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3W Developments crowned Master Builder of the Year

Wednesday 20 March 2013

3W Developments Ltd from Shrawley in Worcestershire beat the cream of the country’s builders to become the UK’s Master Builder of the Year at the 11th Master Builder of the Year Awards, which took place on Wednesday 20 March 2013.

Along with the much-coveted title, 3W Developments Ltd wins the brand new Nissan LCV of their choice, worth up to £20,000, provided by the principal partner of the Awards, Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd. 3W Developments was nominated for the award by homeowners Carol and Grahame Taylor, who also win a £3,000 cash prize.

3W Developments Ltd also triumphed to win the national award in the Large Renovation category, which is supported by Santander.

George Clarke, architect and host of Channel 4’s Restoration Man, presented the highly coveted award to 3W Developments Ltd for a complex project that transformed a two-bedroom dormer bungalow into a spacious family home for clients Carol and Grahame Taylor.

Carol Taylor said: “Our new home is built on three levels to take advantage of the wonderful views along the Teme Valley. Despite the scale of the project, the build process was incredibly smooth. On a nine-month project it’s important to have a good relationship, and as soon as we met 3W Developments we knew they were the builders we wanted to work with.”

The result is a beautiful house which makes the most of the stunning setting that draws gasps of appreciation from everyone who visits.

Sam Whiting, Director of 3W Developments, said: “We always knew that this was a special project. There were many different building elements involved and to be awarded in this way for our team’s hard work is fantastic.”

The 11th Master Builder of the Year Awards, a nationwide search by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) to find the best builder in Britain, tests the entrants’ technical ability together with their customer service skills. The awards are unique, as a satisfied customer must nominate every entrant.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Brian Berry, the FMB’s Chief Executive, said: “The awards give clients a chance to publicly thank their builder for transforming their home or workplace, and we celebrate projects from small to large. Size is not important. We are looking for solid workmanship, excellent customer service and a delighted client.

“This year’s entries reflect builders’ depth of knowledge – from mastery of traditional craft skills to working with the latest energy-efficient and sustainable technologies. And, just as importantly, their understanding of the crucial importance of friendly, polite and thoughtful customer service throughout the building process – with many going that extra mile to deliver a project that exceeded the customer’s expectation. The winners can consider themselves among the very best in the UK construction industry.

“Our congratulations must go to 3W Developments Ltd for coming out on top of an incredibly strong field. Their accolades are richly deserved. Equally we extend our thanks and congratulations to Carol and Grahame Taylor for nominating them in the first place.”

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Notes to editors

The FMB’s Master Builder of the Year Awards is open to any UK builder, as long as they are nominated by a customer. The competition attracts a wide range of impressive entries from hundreds of small and medium-sized building firms, working on residential and commercial projects across the country. These firms represent the hard-working and talented backbone of the country’s construction industry. There are seven categories and the winners from each of the 11 FMB regions go through to the UK finals. There is a separate competition for the Apprentice of the Year, with a £1,000 prize for the national award winner.

The 11th Master Builder of the Year Awards is organised by the Federation of Master Builders in association with Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd and in partnership with Aon, BC&E, British Gypsum, CITB-ConstructionSkills, the Cross-Industry Construction Apprenticeship Task Force, the Energy Saving Trust, HBXL, the Homebuilding & Renovating Show, Irwin Tools, NHBC, TradePoint and Santander.

For more information please visit: FMB Awards

About The Federation of Master Builders

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is the UK’s largest trade association in the building industry, with national offices in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, supported by additional regional offices. Established in 1941 to protect the interests of small and medium-sized building firms, the FMB is independent and non-profit-making, lobbying continuously for members’ interests at both national and local levels.

The FMB is a source of knowledge, professional advice and support for its members, providing a range of modern and relevant business building services to save them time and money. The FMB also offers advice to consumers via its ‘find a builder’ and ‘check a builder’ websites.

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Watch Sam’s interview with the FMB

Photos from the awards night

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John Whiting scales new heights to raise over £400 for local Worcester charity

Monday 18 March 2013

John Whiting, Director of 3W Developments, climbed over 10.5m to help raise money for Sight Concern Worcestershire, a charity that supports 2,500 blind and partially sighted people across the country.

John joined the King's School Eye-Climb challenge on Sunday 17th March where, with your help, he raised over £400.

The challenge was organised by a group of sixth-formers from King's School, Worcester.

Thank you for all your support and hopefully you'll support John's next challenge… a sky dive!

FMB Award Winners 2013