Eastleigh House picked up two architecture awards last Thursday at two different events, one for ‘Best Refurbished/Recycled Workplace’ at the BCO South West of England, Thames Valley and South Wales Awards in Bristol and one for ‘Best Commercial Building’ at the RICS South East Awards in Dorking. The team had to split up to be able to attend both award dinners and collect the awards in person. One team kept the other one up-to-date on Twitter and e-mail on the proceedings until the fantastic result was known.
Cora Kwiatkowski, Senior Associate for Stride Treglown and Lead Architect, said:
‘We are absolutely delighted to win two awards in one night- it’s our very own Super Thursday! The fully refurbished Eastleigh House has completely transformed the building from a redundant eyesore to a contemporary, inspiring workspace and created a new landmark in the city centre which has been honoured by the judges.’
Eastleigh House provides modern, flexible and sustainable office accommodation for 350 employees. Using passive environmental principles, the BREEAM ‘Excellent’ building has been reconfigured to provide simple, well designed low energy workspaces with a high level of sustainability, making a significant contribution to reducing the carbon impact of the Council’s activities together with the resulting energy savings.
Photovoltaic panels on part of the south elevation and the flat roof are essential to the 15% renewables strategy as is the energy efficient lighting and much improved insulation and air tightness of the existing building, achieving an EPC rating of ‘B’.