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Alec French Architects Aardman Animations Headquarters, Bristol Photograph: Simon Doling


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Introduction Judges Galvanizing in Architecture Galvanizing in Engineering Galvanizing in Detail Duplex Award Highly Commended Short Listed Entries Credits

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Introduction Entering the judging room at the Institution of Structural Engineers, I was not only surprised by the number of entries in this year’s Galvanizers Awards, but by the general standard, which over the years that I have been helping to judge the awards, has only gone up. And you can ask fellow judge Phil Williams - I’m usually one of its harshest critics. Normally I’m only in the room for five minutes before the presentation boards come tumbling off the table like a collapsing house of cards. On this occasion however my hand was stayed by the scrutiny required to really get to the bottom of a project and discover how each was using the medium of galvanizing to help realise the project’s bigger ideas. As has happened last year, the judges have exercised their right to cut their coat according to their cloth, so this year sees us with four recipients of the hallowed watering can. The Architecture Award goes to a small Anglo/German firm, ironically doing some deft and considered galvanized interventions in Bradford’s Conservation area of Little Germany. The winner of the Engineering prize is awarded to the bravura of an industrial hanger for whisky distillation in Scotland. The Duplex prize goes to a small addition to a faceless football changing block that completely changes the relationship of the building to the pitch outside it, and the Detail winner is a gate that impinges on its church

to which it is attached with the lightest of touches. All of them raised the mechanical and ostensibly prosaic nature of galvanizing to a form of artistry to make them well-deserved winners. Despite, or perhaps because of the presence of Rebecca Egan of Irish practice Bucholz McEvoy, who were the runaway winners of the Sustainability award last year, we decided against awarding one this year, as no submission, we felt, evidenced the demanding criteria for a truly sustainable building. But that aside, the high level of submissions left us pondering our choices well into the afternoon. It also gave us the opportunity to award ‘Highly Commended’ accolades to three projects that incorporated galvanizing into their fabric, and which, as building, social agenda, or incorporation into the landscape, were justified in their own rights and deserved individual recognition. Both these and the award winners serve as exemplars of galvanizing, and show how its industrial nature and simplicity can be raised to something that is both functional and enduring. The simplest solutions are at the root of all good architecture, and this year’s winners prove that point beautifully. Jan-Carlos Kucharek



01 Jan-Carlos Kucharek RIBA Journal 02 Phil Williams The Institution of Structural Engineers


03 Rebecca Egan Bucholz McEvoy Architects 04 Iqbal Johal Galvanizers Association




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Galvanizing in Architecture Kraus Schönberg Architects Tayson House, Bradford

Development of the grade II listed Tayson House involved the refurbishment and new extension of a Victorian warehouse building. In the 19th Century, central Bradford attracted a merchant German community that gave rise to the formation of Bradford’s ‘Little Germany’. The formation of the community took place in various stages which can be seen in the different sizes of the warehouses. Starting with two to three storey buildings in the early 1830s, the trend changed towards grander structures in the late 1850s. Tayson House was built around 1870 and its four floors have a two storey neighbour. The new infill structure tries to mediate between the two historical buildings, making a clear statement in its own time – the present. The new extension is hung from a steel frame creating a minimal interface with the existing buildings. By creating its own architectural language, the glass, galvanized steel and timber structure can be seen as a separate entity. This allows a continuation of the industrial character and helps to

regenerate the area. The industrial legacy of Little Germany in Bradford, with ornate sandstone façades and cast iron metalwork, led to the choice of a cladding material in galvanized steel. The façade consists of 3mm galvanized steel plates which are folded around the corners of the new extension. The aim was to give the structure a similar solid appearance as the surrounding buildings, avoiding cladding joints as much as possible. The new structure retains a certain autonomy by cantilevering over the front and rear façade and thus being easily visible from the street.


