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May 2011

Victory at the RICS Awards 2011

We are delighted to announce our win at the 2011 RICS Awards in Leeds on the 20th May 2011. Our scheme 1 ZERO 4 has scooped the highly sought after ‘Best Residential’ award.

1 Zero 4 is a multi million pound green home in North Yorkshire (Harrogate). Building on the ethos that homes can 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.

As well as being 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.

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.

Mar 2011

RICS 2011 Shortlist announced!

LaROCK is delighted to be included in the winning shortlist for the 2011 RICS Pro-Yorkshire Awards for our Residential scheme 1 Zero 4. 56 entries have been unveiled with a chance of winning one of the nine awards.

The selected projects span all areas of the region including Wakefield, Hull, Halifax, Sheffield, Harrogate, Leeds and York and range from small-scale schemes through to multimillion-pound developments.

Chairman of the RICS Yorkshire and Humberside judging panel, Colin Harrop said: “The awards are an excellent showcase for the importance of good design and inspiring construction in people’s lives. Great buildings really do make a difference to our home, work and private lives.”

Harrop, who is also a senior associate at King Sturge in Leeds, added: “The RICS Pro-Yorkshire Awards also present an ideal opportunity to shout about the exemplary developments in land, property and construction in the Yorkshire region, as well as the resilience and talent of our property and construction professionals.

“We were delighted to receive such a high number of entries – one of the highest in the country – having suffered some challenging economic conditions in recent years. On the other hand, with some many great schemes around it has made the short-listing process particularly tough this year.”

The winners will be announced on 20 May.

The full shortlist is listed here:

Building Conservation

Western Bank Library, Sheffield

The Chimney House, Sheffield

Institute of Communication Studies, Leeds

The Liberty Building, University of Leeds, Leeds

The Yorkshire Museum, York

Refurbishment of The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Commercial

Stanley Harrison House at the Chocolate Works, York

2 St Paul’s Place, Sheffield

The Mint, Leeds

Greenhouse, Leeds

Sheffield Digital Campus – Building 2 and Electric Works

The Edge, University of Leeds

Skipton Building Society HML Headquarters

M & S Distribution Centre. Prologis Park, Bradford

Community Benefit

Community Regeneration: Mytholmroyd, Halifax

Keighley Campus Leeds City Council, Keighley

The Coldstones Cut, Harrogate

Aston Customer Service Centre, Rotherham

South Leeds Youth Hub

Refurbishment of The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Leeds Independent Living Project, Leeds

Thornton Road, Bradford

Design & Innovation

Queen’s Centre for Oncology & Haematology, Cottingham

Sheffield Institute For Translational Neuroscience, Sheffield

The Soundhouse, Sheffield

Craft Hub Building, Wakefield

The Liberty Building, University of Leeds

Northern Ballet Theatre and Phoenix Dance Theatre, Leeds

Greenhouse, Leeds

Regeneration

Gateway Plaza, Barnsley

Community Regeneration: Mytholmroyd, Halifax

Granary Wharf, Leeds

Greenhouse, Leeds

Norfolk Park, Sheffield

Thornton Road, Bradford

Office & Hotel Development, Bradford

Residential

Ronan Garth (Private House, West Burton), Leyburn

33 & 34 St Marys, York

Storm Jameson Court, Leeds

Affordable Housing in Rural Communities, York

Student Accommodation, Walmgate, York

1 Zero 4 by LaRock, Harrogate

Greenhouse, Leeds

Sustainability

Bramall Learning Centre, RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate

New Sustainable Housing for Urban Regeneration, Sheffield

The Edge, University of Leeds

Greenhouse, Leeds

Canklow Woods Primary School, Rotherham

Wind Pump at Finningley Quarry, Doncaster

Emm Lane, Bradford University, Bradford

Temple Avenue Project, York

Tourism & Leisure

The Star Centre, Keighley College, Keighley

High Fisher Gate, Doncaster

The Yorkshire Museum, York

The Edge, University of Leeds

Northern Ballet Theatre and Phoenix Dance Theatre, Leeds

Refurbishment of The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Feb 2011

LaROCK announces finalist status in RICS Awards

LaROCK are delighted to announce that their latest luxury eco scheme 1 Zero 4 is a finalist in the RICS Awards 2011 in the ‘Residential’ category.

Designed and built by LaROCK 1 Zero 4 is a thoroughly intelligent 5 bedroom multi functional home that exceeds the buzz word ‘future-proof’. Each component of the property is able to communicate with others making it a highly efficient and accountable scheme. The building infrastructure is beyond sustainable, combining high performance and renewable methods including double air source heat pump technology, 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.

Building on the ethos that homes can 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.

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

The nominations in each category span a range of companies and projects, from small schemes achieved by the vision of one person to globally recognised developments with significant budgets.

Judges are aware that while the design, visual appearance, size and cost are important, they are not the determining factors.

In all categories the judges will be looking for a number of key points for which 1 Zero 4 has satisfied all criteria.

Achieving value for money in carrying out the scheme and its future economic viability.

Efficient use of resources and forward planning. Evidence of how the project has performed since completion e.g. was it designed to be energy efficient and is this being monitored?

Commitment towards innovation and sustainability.

Concept, purpose, use and most importantly, the project’s perceived impact on the end users in both the medium and long term.

Evidence of if, and how, the local community has been involved along with feedback from occupants and local residents.

LaROCK enjoyed finalist status in the 2010 RICS Awards for their design and build of luxury suites and apartments brand The Lawrance, Harrogate – who are soon to be opening in York – also to be designed and built by LaROCK.

The RICS Awards are hosted in Leeds on the 20th May 2011.

Feb 2011

1 Zero 4 enters RICS Awards 2011

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.  LaROCK were nominated in 2010 for their design and build of The Lawrance under the catergory for Tourism and Leisure.  Read the 1Zero4 RICS entry here.

Sep 2010

LaROCK Wins New Contract

Knaresborough-based construction company LaROCK has won a contract to design and build an aparthotel scheme on Micklegate in York. Located inside the city walls, the development is within a collection of Grade II-listed buildings.

LaROCK says it has experienced growth during 2010 and the company said the York contract win is an example of it moving into new regions of Yorkshire.

Damian Lawrance, managing director of LaROCK, said: “Moving into new territories is significant for us firstly indicating our schemes are innovative and in demand in new regions and secondly because we are able to create new employment to in turn expand our company.”

In August, the company was also accredited with the Investors in People standard, administered by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

Sep 2010

LaROCK to build York aparthotel

CONSTRUCTION company LaROCK has won the contract to build a new aparthotel complex in York.

The contract will see the company design and create 14 luxury suites in a collection of grade II listed buildings in Micklegate in the historic centre of the city.

LaRock has described the contract with the unnamed client as “significant” and the deal marks a first move into the York area for the Harrogate-based firm.

Damian Lawrance, managing director at LaRock, said: “LaROCK has grown rapidly over the last four years and through our unique approach to our industry has led to us to be involved in innovative and exciting projects for which we are being recognised for our dedication and standards.

“Moving into new territories is significant for us, firstly indicating our schemes are innovative and in demand in new regions and secondly because we are able to create new employment to in turn expand our company.”

LaROCK’s luxury serviced apartment scheme The Lawrance, in Harrogate has been shortlisted for the leisure and tourism awards at the RICS Pro-Yorkshire awards and the self catering, cruisers and serviced apartments award at the Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards.

The company has also recently secured Investors in People status.