Acivico Group’s building control team played a key role in the delivery of ‘Project 80’ for social housing provider Midland Heart and is delighted to hear that the project has received the LABC ‘West Midlands Best Small Social Housing Development Award’. The project, situated in Grosvenor Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, has also been named as a finalist in the national LABC awards which will take place in January next year.

A research project lead by Midland Heart and constructed by Tricas Construction with the support of Birmingham City University, Project 80 aimed to build, test and monitor different Future Homes Standard house designs to get a greater understanding of how they perform technically and, importantly, for residents. It has delivered the first homes to be built to the Future Homes Standard in the UK and explored four different home specifications and multiple building technologies.

Acivico’s building control team undertook building control on behalf of Birmingham City Council and played a crucial role in the project, participating in the steering group, challenging designers and contractors regarding potential specifications, helping to shape and implement quality control measures, and identifying any potential issues before they arose.

Wholly owned by Birmingham City Council, Acivico Group provides building control and approved inspector services to a public and private sector clients. It also offers strategic advice, and designs, manages and maintains buildings and infrastructure for its clients.

LABC is the official body for all local authority building control teams in England and Wales. It provides technical guidance, accredited education, sets performance standards and validation assessments for 3,500 surveyors and technicians working for councils across England and Wales.