Galvanizing Awards â€” 2019
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Introduction 04 Judges 05 GAGAs at 25 06 Galvanizing in Architecture 10 Galvanizing in Engineering 12 Sustainability Award 14 Duplex Award 16 Galvanizing in Detail 18 Highly Commended 20 Special Mention 22 Shortlisted Entries 24 Credits 36
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Introduction It’s surprising how every year of the Galvanizing Awards throws up a different set of scenarios. Whereas last year’s crop of winners was firmly focused on housing and houses, exhibiting the beautiful shimmering aesthetic qualities of galvanized steel in the process, for 2019 the best examples of the material in use over the past year are back to being public buildings. Spread out across the UK and Ireland, as a result this year’s winners make particular use of galvanized steel’s robust and durable qualities, albeit still impeccably detailed. We have a ramped observation platform, weir refurbishment, cinema, pavilion and visitor centre. chadwick dryer clarke studio takes the 2019 Galvanizing in Architecture Award for its elegant Rising Path scheme, constructed at the Cambridge Botanical Garden as a viewing platform. Galvanized steel has been used to create the structure of the sweeping ellipse form, combining with timber and making use of laser cutting for the many unique elements. Addison Conservation + Design, meanwhile, wins the Engineering category for its dramatic turnaround at the previously much degraded 19th century Catrine Wier in East Ayreshire. The judges appreciated the barely visible galvanized apron along the crest to neatly reinforce the vulnerable edge, while adding a touch of sparkle to the water streaming over – with minimal environmental impact. Likewise, at this year’s Detail winner, Pálás, designed by dePaor, external fins and sills lift the severity of this essay in sheer concrete with surprising effect. Housing didn’t escape the winning line up completely though. Stephen Taylor Architects’ L-shaped Cadix Housing scheme on the outskirts of Antwerp in Belgium was highly commended. The project completes an urban
block, mixing apartments and individual terraced houses and incorporates galvanized metalwork into all of the communal balustrading. Minimalist from afar, on closer inspection these elements have been imbued with quirky details that pleased this year’s judges – the gently arcing handrails at the entrance of the external stair, scalloped feet to the balustrades and figure of 8 fixing plates. Together, they provide subtle ornament to the overall composition. Jailmake’s roots-inspired bench also gets a special mention for making use of parametric design to delicately fold 2mm-thick steel plate into a light-looking, intriguing loadbearing structure. Another great year, with plenty more to discover in the following pages.
Isabelle Priest, RIBAJ
Judges Isabelle Priest RIBA Journal
Matthew Wells Techniker
Greg Storrar Tonkin Liu
Iqbal Johal Galvanizers Association
GAGAs at 25
25 Years of the Galvanizing Awards
Year on year GAGA entrants have shown how construction sectors across the UK and Ireland test the technical limits and creative potential of a 300 year old technology. Just when you thought everything which could be achieved with this reliable, proven coating, has been done and seen, more extraordinary projects emerge. Whether they are monumental public projects or small-scale detail entrants, each year we are reminded how versatile and visionary the use of galvanizing can be.
industry, and that it has become a document of changing practices and philosophies within construction itself. The predominance of sustainability, the rise of cost-effective modular design, the sustained emphasis on no-maintenance materials have all been highlighted through projects that are entered.
Our 25 year milestone has also afforded us an excuse (as if it were needed) to look back at previous winners. One of our first winners to stand out is Stukely Street, the former Savoy Hotel furniture This year there is an even greater air of store near Covent Garden. It was given excitement about the awards, as we have a dramatic facelift by Jestico and Whiles reached our 25th anniversary. Conceived and turned into a light filled, six story initially as a means of forging greater office-space with the extensive use of connections between the galvanizing glass and galvanized steel. industry and architects, artists and engineers, we believe the GAGAs have, in Past entries have also highlighted how fact, grown to represent much more. social housing can be innovative, elegant and highly desirable places to Today, we pride ourselves on the fact live. Examples that stand out are that our event widens conversation Homes for Change in Hulme, around successes within the galvanizing Manchester which continues to support
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sustainable, diverse communities with a more inclusive kind of approach. They sit alongside projects like Heron Court by Bell Phillips Architects and shine a light on the idea that all this can be achieved within the constraints of the public purse. At Jubilee Campus, Nottingham University, Michael Hopkins and Partners turned a former bicycle factory site into an academic park for 2,500 students, marrying energy-saving construction with outstanding design and function. Furthermore, projects like Exposure by Anthony Gormley show how new design software is pushing the boundaries of what is possible with galvanized steel. At 26m tall and weighing 60 tonnes, this feat of engineering contains 5,400 bolts and a further 2,000 components, all of which are galvanized.
