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Award successes 2021


by AHR

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It's fantastic to have awards back in full swing and see our team's brilliant work, collaborating with our clients, consultants and wider network, recognised.

Our work has earned us Education (Nursery to 6th form) Architect of the Year at the Building Design 2021 Architect of the Year Awards and Architects of the Year at Insider Yorkshire Property Industry Awards. As well as being shortlisted for several other practice awards across the regions. Find out more below.


UK Hydrographic Office

Driving a cultural shift through intelligent design
The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) in Taunton is a transformational workplace that encourages new ways of collaborative working and supports the UKHO’s transition from traditional paper charts to digital solutions.

As a winner of the British Council for Office’s (BCO) Best of the Best Workplace, the health and wellbeing of the people who use the office was central to the design strategy. This is the second time we have won Best of the Best, the first coming for Keynsham Civic Centre and One-Stop-Shop. Other notable awards for UKHO includes two RIBA Regional Awards and Commercial Development of the Year at the Insider South West Property Awards.

Winner - BCO National Awards
Best of the Best 2020

BCO National Awards
WINNER Corporate Workplace

BCO South of England & South Wales Awards
WINNER Corporate Workplace

The Concrete Society Awards Devon and Cornwall
WINNER Architectural Category

The Concrete Society Awards Devon and Cornwall
WINNER Structural Category

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This ambitious development is altogether high quality, sustainable and transformational, and is a worthy winner of the ‘Corporate Workplace’ award and the title of ‘Best of the Best’.”

BCO National Judges' Comments

Set to be one of the healthiest buildings in the World

In the heart of Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter, The Spine is the new northern home for the Royal College of Physicians (RCP). Designed with a philosophy that people will feel healthier when they walk out of the building than when they walk in, The Spine is on track to be one of six WELL Platinum buildings in the UK.

BCO Northern Awards
WINNER Innovation

Civic Trust Award

Mixology North Awards
WINNER Project of the Year Workplace Interiors category 5 – Over 70,000 sqft

Plants at Work Awards
WINNER Best Project 2021

Plants at Work Awards
WINNER Gold Award for Best Project over £10k

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Our award winner this year is an impeccable example of how workplace design can support cultural change. Encouraging openness, this ingenious workplace skillfully connects people. But it’s in its promotion of human health where it is truly ground-breaking. With biophilic and salutogenic principles at the heart of its conception, every inch of this working landscape enriches all who visit and work there. A world-leading success story.”

BCO Northern Judges' Comments


Innovative design building academia-industry relationships

The Institute for Innovative Materials, Processing and Numerical Technologies (IMPACT) is a unique industry-led facility at Swansea University. An expansion of the College of Engineering, the building encourages academia-industry partnerships paving the way for ambitious research and development.

SPACES: Society for Public Architecture, Construction, Engineering and Surveying Awards
WINNER Education Category

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Situated within the Bay Campus of the University of Swansea, The Impact Building impressed the judges with its vision and successful delivery of an engineering research building designed for maximum collaboration with industry. With strong architectural and low energy design, it has surpassed its remit, despite the pandemic, in attracting £15million of research income.”

SPACES Judges' Comments


Bringing diversity to engineering

Designed to support the next generation of student engineers and an improved curriculum model, under new leadership, the School of Engineering at the University of the West of England uses an open layout to breaks down boundaries between engineering disciplines. Promoting multi-disciplinary collaborative learning, allowing students to work together cohesively anywhere in the building.

RIBA South West Awards

RIBA South West Awards
WINNER Project Architect of the Year Award

British Construction Industry Awards
WINNER Project of the Year

British Construction Industry Awards
WINNER Social Infrastructure Project of the Year

Michelmores Property Awards
SHORTLISTED Education Project of the Year

Education Estates Awards
SHORTLISTED Project of the Year Universities

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Our new School of Engineering building at UWE Bristol has been designed with a novel, practise based, pedagogy at the heart.”

Dr Lisa Brodie

Head of School - Engineering Design & Mathematics University of the West of England

Multi-generational, sustainable masterplan designed for the future

Langarth Garden Village instills a strong-sense of local character creating vibrant, connected and nature-led development for around 10,000 future residents. The estate is people led and takes on a tenure-blind approach to the new houses, creating a collection of local neighbourhoods that encourage connectivity between residents.

Michelmores Property Awards
WINNER Masterplanning for the Future

Constructing Excellence South West
SHORTLISTED Integration & Collaborative Working Award

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Revitalising the historic bath house for the community

Sovereign Design House at the University of Huddersfield is a cornerstone of its community. Our redevelopment of the Grade II Listed purpose-built bath house, originally designed by us in, 1954 create an inspiring, renewed space bringing student’s artwork to life through presentation and exhibition space.

Huddersfield Civic Society Awards
WINNER Overall Winner

Huddersfield Civic Society Awards
WINNER Best Refurbishment

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Community-led, sustainable civic hub prioritising health and wellbeing

An accessible, welcoming focal point for local people – Abbey Area Community Health Hub for Camden Council combines community and health services into one cohesive building within a new park setting. Forming part of the wider Abbey Road regeneration project, it is a place for the local residents to socialise and supports the health and wellbeing of the local community by co-locating Abbey Community Centre (ACC) and Belsize Priority Health Centre (BPHC).

New London Architecture Awards
SHORTLISTED Unbuilt Category

European Healthcare Design Awards
SUBMITTED Future Healthcare Design

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