From Jamie Goodwin | Saturday 18 May 2019
Hull venue wins biggest prize at ceremony to recognise region's most impressive construction developments and projects.
Hull's Bonus Arena has scooped the Winner of Winners prize at the South Yorkshire and Humber LABC Building Excellence Awards.
The 3,500-capacity venue is the first UK facility of both its type and size to provide a flexible front-of-house space and deliver a mixed programme of entertainment, conference, exhibition and banqueting in that space.
The venue, one of Hull’s legacy projects following UK City of Culture 2017, also won Best Public Service Building at the ceremony, which recognises the most impressive construction projects in the region for outstanding quality and excellence in design and construction.
The awards recognise the work by Hull City Council's major projects team, designer AFL Architects and contractor BAM Construction Limited.
Alex Codd, Hull City Council’s assistant director of economic development and regeneration, said: “This fantastic award is a fitting tribute to this excellent project. It is testament to the great working relationship with Hull City Council’s Local Authority Building Control team and the teams behind it.
"An open transparent way of working led to the delivery of a high-quality uniquely designed and configured space. It is fitting therefore that the Bonus Arena was the overall winner on the night."
Another Hull project, the Hugh Webster Place housing project in Ice House Road, won the Best Social/Affordable Housing Project award.
The scheme provides 41 affordable dwellings, including three-bed townhouses and one-bed and two-bed flats organised around a central private courtyard and constructed from SIPs panels and brightly coloured Trespa.
The client for the project was the Goodwin Development Trust, the designer was Hodson Architects and the contractor was Geo Houlton and Son.
Four other Hull projects were nominated at the awards, which took place at the Forest Pines Hotel and Golf Resort in Broughton, North Lincolnshire, last night.
They were the Milldane Phase 2 development, Kingswood Parks Primary School Extension, Dormer Bungalows in Shannon Road and Marfleet Sidings developments. Find more details on the projects here.