GAGAs at 25
Julia Barfield Founding Director, Marks Barfield Architects Julia Barfield is a founding director of Marks Barfield Architects (MBA). MBA has won more than 70 awards for design, innovation and sustainability including being shortlisted for the Stirling Prize. In 2000 Julia Barfield received an MBE and she has also collected the Prince Philip Designers Prize. She was also winner of the Queens Award for Enterprise and Innovation in 2003.
Old Shed, New House, Tonkin Liu
Another arts proposition that caught our attention was the Garsington Opera house at Wormesley, Buckinghamshire. It is unusual as an arts venue as it is was designed to be dismounted and rebuilt annually. The structure has significantly upgraded facilities and acoustics in line with the expectations of 21st Century opera goers.
Jolyon Brewis Partner, Grimshaw Architects
Back in 1994 our judging panel included architect Julia Barfield, one of the leading visionaries on iconic projects like the London Eye and the i360 Tower. We are delighted that Julia is once again involved in the awards this year. As a keynote address, she gave an insightful talk on sustainability and the re-use of materials and resources.
Jolyon Brewis joined Grimshaw Architects in 1998. Since then he has fulfilled several senior leadership roles, including Chief Executive from 2011 to 2015. Aside from further design schemes for Eden Project destinations such as China and Australia, Jolyon has led on the expansion of Stansted Airport and Sizewell C, the new nuclear power station, both of which involve building design and master planning.
Galvanizers Association were also fortunate to have a keynote presentation from Jolyon Brewis. A specialist in large-scale super-efficient enclosures, such as those seen at the Eden Project. His insider’s take on the role of the Eden Project 20 years on was an authoritative account of the role of the landmark project in place-making.
Every year we have been struck by the support for our awards by the construction community. Galvanizers Association has learned much from leading practitioners such as Ian Ritchie of Ian Ritchie Architects, recent winner of a RIBA Award for the ‘Sainsbury Wellcome Centre’. We have also been fortunate to be able to call upon studios such as Sutherland Hussey Harris and be promoted by industry voices such as Matthew Wells of Techniker. Over the years we have had some landmark projects that have ushered in a new era for galvanizing within contemporary architecture. Projects like the Lewis Glucksman Gallery in Cork, a headline grabbing build in Ireland, showcased not only O’Donnell and Tuomey’s flair for impeccable design, but also a visionary use of galvanized steel. Timber clad, galvanized cantilevered gallery spaces, exhibit and intensify the landscape as well as the curated objects within. The Eden Project, that geodesic wonder by Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners as mentioned
GAGAs at 25
Hengrove Park Leisure Centre, Kier Construction
Greenwich Low Carbon Energy Centre, C.F. Møller Architects
earlier, stood out as a sublime lesson in ecology, drawing attention to the human dependency upon plants. Transparent domes within a steel structure create maximum enclosed volume with minimum surface area. A galvanized coating ensures the longest life possible for this £57m showcase for global bio-diversity.
high comprising hundreds of triangular galvanized panels, the stack unites sophisticated engineering and complex optic research creating an impressive sculptural concept on a huge scale. It completes what is an ambitious example of cutting-edge, industrial architecture by C.F. Møller Architects, designed to save over 20,000 tonnes of carbon every year.
Hengrove Leisure Complex is a state-of-the-art pool and leisure centre in South Bristol. Its “bubble effect” roof over the main Olympic size pool is a remarkable feature, supported on curved galvanized universal beams. Keir Construction used galvanized steel to deliver a guaranteed 60 year lifespan in what is a highly corrosive chlorinated atmosphere. This project was awarded a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating.
At Peacehaven an area approximately the size of three football pitches features complex curved and domed roofs forming parabolas with curved side walls and bull nose details. Covered in sedum, the rooftop is sensitive to its environment and blends into the South Downs. It forms the largest green roof in Britain. The Peacehaven Wastewater Treatment Works is an integral element of Southern Water’s £300m environmental improvement scheme. From past winners to entrants competing this year, we have had a rich catalogue to choose from. As ever, our judging panel have had a delightful, if at times arduous task, choosing overall winners from another exceptional field. What has struck us all this year more than ever, is how wonderful it is to look at such
Lastly, two notable industrial projects designed with sustainability in mind; Greenwich Low Carbon Energy Centre and the Waste Water Treatment Works at Peacehaven. At Greenwich a visitor’s centre complete with sculptural stack, designed by artist Conrad Shawcross, encourages public engagement and demystifies renewable energy production. At 49m
Peace Haven, Bourne Group
an extensive range of projects through the lens of galvanizing. It is truly inspiring to see the breadth of applications of galvanized steel and to appreciate our honest coating not in a purely supporting role, but as a leading participant in the finest construction of our times.
