Local builder wins national award after council nomination

Published Friday 20 November 2015

A local firm is celebrating winning a prestigious national building award after being nominated by the district council.

LABC national award winners

Market Harborough-based building firm D S Ronald was named Best Local Builder or Traditional Crafts Person at the LABC (Local Authority Building Control) Building Excellence awards, held on 10 November 2015, at London’s Lancaster Gate Hotel.

D S Ronald beat odds of 12-1 to take the national prize. It is the first time a nomination put forward by Harborough District Council has scooped a national award.

The award commended D S Ronald’s creative approach to projects in the Harborough district and innovative construction, as well as its attention to detail and positive testimonials.  The firm had been entered into the national LABC finals having won the same category at a regional level in July 2015.

The national awards ceremony was hosted on the night by comedian and impersonator, Jon Culshaw, best known for his show Dead Ringers.

Dave Ronald, who runs D S Ronald with Peter Ward, said: “This win is a wonderful achievement and recognises the hard work and effort that everyone involved with the firm has put in.”

Cllr Phil King, Harborough District Council portfolio holder for building control, said: “I am delighted for D S Ronald and pleased the council can share in this success. It’s the first time a Harborough District Council nomination has won an award at this level and the first time we’ve nominated anyone in the ‘best builder’ category so this outcome is  fantastic.”


Pictured (l-r) Cllr Phil King, David Atkinson, Peter Ward, Steve Costall, Dave Ronald, and Cllr Blake Pain