Jun 2011

Yorkshire home wins coveted property award

A multi million pound green home in North Yorkshire has won Pro Yorkshire RICS 2011 Award for ‘Best Residential’ property.

The 1 ZERO 4 house by LaRock Construction was recognised for its luxury design, eco-friendly ethos, aesthetic appeal and intelligent application of modern technological processes.

A five bedroom house in Harrogate, the 1 ZERO 4 cocoons its residents in a warm blanket of lifestyle driven technology and utilises numerous green energy sources such as heat pump technology, solar and rainwater harvesting.

Commenting on receiving the award, Damian Lawrance MD of LaROCK Construction, said: “We are delighted to have scooped the win with 1 ZERO 4. We have strived to design and build an outstanding property which was highly advanced in technology and challenging in design.”

“The property draws upon elements of luxury lifestyle balanced with practicalities of a family home. We have invested a great deal of time and energy into creating this ‘super-home’ and the eco elements, build and design set the standard for us as a company moving forwards.”

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Jun 2011

Cutting Edge Sustainable Design

An award-winning home sets new standards for sustainable design amid the genteel surroundings of a Victorian spa town. International reference for design idfx finds out more…

Think of a British city at the cutting edge of sustainable design and, chances are, Harrogate won’t be at the top of your list.

But thanks to the determination of Damian Lawrance, his 1 Zero 4 residential project is now an exemplary combination of the best in contemporary design and architecture, further enhanced by a suite of environmentally friendly features. 1 Zero 4 received a Pro-Yorkshire RICS award in May, just as the house was completed.

It took a whole year to get the design through the Harrogate planning department (compared with the usual 16 weeks) but once that hurdle was cleared, Lawrance and his team completed the project in 18 months.

‘Eyebrows were raised when the local community found out what we had in mind,’Lawrance confesses. ‘And despite some initial objections, the council made a courageous decision.’

Lawrance’s company, LaRock Construction, was the lead contractor and responsible for both design and build. Before he launched his own company, Lawrance had worked for more than a decade as a designer and developer of residential projects. A wide range of local Yorkshire contractors worked alongside the LaRock team to realise the project’s detailed specifi cation, both in terms of technology and the architectural and interior detailing.

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Jun 2011

This is how houses should be built

This is how homes should be built. Eco home sets the standard for luxury.

This luxury house has plenty of ‘wow’ factor and boasts the latest in green and new technology.

Creative whirlwind Damian is the man behind 1Zero 4 – that’s 104 Leeds Road in Harrogate –a magnificent high-tech, eco house that has just won the Best Residential Property prize at the RICS (Royal Institution of Surveyors) Pro Yorkshire Awards.

The attention to detail that Damian demands and his team at LaRock Construction delivers, along with the property’s innovative design and sustainability, impressed the RICS judges, who recognised that this is a project that has taken blood, sweat and tears.

To read more and to find out more why The Yorkshire Post call the award winning 1 ZERO 4 ‘a magnificent high tech eco house’. please click here and go to page 2.

May 2011

Green charity challenge for green build MD

No stranger to the concept of ‘extreme’ and ‘challenge’ – MD of LaROCK Construction Damian Lawrance fresh from successfully delivering his latest professional challenge with the award winning ‘green build’ 1 ZERO 4 is delighted to announce his imminent participation in a epic bike ride for charity.

LaROCK have recently completed the latest addition in their rapidly expanding portfolio, an award winning ‘eco super home’. 1 ZERO 4 in North Yorkshire is an example of the most up to date future-proof building techniques and technology in a residential scheme which has just scooped the title of Best Residential in the 2011 Pro Yorkshire RICS Awards.

Damian has turned his sights to his next personal challenge which is set to be his greatest sporting achievement to date. 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.

In 2010 Damian exchanged one LaROCK for another when he scaled the heights of Mont Blanc and has also run the New York Marathon in 3hrs 47minutes. In August 2011 he is hoping to raise over £10,000 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.

