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LABC AWARDS


CATEGORY: Best Sustainable Project WINNER: SusCon (Sustainable Construction Training and Research Centre) LABC REGION: South East (Kent) DEVELOPER: Prologis CONTRACTOR: Winvic ARCHITECT: Stephen George & Partners


Winning this category was the SusCon building in Dartford, Kent, from developer Prologis. The panel selected the project as a winner as, dur- ing conception through to completion, the project team successfully managed a demanding brief and considerable time and cost constraints to develop the building. In fact, the panel named it as ‘truly pioneering’. The panel were also complimentary of the way in which the project pushed the boundaries of sustainable construction. They congratulat- ed the project's success in exceeding Building Regulations, paying special tribute to the predicted carbon emissions being 64 per cent lower than Building Regulations requirements. 


CATEGORY: Best Technical Innovation WINNER: Straw Bale Café LABC REGION: West of England (Herefordshire) DEVELOPER: Herefordshire College of Technology CONTRACTOR: Sturland Ltd ARCHITECT: Hewitt Studios LLP


In the Best Technical Innovation category, the panel celebrated the Straw Bale Café, located at the Herefordshire College of Technology, due to its use of a range of unusual materials and construction techniques. Materials were sourced locally for the most part and any wasteful by- products were disposed of in an environmentally friendly fashion. Heralded by the panel as an examplar of sustainable construction, the build is almost entirely self-sufficient, with a significant percentage of the building's power sourced via solar and wind generators. In addition, the build requires little heating or cooling as a result of the insulating quality of the straw exterior, from which the building gets its name. 


CATEGORY: Best Social/Affordable Housing WINNER: Riverside Dene LABC REGION: Northern (Tyneside) DEVELOPER & ARCHITECT: Gentoo Homes CONTRACTOR: Wates Living Space


CATEGORY: Best Commercial Building (Small) WINNER: Theatre Royal Bath LABC REGION: West of England DEVELOPER: Theatre Royal Bath CONTRACTOR: Midas Interiors ARCHITECT: Feilden Clegg Bradley


Built in 1805, The Theatre Royal Bath is one of the most prestigious neo- classical buildings in the city, and one of the oldest working theatres in the country. Taking a contemporary approach while remaining faithful to the original decor, the project team extended the 1865 foyer and created a new bar area. Special praise was given by the panel for the improved disabled theatre-goers access. The award follows a win for the development at the BCI Awards and beat twelve other submissions. The team worked close- ly with Building Control throughout to complete the project on time and budget – which was critical as a new season was set to open. 


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An ambitious refurbishment project, the River Dene development was praised by the panel for it's attention to the environmental issue of ener- gy efficiency. Other significant improvements included the installation of full-height oriel windows and decorative LEDs that illuminate the towers. The development, which plans to completely refurbish Cruddas Park, is taking place block by block on the north bank of Tyneside, and hopes to be a completely new way of living. 


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