The judges commented:
“Visual appearance was a key driver in a very sensitive historic area of the city. The building does not look out of place at all, despite the time differences in construction.
The decorative façades are very special and could only be done in precast concrete or an army of stone masons. Materials are standard but the complexity and quality of the finish is exceptional. The difficulty in forming these complex and varied units should not be underestimated. They are true three-dimensional concrete sculptures used as office window façades.
External column cladding was complex, multiply curved and feels appropriate for the location. The complexity, level of overall detail and quality is excellent. The joints of the units were lined up to show geometrical symmetry from vertical face to horizontal soffit.
The judges were very impressed by this project. The decorative façades are superb and it would not be surprising if this level of decorative façade became more popular."
The use of reconstituted concrete was pivotal to delivering this building in such a sensitive location. We worked closely with concrete specialists Techrete to overcome technical and design challenges to produce a façade of timeless elegance appropriate to the building’s historic and civic location among listed buildings. Design complexity and innovative installation methods demonstrate technical excellence and expand concrete’s artistic relevance, achieving intricate tracery panels, delicate mega panels and elegant columns at scale.
Now in its 50th year, The Concrete Society Awards is the longest running awards in the UK construction industry. The awards acknowledge and showcase innovative and unique approaches to the use of concrete in the built environment.