Commissioned by the Forestry Commission, the visitor centre came top of an 18-strong shortlist which boasted Feilden Clegg Bradley’s National Cold War Exhibition at RAF Cosford, Allies and Morrison’s King’s Cross Tube station, and Penoyre and Prasad’s Richard Desmond Children’s Eye Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.
The sustainable Dalby Forest Visitor Centre is clad in larch grown and milled in the forest and all other materials, machinery and labour used in its construction were sourced locally. The water supply is from the local village spring and a biomass boiler powered by woodchips from the forest, solar panels and wind turbines power the building.
The Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award – which was presented last night (10 October) – is part of the British Construction Industry Awards and is sponsored jointly by CABE and the Office of Government Commerce (OGC).
Speaking at the BCI award ceremony last night, Culture Minister Margaret Hodge said: ‘Each of the finalists for the Prime Minister’s Award show what excellent design and procurement can bring to local communities and the environment.
‘Dalby Forest Visitor Centre is a stunning example of this, setting high standards for the future. This is especially important now, at a time when our design and construction industries must respond urgently to the threat of climate change.’
To see details on all the shortlisted finalists visit www.betterpublicbuilding.org.uk