. In addition to the crescent shaped residential block, the projecting lower ground floor houses commercial A3 space, currently occupied by the Turtle Bay Restaurant.

Architecturally, the scheme is intended to kick-start a regeneration of this part of Bournemouth, and a key element was to create a view over Horseshoe Common reducing crime and anti-social behaviour in the park. As part of the development, Horseshoe Common is undergoing a raft of improvements with new street furniture, walking and cycling routes, encouraging greater use of the shared space, making it safer and more attractive for residents.

MLM’s Civil and Structural team designed the sheet piled retaining scheme at the head of the slope, with a reinforced concrete frame structure up to first floor, switching to load bearing masonry and precast concrete for the upper floors. Working closely with Terence O’Rourke Architects, cladding features and balconies were designed in steelwork fixed back to the precast floors, creating roof terraces and external spaces in the apartments. The ground floor restaurant is a reinforced concrete frame with a 2 storey retaining walls to the rear and a roof terrace garden laid to lawn on the clear span roof slab, providing amenity space for the residential block behind. The car park behind the building is drained to attenuation crates and soakaways into the sand.

LABC Chief Executive Paul Everall said: “The Citrus Building nomination demonstrated its positive impact on the local area. The project team should be proud of the high praise and endorsement that this development has received.

“Our Building Excellence Awards are an opportunity for the industry to celebrate good practice. Our winners demonstrate how positive working relationships with local council building control teams achieve high quality, sustainable buildings. Our awards are unique because they recognise how this cooperation improves building standards and professionalism across the industry.”

Councillor John Beesley, Leader at Bournemouth Council said; “[The Citrus Building’s position] is a central part of our co-ordinated approach to improving the town centre. The development will help to increase the vitality of the area, making it a more pleasant place to visit and stimulate economic activity and employment.”

The Grand Final of the LABC Building Excellence Awards took place on Monday 28 November 2016 at the Westminster Park Plaza in London and was hosted by TV presenter Nick Knowles, best known for his work on DIY SOS. Over 700 building industry professionals including contractors, architects and engineers attended the celebration to find out which projects won across the 15 hotly contested categories.


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