Greener Vision at the GAGA Awards 2018

Longevity, beautiful design and a deep running concern for sustainability were the dominant themes of the Galvanizing Awards 2018.

The UK’s only annual awards to celebrate and reward the most forward looking and exploratory applications of galvanizing in design, art and construction took place on Friday at The Royal Aeronautical Society in Hyde Park Corner. Galvanizers Association, the advisory body to the galvanizing industry in the UK and Ireland, hosted the event.

Entries from the UK and Ireland competed in categories for architecture, engineering, sustainability, detail and duplex systems.

Iqbal Johal Marketing Manager at Galvanizers Association characterised the overall quality of entries this year as truly ground breaking. “Across the board we have seen developments and projects that had a genuine focus on community, social cohesion and sustainability. The integrity of vision and commitment to the lifespan of projects and their role within the wider landscape, went to the heart of many of the entries. It has been an uplifting process to give these awards.”

Winners this year included:

Old Shed New House in the Architecture category by Tonkin Liu, for its use of galvanised steel throughout the project, both internal and externally, and its commitment to the aesthetics of the organic galvanized finish.

Middleton of Rora by Shand Building Design won the Engineering category, for offering an alternative vision for agricultural architecture. The welfare friendly dairy barn in Aberdeenshire has contributed to a dramatic rise in the health of livestock and increased milk yield.

Dursley Treehouse by Millar and Howard Workshop in Gloucester, re-imagined treetop living on an environmentally sensitive site by allowing for the projected growth of twenty-seven mature trees. As winner in the Sustainability category it used galvanized steel piles instead of concrete foundations to avoid damaging tree roots. Additional green credentials included repurposing galvanized grills from a disused factory for walkways.

Newground Architects won best use of Duplex for The Rehearsal Rooms in North Acton, a new model for community living. Longevity of metalwork, which plays a leading role in the elevations, was achieved by galvanizing and then powder coating.

Best use of Detail went to The New Portland Arms by Michael Trentham Architects which used galvanized steel to anchor untreated larch and Normandy Grey brickwork.

The Construction Industry Choice Award, a new award given this year voted for by construction professionals went to Hall for Hull. As a joint commission by Hull City of Culture and RIBA and desigened by Pezo von Ellrichshausen, it presented an installation of sixteen galvanized columns, each forming a separate room to personalize the experience of the city’s leading public space.

The high standard of entries in the architecture category meant that judges also considered a number of entries as highly commended. These were: Blue Mountain School by 6a Architects. Hardelot Theatre by Studio Andrew Todd, which gained a special mention as France’s first permanent neo-Shakespearean theatre and the first naturally-ventilated complex arts building in the world. Plus Artist Emma Stothard’s sculpture Boiled Lobster which received a special mention for its use of a duplex coating. Alongside durability, the coating gave the artist the option of using colour to highlight ethical concerns around food production.

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