Thursday, 21 May 2015

Skelly & Couch is ACE Winner for Second Year

Building environment and services engineering consultancy Skelly & Couch has won the 2015 Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) Excellence Award for Building Services (companies with up to 250 employees).

The innovative, multidisciplinary firm won the prestigious award - and was Highly Commended for the Project Design prize – for its remarkable design solutions at Brighton College Music and Drama School, Alfriston School Swimming Pool and Chichester Festival Theatre.

Exceptional environmental engineering projects led by Skelly & Couch, winner of last year’s ACE Project Design Excellence Award, have to date won a record-breaking nine 2015 RIBA regional prizes across a a broad spectrum of sectors.

Chichester Festival Theatre (Haworth Tompkins) FIVE RIBA South East Awards

The recent refurbishment at the iconic, Grade II*-listed Chichester Festival Theatre involved the construction of new-build, back-of-house areas that add approximately 50% to the floor area. The unique setting and listed status meant that modernisation of services and facilities had to give clarity to the original design.

Alfriston School Pool (Duggan Morris Architects) TWO RIBA South Awards

The captivating design, which features a striking, geometrically folded timber roof, incorporates a number of sustainable features, including high levels of natural light, heat pump water heating of the pool coupled with a heat reclaim ventilation system, excellent airtightness values, high levels of insulation, as well as efficient lighting and control. The Structural Winner in the 2014 Wood Awards.

Donmar Dryden Street (Haworth Tompkins) RIBA London Award

Having acquired a small 19th Century warehouse building in Dryden Street, Covent Garden, the Donmar Warehouse theatre company wanted to convert it for rehearsal, education and support facilities. Skelly & Couch’s design proposals for services aimed to reduce the energy used by the development at the completion of works by at least 20%.

Fitzroy Park House (Stanton Williams) RIBA London Award

Surrounded by natural landscape on the eastern fringe of Hampstead Heath, this spectacular contemporary house within the Highgate Conservation area is designed to be naturally ventilated and well insulated, and skylights are placed strategically throughout the building to bring in further daylight and ensure a close connection with nature.

National RIBA Award winners will be announced in June.