Galvanizing in Architecture chadwick dryer clarke studio The Rising Path, Cambridge
In the summer of 2016, chadwick dryer clarke studio were invited to participate in a limited design competition held by the Botanic Garden and University of Cambridge Estates. Their winning solution which was a collaboration with structural engineers Smith and Wallwork, provides an accessible viewing platform overlooking the systematic beds, with an exhibition area below. The Rising Path has been devised as a gently sloping path that leads off from the established path network, taking visitors through the maturing conifer collection of the New Pinetum. The interpretation hub at ground level provides engaging displays drawn from the Gardenâ€™s archives to encourage visitors to explore the Systematic Beds.
Using BIM 3D modelling from the outset, the sculptural shape developed considers both the visual form and structural requirements; a true collaboration between architect and structural engineer. The structural frame is formed from galvanized steel with principal members made from laser cut curved 10mm plates. The curved stringer has changing radii throughout the sweeping ellipse. The 90mm CHS columns are fixed to concrete free specialist hand driven steel pile footings. These enable the foundations to be positioned close to the trees and within the root protection zones. The importance of the site, alongside the sustainability criteria for the project, meant that the choice of materials; galvanized steel and timber were of utmost importance.
Galvanizing in Engineering Addison Conservation + Design Conservation of Catrine Weir, East Ayrshire
The Catrine Weir on the River Ayr (East Ayrshire) is a 19th Century industrial structure erected as a water supply to power the Catrine Mills and their water wheels designed by the renowned engineer William Fairburn. These wheels were the biggest in the world in their time. The weir structure was dilapidated but, although patched over time, it required major engineered conservation works to stabilise and then protect the heritage assets. The conservation was masterminded to the smallest detail and later supervised on site by the late John Addison. The principle was to retain the weirâ€™s original fabric as much as possible but encapsulate it in specially designed lime concrete which closely match the type used by Roman engineers. The original
wooden weir crest was replaced with ekki timber. Apart from the obvious technical logic of the reinforcement, it was decided the crest should bear a modern and aesthetic mark. This is where the galvanized steel apron was introduced. It creates a sharp very clean line shimmering in the sun (when the Scottish weather allows). From past experience it also provides the most cost-effective long-term solution.
Sustainability Award Brightblue Studio Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre, Northumberland
The four clear aims and achievements of the wider Dynamic Druridge project were to inspire and engage people about nature, to build a new Sustainable Wildlife Discovery Centre and to recreate and reconnect habitats to increase biodiversity. Located on the North East Coast, the site is on the Hauxley Nature Reserve which was an old open cast mine. As with many elements of the project, an important objective was that of demonstrating the possibilities of using a non skilled workforce, using widely accessible and affordable components yet still producing high quality building of architectural interest. The project also made use of galvanized gabions as a primary structural component for the first time in the UK. The structural engineer
utilised the experience of Haiti post the 2010 earthquake. Galvanized gabions were chosen as the key foundation link structure for the project as they were ‘fillable’ by the volunteer workforce – the central corridor is a tour-de-force – and moveable by a single person. They also accommodate movement as the whole strategy of the structural design was one of adaption to the complex brownfield site. The galvanized solution in this location provides a cost-efficient solution, that was both humble, easy to transport to site, suitable for the location for the longevity of the building, and easily adjustable to suit the changing site conditions.
Duplex Award Studio Weave Nine Elms Thames Path Pavilion, London
Studio Weave were commissioned to design a pavilion as part of the Churchman Landscape Architects led redevelopment of the Thames Riverside Walk in Nine Elms.
require sealing and weathering.
