25th Birthday Renovation-Retrofit Project Award

Our 25th Birthday Awards recognise leading architectural studios, design collaborations and project sharing best practice; inspiring others to adopt model based design and better ways of working that deliver outstanding results.

The following projects have been shortlisted for the Applecore Designs Renovation-Retrofit Project Award with the winner being announced on 19 March 2020.

Holland Green – Chestnut Ridge

Renovation-Retrofit Award Nominee - Chesnut Ridge

The client had recently purchased a substantial 1980s house on a sloping site, overlooking the lush countryside of Misbourne Valley, Buckinghamshire. Whilst the house was in good order and spacious it didn’t fully maximise the views across the valley and suffered from poorly thought-out extensions that compartmentalised the house.

In order to meet the client’s brief and maximise the spectacular views, Holland Green designed a two-storey extension that opened up to the valley below, in keeping with the house. The garden room extension has a more contemporary feel with aluminium and oak detailing. The open-plan kitchen dining space with large sliding doors opening up to the garden became the focal point of the house.

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LSI – Earlham Hall

Renovation-Retrofit Award Nominee - Earlham Hall

The project incorporates the restoration, alterations and repairs to the existing former stable block/coach house and potting shed within the curtilage of Earlham Hall at the University of East Anglia together with a new single storey, contemporary pavilion. The sensitive conversion provides levels of usability fit for 21st Century University use and provides a unique teaching facility for the law school.

The conversion of the former stable block building uses traditional materials in a contemporary way, blending with existing materials, whilst juxtaposing new and old. The contemporary pavilion addition is designed in a sensitive manner to have minimal visual impact on Earlham Hall and to relate to the materiality and character of the place separated to the historic fabric with frameless glazing. The scheme makes effective use of natural daylight and ventilation and the glazing arrangement of the pavilion helps reduce the energy requirement.

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Maber – Agristem Academy

Renovation-Retrofit Award Nominee - Agristem Academy

The AgriSTEM Academy is the third and final part of the development at South Staffordshire College’s 180 acre Rodbaston campus and involves the conversion of an old Granary Building with water tower at the heart of the campus. This landmark building has significant architectural merit and the sensitive design approach was to respect its historic stature and work with it, designing the renovation to retain the building’s original feel.

It has now been restored and repurposed to provide 1000m2 of learning space. Alongside the Granary is an extension and the new build AgriTECH building that together form the new AgiSTEM Academy. The traditional Granary building blends seamlessly with the new facilities and contrasts consummately with the state-of-the-art teaching equipment inside.

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Scenario Architecture – Scenario House

Renovation-Retrofit Award Nominee - Scenario House

Scenario Architecture purchased this terraced house in Hackney to extend and adapt a larger space for their growing family. Overhauling Scenario House allowed the studio to play both roles in the architect-client relationship – to “practice what we preach”. The main challenge was connecting the main floor physically and visually with the lower ground, designing an open-plan spatial sequence, encompassing the lounge, dining area and kitchen.

The final layout incorporates a split-level double reception, leading down to the kitchen and dining room via an angled rooflight. The rooflight and rear glazing connect the indoors with the garden beyond, while interior glazing links the lounge with a “floating” library at mezzanine level.

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Renovation-Retrofit Project Award

The judges will award out of all the individual category winners, the Renovation-Retrofit Project submission they feel best represents excellence and best practice during the past two decades. They will be looking for: challenges solved with use of model based design; complexity of geometry; uniqueness of the project; creativity in the project execution and most importantly the wow factor.