The Bricks is our exclusive annual awards ceremony unlike any other in the industry. Instead we like to pull out all the stops and make it a celebration to remember!

Celebrating the best in the house building industry, The Bricks recognises and rewards the exceptional work of developers, builders, contractors and housing associations who go the extra mile, regardless of size, to deliver quality in construction. Not forgetting the hard work and dedication of individuals behind the scenes also involved in the development projects.

Providing fantastic exposure in industry leading news and publications, the recognition associated with an LABC Warranty award positions developers and builders at the forefront of building excellence.

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from some of our customers below and watch the highlights from our past events.

All you need to know

It couldn’t be any simpler! Our LABC Warranty Risk Management Surveyors are responsible for nominating sites, so you don’t need to do anything.

If your development meets the entry requirement then speak to your Warranty Risk Management Surveyor to ensure your site is put forward for an award.

September - April: Warranty Risk Management Surveyors submit nominations.

May - June: Nominations are verified by Warranty Regional Managers

July - August: Nominees are announced and judges visit nominated sites.

September: Finalists are announced and invited to The Bricks award celebration. External judging day with industry experts.

October / November: Winners announced at The Bricks award celebration.

  • Single Development of the Year
  • Development of the Year (2-10 units)
  • Development of the Year (11-50 units)
  • Development of the year (over 51 units)
  • Social Housing Development of the Year
  • Commercial Development of the Year
  • Conversion / Refurbishment Development of the Year
  • High Rise Development of the Year (over 7 storeys)
  • Developer of the Year
  • Unsung Hero (Behind the Build)
  • Rising star (Behind the Build)
  • Bricks and Mortar Partnership

The following rules apply:

Rule 1: Most stages available for judging and must include finishing’s.

Rule 2:
All apartment blocks and commercial developments must be at least 50% completed.

Rule 3: Nominations considered are for total site sizes and may include different warranty policy types, i.e. a site with 40 units of new homes and 20 units of social housing would fall under the over 51 unit’s award category.

Rule 4: Where a site is nominated under the Conversion / Refurbishment category, a conversion will be considered as a change of use of the building whereas a refurbishment will retain the same use.

Rule 5: Nominated sites must be covered by an LABC Warranty and have been inspected across most stages of the build by LABC Warranty Risk Management Surveyors.

Rule 6: A development that has won in two consecutive years will not be eligible for nomination the following year.

Have any questions? Please email awards@labcwarranty.co.uk or speak to our awards team on 0800 183 1755


What are the judges looking for?

Each nomination will be judged on site for standards looking at specific areas of the build including foundations, substructure, superstructure, finishes and site organisation, as well as past surveying records.

Developments must display a high standard in technical competency and build quality as well as meeting the below criteria:

  • Good build quality
  • Good site management and leadership
  • Compliance with technical standards
  • Most stages of construction available for judging
  • Supervision on site should be on a permanent basis

Site and project managers should demonstrate a high level of organisational skills and customer service also.

What makes a winning site?

Consistency and quality of work must be evident across all trades and build stages. Good management, well planned sequence of work and ensuring a safe site throughout as well as choosing not to accept 'second best' are all key tips to securing your win.

Winning an award means a lot to our customers as it shows their ability to build high quality homes, boosts their reputation and most importantly it is appealing to potential homebuyers.

Make the most of your success by:

  • Issuing a press release about your award winning achievement
  • Celebrating with a site party, invite local press and photographers
  • Use our award winning promotional materials to your advantage

LABC Warranty will provide a range of support tools to help you with your promotion including logos, press release templates promotion on our website and in our newsletters and marketing literature.

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