The Point wins a Chairman's Award
Wed, 29 Jul 2020

The Point, the meeting and eating place for staff at County Hall, Beverley, has won a top award at this year's East Riding of Yorkshire Council Chairman's Awards.

The Point, which opened in June last year, won the Built Heritage Award for Commercial Developments and Major Schemes at a digital ceremony which took place on the evening of Tuesday 28 July.

It was one of seven awards presented during the annual event, which celebrates individuals, businesses, building projects and community groups which have made a significant contribution to improving life in the East Riding.

Bridlington Spa usually hosts the Chairman's Awards ceremony, but because of the COVID-19 restrictions, this year's winners were crowned during a virtual event which was shown live on the council's social media channels.

Council chairman Councillor Pat Smith was joined by BBC Look North's Clare Frisby to announce who had taken the honours from a strong set of shortlists, made up of nominations from members of the public, with the event shown live on the council's media channels.

The Point won the award for the major renovation it underwent, being transformed from a disused council building into an impressive building with a canteen, a meeting area, officers and other meeting rooms.

The judges said: "The Point is a former 18th century warehouse attached to Grade II-listed buildings the 'Dispensary' and 'Holland House'. A major scheme of re-building and restoration has removed all of the later internal additions to the warehouse, resulting in an open plan meeting area and food outlet.

"Externally, the original finish of the warehouse has been revealed and the listed buildings have been sensitively re-painted. Now structurally secure the highlight of the interior of The Point is its newly exposed and rebuilt king post roof."

Highly Commended in the same category were Drewtons Café and Farm Shop at South Cave and The Duchy Homes and McCarthy and Stone Development at Swanland.

Councillor Smith said: "Although the event had to be online, I can assure you that it remains one of the most important annual occasions in the council's diary, and for me personally as well.

"The event is our chance to thank and to honour those people all across the East Riding - businesses and organisations large and small - who contribute a huge amount, and often go the extra mile, to promote the area as a great place in which to work and to live.

"During my term of office as chairman, it is a constant source of pleasure and pride for me to see all those people who work so hard within their local communities to make the East Riding the very special place we all know it to be."

"These awards continue to reflect the unique community spirit of our local area, and the efforts made by so many."

The other Chairman's Awards went to:

The Business Award (for firms with 50-and-under employees) went to joint winners CAB Executive Travel, Goole, and Subli Metals, Mappleton.

The Built Heritage Award for New Dwellings, Conversions, and Minor Works went to 9 Vicar Lane, Howden.

The Sports Team or Club Award was won by Driffield RUFC Ladies Team.

The Sports Talented Performer Award was won by Emily Asquith of Bridlington.

The Community Group Award went to Hessle Epilepsy Society.

The Community Individual Award went Darren Baker of Driffield.


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