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RSPB ENVIRONMENT AND EDUCATION CENTRE, RAINHAM MARSHES, ESSEX Architect: van Heyningen and Haward Architects www. vhh. co. uk Client: RSPB Sited on an important wetlands area in the Thames Gateway, this education centre, featuring a viewing platform, is designed to meet the BREEAM Excellent standard. The project runs relatively autonomously by incorporating ground-source heat pumps, photovoltaics and rainwater harvesting.

Contract value: £2.2 million

PRIVATE HOUSE, ST LAWRENCE BAY, ESSEX Architect: Alison Brooks Architects www. alisonbrooksarchitects. com Client: Private This contemporary seaside house is a sitespecific response, yet explores the Modernist tradition. The undulations of the timberclad facade follow through into a faceted, rather than orthogonal, partitioning layout.

Contract value: Confidential

ROOFTOP NURSERY, HACKNEY, LONDON Architect: WHAT_architecture www. whatarchitecture. com Client: Rooftop Nursery This project provides childcare to allow mothers to return to work and had to be completed to a low cost - £315,000. The nursery features the UK's first rubber safe-play roof and provides a plan that can be reconfigured to respond to changing demographics.

Contract value: £315,000

THE ROUNDHOUSE, CAMDEN, LONDON Architect: John McAslan + Partners www. mcaslan. co. uk Client: The Roundhouse The scheme transformed a building with a chequered history into a highly flexible performance hall for up to 3,500 people standing or 1,300 seated, inserting a new gallery around the perimeter. A newly added wing contains a studio theatre, hospitality and support spaces. The basement has become the Roundhouse Studios.

Contract value: £30 million

YOUNG VIC THEATRE, WATERLOO LONDON Architect: Haworth Tompkins www. haworthtompkins. com Client: The Young Vic Theatre Company Built for only £60,000 35 years ago, the Young Vic Theatre was groundbreaking, much-loved, ad-hoc and basically built. The rebuilding scheme seeks to keep the Young Vic's identity while radically expanding its facilities and improving its quality.

Contract value: £6.9 million

PALESTRA, SOUTHWARK, LONDON Architect: Alsop Architects www. alsoparchitects. com Client: Blackfriars Investments This 37,500m² speculative development is characterised by three separate, stacked volumes, breaking down the mass of the building. On the ground oor is a public exhibition pod. With its use of colour and distinctive form it aims to be a regenerator for business in the Southwark area of south London.

Contract value: £70 million

FORMBY POOL, FORMBY, LANCASHIRE Architect: Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects www. feildenclegg. com Client: Formby Land Trust The new public swimming pool and park in the centre of Formby occupy a former football ground.

The building provides a 25m, five-lane pool, a fitness suite and café, which also serves the park. The timberframed building is clad in oak and copper, planned to weather sympathetically into its parkland setting.

Contract value: £6 million

THE SINGING RINGING TREE, BURNLEY, LANCASHIRE Architect: Tonkin Liu www. tonkinliu. co. uk Client: Mid-Pennine Art The tree, which has replaced two radio masts, has a profile visible from Burnley, appearing and disappearing in the mist. It is made of differing lengths of pipe and as the wind passes through them the tree 'sings' different chords.

Contract value: £70,000

UNITY BUILDING, LIVERPOOL Architect: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris www. ahmm. co. uk Client: Rumford Investments The Unity building is a mixed-use scheme of 15,000m 2 of offi ces plus street-level shops, parking, and 161 flats. Liverpool was named City of Culture for 2008 during the design phase of the project, and it became a symbol of the city's renaissance.

Contract value: £60 million

MARLOWE ACADEMY, RAMSGATE, KENT Architect: BDP www. bdp. co. uk Client: Roger De Haan This new City Academy is organised into faculties for performing arts, business and general teaching, wrapped round the communal spaces of the gym, auditorium, library and arena. The latter integrates with the auditorium for whole-academy assemblies and performances.

Contract value: £21.5 million

THE BRIDGE ARTS CENTRE, GLASGOW Architect: Gareth Hoskins Architects www. hoskinsarchitects. co. uk Client: Glasgow City Council The arts centre features a multifunctional auditorium, a dance studio, recording and practice suites, AV and media suites, education and gallery spaces, a library and a café, plus offces for the National Theatre of Scotland.

Three entrances encourage people to come in and participate.

Contract value: £8.5 million

THE ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY COURTYARD THEATRE, STRATFORDUPON-AVON, WARWICKSHIRE Architect: Ian Ritchie Architects www. ianritchiearchitects. co. uk Client: The Royal Shakespeare Company This temporary, 1,050-seat theatre was built in just 12 months, with the design and first tender supplied within six weeks. The Other Place studio theatre has been transformed into foyer spaces, dressing rooms and band rehearsal space. The theatre, built mainly of Corfiten steel and ply, is designed to be easily moved to another location or entirely recycled.

Contract value: £6 million

THE SAVILL BUILDING, WINDSOR GREAT PARK, WINDSOR, BERKSHIRE Architect: Glenn Howells Architects www. glennhowells. co. uk Client: The Crown Estate The Savill Building is a landmark structure reflecting the character and quality of Windsor Great Park. All visitor facilities are linked under a spectacular, undulating roof. This gridshell was constructed from timber recycled from the park, to harmonise with the skyline of mature trees.

Contract value: £5 million

SINCLAIR'S BUILDING, SHEFFIELD Architect: Project Orange www. projectorange. com Client: Cristian Sinclair This mixed-use development of 22 ats, two selfcontained offices and two shops replaces the client's former store on the site. Partially glazed two-storey spaces sit beneath a more visually solid brick-clad residential block. On plan it almost encircles a central court, which provides daylight to all levels and deck access to the upper ats.

Contract value: £3.8 million

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