In pictures: Eric Parry’s Holburne Museum crowned 2012 Retrofit Building of the Year
Casper Mueller Kneer, KKE, Paul Davis + Partners and John McAslan and Partners also triumphed last night in the AJ Retrofit Awards 2012
Parry’s £7.2 million museum project was praised by AJ editorial director Paul Finch for its uncompromising vision. The scheme also won top prize in the awards’ museums and galleries category.
Christine Humphreys, associate at Eric Parry Architects, said it was ‘great’ to receive the award at last night’s ceremony in London. ‘I feel the Holburne really deserved it. Eric really persevered with this project and when it opened there was a flood of visitors.’
Casper Mueller Kneer won the cultural buildings category for its £8 million White Cube gallery project in Bermondsey. Judges praised the scheme for enhancing Bermondsey’s growing status as a creative area.
KKE triumphed in the higher education buildings section for its Riverside Centre for the University of Worcester while Reardon Smith Architects won the hotels award for its £120 million Four Seasons overhaul of a 1970s building in London.
In residential, Paul Davis + Partners won the small housing category for its £178,000 conversion of a terraced house in Kensington and Chelsea which was the UK’s first Passive House certified refurbishment.
Meanwhile, the large housing award went to Emrys Architects for its £6 million conversion of an office building on Newman Street, London.
John McAslan and Partners’ £547 million overhaul of King’s Cross station in London topped the transport category while Associated Architects won the post war listed building category for its £21 million metallurgy and materials building for the University of Birmingham.
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris’s £10 million Tea Building project in London won the offices prize and was praised by judges as an‘unique’ workplace which avoided an ‘over-designer, sterile approach.’ Bennetts Associates Architects’ £4 million Moray Council headquarters was highly commended.
Hudson Architects’ £850,000 Feering Bury Barn Farm scheme won the listed buildings prize with Witherford Watson Mann Architects £1.3 million Astley Castle overhaul receiving a highly commended mention in the same category.
Cartwright Pickard Architects meanwhile won the public building prize for its £2.3 million Golden Lane leisure centre scheme with Bisset Adams’ Blackpool Central Library highly commended.
Jestico + Whiles won the schools category with its £15 million extension to Clapton Girl’s academy. A product innovation prize went to MHA Lighting.
The 2012 Retrofit Awards were sponsored by Arup, ISG, ZBP and the Brick Development Association.
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