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Langley's Britco honoured with awards

The Surrey Olympic Legacy Affordable Housing project (pictured) is the largest of the five housing projects, containing 52 studio apartments. -
The Surrey Olympic Legacy Affordable Housing project (pictured) is the largest of the five housing projects, containing 52 studio apartments.
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Langley company Britco has earned international accolades for its social housing facilities in Chilliwack and Surrey.

They received the awards from the Modular Building Institute in Florida over the weekend.

Britco was the official supplier of the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver and as part of the Olympic Legacy Affordable Housing project, the company designed and manufactured 300 temporary rooms that were used in the Whistler Athletes’ Village during the Games.

After the Games, the temporary rooms were disassembled and relocated to five communities across B.C. — including Chilliwack and Surrey — and were reconfigured into 156 permanent social housing rooms in facilities with community support services.

“We are very  proud that our partnership with both VANOC and B.C. Housing resulted in a sustainable social housing legacy that is having an impact far beyond 2010,” explained Britco president Mike Ridley, who accepted the awards in Orlando.

The Chilliwack project won a first place award and also a judge’s choice award for best modular building in North America.

In Chilliwack, a four-storey permanent social housing facility is composed of 18 modules that were used in Whistler.

The facility now includes office and meeting space, a games room and lounge, commercial kitchen and dining room and space for youth services.

There are also 11 suites on each of the three floors with the second floor for youth and the top two for adults.

The Surrey project also won a first place award and a best in show award.

It is a three-storey building with 52 studio apartments that provide safe, supportive housing for seniors, people with disabilities and individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

The judges highlighted the architectural excellence, technical innovation and energy efficiency of the social housing facility.

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