Past continuous

by BONNIE PAU on Nov 29, 2010 in Architecture , Interiors
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Winning projects at the RICS Awards 2010 demonstrate how the adaptive reuse of a building is strongly related to historic preservation and sustainable development – and can generate new value and economic opportunities

1. Project of the Year – The Roundhouse Campus for Derby College By Maber Architects Built in 1839 by Robert Stephenson, the Roundhouse’s original purpose was to repair steam engines, the first of its kind in the world.

Recognised as one of the oldest surviving roundhouses in the world, together with its adjacent Grade II listed buildings, the campus site is among UK’s best-preserved, early purpose-built railway works, which also makes up an integral part of the industrial heritage of Derby.

With the city’s major industrial activity moving into modern buildings starting in the 1980s, the Roundhouse stood empty for more than 20 years. After an extensive 18-month renovation project costing £43million, the site now provides a stimulating, dynamic teaching environment for more than 2,500 students.

2.Community Benefit Award -Scala Cinema and Arts Centre, Prestatyn By Burrell Foley Fischer, with Christopher Sanders Architect One of the oldest one-screen movie theatres in North Wales.

Scala CineMa originally opened in 1913, but was forced to close in December 2000 due to neglect and the high cost of much needed repairs. After lengthy work by ‘Friends of the Scala’ – a committee set up to campaign for funds and community support – the site was restored and reopened as a new, state-of-the art cinema and arts centre in 2009.

3.Regeneration Award - Stonebridge Estate Regeneration, Harlesden By Shepheard Epstein Hunter Architects Stonebridge Estate was built by Brent Council during the late 1960s as a wholesale replacement of the 19th century suburban development that had formed there. However, after 25 years, Stonebridge had become one of the worst estates in the country, with a notorious reputation for poverty, social exclusion, violence and drug dealing.

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