Award winners being presented with certificate.Fife Council’s Building Services Heritage Team has been crowned the UK’s Best Team in Housing, Construction & Building Services at this year’s APSE awards.

The annual APSE Service Awards recognise frontline services that are delivered to local communities, by local councils.

There were over 300 submissions for this year’s awards entered by over 100 organisations with 22 categories across the majority of the frontline local government services. By excelling in its nominated category, Fife Council demonstrated it has some of the finest craftspeople in the UK when it comes to maintaining and repairing historic buildings and monuments.

Steve Anderson, Service Manager with Fife Council’s Building Services, said: “We’re delighted that our Heritage Team have been named as the winner of the UK’s ‘Best Team in Housing, Construction & Building Services’ category at this year’s APSE awards.

“Our team, which consists of 20 members is committed to providing a first-class service. We have over 6,200 listed buildings in Fife and 48 conservation areas, and this team carries out high quality repairs to these stone-built properties and monuments.”

Councillor Judy Hamilton, Fife Council’s Spokesperson for Housing and Building Services, added: “In Fife, we have  many historic buildings and monuments, requiring regular maintenance and upkeep. This is very skilled work and we have taken the decision to keep this work in-house  and support our community wealth building agenda.

"This award recognises our superb team and the wide range of skills and commitment that we have in the council.  It was great to be with the team and congratulate them as they received this award.“

Paul O'Brien, APSE Chief Executive, concluded, "This year we received an overwhelming number of submissions for the Awards, with each one demonstrating a clear commitment to the goals of continuous improvement and the delivery of excellence in public services. From parks to school meals, from collecting bins to caring for older people, it is a real honour to recognise the fantastic work local councils do at the frontline. Today is their day."