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Airedale wins coveted public sector award

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Airedale helped to design and install the foodservice facilities at the Storyhouse, Chester.

Distributor group Airedale has secured a national award from the Local Authority Building Control trade body.

The company triumphed in the Best Change of Use of an Existing Building or Conversion category for its project at Chester’s Storyhouse, which is the city’s principle cultural hub encompassing a theatre, cinema and library.

An Airedale spokesperson stated: “The LABC Awards are held in particular high regard as the body represents all local authorities in both England and Wales and is a bastion for quality in both design and installation of all new buildings.”

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Both the group’s specialist interior design division Arc and principle projects division Airedale Catering Equipment played an integral role within this project, acting as design consultants throughout the lengthy planning and development stage before ultimately installing and commissioning all of Storyhouse’s commercial catering facilities, front and back of house.

All of the Storyhouse’s fabricated items, including ventilation and cold stores, were manufactured by Airedale’s specialist divisions.

The distributor faced a raft of competition in the category, with other shortlisted projects comprising: Atcost House, York; Badcock Barn, Ashby-de-la-Zouch; Cambridge House, Nottingham; Bainbridge Methodist Chapel, Durham; Clarendon Place, Leamington Spa; Chiltern View House, Uxbridge; Edleston House, Aberysthwyth; Electricity House, Bristol; Howe Hill, Peterborough; Linstock Barn, Carlisle; Mortimers Barn, Newton Abbot; Royal Star & Garter Home, Richmond; Trinity Medical Centre, Hove; and Westfield Steading, Wellington.

This is the second LABC accolade Airedale has gained, following last year’s victory for its commercial interior design division, Arc, in the Best Small Commercial Project category for a scheme at the Bank of America, London.

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