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In pictures: Small Projects Awards 2015

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More than 200 architects, clients, developers and engineers came together to celebrate the winners of the AJ Small Projects Awards 2015 last night (18 March)

The crowd at the Building Centre in London saw Carmody Groarke’s temporary Merseyside Maggie’s Centre pick up the top prize.

The ‘pop-up’ facility was chosen ahead of 23 other finalists taking home the award which celebrates the best schemes built with a contract budget of £250,000 or less.

Prizes also went to RCKa’s £240,000 refurbishment of Enfield Business Centre and Flanagan Lawrence’s beachfront Acoustic Shells.

Each of the finalists presented to the jury - which included AJ acting editor Rory Olcayto, 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 - in what has become known as the AJ Small Projects ‘speed crit’.

Saunt described the afternoon of crits as ‘like when you get on a long-haul flight and there are really good movies’.

‘We were spoilt for choice’, added Legrove.

Judges praised Carmody Groake’s £217,000 winning project for ‘providing a new take on vintage architecture by reusing and recycling’.

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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