Oct 2011

Most Funds Raised Award 2011 – The End 2 End Ride

Without doubt the most taxing yet fulfilling of the Wooden Spoon challenges – The End 2 End Charity bike challenge has been completed by MD of LaROCK Construction Damian Lawrance and Tom Hebditch.

A 7 day challenge to complete ‘the End 2 End’ – the mammoth 900 miles ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End on a road bike. They travelled from the Lochs and Mountains of Scotland, to the beautiful landscape of the Cumbrian Lake District, through the gentle rolling tranquil Wye valley and onto the rugged Cornish Coast Line.

Damian comments ‘we’ve just finished building a remarkable and award winning ‘green home’ 1 ZERO 4… the End 2 End ride is not only a fantastic cause – but it is also a fitting mark of recognition to our commitment to green and eco policy employed within LaROCK, it doesn’t get much more eco friendly than traveling the land by bike.

Damian and Tom have also been awarded the trophy for 2011 by Wooden Spoon for raising the most funds. LaROCK have raised a total of £8,500 (and rising) for the Wooden Spoon charity who campaigns to improve the quality and prospect of life for UK children and young people who are disadvantaged physically, mentally or socially.

For more information on the wooden Spoon Charity please click here

Sep 2011

RICS Best of the Best for 2011

We were delighted to receive the 2011 RICS Pro Yorkshire Brochure with a round up of the winners.

Click here to see the full winning line up and the winning picture of Damian Lawrance and BBC’s Bill Turnbull after LaROCK scooped Best Residential for 1ZERO4. (scroll to page 12)

Aug 2011

Super Luxury ‘Anti-Ageing’ Eco Scheme is a Winner

1 Zero 4 is a five bedroom multi functional home that exceeds the buzz word ”future-proof” and smashes the term “eco-friendly”
into oblivion.

LaROCK’s task was to create a luxury eco home. The unique triumph has been achieved using a huge amount of creativity, imagination and ingenuous application of advanced building techniques and seamless ‘anti-ageing’ technology.

The scheme is situated in Harrogate, a city known for its ambient beauty and vernacular architecture. The house started life as a three bedroomed single storey cottage, built in the 1960s and occupied by the same resident for 30 years. The plot area has remained exactly the same as the former cottage.

However, the property size has increased from 750 square feet to 5850 square feet through strategic layering of floors and
basement excavation. The structure has also been increased from one storey to four storeys.

The building infrastructure pushes beyond sustainable, combining high performance systems with renewable methods, including double air source heat pump technology and solar and rainwater harvesting. Complete home automation, AV and eco technology systems have been amalgamated into a single coherent system, all managed via a centralised AMX control system and iPad technology.

It’s completely measurable at the touch of a button, and even “answers” questions, from how much rainwater has been harvested, to how much solar energy has been generated. In effect, the house actually “thinks” for its owners, allowing

them to live an eco friendly life without even having to think about it.

For the full 5 page feature click here and scroll through to page 19

Aug 2011

Green Supreme

Taking sustainable housing to the next level. We make the front cover of Designer Magazine with 1ZERO4, read here. See pages 44-45 and 46 for the full story.

Jul 2011

Through the keyhole…

As Plush goes to print the hoardings which hide it are still up, but we can reveal that Leeds Road’s newest state-of-the-art house build has finished. The project, termed 1 Zero 4, was taken on by the award-winning Harrogate construction and design company, LaRock some 18 months ago. Costing several million pounds, the five bedroom house has been designed to the highest standards of luxury and eco-awareness and last month won the Pro-Yorkshire RICS Awards 2011 for the residential category.

To view the full article click here

Jun 2011

Stars of RICS Pro-Yorkshire Awards 2011 are crowned

LaROCK Construction beats tough competition with the award winning 1 ZERO 4 at The RICS Awards 2011.

Property Oscars celebrate regional excellence in tough times.

The region’s most impressive property schemes battled it out last night for top honours at the RICS Pro-Yorkshire Awards 2011.

The prestigious property-based contest celebrates inspirational initiatives in the land, property and construction sectors. From an entry of 69 projects from all over Yorkshire and Humberside, 56 short-listed schemes were hoping to win one of the eight coveted RICS category trophies, and the ultimate accolade, Project of the Year.

The winners of the eight individual RICS awards are as follows:

• Building Conservation Western Bank Library, Sheffield

• Regeneration Granary Wharf, Leeds

• Sustainability Emm Lane Project, Bradford University

• Community Benefit Keighley Campus, Leeds City College

• Commercial Skipton Building Society’s HML Headquarters

• Design and Innovation Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience

• Residential Development 1 ZERO 4, Harrogate

• Tourism and Leisure The STAR Centre, Keighley Campus, Leeds City College

Each winner is also assessed across all categories to decide which one deserves to be crowned Project of the Year. This was awarded to Granary Wharf in Leeds, which beat off fierce competition at the awards’ presentation and dinner held at The Pavilion, Elland Road, in Leeds.

The outstanding design, ethos and build quality at Granary Wharf particularly impressed the panel of independent RICS judges. A trio of buildings – the Mint Hotel, Waterman’s Place and Candle House –is an exceptional development with restored industrial heritage features, including railway arches and the canal dock. The gateway development into Leeds, provides a successful public waterfront area for the community whilst physically and physiologically reconnecting the city centre with the wider regeneration area of Holbeck Urban Village.

Granary Wharf is an outstanding example of regeneration which illustrates what highly skilled and talented people can do in Yorkshire and Humberside. It fulfilled not only the criteria for the Regeneration Award, but also scored highly in all of the other categories, making it highly deserving of its Project of the Year honour. Despite uncertainty within the sector, the standard of entries this year has been exceptionally high, with nominations ranging from innovative small-scale schemes, through to multi-million pound sustainable developments.

Colin Harrop, Chairman Regional Judging Panel and Senior Associate with King Sturge property consultants in Leeds

The RICS Pro-Yorkshire Award winners in four of the categories (Building Conservation, Community Benefit, Sustainability and Regeneration) will automatically be entered into the national RICS Awards, where they will compete against other leading projects from across the UK later this year.

Furthermore, the following schemes were highly commended by the judges:

Highly Commended

• Residential Greenhouse, Beeston, Leeds

• Building Conservation Yorkshire Museum, York

• Residential Norfolk Park, in Sheffield

• Sustainability The Wind Pump, Finningley Quarry, Doncaster

• Design and Innovation Craft Hub Building, Wakefield

The RICS Pro-Yorkshire Awards were sponsored by English Heritage, leading property sector journal, Estates Gazette, audio visual company the R&B Group, commercial law specialists Shulmans and Drivers Jonas Deloitte, the commercial property company.

Source: RICS Pro Yorkshire