A celebration of construction at the heart of Europe's biggest development

In a meeting of old and new, the Camden Building Quality Awards ceremony will see architects, builders and developers accepting awards for new building in Camden, with the historic German Gym building (dating back to 1864) and the Kings Cross development as its backdrop.

The award categories reflect the wide range of projects undertaken within the borough from small residential extensions to large commercial developments. The awards this year have also been extended to cover projects in other parts of the country which Camden Council has had an involvement in, through the Building Regulations Partner Authority Scheme.

Dame Jane Roberts the Leader of Camden Council, who will host the event, will be joined by Sir Stuart Lipton Former Chairman of CABE, (the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) to present the awards.

There will be approximately 10 awards, including awards for new builds, large and small commercial developments, excellence in inclusive design and sustainability. Camden Council's Building Control officers have nominated commendable projects, which have been completed under building regulations in the last two years.

The winners have been selected by a panel of judges who have been chosen because of their high level of expertise in the field of building regulations, sustainability and inclusive design.

Paschal O'Neill, Head of Building Control, Camden Council said: "The Building Quality Awards is an opportunity for us to reward high quality construction in the borough and motivate those responsible for our buildings to construct well. The awards are also a chance for us to encourage high environmental standards in building and excellence in inclusive design."

Sir Stuart Lipton Former Chairman of CABE, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment will be presenting the awards. Sir Stuart was appointed as CABE's first Chairman in May 1999. He has been Chief Executive of Stanhope plc since 1995 and has been a commercial developer since the 1960s. Under Sir Stuart's chairmanship, CABE succeeded in raising the public profile of architecture. CABE has worked closely with central Government, local authorities and the private sector to make better standards of design a more central element in the construction agenda.

The St Pancras Gymnasium (German Gym) was actually the home of the German Gymnasium Society, a sporting association established in London in 1861, and arguably the first purpose-built gymnasium in Britain. It was designed by Edward A. Gruning and constructed in 1864-65 by Piper and Wheeler at a cost of £6,000. The National Olympian Association held its first ever Games here in 1866, shortly after the German Gymnasium was opened. These continued annually until the first modern Olympic Games were held at White City in West London in 1908. In 1908, a long lease of the building was bought by the Great Northern Railway to provide additional accommodation for its operations centre. It was then that a new floor at gallery level was inserted to provide further office space.

The National Building Regulations Partner Authority Scheme came into existence in 1998 out of a realisation that a single point of contact capable of delivering a national service by local authority building control was needed. At the same time customers using the scheme would benefit from added value and services not previously enjoyed, by pulling together the expertise of both Partner and Inspecting authorities.

The result of partnering with Camden Building Control will be a national team dealing with all the plan appraisal and approval, saving resources and creating a fast track resolution of building control matters with a dedicated team of officers. There are no additional charges or contractual obligations for this service.

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