Three Lindum construction projects are in the running for success at the annual LABC Building Excellence Awards.

A primary school extension, a shelter for homeless people and a large commercial building have all made the shortlist for the regional competition.

The LABC awards are the largest business to business awards in the building control sector, covering 12 regions across England and Wales.

Lindum’s Peterborough team is a finalist in the Central region. Its work at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School in Milton Keynes has been shortlisted in the Best Public Service or Educational Building category.

Meanwhile, Lindum Construction’s work at St Modwen Park, Lincoln, is shortlisted in the East Midlands Best Large Commercial Project category.

And finally, the Nomad Centre night shelter, which was built by Lindum for the YMCA in Lincoln, has been shortlisted in three East Midlands categories.

At the end of 2019, Lindum Peterborough built three classrooms at St Thomas Aquinas School while also undertaking refurbishment of some existing spaces in the school.

During the summer holidays, the team set up a compound in the grounds and brought in all the equipment and materials they would need for the job. Then, once the children came back in September, they continued with the building work as the school operated around them.

In order to ensure the safety of staff and pupils, the site team engaged in daily meetings with the school leaders. They also kept pupils up to date on developments with regular assemblies and tours of the construction site.

Contract manager Paddy McAuley said the work had gone very well.

“Working in a school while there are lots of pupils around does come with challenges,” he said.

“But we developed a great relationship with the head teacher and we spoke everyday about their access and movement requirements. This meant we could keep them safe and operational while we finished our contract on time.”

In the East Midlands region, Lindum is currently working on Phase Two of the St Modwen Park, Lincoln, development having successfully finished Phase One last year. The scheme is providing high-quality industrial and warehouse space in the south of the city, near Swinderby.

German logistics company Deutsche Post DHL has occupied 32,000 sq ft on a 15-year lease on Phase One, and international ice cream and confectionery distributor NIC has occupied a 64,000 sq ft unit on a 10-year lease. The two units in Phase Two are being speculatively developed.


Also in the East Midlands, Lindum was proud to have been involved in the shortlisted Nomad Centre project, which involved the creation of a new shelter comprising 20 en-suite bedrooms, two move-on accommodation rooms, a kitchen and a day centre.

This building is a finalist in three categories, which are Best Change of Use of an Existing Building, Best Public Service or Educational Building and Best Small Commercial Project.

The regional winners will be announced on Tuesday 25 August. They will then go on to compete in the national finals later in the year.

An awards spokesman said: “We celebrate the achievements of companies, local builders, construction professionals and partnerships that go the extra mile to achieve great results.

“The awards recognise quality in all types of building project, from small extensions and barn conversions to educational and commercial buildings.”