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Flanagan Lawrence’s Acoustic Shells wins AJ Small Projects Special Prize

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Flanagan Lawrence’s ‘sleek’ beachfront Acoustic Shells has picked up the AJ Small Projects Special Prize

The £500 Special Prize was handed to the practice for its ‘impressive’ concrete seaside shelter and bandstand at Littlehampton, which has joined an array of architecture by stars including Thomas Heatherwick and Studio Weave in the seaside resort.

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 ‘simplicity’ of the £100,000 scheme.

‘This is good old-fashioned seaside architecture,’ said Olcayto.

Saunt commented: ‘Despite being built in a time of austerity this project demonstrates that excellent public projects can be created.’

Edwards praised the practice’s technical expertise. ‘The technical aspects of the project and the digital techniques used show great modern craftsmanship,’ he said.

The top prize was awarded to Carmody Groarke’s temporary Maggie’s Centre in Merseyside and the Sustainability Prize went to RCKa’s Enfield Business Centre.

Now in its twentieth year, the AJ Small Projects Awards has 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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