Harlow Architectural Design Awards presented

Lifestyle / Tue 24th Jan 2017 at 04:30pm

THE winners of the 2016 Harlow Architectural Design Awards (HADAs) were officially presented with their awards at Harlow Cricket Club’s new pavilion last night (Tues 17th January).

Stan Newens, Harlow Civic Society’s Chairman, handed specially-crafted trophies to the Architects behind the best-designed residential and non-residential buildings in the town.

Orchard Croft (numbers 3-12 and 161-165), the elegantly staggered 60’s terrace designed by Sir Frederick Gibberd, narrowly won the Judge’s decision in the residential category ahead of close runner up Rose Crescent. The terrace, located near to the Stow, won over the judging panel for being both practical and visually appealing, providing an excellent example of a classic, modernist development.

The residential shortlist included buildings at Old Orchard, The Chase, Vince Dunn Mews, Rose Crescent and Pennymead.

The Pearson’s Building, designed by Conran Roche, now Conran and Partners, was named winner in the non-residential category for 2016. The building was chosen for its combination of simple sculptural shapes with intricate detailing and its exceptional overall quality. The judges felt that the building had established itself as a genuine Harlow landmark on Edinburgh Way.

The non-residential shortlist also featured Passmores Academy, Building C at Harlow College, the Owens-Illinois building, Harlow Playhouse and Thomas Moore RC Church.

The Harlow Architectural Design Awards were launched with the support of founding sponsors Places for People, with the aim of recognising the very best in residential and non-residential buildings in the town, as well as encouraging excellence in the design of Harlow’s future developments.

Organised by Harlow Civic Society, and supported by annual sponsor Architecture and Design Services, the awards invited the public to nominate their favourite residential and non-residential buildings in the town. A shortlist of six buildings in each category was then compiled.

Throughout November, over 500 public votes were cast on the shortlist via an online poll, which helped the HADA judging panel in selecting the ultimate winners.

Paul McLintic, Secretary of Harlow Civic Society, said: “This inaugural competition seems to have struck a real chord with local people – we’re delighted that so many have voted for their favourite buildings in Harlow.

“Looking ahead, next year’s competition will celebrate the best new buildings within the town. We hope that these awards will encourage the very best in considered building design for Harlow’s future development.”

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