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CIOB Awards 2024: Team

CIOB Awards 2024 Team
Barr Build’s team (clockwise from top left): David Noonan MCIOB; Adam Mullins; Chris Leigh-Cattrall; Lucy White; Tom Webb; Jon Donegan

Winner Gold Award: Ridgeley Farmhouse Team, Barr Build

The project to build Ridgeley Farmhouse, a striking new-build family home in Buckinghamshire, is a beautiful illustration of collaborative working at its best.

Clients Hertford and Vicky King wanted to replace two agricultural sheds with a home in two halves: one that evoked a timber-clad barn, the other which echoed an adjacent red-brick property, connected with a glazed link.

The buildings are timber framed and designed to be low carbon footprint in operation with high levels of insulation, beneficial solar gain and natural ventilation.

Barr Build, led by director David Noonan MCIOB, who was also the project contract manager, won the job through competitive tender. Hertford King – who is an experienced construction client – had already assembled a team of consultants with Jane Duncan Architects, Jane Duncan Interiors and client QS Greenway Associates.

Other finalists

Kier and York Teaching Hospital Collaborative Team Kier Construction
MAB DART Team Mitchell & Butlers
New Victoria Development Project Team VINCI Building

Ethos of fairness

Motivated by their client, all the companies involved were invested in achieving the best possible outcome, says Noonan. An ethos of fairness, underpinned by formal communication and project controls, meant that, when unforeseen circumstances occurred, parties worked together and compromised to overcome them.

Even before the project began on site Greenway Associates and the Barr Build team faced budgetary challenges. A pause between contract award and start on site saw material prices inflate due to the impact of the Covid pandemic, so Barr worked to save costs through value engineering and the two companies worked together to establish robust provisional sums.

Among the issues arising during the build was a feature glazed bay window that didn’t fit. Contractor and designer worked together keep the project on track, devising a solution involving additional foundations and an extended roof.

The end result is a stunning development together with a happy client, a happy architect, companies that actively want to work with each other again and a ‘viable’ profit margin for Barr Build.

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