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RECORDING STUDIO BURLINGTON ROAD, NOTTINGHAM

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COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS WINNER

Designed by Letts Wheeler Architects, this extension to a Victorian house in Nottingham provides a new entrance to the house as well as housing a recording studio at first-floor level. The zinc-topped extension incorporates more than 30 items of door furniture and fittings specified and supplied by Millar Partners.While many of these are conventional satin stainless steel items from the Dryad Contour range, some of their applications are far from conventional. They include concealed closers in the studio door (which is also a fire door) and pivoting glass doors with invisible hinges - actually double-action floor springs - which open up the lower floor to an external deck.

The judges commented on the close working relationship between the client, who writes music for television, and the architect, and the 'superbly appropriate style and quality of fittings, selected with great care'. Keith Snook, head of practice at the RIBA, describes this as 'a smashing project', and one that handles security and potential sound-transmission difficulties with 'confidence and flair'.

Architect Letts Wheeler Architects Architectural ironmonger Millar Partners (Midlands)

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