Biocraft Wins PCA National Awards
Biocraft Ltd won three awards at the Property Care Association (PCA) annual awards event in Cambridge on the 12th of May 2016.
Berkshire-based FMB and PCA member Biocraft, has just scooped three National Awards at the Property Care Association Annual Awards. The flood protection and waterproofing project at The Boat House, Goring on Thames won “Project of the Year”, Jamie Lewendon who recently completed his apprenticeship won “Employee of the Year” and their new product Bioclear – mould and condensation control system, won a highly commended award for Innovation and Sustainability.
PROJECT OF THE YEAR & EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR – PCA Press Release
Outstanding technical expertise and a commitment to exceptional customer service saw a Berkshire-based property business come out top in a highly contested category of a trade body’s national awards programme.
Biocraft secured the ‘Project of the Year Award’ at the Property Care Association (PCA), Best Practice awards.
The company, based in School Road, Reading, received the award for their highly-specialised flood protection work to a flood-hit Oxfordshire property, located on the banks of The Thames.
The awards’ independent judging panel, comprising of Gerald Kelly of CITB, Graham Perrior of the National House Builders Council (NHBC) and Neil May, a Senior Research Fellow at UCL’s Institute of Environmental Design and Engineering and CEO of the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance, made their decision based on a range of factors including technical competence and customer service.
The work Biocraft carried out now protects the property from flooding in the future.
The project included the planning and installation of a bespoke flood defence scheme, combining permanent static flood defences, non-return drain valves, cement grout injection, internal flood barriers and an internal cavity drainage waterproofing system with a high capacity emergency back-up generator.
Steve Hodgson, Chief Executive of the PCA, said: “The Project of the Year award secured a record number of entries from our member companies across the country, so the competition was really tough for this title.
“Biocraft were worthy winners with their works, which demonstrated their full range of staff skills, in particular those of traditional construction methods, cavity drainage, membrane waterproofing and timber treatment and repair.”
Run by husband and wife team Martin and Jill Fosbrook, Biocraft carries out specialist damp-proofing, timber treatments and basement waterproofing and conversions across Berkshire, Surrey, Hampshire and Oxfordshire.
Martin Fosbrook, who is the Managing Director of Biocraft said: “We are very proud that one of our flood protection and basement waterproofing projects has won the PCA project of the year award.
“The project was technically challenging and utilised the full breadth of our construction, waterproofing and project management skills.
“The award is a credit to our team and recognition of their hard work and expertise.”
As well as winning the Project of the Year title, Biocraft also won the Employee of the Year, with their Plasterer and Damp-proofing Technician, 24-year-old Jamie Lewendon.
Jamie joined Biocraft five years ago as an apprentice after previously working as an unskilled labourer. Since then he has focused on developing his career in the company. His commitment even saw him spend two weeks constructing cooking shelters and refurbishing a doctor’s surgery for an Aids charity in Nairobi.
Jill Fosbrook, who holds the role of Director and Administration Manager at Biocraft, said: “Jamie is regularly commended by clients on his work, his tidiness and his technical knowledge of the job, as well as his courteous and professional manner.
“He has demonstrated very ably that vocational training and dedication can produce an exemplary PCA member employee.
“Jamie is a role model and mentor to the other four Biocraft apprentices who are following in his footsteps.
“He is a young man who has shown a dedicated commitment to self-improvement while promoting the values of the company and a strong social awareness at home and abroad and we are very proud of him.”
The PCA Best Practice awards took place at Rectory Farm and marked the end of the association’s annual conference, held at the nearby Møller Centre at the University of Cambridge.
For each award, Biocraft won a framed certificate, along with a tablet device and bottle of champagne. The Project of the Year award prizes were presented to Martin and Jill by Paul Hughes of award sponsor PAM Ties and Employee of the Year were presented by Steve Hodgson of the PCA.
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