Friday, 23 June 2017

Triple RIBA win for Skelly & Couch projects

Building environment and services engineers Skelly & Couch successfully contributed to no fewer than three 2017 RIBA National Award-winning projects. The awards hat trick was achieved from among 49 winning projects across the UK.

Command of the Oceans, The Historic Dockyard Chatham (Baynes and Mitchell Architects)
The repair and preservation of a range of The Historic Dockyard’s Scheduled Ancient Monuments and of the 18th century HMS Namur archaeological find, The Ship’s Timbers. Significant energy savings have been achieved by removing the need to heat substantial parts of the buildings and through improvements to thermal insulation and renewal of building services systems.

Vajrasana Buddhist Retreat Centre (Walters & Cohen Architects)
The refurbishment and extension of a makeshift collection of farm sheds in the heart of the Suffolk countryside, into a modern haven of spirituality. The shrine room, home to a magnificent gilded Buddha, required low noise, good speech intelligibility, long periods of occupancy at floor level and clearance of incense. Sensitive lighting design minimised light level and intrusion, and detailed daylight studies captured the desired effect of changing natural light at different times of the day.

Paradise Gardens (Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands)
A new residential development consisting of 6 family homes surrounded by communal landscape gardens, in the heart of Ravenscourt Village in Hammersmith. Our appropriate environmental and building performance strategies were used to deliver a highly sustainable design solution, including thermal modelling and daylight studies. These produced a high specification build with both external and internal exquisite detail.

Over the past decade, Skelly & Couch projects have won many architectural and sustainability awards, including the prestigious Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) Building Services Excellence Award in 2014 and 2015. The dynamic firm has been named one of the construction industry’s top 50 employers in Building magazine’s Good Employer Guide for two years running, in 2015 and 2016.