The new building and entrance courtyard at Southwark Cathedral in central London was designed by Richard Griffiths Architects in a mixture of traditional and contemporary materials to help give the impression that it has always been there. Loadbearing brick columns support a first-floor structure of precast-concrete ribs on which the purlins and rafters of the roof are seated. There are deliberate allusions to Gothic architecture and to the site's Roman history.
John Planck supplied the architectural ironmongery, which comprises door furniture for about 45 openings, made from bronze, although the hinges are a colourcoated stainless steel.Manufactured under licence for John Planck in the UK, most items, including pull handles, lever handles, doorstops and signage, are from the company's Fusion range. Griffiths particularly appreciates the fact that these elements are durable and accommodating to the grip. The judges commended the 'glorious bespoke elements in real bronze' and the fact that the 'ironmongery has followed the architect's brief to integrate/achieve a 700-year-old feel'.
Architect Richard Griffiths Architects Architectural ironmonger John Planck