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Galvanizing in Engineering RIM Fabrications Roseisle Distillery, Elgin

Roseisle Distillery in Elgin is Scotland’s first major distillery in 30 years and, with a gross internal area of 3,000m², also its largest, with a potential output of 10 million litres of malt whiskey per year. The building is a modern interpretation of the traditional still house and maximizes natural ventilation and daylight. The layout and massing of the building express whisky-making’s three main processes: mashing, fermentation and distilling. The mashing stage takes place in the western and central volumes of the distillery. Malted barley passes through a de-stoner and a grinding mill and then enters two mash tuns, which mix it with water to produce wort. The liquid is fermented in 14, 10 metre high cylinders to produce wash, a fluid similar to weak beer. The wash then flows into the still house at the east end of the building which contains seven pairs of copper stills. The wash rises as it is heated by the stills and passes through downward-sloping

tubes into condensers where it is distilled again. This completes the distillation process. For architectural reasons, the mash house is higher than necessary: a lower roof in this central area, which projects in plan, would have looked proportionally awkward.


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Galvanizing in Detail P. Johnson & Company South Porch Gates, Linlithgow

St Michael’s Church has stood on this site in the Royal Burgh of Linlithgow since 1242, and it is one of the largest burgh churches in the Church of Scotland. The South Porch Gates were commissioned by The Society of Friends of St Michael’s Church. The Gateway, which consists of two gate leaves and an overthrow, has been hand crafted using traditional blacksmithing skills and techniques. The hot forging of mild steel, punched holes, forged tenons, rivets, fire welding, forged leaves and tapers are all evident of the highly skilled craftsmanship utilised to create the gates. The design, which consists of intertwining tendrils, leaves and hanging grapes, is representative of the true vine. The Gateway took three blacksmiths, working at the fire and anvil and then riveting the elements of the gates together, three months to complete. Due to Grade A listed building status, permission had to be obtained for the addition of a gate

to the building. The gate design was approved but no fixings were allowed into the fabric of the building to hang the gate. The overthrow is ingeniously clamped around the curved pillars, holding it firmly in place. The gates are hinged from the overthrow above and the ground below via a simple pin joint. The gates are given an added lustre with galvanizing and painting. The paint has graphite powder added to it which is then burnished to give an added texture and sheen to the finish. The South Porch Gates look very much a part of this ancient historic building, both in the timeless design and workmanship to create the gates and the use of galvanizing and painting as an appropriate finish.


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Duplex Award Denis Byrne Architects Tolka Rovers AFC, Dublin

Tolka Rovers AFC was founded in 1922. After moving between different locations, they settled in 1979 at Griffith Avenue with the opening of a new sports complex. Increased demand for higher standards in changing facilities and additional space for functions and corporate entertaining required an extension of the existing building. The addition of a two-storey viewing gallery and changing rooms has provided the required facilities. The restricted space between the pitch and existing buildings with a public access road to a car park was addressed with a shallow and stretched volume resulting in the upper floor cantilevering over the footpath below. An exposed steel structure expresses the cantilevered design and frames the different uses on both levels. The ground floor contains two new changing rooms with showers and washrooms for the home and the away sides with a separate changing room for the referees. A new disabled lift

connects the existing bar to the ground level via the new viewing gallery. A balcony and a fully glazed function room on the upper level opens the existing bar area to the pitch, allowing members to follow the match in the dry. Sliding partitions facilitate the separation of different spaces for various often simultaneous functions.


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Highly Commended


Highly Commended Archial Architects The Small Animal Hospital, Glasgow The new Small Animal Hospital is located at the entrance to the grounds of the Garscube Estate, Glasgow. It provides state of the art services for animal owners and practitioners throughout Scotland and Northern England. The hospital is part of the University of Glasgow’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, including the most advanced diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical techniques.

the complex needs of the hospital. However, to provide natural light to internal circulation areas and to give the building an open and welcoming feel, the design team introduced a number of key interventions, including the funnel which introduces light into the heart of the central treatment area, and an innovative ‘crystal’ glass cupola or lantern, which spills light on to the public concourse.

