Successful Schueco/RIBA Journal awards to become an annual event

The winners of the first-ever Schueco Excellence Awards for Design and Innovation were announced at a lunch held in the Grand Saloon at Tate Britain on Thursday 19th June. As a result of the interest that the Awards have generated among building professionals, Schueco UK has announced that the competition will now become a regular annual event.

Run in conjunction with RIBA Journal, the awards celebrate the very best in UK building design with special emphasis on the use and installation of Schueco systems and on best construction practice, as evidenced by demonstrable collaborative teamwork between architects, main contractors, specialist sub-contractors and suppliers.

The awards are open to all architects and specialist contractors in Great Britain and Ireland; eight individual categories ensure that all major sectors of the market are covered. In addition, there is one Special Award for Overall Excellence.

The 2014 winner of the latter award was Ortus, a £4.65 million health education building in Camberwell, London designed by Duggan Morris Architects for Maudsley Learning with KCC Architectural the specialist contractor.

The judges admired this ‘accomplished’ and ‘distinguished’ building and were impressed with the proactive attitude of the architects. Judge Sunand Prasad added:

‘There’s an extraordinary confidence in that building. The architects have clearly been the team leaders when so often architects fail at delivering.’

Ortus comprises 1,550 sq metres of learning and event facilities, café and exhibition spaces. It was delivered through a PPC 2000 partnering process tailored for construction management. The building makes extensive use of window systems and structural glazing from Schueco.

The judges of the competition were Paul Monaghan, founding partner of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris; Sunand Prasad, co-founder of Penoyre & Prasad; Deborah Saunt, founding partner of DSDHA and Eleanor Young, executive editor of RIBA Journal and chair of the judging panel.

Winners and commended projects in the individual categories were:

  • Overall Excellence Award: Ortus, Camberwell, London
  • Commercial Award Winner: Bridgegate House, Irvine
  • Commercial Award Commended: 87-91 Redchurch Street, London
  • Education Award Winner: Manchester School of Art
  • Education Award Commended: Scottish Ballet Headquarters, Glasgow
  • Education Award Commended: Ash Court, Girton College, Cambridge
  • Health Award Winner: Ortus, Camberwell, London
  • Individual House Award Winner: Mayfair House, London
  • Residential Development Award Winner: Maple Quays, Rotherhithe, London
  • Small Project Award Winner: River Cottage Cookery School, Axminster
  • Specialist Contractor Award Winner: Riverside Museum, Glasgow
  • Specialist Contractor Award Commended: Heathrow Terminal 2
  • Sustainability Award Winner: Ash Court, Girton College, Cambridge
  • Sustainability Award Commended: Manchester School of Art

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