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Chris Dyson’s Wapping extension wins AJ Small Projects Award

A two-storey extension to a grade-II listed terrace in Wapping has won this year’s AJ Small Projects Award

Chris Dyson Architects’ 13 Wapping Pierhead was chosen ahead of 23 other finalists to win the award which celebrates the best schemes built with a contract budget of £250,000 or less.

The ‘subtle, thoughtful yet mischevious’ addition to a Georgian-style terrace in east London was described as ‘architecture for architects, yet a building the public would walk by and equally enjoy’.

The judging panel, chaired by AJ acting editor Rory Olcayto and featuring sustainability editor Hattie Hartman, Sam Jacob of Sam Jacob Studio, Derwent’s Simon Silver, Vicky Legrove of Jackson Coles and Paul Reed from competition sponsor Marley Eternit, were impressed by the £210,000 scheme’s plan and detailing.

Dyson’s project took home the £1,500 top prize and was praised by Jacob as ‘a really intelligent solution that responded to the history of the site and London.’

He added: ‘The scheme makes a perverse play between history and modern design.’

Silver said: ‘It was a sublte and classy solution to what could have been a tricky brief.’

Chris Dyson speaks at Small Projects 2014

The £1,000 AJ Small Projects Sustainability Prize was given to Gillespie Yunnie’s staircase at the Royal William Yard in Plymouth.

The AJ Small Projects Awards has been sponsored by Marley Eternit for four years running. An exhibition of all the 24 shortlisted schemes will take place at the NLA Building Centre in London form the 20th March 2014.

All the entries to the awards can be seen in the AJ Buildings Library, complete with photographs, drawings and details.

Last year the award was won by Laura Dewe Mathews’ £245,000 urban infill dwelling in London dubbed the Gingerbread House.

Full list of previous year’s winners

Photos by Peter Landers

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