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The AJ Retrofit Awards 2019 winners are out

AJ Retrofit Award 2019

The Architect’s Journal (AJ) Retrofit Awards 2019 winners were announced at their annual awards ceremony at The Brewery in London on Wednesday 11th September 2019.

Featuring 10 categories, the AJ Retrofit Awards is one of many prestigious events created by The Architects’ Journal. It celebrates projects from design to engineering and construction that ensures the longevity, revitalisation and life of the built environment.

Environmental considerations are at the top of the industry’s mind at present and the retrofit awards assist this feat.

AJ Retrofit Awards categories

  • Cultural Buildings – museums, libraries, galleries, theatres, concert halls and places of worship
  • Health – hospitals, surgeries and clinics
  • Higher and Further Education – Higher or Further education buildings including universities, colleges, 6th forms and other institutions
  • Hotel, Retail and Leisure – sports stadia and arena, leisure centres, spas, cinemas, casinos, hotels and hostels. Plus all retail buildings including independent shops, chain and department stores and shopping centres
  • House – small-scale domestic retrofits
  • Housing – multiple domestic dwelling projects including apartment blocks, whole streets/areas and multi-location housing developments
  • International Project – a project carried out on any building type outside the UK involving a UK based architectural practice
  • Listed Building – listed buildings and structures
  • Offices – all workspace and offices
  • School Project – nursery, infant, primary and secondary schools and academies.

Retrofit of the year is also awarded to the most exceptional project. This year’s Retrofit of the year was awarded to Featherstone Young’s Ty Pawb arts centre in Wales, which also took home the Cultural Buildings under £5 million award. The building was described as a ‘really innovative example of retrofit’. It reinvented a previously underused public space and transformed it into a fusion cultural and functional infrastructure.

See all AJ Retrofit Award 2019 winners here.

What the experts say

Rankinfraser Landscape Architecture Partner, Chris Rankin said: “In an age when we are facing potentially catastrophic climate breakdown and all that entails, the AJ Retrofit Awards highlight the importance of adapting and re-imaging our built environment through the careful use of existing resources. The awards promote the highest standards of architecture and design and set the benchmark in the conservation of all that is important in our historic built environment.”

tonkin liu Associate, Greg Storrar said: “The AJ Retrofit Awards has quickly become an exemplary champion of intelligently crafted reuse in architecture. It fosters an important discussion of design quality and sustainability at a time when we now more than ever are recognising the critical need to make the most of the buildings we already have, not just those yet to be built.”

Hunter Dunning Managing Director, Joe Synes said: “The AJ Retrofit Awards sees deserving Architecture practices being recognised for their hard work. It also highlights the importance of reducing waste – both physical space and materials used. Sustainable living is of the utmost importance and acknowledging practices that are doing this goes a long way in ensuring this message stays in people’s minds. Well done to all of this year’s winners and keep up the good work.”

Register your interest for the 2020 AJ Retrofit Awards here.

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