Friday, 10 June 2011

People with disabilities will be making waves at free sailing open day

10 June 2011

People with disabilities will be taking to the water next week at a free sailing open day at Leeds sailing centre.

Children and adults have been invited to come and try some new specially adapted Wayfarer dinghies at the sailing centre at Yeadon Tarn, on Monday 13 June. The dinghies which have been paid for through the Aiming High for disabled children fund, are specially adapted for use by people with disabilities.

Media opportunity:
When: Monday 13 June
The sessions are: 10am to 11am, 11.15 to 12.15, 1pm to 2pm and 2.15 to 3.15.
Where: Leeds sailing and activity centre, Cemetery Road, Yeadon, LS19 7UR
Members of the media are invited to attend the sessions to film/ photograph those taking part in the open day.
To arrange attendance please contact the press office on 0113 2474713 or with the sailing centre direct on 0113 2503616.

Qualified instructors from the centre will be giving those taking part a basic introduction to sailing to help build confidence and team working skills. Around 24 adults and children are expected to take part in the taster sessions which have been organised by Leeds City Council’s sport and active recreation service..

Councillor Adam Ogilivie, executive member responsible for leisure services, said:
“These new dinghies have been specially adapted to allow people with disabilities to experience the fun and excitement of being on the open waves. This open day will be a great chance for children and adults to get a taster of sailing and maybe encourage some to come along to our outdoor club for disabled people at the sailing centre.”
The disability outdoor club, which is run in association with RYA Sailability is for children and young people aged between 8 and 16. It is a great chance to enjoy sailing, canoeing and kayaking sessions. Places must be booked in five week blocks and are limited so booking is essential. Contact the centre for details or to book a place on 0113 250 3616.
For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713

Building excellence celebrated in West Yorkshire

Caption: The Headingley Carnegie Stadium

Leeds celebrated excellence in building at an annual awards ceremony held earlier this week.

The West Yorkshire Building Excellence Awards, organised by Leeds City Council and the other four West Yorkshire local authority building control services, celebrated some of the best examples of building across the region at Headingley Stadium on Wednesday (8 June).

A total of 11 awards were given to celebrate the excellence of building quality in a variety of projects from domestic extensions to commercial developments which was achieved through building standards, technical innovation and sustainable designs at local level.

This year’s winner in Leeds was the Headingley Carnegie Stadium at a cost of £21m with the main contractor, BAM Construction Ltd. The pavilion covers an area of 4,000 sq m and is a multi-purpose building that will operate as a cricket pavilion and media centre during the summer, and as a teaching facility during the academic year.

The 2011 LABC Building Excellence Award Winners were:

Domestic Extension: 32 Beaumont Park Road, Beaumont Park, Huddersfield – Kirklees Council - Robinson Property Services

New Single Dwelling: Westfield House, Westfield Lane, Wooldale, Holmfirth – Kirklees Council - Yorkshire Country Properties Ltd

Two or more New Dwellings: Warren Lodge Gardens, Savile Park, Halifax – Calderdale MBC - Towngate Homes

Affordable and Social Housing: Grove Mills, Ingrow House, South Street, Keighley – Bradford MDC - Skipton Properties Ltd

Restoration and Conversion Building: The Court House, 27 Manor Row, Bradford – Bradford MBC - Solo Construction

Education Building: Huddersfield University – Kirklees - BAM Construction Ltd

Commercial Development: The Yorkshire County Cricket Club Ltd, Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Headingley Carnegie Cricket Ground, Leeds – Leeds CC - BAM Construction Ltd

Healthcare Building: Pinderfields General Hospital, Aberford Road Wakefield - Wakefield MBC - Balfour Beatty Construction Northern Ltd
Community Building: Brighouse Pool and Fitness Centre, Woodvale Road, Brighouse - Calderdale MBC - Willmot Dixon Group

Sustainability Project: Treescape, Broomfield Avenue, Halifax – Calderdale MBC - Mr & Mrs O’Toole

Partnership with a Local Authority: LNT Construction

The complete list of winners, finalists and project descriptions can be found on the LABC Awards website at

Councillor Richard Lewis, executive board member with responsibility for development said:

“This year’s finalists showcased how local authority building control is at the forefront of facilitating high environmental standards in difficult economic circumstances and proving how innovative and sustainable development can also be very cost effective.
“I would like to congratulate all the winners on their efforts.”

The master of ceremonies was Phil Deacon, senior building control surveyor at Calderdale building control who over saw the presentations. This year’s awards were attended by over 200 people who were involved in the nominated building projects in the West Yorkshire Region.

The LABC Awards recognise the importance of building control in creating a high quality, sustainable built environment in England and Wales. Local authority building control helps to ensure better design and builds by cooperative working between local councils, developers, designers and builders to avoid costly corrections during construction and to make sure projects comply with the highest standards of safety, sustainability and accessibility.

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Notes to editors:

LABC is the member organisation representing all local authority building control departments in England and Wales. Its membership includes 3,500 professional surveyors and support technicians and has a 70% market share of building control in these sectors: domestic conversions and improvements; new homes and apartments; commercial offices, workshops, industrial and warehouses; education; healthcare; care homes; retail; leisure and entertainment; and stadiums.

LABC promotes the design and construction of buildings that are safe, accessible and environmentally efficient to comply with the Building Regulations. LABC builds awareness of local authority building control amongst the public, developers, designers and contractors. It also works with trade organisations, manufacturers, distributors, research establishments, test houses and professional institutions to support innovation in building.

LABC are always looking for future award winners. If you have a project completed within the next 12 months which you feel deserves to be one of next year’s finalists, have a word with your local authority building control surveyor expressing your interests and they may put your project forward for nomination.


For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450