The eight winners of the inaugural Retrofit Awards were announced at a ceremony in Birmingham on 19 October
Bennetts Associates bagged the Commercial Building Award for its Elizabeth II Court scheme in Winchester, while Hawkins\Brown and Studio Egret West took the Future Project Award for their Park Hill revamp project in Sheffield.
Newton Architects’ Whitfield C of E School project was awarded the Public Building category, seeing off competition from Shepheard Epstein Hunter and Todd Architects.
Julian Lipscombe, director at Bennetts Associates, said: ‘Low-energy makeovers mean that many 1960s buildings could enjoy a new lease on life as we’vedemonstrated with Elizabeth II Court in Winchester. Not all projects offer the same scope for large-scale energy savings but the profession can do a lot, even with partial refurbishments.’
The retrofit sector is thought to be worth £500 billion over the next 30 years, a potential goldmine for practices. The UK aims to cut carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 and up to 26 million households could qualify for energy efficiency improvements under the government’s ‘green deal’, which is expected to be revealed later this year.
The full list of winners
- Product Innovation Passive Heat Recovery Ventilation Unit - Green Structures
- Infrastructure Silver Jubilee Bridge - Mott MacDonald
- Future Project Award Park Hill - Hawkins\Brown and Studio Egret West
- Public Engagement/Communication Initiative (Joint winners) Old Home SuperHome - The Sustainable Energy Academy; Fit for the Future - Accord Group
Source: Martine Hamilton Knight/arcaid.c
- Small Residential Zero Carbon House, Birmingham - John Christophers (pictured)
- Multiple Residential Greener Homes for Redbridge - Pellings
- Public Building Whitfield C of E School - Newton Architects
- Commercial Building Elizabeth II Court, Winchester - Bennetts Associates