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Glenn Howells' King’s Cross student housing wins Value Excellence Award

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[AJ100 AWARDS] Glenn Howells Architects student housing scheme at King’s Cross has won the AJ100 Value Excellence Award

The award is given to the project completed by an AJ100 practice that represents best value for the client from a cost, quality design, flexibility and sustainability perspective.

With Urbanest King’s Cross, the judges said Glenn Howells Architects had created a benchmark in a typology that has delivered only a few buildings of architectural merit in recent years.

Efficiencies in this student housing project were achieved by installing 40m-long precast cladding units, resulting in fewer lifts, and designing student cluster rooms that can be configured differently to respond to variations in letting requirements.

Inspired by the layout of a caravan, hard-to-reach areas were reserved for occasionally used items such as suitcases. As one judge said: ‘The architects’ approach to the massing, orientation, spatial requirements and construction methodology added real value.’

Nicolas Hare Architects was highly commended for its Bishop of Rochester Academy. Judges praised the architect for delivering a clever project on a challenging site with a tight programme and budget.

The judges included Clare Goggin of Jackson Coles, Paul Karakusevic of Karakusevic Carson, AJ technical editor Felix Mara, and Roger Zogolovitch of Solidspace.

The shortlist

  • The Crane Building by Allies and Morrison
  • The Creative Arts Building, City College, Norwich by BDP
  • Urbanest King’s Cross by Glenn Howells Architects
  • New Stratford Library, University of East London by Hopkins Architects
  • 10 Portman Square by Jestico + Whiles
  • The Oasis Academy by John McAslan + Partners
  • Bishop of Rochester Academy by Nicholas Hare Architects
  • Thames View East by Pollard Thomas Edwards
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