Although these would be typically overcoated with additional finishes to both sides, the architects found that galvanizing provided ideal protection to The pavilion provides shelter for the the steel as well as an optimal base for public, as well as for a storage facility for finishing. equipment to be used for local events. As a result, the square facilitates The external faces of the panels were activities that complement the ongoing coated with a cold applied polymer development of Nine Elms. The raised composite finish. The panel faces garden allows the pavilion to address internal to the store room were left to the square while providing an additional expose their galvanized finish and the patch of greenery easily appreciated external copper finished faces left from ground level. unsealed to allow natural weathering and Verdigris to develop over time. Galvanized structural steel is clad in timber and adorned with colourful patterns. The walls at ground level, planters and the water tower are made from proprietary water tank panels. The panels are pressed steel and as such
Galvanizing in Detail dePaor Pálás, Galway The project was originally commissioned in 2006, after grant funding was received from the EU, which was championing the screening of European-made films in purposebuilt cinemas as a pushback against Hollywood. dePaor developed the design through analogue means – hand drawings and models at varying scales – to test the qualities of rooms, circulation spaces, the passage of light and the relationship between structure and linings. Located in the old town between the docks that face the Atlantic Ocean and the River Corrib that flows into it, the building sits on a very tight corner plot previously occupied by an earlynineteenth-century merchant’s house. The grit-blasted concrete façades appear as render from a distance and have a similar quality to the exposed firewalls of Berlin. The façades are punctuated with 25 square operable windows made of Iroko with galvanized
steel plate sills to throw off the rain. They are arranged in a seemingly scattered pattern, giving little indication of internal use. Indeed other than the words ‘Palace’ and (the Gaelic) ‘Pálás’ imprinted on the thinnest sides, the building’s form and language give few clues as to its function. All of the external hardware to the building is fabricated from 6mm galvanized mild steel including: the weathervane – a cut profile of a woman chasing her silhouette for north; the coping and cornice - cleated for scale when viewed from the street; the entrance canopy - a tripartite gutter which ends in the letters ‘pálás’, as well as staircases, gates and railings at street level. Galvanizing was chosen for its texture and colour - flat against the West of the Irish sky; the way it weathers to a soft grey and how it complements the limestone and concrete.
Highly Commended: Detail Stephen Taylor Architects Cadix Housing, Belguim Cadix Housing is a new residential building over six levels and comprises a mix of 27 triplex, duplex, and single level homes, commissioned by the housing association Woonhaven Antwerpen. The brief was for an apartment building in the area surrounding Antwerpâ€™s old docks as part of the urbanism strategy set out for their redevelopment. Sitting within the rugged industrial context of the old docks, the new brick building needed to be a robust addition to the neighbourhood that could hold its own against the sturdiness of its historic neighbours. Its masonry volume is softened by the refined detailing of its architectural metalwork, ranging from windows and doors to gates and balustrades, which present a finer character to the parts of the building that residents come into contact with. There were several strands to the thought process that resulted in
galvanizing being specified for the important communal design features in the building. Foremost amongst these was the direct and unpretentious nature of the finish, together with its attractive material qualities. Combined with the relative cost of galvanizing compared with other materials and finishes that can work within the same constraints of budget, longevity, material strength, and aesthetic appeal, it offered unparalleled value for this 100% affordable housing project. Seen up close the understated variegations in patina provide an attractive depth of expression, which complements the equally rich surrounding materials of brickwork and cast stone. As these are the parts of the building that will be touched and experienced through the act of living here, the fact that the galvanized finishes will dull or polish dependent on use and wear, will add a further layer of refinement to this appearance as the building ages.
Special Mention Jailmake RHS Root Bench, London
Commissioned by The RHS for Chelsea flower show, the Root Bench gives its simple visual aesthetic over to the single tree planted within it. Representing the ground surface are six large planks of English Oak, beneath which are the roots of the tree. Folded from 2mm steel plate, and reminiscent of a biological crosssection drawing brought to life, the mass of complex folded steel can support the weight of 4m long fully laden benches, through its intersecting geometry and extruded form. Designed using parametric software and all fabricated in house, the design is a simple ode to the miraculous strength of root systems. Once galvanized, the result left the benches in a shining bright zinc finish.
Each European Oak plank for the top of each bench was sanded and oiled to protect the wood from weathering.
