Builder scoops top national award

House renovation project by Sporn Construction
House renovation project by Sporn Construction

A construction company has won a top industry award.

Bicester-based Sporn Construction, was named Master Builder of the Year at the 12th Federation of Master Builders’ (FMB) Master Builder of the Year Awards on Wednesday.

The award scheme aims to identify and reward the best builders in Britain.

It looks at the builders’ technical ability as well as their customer service skills, and every entrant has to be nominated by a satisfied customer.

Sporn Construction won the accolade after winning the national category prize for Large Renovation Project of the Year for their work on a stunning Victorian villa in Oxford, previously owned by Oxford University. The family firm gutted and reconfigured the house, transforming dark, confined spaces into bright airy rooms where original details are complemented by contemporary fittings, décor and furniture.

The star feature of the house is a long, low kitchen basement extension with floor-to-ceiling glazing, with a ‘green roof’ formed from zinc and natural sedum.

Judges commmented that the project was ‘incredibly challenging’, due to onsite restrictions such as blending the new detail with the old.

They noted that all complications were overcome, well managed and the quality of the finish was ‘exceptional’.

More than 70 building firms, all of them regional award winners, competed against each other to win the nine national category awards and be named overall Master Builder of the Year.

Architectural designer and TV personality Charlie Luxton, who was recently seen in More4’s Building The Dream, presented the coveted prize to the Sporn Construction team at the awards ceremony in London.