Fittingly The Brunswick Centre in Bloomsbury, London - the winning project of the 2005 'ACTIV™ in Architecture' competition organised by Pilkington - was the scene for a presentation ceremony at which Pilkington plc Chief Executive, Stuart Chambers, formally presented the prize to the winning entrant, architects for the project Levitt Bernstein Associates.
Levitt Bernstein managing director, Matthew Gaulcher, accepted the presentation on behalf of colleague Peter Sanders who entered the project into the competition, which was run in association with RIBA Journal to find the most innovative and appropriate 'live' British projects for the world's most innovative glass. As the winning entry, the extensive stepped 'winter garden' glazing that characterises The Brunswick Centre will now benefit from a free upgrade to Pilkington ACTIV™ self cleaning glass.
Neil Carron who represented Allied London, which owns the development, and representatives of The London Borough of Camden, which leases The Brunswick Centre, also attended the ceremony.
Located between Kings Cross and Russell Square the grade-II listed Brunswick Centre was judged the clear winner of the competition due to its extremely unusual design and the complexity of its glazing. Originally conceived by architect Patrick Hodgkinson, the Centre is one of London's most recognisable and iconic buildings from the 1960s, providing low-rise high-density housing, shops, offices/studios, a cinema and car parking within a large concrete and glass mega structure comprising 314 individual winter gardens.
The winter gardens have long presented a maintenance problem, with the rolling gantries installed when the Centre was built seldom working properly. Cleaning has therefore been undertaken by operatives clinging precariously to the guttering beneath each of the gardens. Some of the 314 properties are seven stories high and others quite inaccessible, which means that much of the glazing has not been cleaned properly for years. The project is expected to be completed by August 2006.
Picture Shows : The Brunswick Centre in Bloomsbury, London - the winner of the 2005 'ACTIV™ in Architecture' competition organised by Pilkington - was the scene for a presentation ceremony at which Pilkington plc Chief Executive, Stuart Chambers, formally presented the prize to the winning entrant, architects for the project Levitt Bernstein Associates.
Left to right are: Councillor Raj Chada, Executive Member for Housing, The London Borough of Camden; Matthew Gaulcher, managing director of project architects Levitt Bernstein; Stuart Chambers Chief Executive of Pilkington plc; and Neil Carron of Allied London, owner of The Brunswick Centre.