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West Country Blacksmiths runners-up in the industry choice award in national final

Exmoor-based bespoke metalwork specialists West Country Blacksmiths were announced as runners-up in the industry choice award at the GAGA Construction awards 2020.

The awards ceremony was originally due to take place in Manchester, however, the awards were moved online. West Country Blacksmiths’ project at the Courthouse Mews development in Somerton was announced as a very close second place behind the ‘The Friarton Fish’, a piece commissioned by the charity Beautiful Perth and Perth and Kinross Council as part of the 2019 RHS Britain in Bloom competition entry railing awareness of waste.

The metalwork was produced as part of the development of the former Courthouse and Market Place buildings in Somerton, which have been converted and extended to provide eight apartments and a two-bedroom house and dedicated Art Care Education (ACE arts) space.

The metalwork was bespoke designed and made to complete this development and included a fully automated gate with decorative archway, over 53 metres of wall-top railings, six Juliette balconies, handrails, balcony railings and a bench.

West Country Blacksmiths company director, Kieren Roberts, said: “To be nominated was an honour, but to be voted second from a shortlist of 47 national and international projects voted by industry experts is amazing.

“We continue to set our standard on all work very highly, regardless of size and type and we look forward to future challenges.”

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