The primary design principle for this facility was to create a large hospital building without ruining the beautiful green space for which the Garscube Estate is justly renowned. Essentially, the solution was to use the topography of the site, and to insert the building within it. The sloping roof form, by its nature, allowed an uneven split of accommodation with two-thirds at ground level and one-third on the upper floor – thus matching the client’s brief. As various aspects of the new facility did not require natural light (such as the treatment area, oncology and diagnostics) this deep plan design solution was able to meet

At close quarters, the eye is immediately drawn to the galvanized weldmesh gabion basket cladding, filled with brown quartzite stone, using a rectangular section wire rather than the more typical round wire gauge. All external steelwork for the roof balustrade, for the roof overhang framing, for gabion lintels, for metal gates, for the external dog security screens and for the exposed steel column and beam supports has been galvanized.

Saville Jones Architects Memorial Recreation Ground, London

Thinking Space Twin Peaks, Whitstable

In 2005, Saville Jones Architects were appointed to undertake a Feasibility Study on Memorial Recreation Ground in West Ham – an important location in football history being the site where the Thames Ironwork Football Club was founded in 1897, later to become West Ham United. On completion of the feasibility study, Saville Jones was appointed by the West Ham and Plaistow NDC to develop and implement the design within Memorial Recreation Ground.

This simple boathouse was designed to be tough but welcoming. The site is just to the east of Whitstable and very close to the shoreline. The building was designed to act as a boat store in the winter and a space to enjoy the ever changing sea and skyscape in the summer.

The remodelled and re-landscaped park entrance, including a tall, painted galvanized ‘kissing gate’ and fence, leads to two, newly designed changing pavilions – one pavilion serving the grass pitches and the other the artificial grass pitch. The gate structure was carefully designed to prevent access to the park by motorcycles. Both pavilions include a Sedum green roof to maintain the biodiversity of the park, whilst allowing the buildings to blend into the green landscape which surrounds them. Security and robustness were important factors for the buildings, as they are not in continuous use throughout the year and are located in a well used public park, therefore the outer skin of the pavilion was designed to require little maintenance and discourage graffiti artists from using them as canvases. Stone filled galvanized gabion baskets wrap around large sections of the pavilions, positioned within galvanized steel T-section bays and topped with a galvanized steel weldmesh, which protects the high level glazing of the building. This low maintenance galvanized ‘skin’ armours the building from the elements and to date has successfully discouraged vandalism.

The design includes an open plan living area and two cleverly designed sleeping platforms in the roof pitches with views of the sea. In winter, storm swells can bring the water right up into the garden, the building needed to withstand the harsh environment. To appreciate the wonderful estuary views, virtually the entire sea facing façade is formed of sliding glass panels. Additional protection is provided to all the openings by the addition of articulated protective panels that winch down to form ramped decks, and up to protect the windows. The building itself is conceived as an almost primitive hut (after Laugier) with the structure clearly expressed internally and externally. Galvanizing was the natural choice for protecting all the steelwork. The clarity and materiality of the coating gives grain and interest to the spaces.

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Short Listed Entries


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Alec French Architects Aardman Animations Headquarters, Bristol

Allenbuild British Library Storage Facility, West Yorkshire

Alec French Architects were appointed to develop headquarters for worldrenowned, oscar-winning Aardman Animations. The final design consists of a series of linked “rooms” retaining flexibility in use but also a clear sense of identity for each working group of 6-9 people. This approach required the use of significant areas of wall space for extensive displays of images and materials. A clear brief to reduce energy use, as part of an overall sustainable approach, led to a central three storey atrium providing significant extract ventilation and controlled daylight. Breakout spaces and an innovative, curved, laminated staircase also occupy this space. There are many opportunities here for both informal dialogue and the exchange of ideas, and for Aardman’s expression of their own very special character.

The British Library receives and retains at least one copy of every published book, magazine or periodical in the UK. Consequently their collection is expanding by more than two million items per annum. In order to meet future storage demands, the world’s first automated archive system using an oxygen depletion process as a means of fire detection and prevention has been developed. A major feature of the project is the four galvanized steel stair units, which provide a cathedral like status to the building in the Yorkshire skyline.


