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Converted shipping container named Londonʼs best office extension

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Gundry & Ducker Architects, Carl Turner Architects and Ashton Porter Architects have scooped the top accolades in the NLA’s third annual Donʼt Move, Improve! competition

Carl Turner Architects’ won the award for the Best Office Extension or Refurbishment for the Magnificent Container at Hackney City Farm, a £7,000 multi-purpose space created from a converted shipping container, for a non-profit organisation.

Meanwhile Gundry & Ducker’s Dove House, a larch-clad extension to a Victorian terraced house in Wandsworth, and Ashton Porter Architects’ Suburbanstudio, a garden studio in Enfield, were named as joint winners in the Home Extension or Refurbishment category.

Emerging practice Fraher Architects’ Jewel House, which is also shortlisted for the AJ Small Projects Award, was named as a runner-up in the Home Extension or Refurbishment category.

Peter Murray, Chairman of the jury,said:’“This yearʼs Donʼt Move, Improve! winners and shortlist illustrate the benefits of well-designed home extensions and promote the involvement of architects in the process. In these difficult economic times, renewal and refurbishment play an increasingly important part in the renewal of the city. Too many small buildings are erected without a designer; the projects on display here demonstrate a heartening range of solutions to create more space at a variety of budgets.’

The winners and all 72 shortlisted schemes are on display at the NLA galleries at The Building Centre, until Wednesday 28 March.

Full list of winners

Home Extension or Refurbishment
Joint Winner: Dove House, Gundry & Ducker
Joint Winner: Suburbanstudio, Ashton Porter Architects
Runner-up: The Jewel Box, Fraher Architects
Commendation: Cornerstone, Threefold Architects

Office Extension or Refurbishment
Winner: Magnificent Container, Carl Turner Architects
Commendation: Belsize Garage Studio, Sanya Polescuk Architects

Home Interior Design
Commendation: The Brunswick Centre Apartment, Space Group Architects

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