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Carmody Groarke’s Maggie’s wins AJ Small Projects Award

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Carmody Groarke’s temporary Merseyside Maggie’s Centre has won the 2015 AJ Small Projects Award

The temporary cancer care centre was chosen ahead of 23 other finalists to win the award which celebrates the best schemes built with a contract budget of £250,000 or less.

The ‘tremendously elegant scheme’ was constructed from site cabins and reuses the 2013 Small Projects-shortlisted London Dresser, originally commissioned by the mayor of London for the Olympic Games and designed by the Studio of Cinematic Architecture with students from the University of Westminster.

The judging panel, chaired by AJ acting editor Rory Olcayto and including sustainability editor Hattie Hartman, DSDHA’s Deborah Saunt, Pocket design director Russ Edwards, Vicky Legrove of Jackson Coles and Paul Reed from competition sponsor Marley Eternit, were impressed by the ‘excellent value for money’ displayed by the £217,000 scheme.

Carmody Groarke’s project took home the £1,500 prize and was praised for ‘providing a new take on vintage architecture by reusing and recycling’.

Olcayto said: ‘By borrowing, changing and adapting, the architects have used a different part of the architectural brain to create something fresh and original.’

Edwards added: ‘I’m impressed by any project that can go from inception to completion in 10 months.’

Now in its twentieth year, the AJ Small Projects Awards have been sponsored by Marley Eternit for five years running.

Last year the award was picked up by Chris Dyson Architects’ 13 Wapping Pierhead, while the Sustainability Prize went to Gillespie Yunnie’s staircase at the Royal William Yard in Plymouth.

The finalists’ designs will all go on display in an exhibition at the Building Centre on Store Street from 18 March to 11 April.

Full list of previous years’ winners


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