Alloy Fabweld Campbell Park, Milton Keynes

Alloy Fabweld Lathams Yard, London

Amanda Levete Architects 10 Hills Place, London

Andrew Baxter Sandwell RSPB Hide, West Midlands

Campbell Park is a large development of both private and social housing in the centre of Milton Keynes comprising of houses, flats and shops. The project was quite challenging in that the steelwork had to provide a supporting framework for the balconies with all vertical loads taken by almost invisible full height supporting posts. The balcony structure was cantilevered from these posts to form a surrounding framework that virtually appears to defy gravity. The whole project was topped off with a steel pergola structure which supports various solar/ photovoltaic panels, leaving sufficient voids to allow the green Sedum roof below to flourish.

The project provides balcony systems for a residential site in the Lea Valley, Clapton, aiding the regeneration of a declining area. The design brief was to create a simple system which fitted integrally to the building faรงade. This created the appearance of a single continuous structure that resulted in the design providing a cost effective solution.

Many narrow streets and alleyways off Oxford Street, London are currently misused and underdeveloped. These under regarded areas are ideal not only for improvement, but also for relatively unconventional design opportunities. The new faรงade system acknowledges this by providing an architectural intervention that subtly draws attention to the building through the intrigue of a sculptural faรงade. Inspired by the art work of Lucio Fontana, large glazed areas orientated towards the sky are slashed into the faรงade, maximising the natural light available in this narrow street. The entire faรงade is cantilevered up to 900mm off the primary structure via huge galvanized steel fins, forming the gentle curve of the eye windows.

After several attempts by the RSPB at Sandwell Reserve to create a vandal-free hide using both concrete and timber, a new design concept which incorporated the use of galvanized steel has been designed by Andrew Baxter. The 8 metre by 4 metre hide has been effectively built on the edge of the lake which creates the first line of defence against the vandals. A network of galvanized steel resting on the lake bed supports the hide with the addition of a swing bridge that provides access from the bank. The swing bridge rests on a bearing which allows it to be operated with minimal effort.

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ataSTUDIO Sherwood Greenlaw Church, Paisley

Barker Shorten Ratcliff Wharf, London

Bennetts Associates New Street Square, London

Black Architecture CAFOD Headquarters, London

Sitting on a prominent corner site in Paisley, Sherwood Greenlaw is a beautiful B-listed Victorian Church built in red sandstone around 1905. ataSTUDIO were appointed for a series of phased projects including restoration works, and the creation of a new accessible entrance pavilion to provide much needed gathering space for the Church and associated halls. The new foyer provides a welcoming and transparent entrance, symbolising a Church with no walls. A steel structure creates a delicate addition to the very solid mass of the Church.  The majority of the structure is galvanized and left as the exposed finish giving an honesty and simplicity to the design.  Galvanized steel outriggers were used to create a sensitive roof edge that adopts the level of the existing stringcourse of the Church.

The present buildings at Ratcliff Wharf were built on the Thames river wall at Limehouse in the late 1950’s as workshops and in the 1980’s were redeveloped for flats. The clients wanted to remove the brick piers that obstructed their view especially of the frequent drama of seeing the weather coming in from the southwest. This led to the design of a scheme that removed two of the three brick piers of the river front wall. A wholly glazed box was pushed out from the now open corner and the addition of a balcony across part of the river wall. Cantilevering the new structure from the roof of the 1950’s building was not possible so all support for the projections had to be found externally. This was achieved by bolting a series of channel sections to the edge of the 1950’s roof slab and suspending the rest of the structure off these.

