Builder Adam in line for national honours

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A WIGAN builder has won a regional excellence award and is now in the running for prestigious national honours too.

Adam Aspinall, the owner of Standish-based AP Joinery, said he was delighted to pick up the LABC North West Building Regional Award for best domestic alteration or extension when he attended a black tie ceremony at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium.

He and the firm have been honoured for the extensive renovation work and changes they have brought to a 100-year-old home in Billinge.

Adam, 31, had seen his blossoming company short-listed for the award after picking up a Wigan Building Award in February this year.

He said: “We won a Wigan Business Award in 2007 too but were absolutely delighted to go one step further this year and win the regional award as well.

“The chief building inspector at Wigan Council, with whom we work closely, entered a project we took on at a 1911 stone property in Billinge for the local awards and it has has just gone from there.

“It was a major job. The owners of the property had lived there for quite a while and the house needed a lot of work.

“So we completely renovated it and, working with an architect, extended it to more or less double the size.

“It’s a completely different property now and it’s great that the council acknowledged how much work went into it.

“The owners of the property were really chuffed that we picked up an award for it too.”

AP Joinery opened up on Chorley Road in Standish in May 2002 but has since branched out into all-round building work.

As a result of their regional award win, they have now been shortlisted for the national equivalent – with the winners set to be announced in London in November.

Adam, who is Wigan born and bred, added: “We’re not a large company – we only employ three extra lads and 10 sub-contractors – but we always take pride in our work.

“Attention to detail is the key. I treat every job the same as if it was my own house.

“We are just keeping our fingers crossed now for the national award, which would be the icing on the cake.

“There were 10 competing projects running against us in the regional contest, and some of them were really good, so I’d like to think we’ve got as good a chance as any.”