The winners of the inaugural C&O Awards have been announced at a ceremony held at the Midland Hotel in Manchester, yesterday.
The C&O Awards, hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter, Louise Minchin, and organised by GGP Magazine, were launched to shine a spotlight on the amount of talent there is across the conservatory and orangery sector, and the hugely significant contribution it makes through innovative products, design, and workmanship, not just to the fenestration industry but the construction industry as a whole.
GGP Magazine’s editor, Luke Wood, commented: “The C&O Award finalists and winners are examples of the very best who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to quality and service, using an array of materials and exceptional products.
“The standard of the nominated installations and products we received this year was all of an incredibly high standard and even those who didn’t win an award, should be extremely proud of what they have achieved.”
Homeowners replacing old and inefficient conservatories to create more living space is one of the key drivers to growth in the sector. This category catered for existing conservatories that have been modernised with stylish and more energy efficient products including a new solid or glass roof system.
Winner: Mendip Conservatories
Best Rooflight and Lantern System
For this category our judges were looking for the best combination of innovative design elements, technical specification, aesthetics and ease of installation.
Winner: Korniche by Made For Trade
Installation of the Year (over £35k)
This category was for new build or ‘Grand Designs’ style projects and renovations that had used a conservatory, orangery or glazed extension to dramatically enhance a property by providing a stylish additional living space that can be enjoyed all year round.
Winner: David Salisbury Joinery
Installation of the Year (up to £35k)
Again, this category was for high end renovations or new build projects, where the judges took into account overall aesthetics, creativity, the use of products and the quality of the installation.
Winner: SEH BAC
Highly Commended: Hazlemere Window Solutions
Best solid roof system
For this category, our judges were looking for the solid roof system that offered the best combination of innovative design elements, technical specification, aesthetics and ease of installation.
Winner: WARMroof by Prefix
Technical Innovation of the Year
The Conservatory & Orangery market is one that is bursting with technical innovation. The judges were looking for a stand-out technical feature, one that has genuinely raised the bar in terms of product design and in doing so has enabled a company to position itself above the competition.
Winner: Ultrapanel by Ultraframe
Outstanding Achievement Award
For this category the judges were looking for an individual who has worked tirelessly during their career to raise the profile of both the company they represent and the industry as a whole.
Winner: Andrew Thomson, Ultraframe
Highly Commended: Steve Love, T&K Home Improvements