BDK Architects, who submitted a range of both completed and unbuilt projects, were personally congratulated by Jersey planning minister, Senator Freddie Cohen. Cohen noted that the Dessous Les Hougues project at L’Etacq is a “really nice lovely scheme”, adding that it is a beautifully crafted exemplar of traditional Jersey architecture.
The project, entered in the Best Large Scale Development category, was carefully planned from day one. Through very careful surveying and with constant design development, BDK Architects produced contemporary layouts that sat neatly, forming a cluster of traditionally detailed dwellings. Acting for Grange Development, BDK Architects then negotiated a Planning Permit for 10 two and three-bedroom traditional houses with a gross floor area only 15% less than the existing built floorspace. As Planning Policy in this sensitive Conservation location usually requires a built floorspace reduction of between 25-30%, this is a Jersey record.
Other projects that were submitted for consideration include: 1 Windsor Crescent in St.Helier and St. Brelade’s Bay Health and Fitness Club (both in the ‘Unbuilt Scheme Award’ category) and La Valeuse House, in the ‘Best Refurbishment of a Historic Building’ category.
In addition to being honoured by the Senator, BDK Architects also won a prestigious People’s Choice runner-up Award, which places their project in the top three schemes out of all 104 Design Awards entries. This award, which reflects solely the public’s opinion of the designs, illustrates that the company’s work is not only respected by industry experts, but by the public also.
Paul Harding congratulated all of those who won awards during Jersey Architecture Week 2011, during which there was an exhibition of all Jersey Design Award entries between 20th to the 24th of June. He said: “All those that won awards or that were recognised deserved their credits and recognition. The competition was extremely strong and there were a lot of other projects that were entered into the awards that were of a very high quality but just failed to receive the top honours.”
Senator Freddie Cohen noted the quality of the Jersey projects, stating that: “Jersey Architects are delivering – and I really mean this – buildings on a par with the best in Europe.”
Paul Harding, who also acts as the President of the Association of Jersey Architects, agrees: “Jersey Architects are producing a wide variety of high quality architecture, and it is good to see that the Senator has acknowledged this.”
BDK Architects have a long history of being recognised for the quality of their design, as noted by Paul Harding: “We have received many awards over the years. Jersey Archive in 2000 received a Civic Trust Award and 4 Jersey Design Awards. We have also been commended by the Concrete Society, so as a practice we have been consistently winning local awards, but also national UK awards. In 2004, we became the only Jersey practice to receive 2 Civic Trust commendations in the same year for St. George’s preparatory school sports hall and a new sports store in town, Intersport Heroes.”
Paul Harding also spoke of exciting new construction projects, and the challenges that the company had faced: “We’ve got a new Dave Whelan Sports branded Sports and Fitness Club under construction at the moment, at St Brelades Bay Hotel, and we hope that, following completion, this will receive recognition in due course. Plemont Holiday Village has been a continual challenge over the last five years. We are currently waiting for a date for the new Planning Minister in Jersey to make a decision concerning that application.”
When asked what makes BDK Architects so successful, Paul Harding said: “We provide our clients with a high level of expert service, and we are recognised for this by a range of domestic and larger commercial clients. One of our clients recently said that we provided them with a quick, reasonably priced, creative service, with a complete understanding of all planning and building Bye-law aspects. I don’t think we could get a higher recommendation than that!”