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. Tom and I are looking forward to the ride and are hoping to raise 10% of what Wooden Spoon are trying to achieve in their grand total of £100k.’

Damian will be riding with Tom Hebditch from LaROCK and is hoping to smash record times on each day of the challenge.

Damian has a fund raising page where donations will be gratefully received. Please follow this link to donate.

May 2011

1 ZERO 4 by LaROCK has won the Pro Yorkshire RICS 2011

Designed and built by LaROCK Construction, Harrogate.  1 Zero 4 is a multi million pound ‘beyond’ green home in North Yorkshire

A thoroughly intelligent 5 bedroom multi functional home that exceeds the buzz word ‘future-proof’.

LaROCK have designed and built on the ethos that homes should be more than ‘eco’, more than ‘designer luxury’, more than ‘sustainable’ – an actual ‘life assistant’ that morphs to needs, wishes and requirements of residents – cocooning them in a warm blanket of lifestyle driven technology.

It has been designed to have highly unusual levels of intelligence for a residential scheme more akin to high end commercial schemes which makes it a whole new proposition for a technology driven lifestyle.

As well as being aesthetically beautiful from an architectural perspective – each component of the property is able to communicate with others making it a highly efficient and accountable scheme. The building infrastructure pushes beyond sustainable, combining high performance and renewable methods including double air source heat pump technology, solar and rainwater harvesting.

Designed to be sensitive to the needs of the modern family 1 Zero 4 is a living, breathing form, responsible in essence for water, power, energy. Technology allows for minimising resources in some areas but having the capability to maximise in others. A home that creates and allocates accordingly with no waste.

Hardwired for pure sustainability, cost efficiency and up to the minute access to the latest ‘i’ applications. Completely measurable at the touch of a button the house answers questions right down to how much rainwater has been harvested to how much solar energy has been generated.

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.

Known as the region’s ‘Property Oscars’, the RICS awards celebrate the most inspirational regional initiatives and developments in land, property, construction and the environment.

Damian Lawrance MD of LaROCK Construction comments ‘ we are delighted to have scooped the win with 1 ZERO 4. We have strived to design and build an outstanding property which was highly advanced in technology and challenging in design. The property draws upon elements of luxury lifestyle balanced with practicalities of a family home. We have invested a great deal of time and energy into creating this ‘super-home’ and the eco elements, build and design set the standard for us as a company moving forwards.’

The RICS Pro-Yorkshire judges commented The design and construction of a 21st century house on a modest suburban site in Harrogate is a daunting task not for the feint hearted, but with this development LaROCK impressed the judges with how it rose to and met the challenge, and in doing so LaROCK set the benchmark as to what can and should be achieved and not just in Yorkshire, but elsewhere in Britain. From a site comprising a small 1960′s house, LaROCK produced an eye catching 5,850 square feet of accommodation on 4 storeys, with close attention to sustainability and enhanced eco-credentials, aided by the thoughtful use of intelligent technology, which will also serve to enhance comfort and ease of living for years to come.

May 2011

Property schemes dazzle at Pro-Yorkshire awards

A CITY centre regeneration site and a college campus building were two of the property schemes recognised at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Pro-Yorkshire Awards 2011.

The awards celebrate inspirational initiatives in the land, property and construction sectors.

From an entry of 69 projects from across Yorkshire and the Humber, 56 short-listed schemes were hoping to win one of the eight category trophies, and the ultimate award of project of the year.

The winners of the eight individual RICS awards were:
•   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

Granary Wharf was named project of the year at the awards event, which was held at The Pavilion, Elland Road, in Leeds.

The development is made up of a trio of buildings – the Mint Hotel, Waterman’s Place and Candle House – and also inlcudes public realm improvements.

Chairman of the regional judging panel, Colin Harrop, said: “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.”

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.

Monday 23rd May 2011 – The Business Desk.