New Street Square creates a new destination between High Holborn and Fleet Street serving the ‘mid-town’ area of the City, with a substantial group of buildings set around an inviting public square. The four large commercial buildings in the development range from seven floors in the south east part of the site to an 18 storey wedge shape on the northwest corner. All the buildings have highly sensitive roof profiles, being viewed either from low level against the skyline or looked down upon from other buildings. Together they almost certainly provide the largest visible expanse of galvanized steel over a single complex of buildings in London. A series of translucent enclosures consisting of vertical and horizontal galvanized screens, accommodate elements of roof plant and provide a striking roofscape to the buildings.

CAFOD’s (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development) new headquarters adjacent to Pugin’s listed St George’s Cathedral in Southwark has been designed to be an exemplar of sustainable workplace design. An intensive period of collaborative design resulted in a clear separation of functions to create a simple and efficient building diagram composed of three distinct components; a triangular open plan office space, ancillary support spaces and central atrium circulation spine. A key element to the success of the building in promoting interaction and productivity is the galvanized steel stair that connects the workplace with the break-out, rest and meeting facilities.


Christopher Lisney The Jesse Tree, Worcestershire The name “Jesse” refers to a royal family tree in the Bible. Holly Mount United Reformed Church in Malvern wanted to create a stimulating, bold, visual feature for current and future members of the church, hence the “Jesse Tree”. The 12 foot galvanized steel interpretation for the newly created Bible Garden within the church grounds was designed and made by Christopher Lisney. He carefully arranged the main symbols of advent in the design of the metal sculpture, with each individual symbol constructed in hand worked and forged steel.

Coveney & Associates Co-Operative Marts, Cork Co-operative Marts requested a building with a large pen area with high level viewing walkways. Included within the design were three sales arenas (one to be designed for multi-functional use), an administration office, exhibition and display areas, a conference centre and a bar and restaurant. The design of the final building expresses the functions of these elements. The shape of the arenas is exposed internally and externally in the middle section of the building and a two storey block to the front forms the reception.

Fletcher Priest One Angel Lane, London

Greenhill Jenner Northbury Infant and Junior School, Barking

One Angel Lane replaces the redundant international telephone exchange, on a site that fronts the river next to Cannon Street station, London. Twin rectangular blocks to the north are attached by a full-height atrium, and the fluid forms of the lower pavilions enclose a south-facing open square. The lower waterside buildings have clear glass cladding protected by a five-storey timber and steel structure. The structure consists of varied, curved hollow sections within which cassettes of louvres can be fitted. A 3D modelling system was employed to produce material order sheets that proved invaluable in matching the design with the galvanizing process. A galvanized finish was chosen to reinforce the dockside aesthetic and for its robust quality in a riverside environment.

The extension to Northbury School in East London, built in 1897, demonstrates an approach to the transformation of existing school buildings by making them sustainable and meeting 21st Century standards of space, comfort and sustainability. To create eight additional classrooms and a new entrance, the floor plate of the existing building was extended so that additional accommodation is directly accessible from the main circulation area. Two lifts make all five floors of the school wheelchair accessible for the first time. The new expansion facilitates the interaction of the school and community in a respectful manner to the existing Victorian school and its surroundings.

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Ian Moran Sytch Lane Cemetery, Staffordshire

Ingleton Wood Deane Road Car Park, Bolton

Ingleton Wood Topp Way Car Park, Bolton

Jonathan Clark Architects Longford Community School, London

The entrance and sculptures for this cemetery commission needed to communicate a sympathetic and respectful presence. “There is something about a gently bowed head and neatly clasped hands that communicate respect and care” says Ian Moran. It is always quite difficult to design for this type of project. The gates combine harmoniously with the sculptures using similar detailing to create a wavy line taken from the waves of the waterway in Wombourne.

Integration with the new Community and 6th Form Colleges is at the heart of the design for this car park. The building forms part of the new college quarter and is an integral component to the urban design. The new building takes advantage of current technologies, both passive and active, to reduce the car park’s energy consumption along with its carbon footprint. This is in sharp contrast to multi-storey car parks from the 80’s and early 90’s where heavy concrete frames and expanses of masonry created dark brooding environments in which users felt unsafe and uncomfortable.