Alex Hartley Gentle Collapsing I, Kentucky, USA Hartley has constructed a modern ruin permanently sited in the rolling landscape of Kentucky in the convention of a picturesque folly. The sculpture was fabricated and galvanized in London and is based on the iconic single-family dwelling exemplified through Californian modernism and John Entenzaâ€™s Case Study Programme. The sculptureâ€™s state of entropy has been frozen, and stasis is held in a precarious state of equilibrium. Nature is being encouraged to slowly reclaim the structure.
aLL Design Neuron Pod, London Neuron Pod is an extension to Centre of the Cell’s (CotC) educational community engagement programme at the late Will Alsop, RA OBE designed Blizard Institute, part of Queen Mary University, London. A galvanized steel bridge connects Neuron Pod to the existing building. Using a combination of weathering and galvanized steel allowed the architects to use two structural materials with contrasting, maintenance free, industrial finishes, creating a differentiation between Neuron Pod’s sculpted form and the more utilitarian design of the bridge.
Ashworth Parkes Architects The Garage, Cambridge
Baart Harries Newall Wrekin College Business School, Telford
The building is separated into two halves along its length and constructed using a galvanized steel frame that extends throughout.
A new Business School for Wrekin College set within the beautifully landscaped campus. The building is an extension to an existing teaching block. On one side it completes a new courtyard, to the other it sits, pavilion like, in the school’s gardens.
One half of the building backs onto Mariner’s Way forming the garage while the family room/guest space faces the garden. The project was conceived as a kit of parts to enable the client and family friends to largely construct the building themselves.
The new facility aims to provide a real continuous business experience which links learning with students’ ideas and experiences. Orientated towards a main road, the building presents a transparent and welcoming façade toward the public realm.
BHC Ltd Glasgow Airport Pick Up and Drop Off Car Park
CAN Lomax Studio, London
The new parking facility was designed to link directly to an existing multistorey car park to provide an exit from the upper levels. The car park deck supported by galvanized steel has been designed to connect to the existing concrete frame of the multistorey carpark, without transfer of new loading. The design also allows for future construction of two additional levels.
CAN were commissioned by two artists to design a joint studio. Their different practices required very different work spaces, the sculptor required a big lightfilled industrial workshop, whilst the print maker needed a smaller darker area to work with UV sensitive materials.
The facility opened in the Spring of 2017 and has eased congestion within the Airport, providing a better experience to all users.
Chris Dyson Architects Crystal Palace Park Cafe, London The cafe design is part of a package of improvement and conservation works proposed for the wider park. The approved design is a 2-storey building that provides a park level cafe and terrace and an event space at first floor level. The new building is situated in the same location as the existing cafe but its orientation has been shifted to be perpendicular to the park’s central axis. By doing this the building becomes the centre point of a new universally accessible route between the central axis and the lakeside path.
To maximise space with a limited budget the studio used a combination of ‘off the shelf’ components and materials the clients had accumulated from their practice. CAN looked to combine these materials in such a way that elevated them from the ordinary to the ornamental. .
Crittall Windows Walsingham House, London
DP Structures Green tower, Basingstoke
The building dates back to the 16th century and is named after Queen Elizabeth I’s famous ‘spymaster’, who lived in Seething Lane. The project was completed by ISG Construction, John Robertson Architects and Devonport Properties. Together, the team transformed this historic building into new office accommodation, designed to retain the heritage of the building.
The concept of the cylindrical Green Tower was designed by STAC architecture for Nandos new restaurant at Basingstoke. The engineering details were undertaken by DP Structures.
The interior was demolished by ISG, preserving the Portland stone façade, and redesigned using the finest materials. Crittall windows were fitted throughout the building and some internal screens which were refurbished by Metwin.
A critical factor in evaluating the concept for Green Tower was to design a structure strong enough to support the plants, make the cylinder transportable and allow for safe installation.
Emma Stothard Sculpture Craven Heifer, Harrogate In 2018, Emma pitched to the organiser of the Great Yorkshire Show the idea of creating a portrait of the famous Craven Heifer to celebrate the 160th anniversary of the Great Yorkshire Show. The resulting monumental lifesize sculpture made from woven wire and galvanized, toured the county in the run-up to the show and is now permanently sited outside the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s main office in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Emulsion Albany Road, London Emulsion’s first self-initiated development is the transformation of a former off-licence building into three tranquil urban homes over four storeys. Rather than flatten the site, Emulsion took a more sustainable ‘adapt and re-use’ approach, working with and adding to the existing building fabric to achieve a BREEAM excellent rating. An industrial-inspired material palette was selected, including Imar anodised aluminium mesh and expressed galvanized steel sections, to differentiate between the old and new elements.
