Camden recognises new quality buildings

The builders, architects and developers behind the most impressive construction projects completed in Camden over the past two years were recognised at a gala ceremony on Thursday night.

The Roundhouse, a new hospital wing, converted Victorian stables and a new performing arts centre were among the projects that won accolades in the bi-annual Camden Building Quality Awards.

The who’s who of building and construction in the region were at the ceremony, held at the Wellcome Trust, Gibbs Building (a past award winner) on Thursday 28 June.

The awards aim to promote quality construction and reward builders who have adopted an exemplary approach to the construction process. This includes working with the council to meet building regulations and being considerate to the environment and neighbours throughout the construction process.

One of the stand-out entries was a new home on Redington Road which won the sustainability award.

Sustainable design options were used throughout the home, including sheepswool insulation in the roof and walls, a kitchen sink retrieved from a skip and solar water heaters and recycled timber floors. In addition, rainwater is held in recycled orange juice containers for garden water and the front path is made from left over paving and old bricks from the original house on the site.

Cllr Mike Greene, Executive Member for Environment, Camden Council said: 

“This home is a fine example of how we all can incorporate sustainable designs and consider the impact on the environment when renovating and building our homes.

“The Camden Building Quality Awards are about celebrating quality construction, and giving the builders, architects and developers behind these projects the recognition they deserve. The council encourages a high standard of construction across the borough and congratulates those in the industry who are raising the bar.

“Building quality takes into account all the elements behind the scenes before reaching the finished product, including meeting regulations, considering neighbours during construction and working with our building control team at the council.”

Director of Design for London and former director of culture and environment for Camden Council, Peter Bishop, was guest speaker at the awards ceremony.

The judging panel, made up of senior council building control officers and external guests, said the standard of entries this year was excellent. The panel chose more than one winner in selected categories.

The winners list

Extensions and Alterations:

58-59 Highgate West Hill, N6

Conversion of Victorian stables into town houses

Builder: Imperial Construction. Property & interior design: Maison Design. Architect: Andrew Scott Associates

Whitestone House, Whitestone Lane, NW3

Extension and refurbishment of existing home

Builder: A & I Construction. Architect: Brod Wight Architects

New dwellings:

Cambria House, Hunter Street, WC1

Demolition of existing 5-storey building and construction of new 7-storey building

Builder: HG Construction. Architects: David Wood Architects & bbr Architects

32-34 Lithos Road, NW3

New building, 22 flats

Builder: Rooff Limited. Architect: Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects

Small commercial:

Acland Burghley School, Burghley Road, NW5

Construction of a 2-storey building for music and dance education

Builder: Durkan Ltd. Architect: Gollifer Langston Architects

300 Kentish Town Road, NW5

Structural alterations to basement and ground floor for a new restaurant

Builder: House Pride Building and Just Builders. Engineer: STS Structural Engineering. Architect: Healy Cornelius Design Consultancy

Large commercial:

Octav Botnar Wing, Great Ormond Street Hospital, WC1

A new hospital building

Builder: HBG Construction. Architect: Anshen & Allen. Project manager; Gardiner & Theobald

The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, NW1

Grade II listed building remodelled to provide a performance venue, studios and education centre

Builder: Tolent Construction. Architect: John McAslan & Partners


27a Redington Road, NW3

New home incorporating sustainable design throughout

Architect: Monahan Blythen Architects

Inclusive design:

Dean House Studios, Greenwood Place, NW5

Period office building refurbished and modernised, with all 21 units fully accessible

Architect: The Tooley & Foster Partnership. Project manager: Watts & Partners

Seven projects were also given highly commended accolades across various categories.

Notes to editors

Photographs of the winners being presented awards on the night, and also of the buildings are available on request.

The first Camden Building Quality Awards were staged in 2003, and the event is held bi-annually.

Highly commended awards given on the night include:

Sustainability – Goldsmith Place, Springfield Lane, NW6. Builder: BCM Construction Inclusive design – The Rounhouse, Chalk Farm Road, NW1. Architect: John McAslan & Partners

Extensions and alterations – 48 Flask Walk, NW3. Builder: Hampstead Building Services

New dwellings – 141-153 Drummond Street, NW1. Builder: RSM Project Management. Architect: GPad

Small commercial – 12 Upper Woburn Place, WC1. Builder: EE Smith. Architect: Freehand Projects

Small commercial – UCL, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, WC1. Builder MICE Sames. Architect: Nicholas Burwell Architects

Large commercial – Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre, NW3

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