21 August 2018
ISG is delighted to have not one, but two of its projects shortlisted for the Building Awards 2018.
Temperate House at Kew Gardens and Bristol Business School have been shortlisted in the Refurbishment Project of the Year and Building Magazine Project of the Year award categories respectively.
The Building Awards are the industry’s longest running and most prestigious recognition of excellence, that allows companies across all aspects of building to have their achievements held up as an example to the sector.
ISG’s Temperate House project will compete against eight other projects in the Refurbishment Project of the Year category.
After five years, 10,000 plant relocations, 15,000 glass replacements, 69,000 repairs, and enough scaffolding to stretch the length of the M25 – 120 miles – ISG’s revamp of the Temperate House glasshouse was described by naturalist Sir David Attenborough as a “breathtakingly beautiful space”.
The largest remaining Victorian glasshouse in the world, Temperate House is home to Kew’s foremost collection of temperate zone plants, including some of the world’s rarest, most useful, interesting and beautiful specimens.
The restoration was a complex operation – new glazing, mechanical ventilation systems, path and bedding arrangements all took their founding principles from architect Decimus Burton’s original plans.
The £41 million project was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Defra, funding from private donors, foundations and trusts, as well as donations from Kew’s members and visitors.
The project was completed in time for Kew’s well publicised opening activities, including a visit from HRH The Prince of Wales, promoted over a year in advance to an expectant public.
Wesley Kerr, Chairman of the Committee for London, Heritage Lottery Fund, says about the project: “Squaring science with a public attraction isn’t easy. I think this is a total triumph and a transformation.”
“Ten years ago, visitor numbers were going down, now they’re going up. I give it a 12 out of 10.”
ISG’s Bristol Business School project will compete against six other projects in the Building Magazine Project of the Year category.
The vision of the project was to unit a place of study with a professional place of business.
The architect’s brief emphasised the need for transparency, visibility and collaboration to deliver a building that provides real opportunities for co-creation and business engagement.
The £55 million Bristol Business School is a game-changing project, transforming the university campus atmosphere at the University of the West England (UWE).
The building is home to 6,000 students and 300 staff across business and law disciplines – an impressive hub of activity where students, staff and local businesses come together and thrive.
The state-of-the-art facilities span an impressive 185,000 sq ft, seven floor building and include a 300-seat tiered double-height lecture theatre, a further two Harvard-style lecture theatres, as well as two simulated court rooms and a high specification trading room – all of which have been utilised by local businesses in the South West, from small SMEs through to global organisations such as Google.
Throughout the project a strong partnership was developed between ISG, the university, and architect (Stride Treglown).
Marianne Reed, UWE head of faculty strategic developments, summarises: “Excellent collaborative teamwork.
“The team was proactive and decisions were made in a timely manner. Issues were resolved quickly and professional.”
The award ceremony takes place at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, on 6 November 2018, and the full shortlist is available on the Building Awards website.