Leading fenestration systems supplier Senior Architectural Systems has sponsored the ‘Best Hybrid Construction Project’ at the first ever Offsite Construction Awards.
Held at the Inmarsat Conference Centre, London, on 1st December 2015, the Offsite Construction Awards recognised pioneering activity within the offsite arena and rewarded the best in precision building design and delivery.
There were some outstanding examples of prefabrication and factory-based methods, products, systems and disciplines which are helping to develop a sustainable, streamlined and cost-effective way to deliver a better built environment.
Bernard Harrison, Hybrid Product Champion at Senior Architectural Systems presented the ‘Best Hybrid Construction Project’ award to worthy winners Engenuiti, for their fabulous CUBE building.
Designed by architects Hawkins\Brown for Regal Homes, the Cube in Hackney is The UK’s tallest hybrid cross laminated timber (CLT) structure, providing 50 homes over 10 storeys and really pushes the boundaries of hybrid buildings and timber engineering. With an innovative twisted design and complex geometry the project was able to use timber as the predominant construction material together with concrete and steel to give a sustainable and exceptional residential development on a tight urban site.
Speaking at the award ceremony Bernard Harrison said “Senior is delighted to have been able to sponsor and present this prestigious award. Offsite construction is a growing sector and vital if the government is to achieve its ambitious target of building at least 1 Million new homes by 2020.”
Offsite construction removes much of the construction process from the construction site, leading to shorter build times. Equally important is the quality of the build which is possible with offsite construction.
According to Bernard “At Senior we are finding that more and more offsite construction projects are now specifying our Hybrid range of timber composite windows, doors and curtain walling.”
“Not only are they very high quality – in fact our Hybrid windows were recently chosen to represent the very best of British at Milan Expo 2015 by architects BDP, who considered their quality equivalent to that of the Scandinavian systems – but they are also manufactured right here in the UK. Thanks to our UK wide network of fabricators, manufacture usually takes place within 50 miles of the project, enabling on site measurement if required to give a perfect fit first time.
“As for lead times, our spruce and oak engineered timber profiles are available ex-stock, whilst we can deliver our aluminium profiles powder coated to the client’s specified colour within days rather than months. Again reducing time spent on site.”
“Our congratulations go to all the winners and we look forward to working closely with the offsite construction sector in the coming year.”
The winnersThe list of winners from the night boasts some of the industry’s leading innovators:
- Best Use of Concrete: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris & Maccreanor Lavington Architects for William Street Quarter
- Best Use of Timber: Arup Associates and B & K Structures for The Sky Believe in Better Building
- Best Use of Steel: EOS Facades for The Barn, University of Nottingham
- Best Hybrid Construction Project: Engenuiti for The CUBE Building
- Best Use of MEP Prefabrication: NG Bailey for Birmingham New Street Station
- Best Use of Volumetric Technology: Urban Splash for hoUSe
- Housing Project of the Year: HTA Design LLP for The Felda Housing Scheme
- Commercial/Retail Project of the Year: Arup Associates for The Sky Believe in Better Building
- Public Sector Project of the Year: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris & Maccreanor Lavington Architects for William Street Quarter
- Infrastructure Project of the Year: Wiehag GmbH for The Crossrail Station, Canary Wharf
- Product Innovation Award: Enviga Geothermal for Thermo Screw Pile™
- Offsite Professional of the Year: Bryden Wood
- Winner of Winners: Hawkins/Brown, the X-LAM Alliance and Engenuiti for The CUBE Building, Banyan Wharf on Wenlock Road