Schueco Excellence Awards 2019

Projects by Nicholas Hare Architects and AHMM head the list of winners and commendations selected by this year’s distinguished jury


A key theme that emerged in the jury discussions for the 2019 Schueco Excellence Awards for Design and Innovation – organised in association with Architecture Today – was that creativity, innovation, technical skill and collaboration tend to go hand-in-hand. A well-designed building will self-evidently suggest a rigorous and exacting approach to detailing and specification, and with a responsive manufacturer and creative specialist contractor, that in turn will often engender pride and quality in workmanship. As good daylighting and energy performance assume ever more significance in our buildings, recognition of this integrated approach becomes ever more important, and this underlies the ethos of the Schueco Awards.


The 2019 jury included architects Paul Williams (Stanton Williams) and Neil Dusheiko (Neil Dusheiko Architects) – both winners from last year’s awards, Julia Barfield (Marks Barfield) and Clare Wright (Wright & Wright), and Steve Mudie (Alinea) and Paul Savidge (Wintech), both with specialist knowledge of facade design. Schueco’s National Architectural Manager, Danny Fitzgerald, supported the jury with technical insight. Having assessed and ranked potential contenders for awards in each given category, and drawing on the technical expertise at hand, decisions were reached with relative unanimity.

The criteria for assessment of the awards focused on creativity, innovation, technical skill and creative collaboration. Does the project demonstrate design quality, whether at a macro and/or micro scale? Is there evidence of significant innovation in terms of design, detailing or constructional skills? Does the project show high levels of technical skill in its detailed design and/or assembly? Does the project demonstrate a productive and creative collaboration between the designer, specialist contractor and/or manufacturer?


Overall Winner and Education Building Winner

Student Centre, University College London (above and top); architect: Nicholas Hare Architects; specialist contractor: FGS (Facade Glazing Solutions); client: University College London (UCL); photos: Alan Williams


Overall Runner-up and Commercial Building Winner

The Ray, London; architect: AHMM; facade consultant: Buro Happold Engineering; specialist contractor: Alumet; client: Viridis Real Estate; photo: Rob Parrish


Cultural Building Winner

Windermere Jetty Museum, Cumbria; architect: Carmody Groarke; specialist contractor: UKTOP; client: Lakeland Arts; photo: Christian Richters


Cultural Building Commendation

MK Gallery, Milton Keynes; architect: 6a Architects; specialist contractor: MB Glass; client: MK Gallery; photo: 6a Architects


Individual House Winner

Kenwood Lee House, London; architect: Cousins & Cousins; specialist contractor: Alco Glass Systems; photo: Alan Williams

Individual House Improvement Winner

Felsham Road, London; architect: Giles & Pike Architects; specialist contractor: L2i; photo: Logan Irvine-MacDougall

Individual House Improvement Commendation

Tachbrook Street, London; architect: Owen Architects; specialist contractor: Express Bi-Folding Doors; client: Cornelia and Dirk Ormoneit; photo: Tim Soar


Refurbishment Project Winner

Television Centre, White City, London; architect: AHMM; specialist contractor: CSi; client: Stanhope; photo: Timothy Soar


Refurbishment Project Commendation

160 Old Street, London; architect: Orms; specialist contractor: Dane Architectural Systems; client: Great Ropemaker Partnership; photos: Dane/Vervate


Residential Development Winner

Rosemoor Studios, Chelsea, London; architect: Haptic Architects; specialist contractor: IQ Glass Solutions; client: Haig Construction Management; photo: Simon Kennedy


Residential Development Commendation and Steel Project Commendation

35 Marylebone High Street, London; architect: Dixon Jones; specialist contractor: Propak Architectural Glazing; client: W-One International; photo: Paul Riddle


Steel Project Winner

Science & Technology Centre and Global Study Centre, Sevenoaks School, Kent; architect: Tim Ronalds Architects; specialist contractor: Arkoni; client: Sevenoaks School Foundation; photos: Hélène Binet


Specialist Contractor Award

Prater, for London Waterloo Station Infill; architect: Wessex Capacity Alliance/Mott MacDonald; client: Network Rail; photo: Prater


Commercial Building Commendation

Two St Peter’s Square, Manchester; architect: Simpson Haugh Architects; specialist contractor: FK Group/Premo Fabrications; client: Betfred; photo: Premo Fabrications


Education Building Commendation

The Dorothy Garrod Building, Cambridge; architect: Walters & Cohen Architects; specialist contractor: Prism Architectural; client: Newnham College, Cambridge; photo: Dennis Gilbert


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