Featherstone Young Architects Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham Tŷ Pawb (Everybody’s House) is a new model for an arts venue designed by architects Featherstone Young, which relocates Oriel Wrecsam (formerly Wrexham Arts Centre) within the People’s Market; an existing purposebuilt 1980s multi-storey car park and market hall. The new facilities include art galleries, market stalls, performance space, a learning centre, cafes and bars. Studios and meeting rooms for artists and gallery staff overlook newly created double-height spaces.
Feilden Fowles Garden Room, London Feilden Fowles transformed an overgrown and neglected plot into a collective home and community garden for a trio of organisationa. Designed as a demountable structure, the garden room houses a meeting room for the team of architects. The structure was built form a ‘Baubuche’ timber frame, recycled from an art installation exhibited at the Design Museum. Corrugated galvanized steel sheets form the roof, funnelling rainwater into a galvanized steel gutter The glazing details are deliberately crude for economic reasons, formed by insetting double glazed units into mitred galvanized steel equal angles.
Fletcher Priest Architects The White Chapel Building, London Through a series of strategic interventions Fletcher Priest remodelled an unloved 1980s office block creating a vibrant hub for creative, technology and media companies. As part of this transformation, the 8270m2 lower ground floor space of the existing office building has been converted to house the London Museum of Photography operated by Fotografiska. The structural grid of the pavilion is clad in hot dip galvanized panels. Galvanizing was selected following an extensive design review for aesthetic reasons and for its durability, given the gritty urban environment at this busy intersection of Whitechapel High Street.
Group Ginger The Hide, Tophill Low Group Ginger developed a clearer visitor journey through the re-organisation of existing facilities and the improvement of way finding, with buildings acting as strategic markers; ultimately making the experience more enjoyable for both regular and new visitors as well as staff members. Education facilities over-look dipping ponds, an elevated public viewing gallery and picture windows provide a vantage point to view the reservoir. A twenty-four hour twitcherâ€™s hide is provided for dedicated bird watchers.
Gruff Limited AMP Studios Pavilion, London The AMP Studios Pavilion is a standalone modular structure for hosting outdoor events. Its form was driven by the geometry of the existing Victorian railway viaduct, extending the usable sheltered area from a pair of arches out onto the forecourt. Breaking down the large span into sets of smaller, lighter elements, easily fabricated and assembled by hand, helped to manage the budget restrictions by using widely-available building components and reduced buildtime and disruption to the resident artists.
Kenex Engineering Lympstone Marine Camp, Devon
Kevin Killen Face, Ratoath College, Ireland
The Commando Training Centre, also known as CTCRM, is the principal training centre for the Royal Marines.
The sculptor, Kevin Killen was interested in creating a sculpture that captured Ratoath College’s commitment to its students’ development. Further to a speech by the Ratoath’s principal, Killen decided to put the ‘student’ at the centre of the artwork. Face was created using the main theme of life - which is symbolised by a youthful face; and learning - symbolised by positive words and phrases that make up the building blocks of the facial structure.
After a structural survey was carried out on the existing site, it was deemed that various elements of the Tarzan Course were structurally unsafe due to corrosion caused by the location of the site which is on the south coast of Devon. Kenex Engineering were tasked to replace the training towers with new galvanized steel as it offered a long lasting, robust, protective coating for the steelwork.
Galvanizing was also chosen for its longevity and protection of the artwork.
Littlehampton Welding Ltd Wall of Fame - The London Palladium
Liz West Colour Transfer, London
The London Palladium stage door gates ‘Wall of Fame’ were designed by Artist Lee Simmons as an homage to the greats of British variety entertainment who’ve performed at the theatre over the years.
Colour Transfer, is a new work commissioned by British Land and curated by Rosie Glenn for Paddington Central, London. You can experience the intense impact of colour in this new radiant site-specific sculpture - a dazzling immersive chromatic commission spanning the underside of Paddington Central’s Westway Bridge.
The fronts of the gates and their surround are comprised of separate panels of satin finished steel plate with the supporting structure for the gates and surround made of galvanized steel. The gates are used as an emergency exit for the theatre and also allow large vehicles access to the back stage area for delivering sets.
The artwork, supported by galvanized steel frames, comprises multiple angled coloured mirrors, vertically spanning the height of the brickwork to create an optically vibrant and kaleidoscopic installation. The prismatic shapes mirror the tunnel’s architecture.
New British Design Batelease Farm, Devon
New British Design Kudhva, Cornwall
New British Design were approached by the client and her husband to design an extension to their grade II listed farmhouse. The extension needed to incorporate part of the existing footprint of the house which had stood before being flattened by a stray bomb during World War II. After the client suffered a severe spinal stroke an entirely new set of non-negotiable constraints were placed on the project. The redesign tackled issues of level access between the old and the new building on all floors, with lift access and exterior connections.