Significant efforts have been made to break up the scale and mass of the car park. For example the Bath Street façade, which is most directly related to the historic context, has been broken down into smaller bays which replicate the urban grain of the area. Galvanized steel cellular beams have been used as the basic design concept. This creates large open span spaces that provide a light airy feel to the building.

The brief called for a two-storey extension and partial conversion of an existing 1960s teaching block at Longford Community School. The extension needed to accommodate two new classrooms and a Fitness Centre at ground floor level with a new Library/learning Centre. The challenge was to successfully extend a very dull and lifeless 50 metre long brick-built teaching block. The panel design includes a vibrantly colourful timber structure that straddles the end of the block creating an articulated three dimensionally layered “book-end”. Galvanized gratings inserted between the timber structures not only add a series of dynamic shadows but also help to tie the structure together.


Kier South East New Stores, Kent

Kier South East St Georges School, Broadstairs

Edward Lloyd-Hughes Woodbank Bridge, Wiltshire

Manalo and White Seabank Cottage, Norfolk

Grain LNG are one of the primary importers and processors of liquefied natural gas located at their expanding facility on the Isle of Grain, Kent. The project consists of adapting and remodelling of an existing structure, together with an extension to form a new stores facility. The centralised facility was required to include a new car port structure, suitable for parking of various types of vehicles, similar to enlarged ‘golf carts’ with open load boxes and cabs.

This new build school was constructed within the confines of an existing school environment. To meet the cost parameters of the budget, the building area was optimized by locating the escape staircases externally. With five stairs on the project it was important that a simple and repeatable method of construction was adopted. The ability to manufacture all components off site and have a short installation period led to the use of galvanized steel. The galvanized open tread system provided a secure escape route even in bad weather which was particularly vital in the exposed environment.

This footbridge was designed to cross what is believed to be a medieval woodbank marking the edge of the ancient forest of Selwood, the boundary between the counties of Somerset and Wiltshire. It gives access to some splendid views to the west.  The steelwork consists of two curved channels over a span of 5.5 metres with a rise of 350mm and timber decking inbetween. The handrail is supported on hollow section balusters. Galvanizing was chosen because of the natural look required in this setting and to protect the many junctions and crevices inevitable in a structure of this type.   

The use of galvanized steel was one of the key choices in assembling a palette of materials for the project that are robust and functional in their use yet modest and direct in their expression. The use of proprietary systems from a variety of manufacturers have been unified by specifying galvanized steel to provide visual continuity throughout the house. To allow for future flexibility, the electrical distribution is all contained within galvanized steel trunking and conduit. The judicious placement of each element elevates these humble and functional elements to form part of a carefully composed whole. A new bridge, conceived as a gangway, connects the kitchen and living spaces. Galvanized steel gutters were chosen to combine utility and appearance which also lends a strong presence to the pipe work on the elevations.

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MJP Architects British Embassy, Bangkok

Mullarkey Pederson Architects Waterways Ireland HQ

P. Johnson & Company Faline Whitetail Deer, Edinburgh

Richard Murphy Architects Moore Street Housing, Glasgow

The project is set within a green oasis in Bangkok’s busy city centre. The replanning of the Compound respects the existing landscape and ecology by arranging all the new buildings around the perimeter, allowing the existing landscape around the Ambassador’s Residence to be maintained. The architectural language of the buildings expresses the energy saving solutions integrated into the design, which have been selected to suit the hot and humid local climate. Overhanging eaves, brise soleil canopies and sun screens were developed to enable large windows to be provided overlooking the landscape in the compound and to protect them from solar radiation.

Awarded the highest ‘excellent’ BREEAM rating of any building in Northern Ireland upon its completion, the new Waterways Ireland Headquarters’ Building in Enniskillen embodies the fundamentals of innovative design and sustainability. The building’s position straddling the banks of the river Erne, has two distinct characters - one solid, stoney-faced elevation which is a robust reflection of the townscape, and a lighter, reflective elevation mirroring the water’s edge. There were many external galvanized steel elements in the building, some were structural, while the reason for others was aesthetic or functional. The external columns to the riverside supporting gantries had the triple purpose of providing access for maintenance, breaking up the expanse of glass visually and acting as a brise soleil.

