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Title:Building success for Doncaster
ID & Publication:20140611015 ~ 
Subject:Community News 
 DMBC (4kb)

Doncaster is celebrating a double success at the prestigious Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Awards.

Two construction projects completed last year walked away with honours at the recent South Yorkshire and Humber awards ceremony.
Cast, Doncaster’s new performance venue, landed the ‘Largest Commercial Project’ award and received the accolade of being named ‘Winner of Winners’ at the event. Kings Cross Church in Hexthorpe, won the top award in the ‘Best Community Project’ category.

Cast is an elegant building constructed of local reconstituted limestone and hand crafted copper cladding. It was designed by RHWL Architects, built by Vinci Construction and supported by Arts Council England. Over 60,000 people have attended performances at Cast since it opened to the public in September 2013.

Cast is an important part of Doncaster’s £300m Civic and Cultural Quarter (CCQ), which is transforming the Waterdale area of Doncaster town centre. Delivered by Doncaster Council and its development partner Muse Developments, the CCQ is having a positive impact by delivering high quality, modern buildings and attractions.
As the Winner of Winners, Cast will now be considered for Yorkshire’s nomination at the national finals. Last year, Doncaster’s new Civic Office building went forward to the national finals missing out as national winner to The Shard in London.

Kings Cross Church was built to replace a long standing, dilapidated Methodist church on Urban Road in Hexthorpe. Most of the building costs were raised by its members. It was designed and built by two Doncaster based companies, architects Building Link Design, and Togel Contractors Ltd. More than one thousand people were at the grand opening in June 2013.

Councillor Bob Johnson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Growth, said: ‘This success at the LABC awards is excellent news and shows just what can be delivered when contractors work closely with the council’s Building Control team. Kings Cross Church is a wonderful example of a community project, while Cast is the cultural heartbeat of the Civic and Cultural Quarter which is helping to transform Doncaster’s town centre by stimulating new investment and attracting new visitors and business into the area.’

Graham Whitehead, Head of Marketing and Communications at Cast said: ‘Cast is an awe-inspiring building that continues to wow and intrigue the local community and is already an important part of the Doncaster landscape. Such an amazing facility has given us the ability to house local and world class international performance companies, to be the ‘winner of winners’ is fantastic.’

The Building Excellence Awards is a highly respected annual event held by LABC. They recognise and celebrate high standards in design and construction of outstanding buildings.

More information on the CCQ and Cast is available at: and

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