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Gainsborough foyer wins top construction award - 21 Apr 16

External view of The Foyer GainsboroughA former industrial site, which was transformed into accommodation for vulnerable young people in Gainsborough, has won a prestigious construction award.

The Foyer in Wembley Street is owned by Axiom Housing Association and provides a home, personal support, training and employment advice for 12 young people aged between 16 and 25 years.

The scheme, which opened last June, was recognised as “Best commercial building” at the West Lindsey Quality in Construction Awards on Friday (15).

The awards, run by West Lindsey District Council, are about celebrating the success of the design and construction teams in West Lindsey.

The judges highlighted the contractor’s and design team’s determination to produce a quality, fit-for-purpose building that clearly shines through in the finished project.

Alan Lewin Chief Executive at Axiom, said: "We’re delighted to have won this award and very proud of all our staff and partners involved in the project.

“The success of this scheme is yet another example of how collaboration with our partners is instrumental in providing specialist accommodation for young people in our communities.”

The Foyer was designed by Allan Joyce Architects and was built by Robert Woodhead Limited and Richard Julian & Associates CDS Engineering.

Tricia Akers of Allan Joyce, said: “We’re thrilled The Foyer has gained award recognition. The building’s form massively improves the street scene and regenerates the area.”

It was funded by a £200k grant from West Lindsey District Council and a further £288k cash injection from the Homes and Communities Agency’s Homelessness Change funding initiative.

At the opening of the scheme, last June, Cllr Owen Bierley, Chairman of the council’s Prosperous Communities Committee, said: “The new scheme has helped to improve a key site in Gainsborough and contributes to our wider regeneration aims for the area.”


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