The installation is four unique wilderness cabins. The cabins are intended to be the first phase of a wider masterplan for the site offering the public the chance to experience temporary small-scale experimental architecture. The design had to be a movable structure that was capable of being manufactured off-site and then transported to its intended location as a complete unit. This ensured a higher quality product compared to that achieveable on-site.
P. Johnson & Company Under the Sea, Castle Bay, Dunbar Under the Sea was commissioned by housing developers CALA Homes (East) Ltd and designed by Pete Hill. The sculpture is an interpretation of fish, limpets, sea anemones and star fish which live below the waves of the North Sea, all forged from mild steel. Three large rocks link the waves and the shoals of Cod & Ling together, giving the impression of life on the sea floor. The sculpture is situated at the entrance to a new housing development on the outskirts of Dunbar, a popular seaside town on the North Sea coast of East Lothian, 30 miles east of Edinburgh.
PAD Studio Canoe Lake Leisure Tennis Pavilion, Portsmouth
PAD Studio designed the new pavilion building for Canoe Lake Leisure, a philanthropic endeavour that replaces an existing clubhouse which was derelict, asbestos-ridden and a target GAGA 2019 for repeated vandalism. It was important to PAD Studio that the buildings structural and tectonic approach was demonstrated by the Pavilionâ€™s form, materiality and durability. The Pavilion is the first building to be constructed in this historic part of Southsea for over 60 years, located within Southsea Common, a listed park in a prominent seafront location.
Paul Archer Design Heaven Tree House, London The original house is part of a curving row of terraces built just after the millennium. As such, all the houses have a footprint that is narrow at the front and wider to the back. Each house in the row has its own mono pitch roof - giving the terrace a ‘sawtooth’ profile. The extension is designed to take full advantage of these geometries. With all the lines of the walls converging, providing interesting false perspectives. The architects deliberately twisted their new extension to take advantage of these visual twists. The interior is laid out to promote the view out to the garden.
Purcell Aerospace Bristol
Studio RHE Alphabeta, London
Aerospace Bristol, in the first instance tells of collective human endeavour, creativity and the genius of a multifaceted metropolis. Secondly, the museum weaves a once active airfield back into Bristol; a city of manufacture and stories, creating a base for learning to inspire the next generation of engineers.
Studio RHE carefully scraped back the buildings’ old extensions and alterations to embrace the original steel columns, rivets and brickwork, restoring and celebrating the building’s historic façades and core. At roof level the extensive demolition of redundant and unattractive mirror-glass plant enclosures helped restore the hierarchy of the historic tower and cupola while also creating new office space and open terraces offering panoramic views across London’s skyline. Transparent meeting rooms cantilever above the shared space and a cycle ramp running indoors from the street is celebrated with high visibility glass.
The architectural project combines a new hangar for Concorde Alpha Foxtrot, alongside a grade II listed WW1 aircraft hangar, home to much of Bristol Aero Collection including aeroplanes, helicopters, missiles and more.
Thrussells Butterfly, Private Collection A unique garden sculpture with a wingspan of 2m, made in mild steel and hot dip galvanized. Galvanizing was chosen for its metallic finish and long-lasting quality which provide a strong contrast to its surroundings. Galvanizing also maintained the fine detail and texture of the sculpture. “We often get asked if our sculptures are cast! This is due to the fact the galvanized finish smooths the joins and provides a clean seamless effect which most people associate with fine bronze casting finish” - Thomas Thrussell.
Tim Offer Architects The Square, Plymouth A bold contemporary addition to a listed house that opens new connections through the house and to the garden, brings redundant spaces back into use and re-establishes the buildings’ original grandeur. Interstitial spaces and transitional zones create a shift between open and closed, public and protected. A rich tapestry of use is created that moves beyond simply ‘inside-out’ living.
Wimshurst Pelleriti Berberis Boathouse, Devon Wimshurst Pelleriti recently completed a new boathouse which can lift a 14 ft speedboat out of the water and store it ready for quick launch. Unusually, perhaps uniquely, the boat is stored in the specially designed eaves from where it is mechanically lowered 15 ft into the water, releasing the area below the boat for storage. The challenging brief required a modern and sophisticated piece of infrastructure to be sensitively inserted into the steep sided estuary of the River Yealm in Devon.
