The judges also applauded the ‘simple and elegant’ arrangement and the attention paid to the quality of accommodation of both the cluster and individual flats, and the communal areas. They noted the project’s sympathy with its conservation area context, which is known for its Arts and Crafts houses. ‘They worked very cleverly with a minimal palette and made it speak to the surrounding street,’ they said.
The AJ Architecture Awards are among the most thorough in the industry. Every shortlisted building was visiting by a panel of judges, who rigorously assessed them against a wide range of criteria. These include design quality from use of materials and detailing to spatial ‘delight’, build quality, programme, user experience and contribution to their context or neighbourhood. In addition, assessing sustainability and building performance is key to the process, from an evaluation of the project’s whole-life carbon, to its approach to biodiversity and future adaptability.
Also shortlisted were Ulster University Belfast Campus in the Higher Education category and Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings in the Heritage category.