The Angel Building, London

NDY prominent contributor to three UK award-winning projects

Located between the financial hub of the City of London and King’s Cross,The Angel Building is the winner of the British Council for Offices 2011 Refurbished/Recycled Workplace Award for London & South-East.

In its role as building services engineer and BREEAM/EPC assessor, Norman Disney & Young (NDY) worked closely with architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris to realise the vision of regenerating this building to deliver a 21st century commercial workplace with a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating. The success of the team’s approach was proved when client Derwent London was able to pre-let a major proportion of the building to major charity, Cancer Research UK.

According to the official British Council for Offices statement, The Angel Building was named Best Refurbished/Recycled Workplace for its innovative and distinctive transformation of a tired, lumbering early 1980s building into a quality office space that maximises light and space.

“The success of The Angel Building is testament to the importance of a truly integrated approach to design and builds upon previous successful collaborations between project team members,” said NDY London Director Allen Williamson.

Neil Thompson, Portfolio Director at Great Portland Estates and BCO Judging Chair for London and the South East, echoed these sentiments.

“The focus of the BCO awards is to judge buildings from a multi-disciplinary point of view, placing an emphasis on aspects such as architectural flair, sustainable and economic construction with fitness for purpose for users of the space. We had a very high standard of entries once again this year, with the winners across London and the South East delivering fantastic workspaces for the end user and I congratulate our winners,” Mr Thompson said.

The Angel building will now proceed as a finalist to the 2011 British Council for Offices National Award, with the winner to be announced at a ceremony later this year.

In another coup for NDY, the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) ward at Birmingham Children’s Hospital is a co-recipient of the West Midlands Award at the 2011 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Awards.

The prestigious RIBA award is recognition of the outstanding design achieved by the team, led by architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands.Speaking after the awards ceremony, RIBA President Ruth Reed said the winners reflect the high standards of excellence in British architecture.

“This year’s winners show that in spite of a terrible worldwide recession, many exceptional buildings have been, and continue to be, built in the UK and overseas. Winning projects demonstrate that even in constrained times committed clients working with talented architects can achieve architectural excellence.

“These well-designed buildings will add huge value to the lives, prosperity, health and pride of their owners, users and communities and I am delighted with this year’s selection,” Ms Reed said.

RIBA West Midlands, Regional Chairman, Anthony Clerici was particularly proud of the TCT ward and the award recognition it has received.

“The Teenage Cancer Trust ward is inspirational. This is a wonderful building that provides young people in harrowing circumstances with peace, calm and respite. It’s a truly inspiring achievement.”

This RIBA award for the TCT ward follows the Award for Best Interior Design at the 2010 Building Better Healthcare Awards held in London. NDY was part of the consortium that shared in the award in recognition of its building services design and consultancy work and according to NDY Manchester Director George Balales, is due recognition of the importance of the new ward to the community. “Our close collaboration with architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands provided an opportunity to be an active participant in a very worthwhile project that makes an important contribution to helping teenagers through very difficult times.”

As a category winner, the TCT ward project is now shortlisted for the highly acclaimed RIBA Stirling Prize given for the RIBA Building of the Year, to be formally announced at a gala event in October this year.

The accolades for projects with NDY UK involvement continue with both 4 and 5 Merchant Square in London picking up the 2011 London District Surveyors Association (LDSA) Building Excellence Award for Best Partnership in recognition of the high standard of construction and workmanship.

Situated alongside the Grand Union Canal in London’s Paddington district, the Merchant Square development provides residential, office and retail space in a number of buildings. Designed by Kalyvides Partnership and Mossessian & Partners/Perkins & Will respectively, 4 and 5 Merchant Square are the first buildings to be completed on the site and together provide over 200 apartments and 35,000m2 of office accommodation. NDY’s role on the projects included building services engineering and fire strategy, together with an energy strategy for the entire site.

Significant carbon emission reductions were achieved by NDY with the inclusion of a site-wide trigeneration installation, which has been designed to allow sequential implementation to suit the site development strategy.

According to NDY London Director, Stas Brzeski: “This LDSA award recognises how excellence in teamwork enables high standards to be achieved. We are proud of NDY’s contribution to this landmark development.”

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