This year Wincanton-based HHP Ltd is celebrating its 20th anniversary and over the course of the past two decades the building services specialist has been no stranger to award success, having amassed an impressive collection of accolades in the process. Its haul was recently added to further when it was Highly Commended at the West of England Building Excellence Awards 2018 within the Best Individual New Home category for its work on the Gold Hill development in Tisbury.
“It’s always great to get award recognition as it helps to generate a bit of a buzz around the company, particularly as it demonstrates that the quality of our workmanship is appreciated,” explains Emily Ham, one of two Project Managers, and daughter of Andrew Ham. “In terms of the project itself, it involved a unique design that incorporated a number of styles – traditional, contemporary, industrial – possibly newfangled – as well as energy efficient features. It was quite different to the more traditional-type houses we usually develop but we were able to rise to the challenge. It’s a fantastic project to add to our portfolio, especially as it showcased the wide variety of elements that we can deliver as a company.
“It was a really smooth development with everyone getting fully involved, particularly the architects and clients, which makes the LABC Award recognition all the more special. We’re really motivated to build on this latest success and take on similar projects.”
It wasn’t just the LABC that was impressed with the Gold Hill development either, as the project also secured the Lord Congleton Award for most outstanding new building from the Salisbury Civic Society. In their summing up, the judges said: “[We] are not obliged to give the Lord Congleton Award for an overall winner but we had no difficulty in deciding that Gold Hill fully merited it. A quite exceptional degree of thought had clearly been put into it, from initial concept to detailed execution. Rather than a standard new house approach, what had emerged was a purpose-designed house of enormous character, set within gardens of outstanding quality. The adoption of a projecting Lutyens-style window as the focal point of the main outward-looking elevation, across a beautifully formulated sunken garden, was a master stroke, while the interior spaces were also of the highest quality, with many striking details. The house would clearly be a wonderful place to live in.”
The Lutyens-style window was manufactured by HHP Ltd’s joinery workshop, as well as all the other purpose-made joinery for the project, including a curved staircase. As it looks to use Gold Hill’s award recognition as the springboard to further progress the business, the company is currently developing five family homes, having recently completed a project involving a curved insulated concrete formwork construction and, at the other end of the scale, providing a new build that represents what was an old agricultural dutch barn for commercial use, which again underlines the breadth of its offering.
“We can tackle everything from a small extension through to a more substantial £2m-2.5m contract,” adds Emily. “Geographically speaking, we tend to cover a 50-mile radius of our base here in Wincanton. We don’t have much need to go further afield as we’re so busy at the moment.”
Given its reputation – as its enviable awards portfolio highlights – it is easy to see why HHP Ltd has such a healthy stream of work coming into the business. The aim now is to stick to the same quality-focused formula that has served it so well, as the company strives to maintain its high standing within the marketplace.
“We want to continue in the same way that we have been doing and to keep standards consistently high,” says Emily. “We’ve got some fantastically skilled tradesmen within the company but we’re also conscious that we need to develop young talent too, through apprenticeships and continual training, so that we are able to retain a strong level of continuity. This will enable us to maintain the quality that we’ve become known for, which in turn will allow us to keep growing the business.”
Given its emphasis on high quality workmanship it’s not difficult to see how HHP Ltd has been able to win so many awards. It wouldn’t be a surprise if it added to its collection in the short-term future, further enhancing this year’s 20th anniversary celebrations.