Great Massingham firm gains “Excellence” awards for design and innovation

Centrum building Norwich Research Park'Anglian Architectural project ANL-140818-161550001
Centrum building Norwich Research Park'Anglian Architectural project ANL-140818-161550001
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Great Massingham-based glass and glazing experts, Anglian Architectural, is celebrating work carried out on three innovative and high-profile construction projects in the East of England and in Central London.

They are the first winners of the Sustainability Category in the inaugural SCHUCO Excellence Awards for Design and Innovation for their work at Ash Court, Girton College, Cambridge.

In addition they have installed a window in the belly of the Crouching Man sculpture by Angel of the North designer Sir Antony Gormley at an exclusive Mayfair hotel and have carried out a £1 million complete envelope project at the newly-opened Centrum building at Norwich Research Park.

Cambridge University’s Girton College Ash Court extension achieved BREEAM Excellent and is one of the most energy efficient student housing buildings in the UK.

It features a brick-clad, three-storey wing providing 50 en-suite study bedrooms at the Grade II* listed building where Anglian Architectural installed a super-insulated envelope with triple-glazing and powder-coated Schuco AWS 90.SI aluminium window profiles. These were combined with bespoke louvres, brise soleils and cills, again supplied by Anglian Architectural.

As well as winning the ‘Sustainability’ Category Award, the project was also commended in the SCHUCO Excellence Awards ‘Education’ category. The SCHUCO Excellence Awards were launched to celebrate and recognise the collaboration between architects and specialist contractors in buildings utilising Schuco systems and showcase projects that demonstrate creativity, innovation and collaboration within the built environment. They are judged by a high profile panel from leading architectural publisher, RIBA JOURNAL and the country’s top architectural practices.

Additionally, the building has also won a RIBA East Sustainability Award, a RIBA East Regional Award and the Green Apple Environment Award, which is an annual competition that recognises, rewards and promotes environmental best practice around the world.

Trevor Kirby, managing director of Anglian Architectural, said: “As the specialist contractor for Girton College’s Ash Court, we are very excited to have our work recognised in such prestigious awards, which demonstrates the design input, expertise and added value an experienced specialist can bring to projects like this.

The new Centrum building in Norwich provides 4,000m² of office, laboratory, business, networking and event space and Mr Kirby said: “The £1 million project at Centrum is a major undertaking that we are delighted to be involved with and is the type of work for which Anglian Architectural has developed a reputation in combining creativity, quality and capability.”