Work by a firm of architects has been named as a winner in the SPACES Civic Building of the Year awards.
seven architecture, which works across the North of England from its headquarters in Harrogate, designed the new Redcar Seafront Flood Alleviation and Landscaping Scheme, which was named the winner of the Regeneration Award.
The firm worked with landscape architects Smeedon Foreman on the project, which included designing the striking Redcar Beacon tower giving far-reaching views along the coast. The building also has space for craft workshops, a cafe and supporting facilities.
Martin Wood, a director at seven, said:
The Redcar Beacon was a fascinating and enjoyable project to work on and we are very honoured to have had our design recognised by the SPACES Civic Building of the Year awards.
It was a pleasure to create the design for Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council and to see it through from the initial stages of consultation to completion earlier this year. We know the local community is already getting a great deal from the new facilities on offer, thanks to the vision and commitment of the council.
The CBOY Awards are open to any projects completed using an element of public funding. With offices in London, Manchester and Caernarfon, seven has worked with numerous local authorities on a wide range of projects.
As well as working on developments in the public sector, the firm has extensive experience in education, retail and leisure, workplaces, residential development, heritage projects and sustainable design.
Working in the public sector always presents unique challenges and demands, very different from those we experience elsewhere.
However, the principles of sound design are the same across all sectors and any modern development must take account of sustainability, so we find our skills can be applied to a wide range of projects. This recognition from SPACES reflects the hard work and sensitive approach of our team, and we’re delighted to have been recognised in this way.
The awards were presented by the President of the Royal Society of Architects in Wales, Robert Firth, and Mike Britch, managing director of CBOY Awards sponsor NPS.
With so many projects commissioned by the public sector continuing to have such positive impact on our lives, it’s fantastic to see the clear variety and quality in this year’s submissions.
As always, I am delighted NPS Group is able to support these awards because, like SPACES, we are committed to high standards of practice in order to deliver real social, economic and environmental benefits to the communities in which we serve.