The Council for Aluminium in Building (CAB) recently hosted the UK’s Aluminium in Renovation Awards at the National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull. This was the second time the event had been run in the UK and despite the economic climate a record 41entries were received and an audience of over 150
Justin Ratcliffe, CAB Chief Executive introduced the awards to an audience of CAB Members and their guests, architects, specifiers and Main Contractors. He explained that the Awards consisted of 8 national competitions followed by a European final in Brussels in November 2009 (see projects entered at www.aluminium-award.eu) to reward the best use of aluminium in renovation, a sector where the qualities of the light metal were often underestimated. The Awards helped bring awareness of how aluminium could be used to preserve a piece of national heritage or to upgrade the environmental performance of residential or utility buildings.
Chair of the Judges, Professor Michael Stacey, Michael Stacey Architects was enthused by the entries. He commented, ‘It’s good to see that in this competition there are some very inventive architects out there. From their submissions it shows that they clearly enjoy designing buildings that are formed well and are beautiful.’ On Aluminium and sustainability he said, ‘the two terms I would use are performance and durability and that’s why I think Aluminium has a key role to play in producing sustainable architecture in the future. Finally he thanked his fellow highly experienced team of Judges: Rod McAllister, Sheppard Robson; Max Fordham, Max Fordham LLP and Julian Marsh, Marsh Grochowski Architects.
The overall winner who also received prize money of £5,000 was Amanda Levete Architects for 10 Hills Place, Off Oxford Street. Professor Michael Stacey commented, “We arrived at our decision by consensus and through discussion and I think really this emerged as the clear winner because of its inventive use of aluminium extrusions to make a sort of ship lap detail that is doubly curved. It is a very intelligent use of aluminium and it’s very evidently an aluminium project and I think it’s a very worthy winner of this year’s Renovation Awards. I think what it shows is Amanda and her colleagues have perhaps a fashionable approach to architecture that is striking. They have a depth and understanding of materials that I worry is perhaps unfashionable. I think this is a practice that really understands aluminium and what it might achieve. If you are interested in a doubly curved architecture or doubly curved cladding or structure, aluminium is one of the materials that can deliver that and I would commend my profession to really study materials carefully rather than just the form of the buildings. If you stand on the streets of London or indeed any city, you really have to understand the materials you are using very, very well and I think this is one of the reasons that this particular practice has won this Award.”
The six main award winners, including the overall winner, who will go onto the European competition in November 2009 were:
- Category: Non Residential: Elder & Cannon Architects -Castlemilk Stables
- Category: Residential: dMFK Architects - Gloucester Studios
- Category: Special Prize – Curtain Walling: Sturgis Associates – Nexus Place<
- Category: Special Prize – Cladding: Amanda Levete Architects – 10 Hill’s Place.
- Category: Inventive Re-Use of Aluminium: Walker Simpson Architects – St Brigid’s RC Primary School.
- Category: Energy Efficiency: Sturgis Associates – New Cavendish Street.
The Aluminium in Renovation European Awards 2009 is an initiative of the Building Group of the European Aluminium Association (EAA) and Aluminium for Future Generations (AFFG) in cooperation with Aluminium Associations in many European countries.
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