Residential Winner 2017
54 Old Road
Good design is not restricted to new-build properties though it may be more difficult to achieve in extensions and alterations to existing properties. This project shows how it is possible to enlarge an external envelope and yet retain the integrity of its original form. An updated and tasteful character has also been added through the colours and materials chosen for the refurbishment. The overall effect is complemented by well-considered hard landscaping to the frontage.
Non-Residential Winner 2017
The new Harlow Rugby Club house will be the envy of any player who ever changed in the previous clubhouse. Providing significantly improved facilities for players and spectators this building is both practical and attractive and enables significant growth in the club’s sporting and community activities. The use of quality materials complements the striking design and, we are sure, many spectators will enjoy the view from the generous balcony which dominates the elevation facing the pitches.
Residential Winner 2016
3-12 & 161-165 Orchard Croft
Designed by Sir Frederick Gibberd, Harlow Design Group, this elegant staggered ’60s terrace near to the Stow was very well supported in the voting and narrowly won the judge’s decision over Rose Crescent. It is an excellent example of classic, modernist development. The design resulted from the Housing Group Competition held in 1962 and was promoted by the Ideal Home Magazine and the Royal Institute of British Architects. Completed in 1964 using a few well-chosen materials, Orchard Croft has a strong, well-proportioned angular style that is practical and visually appealing in its setting.
Non-Residential Winner 2016
Pearson’s Building, Edinburgh Way
Designed by Conran Roche, the judges felt that this is the standout building in Harlow and just ahead of Passmores School. Longman’s original and concrete sculpted headquarters was demolished and replaced in the 1990s by this also striking building with its interesting lines, roof garden and courtyard interior. Combining simple sculptural shapes with excellent detailing, this building has exceptional quality and, with landscaping at both ground and roof levels, is a landmark on Edinburgh Way.