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£2,000 Sustainable development award

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Bauman Lyons Architects for Longside Barns at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton, near Wakefield

A £1.5 million conversion of three barns into a sculpture gallery, creative industry studios and cafe, opened to the public in September 2001 with an exhibition of works by Sir Anthony Caro. The judges enthused over this one: 'Terrific re-use of the buildings. This scheme makes a great point.' The point, of course, being that modern steel technologies are readily adaptable to sensitive refurbishment and re-use.

The 615m 2gallery is lit by skylights set in a roof of Colorcoat HPS200 steel, a very attractive example of the appropriate use of materials. There is a clerestory on either side, and a flush panoramic window across the full width of the facade which faces across a valley. One off-centre bay window extends upwards, bringing views of the sky in addition to the broad sweep of the hills.

This is a building, said the judges, that is perfectly comfortable in its context - with the new glazing, roofing and rendered walls adding refinement to what still looks to be a utilitarian building, whose former agricultural role is not in doubt.

Profiler/panel manufacturer: Ward Building Components

Cladding contractor: Ashbourne

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Runner-up certificate Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council Estates & Architectural Services Division for Astral Court, Baglan Energy Park, South Wales. An earlier building on the same development, by the same team, was successful in the previous Colorcoat Building Awards.

Astral Court might not be a 'fabulous-looking building', but its environmental features are creditable: its energy efficiency has been recognised by the award of an Excellence under the Building Research Establishment's Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), and the large building shows careful attention to natural ventilation and lighting.

Profiler/panel manufacturer: European Profiles

Cladding contractor: Pinnacle Structures

Other nomination

Tony Mullen Architects for Bracken Court, Dublin. The judges said: 'If this were in Rotterdam, we'd all be cooing over it.' Sadly, however, the fact that it has air conditioning put this stylish refurbishment out of contention for the sustainability award.

Profiler/panel manufacturer: Tegral Metal Forming Cladding contractor: H & E Costellos Roofing

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