Faline was designed for a client’s garden in Edinburgh, to sit unobtrusively in a wooded area awaiting discovery. The life size whitetail doe has been formed using flat plates of mild steel, cut to shape, heated and formed and then fabricated together. The young doe took two artist blacksmiths three weeks to produce, using their skills developing a technique to produce a lifelike sculpture with fluid movement.

Molendinar Park Housing Association invited practices to compete to masterplan an adjacent site on the corner of Melbourne Street and the Gallowgate in Glasgow’s East End. The site was largely empty except for a derelict tenement on the Gallowgate (now demolished) and the preserved listed archway to the former meat market. The brief was simple: provide approximately 100 social housing dwellings. The winning masterplan envisaged a large communal pedestrian square in the centre of the site sitting immediately behind the listed Meat Market arch.


Saville Jones Architects Southend Pier

Studio Caparo The Paper Tower, London

Studio MGM Goodfellows Apartments, Bury St Edmunds

Thrussell & Thrussell Launceston Coronation Park, Cornwall

As the longest pier in the world, situated in two Sites of Special Scientific Interest and a listed structure, Southend Pier holds particular historical and cultural importance within marine architecture and the town of Southend. A fire in 2005 caused substantial damage to the structure and Saville Jones were appointed by Southend Borough Council in 2007 to oversee the restoration of the pier structure. Specialist design and working methods had to be employed to ensure the project could endure the continued harsh, exposed environment due to the restoration work being located over a mile out to sea. All of the steelwork above the pier deck is galvanized and the steelwork for the canopies was then painted to provide a subtle change of colour along the pier.

The 22 metre-high structure is made from cardboard tubes linked by galvanized steel joints. In total, over 850 individual components were galvanized, with each of the assembled brackets holding up to five cardboard struts. The ‘Paper Tower’ formed a dramatic, cone-shaped centrepiece for the annual London Design Festival in front of the Royal Festival Hall. The spectacular artwork is the inspiration of Shigeru Ban, an architect based in Tokyo and Paris, who is best known for designing low-cost, instant housing structures made from paper and card which can be used in disaster relief areas such as earthquake zones.

The development comprises a threestorey block of 12 affordable eco-flats in a conservation area, on behalf of clients Havebury Housing Partnership and Orwell Housing Association. One of the most visible features of the development will be the planted green screen around the building. This will serve a functional purpose as well as an aesthetic one. The plants will not only assist in creating a cleaner and cooler micro-climate around the building, but will be a beautiful feature that will give delight as the seasons change. The screen is supported on a framework constructed from purpose made galvanized steel brackets with un-treated larch posts and beams. The brackets fit in with the limited palette of materials which also includes galvanized gutters and downpipes.

This project was truly community inspired with each of the six bandstand panels designed by primary schools, elderly residents and groups from the local college. In total there are 120 designs woven into the panels using the history of Launceston for inspiration. The designs have been directly transferred to form the forged relief panels in 4mm thick mild steel. The panels are viewed from inside and out making them double sided.

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Thrussell & Thrussell Butterfly, Devon

Thrussell & Thrussell Dragonfly, London

Tonkin Liu Future Flower, Cheshire

Twycross Zoo East Midland Zoological Society: Himalaya

This sculpture is one of a collection of giant insects that have been produced for exhibition. It is 1.5 metres long with a 3 metre wing span and the body is formed from beaten and fabricated 3mm thick mild steel. It has been exhibited at Rosemoor, one of The Royal Horticultural Society’s Gardens.

This sculpture of an Emperor Dragonfly was commissioned by the “Friends of Hounslow Heath” and was funded by a “Breathing Spaces” grant. The dragonfly is approx 2 metres long with a 3 metre wing span and is mounted high on a post at the entrance to Hounslow Heath. It compliments the aeroplanes landing and taking off at nearby Heathrow Airport but at the same time highlights the wonderful natural area of Hounslow Heath. 

