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At Thomas Armstrong we are take pride in the work we undertake every day. This section highlights the work we successfully complete as well as recognising our achievements, awards and community work. Click on the 'Read More' link to view and read the article in full.

November 24, 2021
In the News: Bus station regeneration wins Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) North West Awards for Planning Excellence

The Whitehaven Bus Station project by Copeland Borough Council has been unveiled as this year’s winner of the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) North West Awards for Planning Excellence.


The £6.5m regeneration project overhauled Whitehaven’s historic gateway art-deco bus station into Cumbria’s flagship digital and Creative hub. Comprising of managed workspace, artisan food & beverage offerings as well as flexible workspace, the multi-use bus station aims to reflect the post-Covid evolving world of office space.


The development brings city-style start-up space to the coast of Cumbria with 24-hour access, digital and prototyping suites and co-located business support services. Together, they deliver a development that will be instrumental in meeting west Cumbria’s biggest challenge: economic diversification for job security and creation.


The RTPI North West Awards for Planning Excellence celebrate examples of how planning and planners make a positive impact on our quality of life, creating exceptional places to live, play and work whilst protecting our environment.


RTPI North West Lead Judge, Steve Thompson, commented: “The judges felt that the Whitehaven Bus Station redevelopment is an exemplary project that has been planning-led and which has been completed to a high standard despite a number of challenges."


It has clearly been designed to meet the needs of the local community and has been delivered through an effective and successful partnership."


The development shows what can be achieved with strong local leadership, community support, the right development and funding partners, and critically the involvement of planners at all stages.


Excellence in Planning for Heritage & Culture

Winner - Bus Station, Whitehaven, submitted by Copeland Borough Council


Excellence in Planning for a Successful Economy

Winner – Bus Station, Whitehaven, submitted by Copeland Borough Council


Overall Winner

Bus Station, Whitehaven, submitted by Copeland Borough Council


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Source: RTPI website

November 23, 2021
Southey Court Project in Keswick wins NCLT Beautiful Community Led Homes Award

Thomas Armstrong (Construction) Ltd are proud to announce that a recent project with Keswick Community Housing Trust (KCHT) has won an award at the National Community Land Trust Awards.

Community Land Trusts (CLTs) is an umbrella organisation for all community housing trusts in England and Wales. It gives ordinary people the means to steward land for local wellbeing, developing and manage homes and other assets important to their local community.

The Community Land Trust Awards 2021, held on on the 20th November, are designed to celebrate and recognise individuals and schemes who go above and beyond. One of the categories at the Awards was the Beautiful Community Led Homes which was open to communities who had designed and built homes that fit right into their place. Keswick Community Housing Trust’s Southey Court development project was chosen as the winner of this prestigious award.

Thomas Armstrong (Construction) Ltd undertook the construction of three three-bed and one two-bed houses, where they had re-used the stones from the old church hall building in the exterior wall of the end house.

Jonathan Tibbitts, Deputy Managing Director of Thomas Armstrong (Construction) Ltd commented: “We are very proud to be involved in this local and rewarding project. We look forward to seeing what project Keswick Community Housing Trust undertakes next.”

The Keswick Community Housing Trust’s was established in 2009 to provide affordable housing for working people and families in Keswick. Work began back in October 2019, but due to unforeseen delays and COVID-19 restrictions the work was finally completed in the Spring of this year. The development was officially opened as part of a ceremony on the 14th July 2021 to celebrate the journey and Keswick Community Housing Trust’s fourth project success.

Southey Court was made possible by Keswick Methodist Church providing KCHT with their old church hall at an affordable price that enabled the Trust to create a small development of four affordable properties for rent on the site.

November 22, 2021
Joiner retires after 47 years in service

Today we said goodbye to John Mandale who retires from the company after 47 years’ service.  John has spent his time with us working as a Joiner on our project sites.

John was presented by Planning & Resources Manager David Taylor with a card, cheque from the company and collection from his friends and colleagues. It was fascinating to hear John speak passionately about this bee keeping hobby which he will now have more time to enjoy.

He also plans to do a bit more fishing. Enjoy John, we wish you a long and happy retirement and thank you for your dedicated service to the company.

October 12, 2021
IN THE NEWS: New contract awarded for The Edge Whitehaven

Work to start on unique Whitehaven activities centre next month.

A contractor has been appointed for an ambitious project to create an activities centre in Whitehaven.

Flimby-based Thomas Armstrong has been awarded the contract for The Edge by Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners.

The commissioners say The Edge will see Whitehaven’s historic harbour transformed into an energetic hub serving the community with land and water-based activities.

Construction of the landmark building is scheduled to start next month, with completion and opening set for December 2022...

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Source: Cumbria Crack

June 16, 2021
Washington Homes Ltd
Washington Homes Ltd development wins second prestigious construction award

A NEW Washington Homes development in Tallentire has been named among a shortlist of sites in England and Wales to win an award for high standards of construction and site management.

Chestnut Close, built by Thomas Armstrong (Construction) Ltd (part of the Thomas Armstrong Group) has been awarded The Bricks Site Recognition Award by LABC Warranty, for its standards of workmanship and overall management of the site, including health and safety matters and general tidiness.

Washington Homes Ltd has already won this prestigious award for their Woodside Park development in Wigton in May this year and Butterfields in Brigham in 2020.

The Bricks Site Recognition Award winners are chosen every month and are then further shortlisted at the end of the year, where only the best of those sites will be rewarded with The Bricks annual award trophy, one of the construction industry’s most prestigious awards given to outstanding sites from England and Wales.

LABC Warranty is one of the largest providers of structural warranties in the UK. Working in partnership with Local Authority Building Control (LABC), its combined team of more than 3,700 surveyors work with house builders, contractors and housing associations.

Sites are scored by LABC Warranty risk management surveyors during their inspection visits, which take place regularly through construction.

Those sites that score consistently high for general co-operation with inspectors, health and safety, site tidiness, standard of site management standard of workmanship are nominated for a Site Recognition Award.

Chestnut Close development lies on the edge of Tallentire, enjoying a lovely rural village setting with extensive views opening up towards Tallentire Hill and surrounding countryside including glimpses towards the Solway coastline and Irish Sea. The village lies just 3 ½ miles from Cockermouth and this development features just 11 new build houses for sale setting a striking approach to contemporary living. It includes a great choice of styles including two, three and four bedroom designs, detached and semi-detached with a variety of stone and rendered finishes, all set in attractive landscaped surroundings. Due to popular demand, Chestnut Close development has already sold but available plots are still available at Woodside Park in Wigton.

David Hill, Development Manager from Washington Homes Ltd said: “We’re delighted to receive The Bricks Site Recognition Award from LABC Warranty. I’m especially pleased for our staff working on the site as this reward is a recognition of their hard work, professionalism and expertise.”

Sarah Sheppard, Technical Director at LABC Warranty, said: “It takes skill, commitment and a dedication to quality of construction for a site to receive The Bricks Site Recognition Award. Nothing pleases my team and I more than to see developments meet and maintain such high standards.”

For more information about available plots at Woodside Park in Wigton, visit our website at www.washingtonhomes.co.uk

For more information about the awards, visit: www.labcwarranty.co.uk/awards