Award-winning renovation at Cupola House, Bury St Edmunds

The award-winning project to rebuild and renovate the Grade I-listed town centre landmark, Cupola House in Bury St Edmunds, after it was destroyed by fire won two LABC East Anglia Building Excellence Awards in 2017.

Seaman Building won the national Best Local Builder Award at the Grand Final of the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Awards for the work they carried out to restore Cupola House; and the project also won the award for Best Commercial Building.

Following the fire in June 2012, Seamans Building undertook the site clearance to allow safe access to insurers, designers, etc who prepared planning and listed building applications. After approval of permissions, and following a tender process, Seamans Building were awarded the contract to rebuild the Grade 1-listed structure.

The project entailed balancing the desire to adopt traditional construction methods and retain the historic design, whilst attempting to bring the building’s performance into line with modern safety standards and to reduce the risk of future fire.

A panel of industry experts judged a short list of selected high quality submissions for projects across England and Wales to determine the best in technical innovation, sustainability, and design. Seamans Building was recommended for this prestigious award by the building control team at St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

“The LABC award endorses the high quality restoration project management, craft and skill sets we have within our company”