Multiple wins for LHC Design at Michelmores Property Awards 2020

The winners of the 18th Michelmores Property Awards were announced at a virtual ceremony on 12 November. The evening celebrated outstanding projects in Devon, Somerset, Bristol, Dorset and Cornwall, across ten categories… four of which saw LHC projects or people take the top spot.

LHC Design enjoyed an amazingly successful night, with our projects winning three categories. We then watched and cheered as LHC Director, Glayne Price, jointly accepted the John Laurence Outstanding Contribution Award alongside South West Women in Construction (SWWIC)

The Masterplanning for the Future category was introduced this year to celebrate the beginning of the new decade of inspiring development. We’re so proud that our West Carclaze Garden Village near St Austell is the award’s first recipient. The scheme is currently delivering an exciting, ecologically ambitious new development that will provide 1,500 homes, two solar-parks, community and education spaces as well as employment space and job creation to the area. The new village plan offers residents a sustainable lifestyle with a distinctly Cornish feel, 140 hectares of green open-space and ‘green’ travel initiatives as well as lakes and sport facilities.

“This masterplan is of an impressive scale; it is visionary and deliverable. It also has a good, strong sustainability agenda and will be environmentally successful.”  John Beauchamp, Judge

The Hi Tech & Digital Centre at South Devon College took home Education Project of the Year, Our cutting-edge design, built by Midas, provides a £17m specialist centre for education and training to support the growing hi-tech manufacturing, digital and creative sectors in the region.

The Wave in Easter Compton, near Bristol took home the prize for Leisure & Tourism Project of the Year. This inspired project uses innovative technology to successfully create an inland surfing lake. The lake, restaurant, shop and educational spaces all sit within LHC’s sympathetically designed landscape which responds to the location and character of the area, and comprises sensory gardens, woodland walks, wetland experience and wildflower meadows.

Finally, we were delighted to see our Director, Glayne Price, awarded the John Laurence Special Contribution Award which recognises and celebrates outstanding property and construction professionals and organisations in the region. The award was jointly given to Glayne and to SWWIC, a pioneering regional networking organisation and one which Glayne currently Chairs.

“Glayne is an exemplar of what can be achieved by someone in the profession. Her dedication to improving her skills and growing her career is exceptional and she is suitably recognised by her peers and contemporaries. She has done a tremendous amount as chair of SWWIC, who are also an inspired choice for this award. They have spent a long time and been very successful at increasing diversity in construction. Both Glayne and SWWIC are a force to be reckoned within the industry.”  Peter Lacey, Judge

“Glayne is an inspirational professional, and thoroughly deserves this award for her hard work, commitment and mentoring of our team over 30 years, and her support and leadership within the SW Construction industry“  Paul Osborne, fellow LHC Director


Two further LHC projects featured in the awards shortlist on the night – our King’s Orchard housing development in Stoke Gabriel for Cavanna Homes made the finals in the Residential over 36 units category, and the Exeter College Masterplan, for which LHC designed the landscape strategy featured in the Masterplanning for the Future category.

Emma Honey, Head of Real Estate at Michelmores, said:

“The South West’s property and construction industry has shown itself to be a force to be reckoned with during these last eight months and I am very pleased that we have been able to celebrate the region’s fantastic work by way of a virtual celebration.”

West Carclaze Garden Village Illustrative Masterplan
Example of LHC’s complex hard landscaping creating viewing areas around the surfing lake