Bloor Homes crowned Developer of the Year as Bricks 2019 winners celebrate

With nominations in five development categories and two category wins, Bloor Homes dominated a fabulous night of award-winning homes and people at The Bricks 2019.

Impressionist Rory Bremner helped LABC Warranty award a total of 12 Brick trophies to developers, builders and individuals whose work impressed our panel of judges the most during the last 12 months.

Bloor Homes won both the 51+ unit categories (North and South) with their Standish Grange and Longwood Fields developments, while South Wales-based firm J G Hale Construction clinched the social housing category with their Cardiff housing scheme for Wales and West Housing.

At a glance: The Bricks 2019 Winners

Developer of the Year
Bloor Homes
Development of the Year
1 -10 Units

Lynne Selbie (Self-Build)


Coombe Park, Devon


Development of the Year

(11-50 Units North)

High Grange Developments

Keekle Meadows, Cleator Moor

Development of the Year

(11-50 Units South)

Taylor Wimpey Southern Counties

Village Mews – Rowner Phase 1B

Development of the Year

(51+ Units North)

Bloor Homes North West

Standish Grange, Standish

Development of the Year

(51+ Units South)

Bloor Homes Limited

Longwood Fields, Woodbridge

Social Housing Development      of the Year

JG Hale Construction

Chiltern Close, Cardiff

Conversion-Refurbishment        of the Year

B M Farrar Joinery

Sunfield Printers, Pudsey

Multi-storey Development         of the Year

M H Stainton

The Broadway, Morecambe

Behind The Bricks Categories

Rising Star

Lewis Charlesworth

Oakeve Limited

Unsung Hero

Nathan Woolhouse

Hammond Homes of Distinction

Bricks and Mortar

Hertfordshire Building Control


In all, 43 finalists attended the glitzy Bricks 2019 event at the fabulous Illuminate at The Science Museum in London. They were accompanied by colleagues as well as representatives from LABC Warranty and LABC, while the Dee Quartet played a mix of classic and commercial hits.

Boris Johnson and Donald Trump both made guest appearances on stage, courtesy of host Rory Bremner’s impersonations and typically astute political wit.

Bloor Homes Developer of the Year

Bloor Homes celebrates winning Developer of the Year

Judges praise both site practice and workmanship

Winning developments were praised for both the standard of sites as well as workmanship in the builds.

On High Grange’s Keekle Meadows development, judges said: “The commitment to quality was evident in this development and across the board from management to the workforce – it is a truly exceptional development.”

For their Village Mews development in Rowner, Taylor Wimpey Southern Counties “reflected leadership through good planning and positive actions with a focus on quality across the entire build.”

“First impressions are very important,” the judges said on Bloor Homes North West’s Standish Grange development. “On this winning site, the organisation, the site safety and the quality of works both under construction and the completed homes are very clear to see and have been particularly well managed.”

The judges said they faced an especially difficult decision to declare a winner in the Multi-storey category. In naming M H Stainton’s The Broadway on Morecambe seafront, they said: “Extensive and committed research has been necessary on this particular development. Detailing, actual construction and the integration of differing materials has been complex. That said, the finished product is simply stunning.”

About the Bricks

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. The awards also acknowledge the hard work and dedication of individuals behind the scenes also involved in the development projects.

Only the Rising Star, Unsung Hero and Bricks and Mortar categories are based on public nominations. All development categories are assessed by our surveyors throughout the year, with longlists put forward by them to our expert panel of judges for final deliberation.

Bricks 2019

About the Judges

The judges panel represents a cross section of expertise from the sector, including surveyors, engineers and building control specialists. You can read more about the judges here.

Would you like to enter The Bricks 2020?

If you are a LABC Customer, you already are! As part of your site inspections, your surveyor will be noting your work on site. Surveyor longlists are compiled in the spring, assessed in early summer and then critiqued by our judges before the finalists are announced in the autumn.

For information about nominating Unsung Heroes and Rising Stars, go here. Follow us on social media to find out when nominations for these categories will open for 2020.


Please Note: Every care was taken to ensure the information in this article was correct at the time of publication. Any written guidance provided does not replace the reader’s professional judgement and any construction project should comply with the relevant Building Regulations or applicable technical standards. However, for the most up to date LABC Warranty technical guidance please refer to your Risk Management Surveyor and the latest version of the LABC Warranty technical manual.

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