Specification award winners.

GAI/RIBA give top marks to record number of buildings

Published:  18 May, 2009

LONDON: A record number of buildings were nominated this year by the GAI and RIBA recently, when GAI announced the winners of its 2008-09 Architectural Ironmongers Specification Awards. Managed by the GAI in conjunction with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the awards are designed to identify and reward excellence in the specification of architectural ironmongery in seven categories of building.

A panel of judges drawn from architects and AIs inspected and assessed each building, adjudicating on the scheme's beauty, fitness for purpose, functionality, correct specification and originality, looking for excellence in ironmongery –projects which go beyond the ordinary to exceed expectations.

Presentation of the Awards took place at Lord's Cricket Ground, in London on 30 March 2009 and were made as follows:

Public buildings

No overall winner was announced, but the following project was 'Highly Commended': The Royal Festival Hall. Architect: Allies & Morrison. Architectural ironmonger: Harbrine.

International buildings

Winner: Fairmont Towers Heliopolis, Cairo. Architect: Wimberley Alison Tong & Goo. Architectural ironmonger: Allgood Worldwide.

Commercial buildings

Winner: Robert Wiseman Dairies, Bridgewater. Architect: Stone & Partners. Architectural ironmonger Laidlaw Solutions Bristol.

Established buildings

Winner: The Royal Opera House. Architects: BDP & Dixon Jones. Architectural ironmonger: John Planck.

Renovated buildings

Winner: 85 Fleet Street. Architect: Crouch Butler Savage. Architectural ironmonger: Trapex Hardware.

Residential buildings

Winner: York Arc Light. Architect: Bauman Lyons Architects. Architectural ironmonger: Em-B Solutions.

Sustainable buildings

Winner: Sharrow School. Architect: Sheffield Design & Project Management, Architects Division. Architectural ironmonger: Lloyd Worrall, Sheffield.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, GAI president Andrew Hall commented: "Ironmongery may seem, to the layman, like a pretty dry subject. But it is one which continues to exercise and interest every single one of us in this room. The way in which the hardware allows a door to function is critical to the success of the whole building's security, safety and accessibility.

"A door which functions well on all these levels, as well as being pleasing to the eye, sets the tone for the whole structure.

"These awards also hold a particularly important place in the industry because they serve to mark the relationship between ironmonger and architect which makes all of these projects such a success – regardless of scale, budget or purpose. Each award that is made today is made to the whole specification team – both architect and AI, highlighting the importance of the professional partnership between the two disciplines."

The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers represents the majority of architectural ironmongers in the UK as well as the leading manufacturers of architectural ironmongery. The GAI also administers the benchmark qualifications for professional architectural ironmongers and is dedicated to raising standards and encouraging best practice in all aspects of the sector.


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