PM Awards 2008: Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award

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PM Awards 2008 : Prime Minister’s Better Public Building

British Architectural + Construction Prize – Built Environment UK

9 Oct 2008

Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award Winner 2008

BDP Wins PM’s Better Public Building Award for Second Time

The Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton, designed by BDP, has won the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award, at a ceremony in London last night (Wednesday 08 October 2008). The award is a special category of the British Construction Industry Awards and is sponsored jointly by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and the Office of Government Commerce (OGC).

Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital
photo © David Barbour BDP

PM Awards 2008 Winner : Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital Brighton

The children’s hospital was chosen from a shortlist of twenty one public building projects, that best demonstrate high-quality design, together with efficient procurement; economic and social value; good team work between client, designer and contractor; sound financial management and whole-life value for money; and sustainability.

The new hospital which opened last year, has already won the top award from the International Academy for Design & Health. One of only seven dedicated paediatric hospitals in the UK, it has been designed not to feel like a hospital. A top priority was for daylight and the design of shallow floors with day lit spaces has made the building very sustainable. The user and children-centered approach extends to all aspects of the design for this 15,500 sqm, 100 bed hospital: from the clinical-planning studies, which led to the departmental organisation, placing inpatients above and outpatients below clinical support, and ward layouts, which place all the bedrooms on the sea-view side, to the development of lighting, user-friendly environmental controls and child-scaled furniture and windows.

The judges said of the winning design “An uplifting project which has given young patients in Brighton the best possible environment – one which functions like a hospital but does not feel like a hospital.”

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: “This award showcases what can be achieved when high-quality design is coupled with highly effective delivery. I hope that the Alex will prove to be an inspiration to other planners, developers and architects.”

Managing Director of Kajima Partnerships Ltd Julian Rudd-Jones said “All of us at Kajima are incredibly proud to have worked with BDP in creating this wonderful building, The true triumph of BDP is that having come up with an original and challenging concept you then made it work at the detailed engineering level.”

BDP Director Benedict Zucchi said “It was a once on a lifetime project with a very supportive client that really brought out the best in us as designers.”

The client was Kajima Construction Europe/ Brighton & Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust. BDP was appointed as architect, interior designer, building services engineer, civil & structural engineer, lighting designer and acoustic consultant for the £37 million project.

BDP is the first practice whose projects have won the award twice, Bournemouth Central Library being the winners of the award in 2003.

The Shetland Museum and Archives in Lerwick by BDP is one of 21 UK projects shortlisted.
Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, said: “Good design in building matters. It helps to foster civic pride, it fires the imagination, and it’s something we’re very good at in this country. The public buildings and projects on this year’s shortlist are excellent examples of this. I am especially pleased to see the emphasis on sustainable design, regeneration and bringing life into communities shown by this year’s selection.”

PM’s Award Winner 2007
Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, North Yorkshire
White Design

PM’s Award Finalists 2007
2007 Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award announced 20 Jun 2007
18 projects, architectural ones outlined below:-

Paradise Park Children’s Centre, London
Key feature: ‘vertical garden’
Client: London Borough of Islington
DSDHA
£1.4m

Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, North Yorkshire
Client: Forestry Commission
White Design
£2.1m

Promenade of Light, London
Client: London Borough of Islington
Tonkin Liu
£1.5m

National Cold War Exhibition, RAF Museum, Cosford, Shropshire
Client: Royal Air Force Museum
Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects
£9m

The Richard Desmond Children’s Eye Centre, London
Client: Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Penoyre & Prasad
£12.3m

The Rooftop Nursery, Clapton, east London
Client: The Learning Trust
WHAT_architecture
£330k

Oldham Library and Lifelong Learning Centre, Greater Manchester
Client: Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council
Pringle Richards Sharratt
£12m

King’s Cross St Pancras underground station, London
Client: London Underground
Arup with Allies and Morrison
£225m

Kaleidoscope, London
Client: Lewisham Primary Care Trust
van Heyningen and Haward Architects
£8.45m

Darlington Education Village, North Yorkshire
Client: Darlington Borough Council
RyderHKS
£24m

The Bridge Arts Centre, Glasgow
Client: Glasgow City Council
Gareth Hoskins Architects
£8.5m


To see all listed projects on a single map please follow this link.

PM Better Public Building Award : Bridge Arts Centre Glasgow

Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award – Previous recipients

Winner 2006: City of London Academy
Winner 2005: Jubilee Library, Brighton
Winner 2004: A650 Bingley Relief Road, Yorkshire
Winner 2003: Bournemouth Library
Winner 2002: City Learning Centre, Bristol
Winner 2001: Tate Modern, London

Stirling Prize

RIBA Awards

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