The 14 metre high wind-powered galvanized steel flower was commissioned as part of the wider Widnes Waterfront Environmental Programme. The Future Flower is 4.5 metres in diameter and constructed out of 120 perforated triangular and pentagonal galvanized steel plates. Wind speeds above 5 miles per hour will trigger the lights, creating different intensities of red, resulting in an ever-changing and dynamic flower.

Himalaya is a landmark building that acts as a gateway to Twycross Zoo – East Midland Zoological Society, whilst being a visitor attraction in its own right and an important socio-economic project in the East Midlands. The development includes a state-of-the-art snow leopard enclosure and large wading bird aviary. The snow leopard enclosure was netted over with a lightweight woven 50mm diagonal mesh supported on an eight metre high galvanized steel cabled structural frame. The wader aviary is of similar design, but uses a woven nylon mesh (20mm diameter) supported on a 12 metre high galvanized steel cabled structural frame. The netting seamlessly blends into the surroundings so as not to detract from the views of the beautiful natural landscaping, and the animals housed within, whilst allowing the animals to have essential access to fresh air and the elements in a safe manner.






Alec French Architects Allenbuild Alloy Fabweld Alloy Fabweld Amanda Levete Architects Andrew Baxter Archial Architects ataSTUDIO Barker Shorten Architects Bennetts Associates Black Architecture Christopher Lisney Coveney & Associates Denis Byrne Architects Fletcher Priest Architects Greenhill Jenner Ian Moran - Artist Blacksmith Ingleton Wood Ingleton Wood Jonathan Clark Architects Kier South East Kier South East Kraus Schรถnberg Architects Edward Lloyd-Hughes Manalo and White MJP Architects Mullarkey Pederson Architects P. Johnson & Company P. Johnson & Company Richard Murphy Architects RIM Fabrications Saville Jones Saville Jones Studio Caparo Studio MGM Thinking Space Thrussell and Thrussell Thrussell and Thrussell Thrussell and Thrussell Tonkin Liu Twycross Zoo

Aardman Animations Headquarters British Library, Storage Facility Campbell Park Lathams Yard 10 Hills Place Sandwell RSPB Hide The Small Animal Hospital Sherwood Greenlaw Church Ratcliff Wharf New Street Square CAFOD Headquarters The Jesse Tree Cork Co-operative Marts Tolka Rovers AFC, Dublin One Angel Lane Northbury School Sytch Lane Cemetery Deane Road Car Park Topp Way Car Park Longford Community School St Georges School New Stores Tayson House Woodbank Bridge Seabank Cottage British Embassy Waterways Ireland HQ South Porch Gates Faline Whitetail Deer Moore Street Housing Roseisle Distillery Southend Pier Memorial Recreational Ground Paper Tower Goodfellows Apartments Twin Peaks Bandstand Butterfly Dragonfly Future Flower Himalaya Enclosure

Simon Doling Allenbuild Limited and Paul White Photography Louise Borjling Louise Borjling Edmund Sumner Andrew Baxter Andrew Lee Graeme Andrew Jaimie Shorten Tim Crocker Timothy Soar Christopher Lisney Grace Coveney Eugene Langan Timothy Soar and Fletcher Priest Architects Charlotte Wood Ian Moran Paul Bunch at Perspective-i Paul Bunch at Perspective-i Peter Cook Louise Wilson and Andy Cross of Kier South East Paul Trigg of GDM Partnership Kraus Schรถnberg Architects Edward Lloyd-Hughes David Grandorge Pirak Anurakyawachon Aidan McKelvey Shona Johnson Shona Johnson Andrew Lee / David Morris Keith Hunter Photography Haydn Jones Haydn Jones The London Design Festival Timothy Soar Thinking Space Garry Thrussell Garry Thrussell Garry Thrussell Kim Price Jennifer Spalton


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