RIBA award for Bideford College project
The RIBA awards are the Oscars of the architectural world and the 2011 regional award ceremony was held at the Guildhall in Salisbury. The College, which was opened for students in September 2010, has already scooped several awards for design and sustainability. Competition was extremely tough and NPS Group (Architect) was up against the region’s foremost architectural practices, with judges taking into consideration invention and originality as well as the complexity of the scheme, its sustainability features and social factors.
Bideford College is a school for students aged 11 to 18 and the project formed part of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, selected as a ‘One School Pathfinder’. The client, Devon County Council, saw the BSF initiative as an opportunity to create an institution of learning that cultivates knowledge, skills and values, enabling children and young people to contribute to a future in which all people live lives of quality and dignity, and in which the productivity of the environment is restored and sustained.
Hazlemere Commercial were also awarded the Commercial Installation of the Year Award (Education Sector) by Quantal in 2008 for their Lane End Primary School Installation (see image) in Edmonds Road, Lane End, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. They won this award for this Bucks County Council School project which involved the construction of a new entrance lobby with an aluminium Quantal glazed roof to increase security and management of people. The project was undertaken during school holidays, completing on time and on budget.
Hazlemere Commercial are on the Buckinghamshire County Council’s Approved List of Suppliers and were chosen by Lane End School for this project on recommendation from Bucks County Council, as proven manufacturers and installers of bespoke aluminium glazing systems. This award winning installation involved Sapa Dualframe 75 aluminium casement windows, Sapa 202 aluminium commercial entrance doors and a Quantal glazed aluminium roofing system.
Design facilities are available for all specialist projects. For example, as Hazlemere Commercial are able to draw on over 25 years experience and expertise, they are able to offer design services, adding value to their complete start to finish proposition, which assisted Hazlemere Commercial in winning a RICS Award for the design and work undertaken at the Yamanouchi Phase 3 offices at Littlemore in Oxford. Hazlemere Commercial were also awarded the accolade of Quantal Regional Installer of the Year for three consecutive years in 2008, 2009 and 2010.