Awards Shortlist Reflects Market Trends

As this year’s Galvanizers Association Galvanizing Awards, the GAGAs, publishes its nomination shortlist, it is clear to see that attitudes are changing towards what we expect from our industrial architecture.

It promises to be another strong year for the annual GAGAs which take place on June 29th at the Royal Aeronautical Society at Hyde Park Corner, London. Whilst entrant numbers remain consistent, a number of trends are apparent, which reflect activity within the UK & Irish construction and infrastructure sectors and make interesting reading for the economy.

Iqbal Johal, Marketing Manager at Galvanizers Association comments on the changing landscape: “This year we have noticed an increase in entrants from the Construction sector and a stronger representation from Rail and Renewable Energy which we feel reflects the renewed focus on infrastructure activity in the UK right now.”

“In addition we have had greater uptake in the Engineering and Detail categories, indicating a shift in confidence. There is definitely a wider range of professions entering and we find that the awards are proving an attractive landing spot, whether you are showcasing a large-scale public build, or the reinterpretation of something as ubiquitous as a field gate.”

This year’s shortlist also includes telling renovation projects, indicating the current sensitivity towards reuse of existing materials. A few projects on the shortlist also signpost an exciting new attitude towards industrial architecture, particularly in the renewable energy sector:

“Historically we would see a fairly utilitarian approach in buildings within this sector, whereas this year the level of architectural content plays a greater role. There is a growing emphasis on providing sustainable projects that are not only sympathetic to their environment but which encourage public engagement and interaction with local communities also. All of this is great to see.”

If you would like to see more details of this year’s shortlist please visit: http://www.galvanizing.org.uk/construction-awards

For additional information please contact Iqbal Johal at: i.johal@hdg.org.uk