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NATIONAL DRYWALL AWARDS

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Winning projects in the National Drywall Awards were announced this week. Entries were divided into four categories: housing, hospitals and health, leisure, and commercial. This year's judging panel was chaired by Terry Trickett of Trickett & Associates and included Chris Wilkinson of Chris Wilkinson Architects; Mike Ward, chairman of the Gypsum Products Development Association Technical Committee; and aj editor Paul Finch. Ian Pollitt, an approved Construction Industry Training Board assessor, was responsible for visiting shortlisted sites and reviewing standards of workmanship. The National Drywall Awards are organised by the leading industry trade association, the Federation of Plastering and Drywall Contractors, sponsored by Lafarge Plasterboard and supported by The Architects' Journal and Construction News

HOUSING

This Victorian water tank converted into a home was declared the winner of the under £25,000 category and also of the overall housing award. The Round House in Leeds was designed by Architect One17AD for a private client, Mark Lee, with J Lee (Roofing) as the main and drywall contractor.

HOSPITALS AND HEALTH

The judges were unanimous in picking Leeds General Infirmary by Llewelyn Davies as the winner in this category. The Leeds Teaching Hospitals nhs Trust was the client, with hng Higgs & Hill as the main contractor, and B & K (Leeds) as the drywall contractor.

LEISURE

Two awards were made in the leisure category. Burrell Foley Fischer's Picture House (right) in the London Borough of Stratford won first prize. The client was the Mayor and Burghers of the London Borough of Newham. John Sisk & Son was the main contractor, and ocl Plastering was the drywall contractor.

The Odeon Multiplex Cinema (far right) in Kettering, designed by Stephen Limbrick Associates for Rank Leisure, was given a special commendation. The main contractor was Sunley Turriff Construction, and the drywall contractor was James & Son.

COMMERCIAL

Within each category, the judges had the opportunity to present separate awards for contracts under and over £25,000. The Ticket Centre in Glasgow (left), designed for Glasgow City Council by McInnes Gardner & Partners, was declared the best commercial project under £25,000 as well as overall category winner. Glasgow City Council was the main contractor and drywall contractor.

Two projects were mentioned in the over £25,000 contract value section. First prize went to the White Rose Centre in Leeds (far left), designed for Land Securities Properties by Building Design Partnership. amec Construction was the main contractor and the drywall contractor was Johnson Bros Contractors.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill's Sun Life Centre (left) in Bristol was highly commended. The main contractor was amec Construction, and the drywall contractor was Westminster Partitions/Barris.

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