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Bumper Crop for 2016 Schueco Excellence Awards

Now a firmly established event in the industry’s calendar, the Schueco Excellence Awards continue to feature brilliantly designed and constructed buildings right across the UK and Eire.

The Leadenhall Building, popularly known as The Cheesegrater, is one of London’s iconic sights, making it a fitting venue for the lunch at which the winners of the 2016 Schueco Excellence Awards for Design and Innovation were announced.

Eagerly awaited, this event – which was very well attended – took place on 23rd June on the building’s 42nd Floor, allowing guests to enjoy not only an excellent meal and convivial company, but also spectacular panoramic views of the capital.

In a short introductory address before the Awards were presented, Schueco UK congratulated all the winners and said that the company believes that the Awards are making a positive contribution to promoting innovation, excellence and collaboration in the UK and Eire.

This belief is vindicated by the fact that the number of entries in each of the competition’s nine categories continues to increase year-on-year. This year, in fact, the judges decided to increase the number of categories to ten, by adding a Judges’ Special Award to honour the Drawing Studio at Arts University, Bournemouth.

The judges – Hugh Pearman, editor, RIBA Journal; Louise Cotter, co-founder of Carr Cotter Naessens; Paul Monaghan, director, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris; Steve Mudie, partner, alinea consulting and Greg Sinclair, director, Wintech Group – report that with such a wealth of talent on show, choosing the eventual winners was no easy task.

As a reminder, the original nine categories of the 2016 Schueco Excellence Awards were: commercial building; education building; cultural building; refurbishment project; health building; residential development; individual home; steel project; specialist contractor plus the Schueco Special Merit Award for Overall Excellence.

When considering the merits of each project, the judges were looking not simply for innovative thinking and exceptional product solutions, but also for evidence of fruitful collaboration between the constituent parts of the build team.

In addition, Hugh Pearman, chairman of the judges, commented that what all the winning projects had in common was a joy in the fine detail of building.

All the winning and commended entries have been published in a special supplement accompanying the July issue of RIBA Journal. A pdf of the supplement is now available to download from both the RIBA and Schueco UK websites, giving finalists the opportunity to showcase their expertise directly to some of the industry’s most influential people.

Innovation, excellence and collaboration

Overall Schueco Excellence Award and Education Category Winner

Albert Sloman Library & Silberrad Student Centre,
University of Essex
Architect: Patel Taylor Specialist Contractor: HW Architectural

Patel Taylor’s assured extension of the 1963 brutalist library at the University of Essex and a new-build student centre scooped both the Education category award and the ultimate Award for Overall Excellence.

With regard to the six-storey library extension, the judges felt that ‘an intervention that can extend older buildings while picking up on their architectural language, is something to be treasured’.

Moreover, they were impressed by the new building because ‘it echoes the original by offsetting very precisely handled glazing against a new concrete structure. Playing the old architectural game of solid against void, it is both respectful and imaginative, making a new heart for the university’.

Both buildings make extensive and varied use of Schueco’s FW 50+ SG curtain walling which Patel Taylor Associate Roger Meyer described as 'the right system with the most flexibility, which was vital to the delivery of the project’.

Other Schueco systems employed include ADS 75 door sections, AWS 102 and ADS 65+ SG opening vents. Schueco Jansen’s VISS system in a bronze PPC finish was used to provide a two-hour fire-rated link between the old and new parts of the library.

Winning and Commended Projects

Commercial
C-Space, Shoreditch, London
Architect: BuckleyGrayYeoman
Specialist Contractor: Drayton Windows

Education
Albert Sloman Library & Silberrad Student Centre, University of Essex
Architect: Patel Taylor
Specialist Contractor: HW Architectural

Commended:
NTU Heart of the Campus Pavilion, Nottingham
Architect: Evans Vettori Architects
Specialist Contractor: MB Glass

Radcliffe Primary Care Building, University of Oxford
Architect: Niall McLaughlin Architects
Specialist Contractor: LSC Special Works

Cultural
The Whitworth, Manchester
Architect: MUMA
Specialist Contractor: Arkoni/TP Aspinall

Refurbishment
Congress Theatre, Eastbourne
Architect: Faithful + Gould
Specialist Contractor: Structura UK

Health
East Wing, Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital, London
Architect: Hopkins Architects Partnership
Specialist Contractor: Colorminium

Residential Development
Kings Gate, Victoria, London
Architect: Lynch Architects
Specialist Contractor: Dane Architectural Systems

Commended:
The Longfords, Teddington, London
Architect: 5plus Architects
Specialist Contractor: Alumen

Individual Home
Le Petit Fort, Jersey
Architect: Hudson Architects
Specialist Contractor: Bonam & Berry and Style Windows

Steel
Berry Bros & Rudd, Pall Mall, London
Architect: MJP Architects
Specialist Contractor: Propak Architectural Glazing

Commended:
Hatton Wall, London
Architect: Roz Barr Architects
Specialist Contractor: Apex Security Engineering

Specialist Contractor
East Wing, Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital, London
Specialist Contractor: Colorminium
Architect: Hopkins Architects Partnership

Commended:
Ulster University Belfast Campus Block BB
Specialist Contractor: Frameworks
Architect: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studio

Queens Building, Bayswater, London
Specialist Contractors: Propak/Structura UK
Architect: Stiff & Trevillion

Judges’ Special Award
Drawing Studio, Arts University, Bournemouth
Architect: CRAB
Specialist Contractor: Glass Box Facades