Project nails builders regional award
RESTORING a dilapidated mill has brought a Master Builder Of The Year award to Grimsby-based construction firm James Bratton & Co Ltd.
Far from the normal bread and butter work, the project was carried out for Natural England and a private landowner, in Tickhill, near Bawtry, South Yorkshire.
The attention to detail has now seen the "Medium Renovation Projects In Yorkshire And Trent" prize bestowed upon the firm – itself based in Haven Mill, Alexandra Road, Grimsby.
The Master Builder Of The Year Awards is a nationwide search by the Federation of Master Builders to find the best builders in the UK.
Builders are judged on their technical ability, together with their customer service skills. The mill was described as being in a "completely derelict and ruinous condition and in danger of total collapse", when James Bratton & Co was called in.
Director Charles Bratton said: "It was in a shocking state of repair. Structurally, everything needed renovating, including all the internal joinery. It was an unusual project, but it went pretty well."
The company will now go through to the national finals in the 11th year of the awards.
Architect and television presenter George Clarke will present the coveted accolades at a ceremony at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel in London on March 20.
But it's not just a certificate at stake. The overall winner gets the keys to a Nissan light commercial vehicle of their choice, worth up to £20,000.
Phil Parkinson, Federation of Master Builders' service director for Yorkshire and Trent, said: "The Master Builder Of The Year Awards give clients the opportunity to celebrate a job well done and to thank their builder.
"The standard of entries this year is amongst the highest we have seen.
"What really stands out is the extent to which our regional winners were prepared to go beyond the call of duty to build a good working relationship with their clients to achieve the best possible result for them.
"James Bratton & Co Ltd should feel justly proud of their achievement, and we wish them success in the national competition."