The winners of the 2012 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Awards were announced on June 21st 2012. The awards mark architectural excellence within the industry and were presented to fifty buildings within the UK and nine in the EU.
Well-known architects and smaller architecture practices battled it out to make it onto this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist, with winners included BFI Master Film Store, the Dalling Road project and Exhibition Road.
The dominant theme amongst this year’s winners was major public arts buildings, ten of which would prove to make the grade. Many are the result of pre-recession arts lottery funding, which has a typically long gestation period.
RIBA President, Angela Brady, commented:
“For nearly fifty years, the RIBA Awards have reflected the changing state of British architecture and revealed emerging design trends. What really stands out is that even in times of austerity, we can still deliver amazingly clever, high quality buildings that reflect the needs of today and enhance our daily lives.
“The judges were delighted to see so many well considered, crafted and innovative projects, and the use of beautiful materials. These projects are truly exciting and inspiring.”
Remodelling on Dalling Road
The remodelling of a Victorian terraced house in London has been awarded an accolade at the RIBA Awards 2012.
The London-based Dalling Road project comprised the demolition of an existing lean-to, the installation of new structural support system to extend and remodel the private house including the erection of a ground floor extension. Once complete, the building formed a new family kitchen and a dining room, along with a children’s play space.
Work began on the Dalling Road project in January 2011 and the project was completed in October 2011.
Rebuild London Ltd was the main contractor and London-based Hayhurst and Co was the architect. The structural engineer was Iain Wright Associates, whilst kitchen design and installation work was completed by Gareth Langdon Furniture.
Works included an excavation operation to create a sunken level at the site and the installation of steel supporting frame with timber infill. Associated connecting works were also completed on the extension, whilst a small amount of hard and soft landscaping works also took place around the property.
Rebuild conducted the extension of the Victorian house for a private client, who in turn vacated the property whilst the work was being conducted.
Hayhurst and Co-Director, Nick Hayhurst, said:
“This project was partially an extension and partially a remodelling operation, as we only extended the existing footprint of the property by approximately 10 metres. The remodelling of the building has provided a living space that is more functional for family use and has also created a better connection with the garden.
“The Dalling Road project is typical of the type of work that Hayhurst and Co specialise in, as most of the projects that we work on involve the remodelling and refurbishment of existing properties. All of our work is unique and bespoke in terms of its design and character, and we are always looking for our next challenge. The feedback from our client was very good.
“It was important that the Dalling Road project was recognised by RIBA. Our achievement demonstrates our commitment to our work, and it is a great achievement for Hayhurst and Co.”
Iain Wright Associates Ltd
Iain Wright Associates Ltd are Consulting Engineers and Construction Technologists. The practice is involved with a wide range of projects, with a special emphasis on providing solutions for complex problems.
Major clients include Imperial College, London, the University of Essex and the London Borough of Croydon. Projects vary from new-build commercial and educational buildings to house extensions and alterations, as well as specialist designs for foundation works.
Managing Director Andrew Lucas acted as the Structural Engineer on the project at Dalling Road.
Andrew Lucas said:
“We work on a lot of smaller projects like this and each has its own challenges. On this project, the geometry of the building posed some problems with the overall stability of the building and control of deflections was essential. We worked closely with the architect and steelwork fabricator to produce the final scheme.
We aim to provide a high-quality service to our clients, and many of our clients come back to us again with their next project.”