West Country Blacksmiths Orchard Cottage, Bristol
West Country Blacksmiths Lillycombe Estate, Exmoor
West Country Blacksmiths were invited by a private client to design, make and install a variety of metalwork for a residential project in Bristol which included a rooftop balcony with railings, a garden railing system and an arched gate that leads to the garden.
The project entailed the design and manufacture of three pairs of drive way gate, pedestrian gates and over 300m of fencing, all of which needed to be long lasting, retain livestock on the estate and meet the rigorous approval process of the national park conservation team.
Hot dip galvanized steel was used throughout the project. The metalwork was forged and textured creating natural forms mimicking garden foliage.
Galvanizing was chosen for all the metalwork to offer the long term corrosion protection with an added finish - the metalwork was antique etched and oiled to give a weatheredaged finish.
25 years of the GAGAs
Bourne Group C.F. MÃ¸ller Architects Grimshaw Architects Kier Construction O'Donnell + Tuomey Tonkin Liu
Peace Haven Greenwich Low Carbon Energy Centre Eden Project Hengrove Park Leisure Centre Lewis Glucksman Gallery Old Shed, New House
Southern Water Mark Hadden Peter Cook Kier Construction Dennis Gilbert Greg Storrar
Addison Conservation + Design Alex Hartley aLL Design Ashworth Parkes Architects Baart Harries Newall BHC Ltd
Addison Conservation + Design Edward Winters crate47.com Michele Rossi Paul Harries Paul Tait
Brightblue Studio CAN chadwick dryer clarke studio Chris Dyson Architects Crittall Windows dePaor DP Structures Emma Stothard Sculpture Emulsion Featherstone Young Architects Feilden Fowles Fletcher Priest Architects Group Ginger Gruff Limited Jailmake Kenex Engineering Kevin Killen Littlehampton Welding Limited Liz West New British Design New British Design P. Johnson & Company
Conservation of Catrine Weir Gentle Collapsing I Neuron Pod The Garage Wrekin College Business School Glasgow Airport Pick Up and Drop Off Car Park Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre Lomax Studio The Rising Path Crystal Palace Park Café Walsingham House Pálás Green tower Craven Heifer Albany Road Tŷ Pawb Garden Room The White Chapel Building The Hide AMP Studios Pavilion RHS Root Bench Lympstone Marine Camp Face Wall of Fame - The London Palladium Colour Transfer Batelease Farm Kudhva Under The Sea, Castle Bay, Dunbar
John Faulkner / Simon Greer Andy Stagg Richard Chivers Pete Landers Crittall Windows Ed Reeve Arch.Photos Yorkshire Agricultural Society Ed Reeve James Morris Peter Cook Matt Chisnall Architectural Photography Jim Stephenson Ben Blossom Ollie Hammick Kenex Engineering Kevin Killen crate47.com Jason Bailey Studio George Fielding Roy Riley Shona Johnson
PAD Studio Paul Archer Design Purcell Architecture Ltd Stephen Taylor Architects Studio RHE Studio Weave Thrussells Tim Offer Architects West Country Blacksmiths West Country Blacksmiths Wimshurst Pelleriti
Canoe Lake Leisure Tennis Pavilion Heaven Tree House Aerospace Bristol Cadix Housing Alphabeta Nine Elms Thames Path Pavilion Butterfly The Square Orchard Cottage Lillycombe Estate Berberis Boathouse
Richard Chivers Will Pryce Jack Hobhouse Brendan Woods / David Grandorge Hufton + Crow Ollie Hammick Thrussells Tim Offer West Country Blacksmiths West Country Blacksmiths Nick Kane
Open for entries Galvanizers Association has been recognising the innovative use of galvanized steel by architects, engineers and constructors for over 25 years with its Galvanizing Awards competition. Entering is free, quick and easy and you will get the opportunity to win a unique hand dipped hot dip galvanized watering can.
Who can enter?
How to enter?
The Galvanizing Awards are open to:
Via the website, our online entry form can be found
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What type of project is eligible? All projects, large or small, new or refurbished, from across the UK and Ireland, completed after 1st January 2018 are eligible. The judging is based on merit and not the scale of the project. Submitted entries will be considered for the five categories listed.
Galvanizers Association Wrenâ€™s Court 56 Victoria Road Sutton Coldfield West Midlands B72 1SY T: +44 (0)121 355 8838 www.galvanizing.org.uk