Harbour Housing Wins Highly Commended at the Constructing Excellence South West Awards

Date: 15th September



We are thrilled to announce that Harbour Housing won Highly Commended in the Residential Project of the Year category for our Little Cosgarne property at the Constructing Excellence South West Awards last week in Bristol!

With our project partners and construction consultants, Taylor Lewis, we were in a category with seven of the South West’s leading construction projects, including The Yealm, a multimillion-pound luxury development on the Devon coast, which took home the top prize.

By utilising our in-house building team and excellent team of volunteers, the project was able to overcome many issues caused by the pandemic. We creatively reused and recycled materials to ensure the project had a low environmental impact, which was key to the criteria of the award.

Little Cosgarne, funded in part by the Government’s Winter Transformation Fund, was a 12-week renovation project completed in December 2021. It is a purpose built, fully wheelchair accessible accommodation that can house seven individuals, who would otherwise be facing homelessness. To find out more about this project, please click here.

"To receive Highly Commended is unbelievable!"

Bianca Guilherme, Harbour’s building services and facilities management team lead, was delighted with the result: “We were honoured to be shortlisted alongside such prestigious developments, and to receive Highly Commended is unbelievable. The scale of the other projects we were up against was intimidating, but we trusted that the quality and passion that Little Cosgarne represents meant that it wasn’t out of place. I am so grateful to the whole team who often worked round the clock to make sure the project was finished on time. We are all so proud to have worked on a project such as this, as it provides much needed accommodation for those who don’t have anywhere else to go.”

"Having beneficiaries with disabilities be part of the build process from conception to completion was a major driving force."

Harbour’s Operations Director Malcolm Putko commended the hard work that went in: “To carry out the project in such a short time frame with all the structural works and financial targets involved meant a programme that had minimal flexibility. As such, the word “teamwork” came to the forefront. When hurdles happened, as they often do, no one shied away and everyone in the supply chain took responsibility and overcame the issues. Having beneficiaries with disabilities be part of the build process from conception to completion was a major driving force for it not only being completed on time, but also through their knowledge and experiences they had a better understanding of accessibility and pointed out items over and above building regulations, which we took on board and addressed. Thank you to our partners and cost consultants, Taylor Lewis, who not only monitored the standards, but also became key players in overcoming obstacles with their advice and expertise in fast track building projects.”

Five members of Harbour staff, Bianca, Paulo, John, Cicely, and Aaron, and one of our Trustees, Billy, represented us in Bristol at the awards ceremony. It was a brilliant evening where our project was not only regionally recognised but also our staff were able to forge industry connections, which may be helpful for future projects.