Residential Shortlist 2018
2 Iceni Square
Designed by Gardner Stewart Architects, 2 Iceni Square is an example of a group of three-storey, four-bedroom houses in the Atelier neighbourhood where a mix of interesting contemporary designs, which include terraces and flats, have been composed to provide both a distinctive architectural flavour and a sense of integration.
This house has both pleasing overall proportions and a combination of details that complement each other nicely so that the design works well whether you are looking at it standing back or close up.
This entire Grade 2 listed building has been sympathetically restored to its former glory after having been derelict for around 8 years up to 2014.
Kingsmoor House suffered from water ingress, timber decay and the activities of vandals. Such was the damage that ingenious techniques and modern equipment were needed in the work. These included a 50mm “air cushion” throughout the shell of the building to combat damp and dry rot problems, thermal insulation to roofs and external walls to help energy efficiency, and a masonry dehydration system to help dry out the basement.
English Heritage and Harlow Council requirements were met and, in the end, everyone was very pleased with the overall outcome and finish of the project.
The architects were Treme Design LLP and the work was by ING Construction Ltd.
29 Kingsmoor Road
This domestic extension and remodelling of a detached house in the new town has sought to increase the floor area of the original house without destroying the character and appearance both internally and externally.
The extension has been designed to reflect the original new town architectural style whilst transforming the internal accommodation, providing a bright and airy kitchen-cum-dining room, a utility room, a downstairs shower room and a master bedroom suite. Internally, original details such as door linings have been replicated within the extension.
Designed by Architecture & Design Services, this project is a good example of what can be achieved when a relatively straightforward extension is treated with a sympathetic eye for detail and provides a modern addition which remains true to the new town architectural style.
4 Forebury Lane
This three-bedroom end of terrace house on Newhall, designed by Sheppard Robson, has wonderful proportions and a striking combination of lines, angles and shapes. There is also lots to appreciate in the choice of materials and colours that blend well together, complement those of the neighbouring houses and indeed the street, and the particular setting of the street which faces woodland.
With a balcony at the back as well as the front, there is a feeling that the occupiers are being really spoiled by this design.
Non-Residential Shortlist 2018
The new Gates dealership building is a striking addition to the commercial landscape of Edinburgh Way. The continuous curved span of the roof reflects the shapes of Harlow’s Civic Centre and Leisurezone and the barrel-vault of the original Gates.
Some eco-friendly aspects worth mentioning are the on-site crushing and reuse of the previous building’s concrete, and the high levels of insulation and rainwater harvesting. All the lighting is LED.
Harlow Building Control has put this project forward for a Local Authority Award for the quality of the partnership between client and architectural team.
The architects were DWW Design (of Derrick Wade Waters) and saw the project through from inception to completion.
Kao Data One
Kao Data One is the first of four data centre buildings to be built on the Kao Park campus. Featuring state of the art air cooling technology, the building has already been recognised globally within the data centre world as one of the most technologically advanced.
The developers, Goldacre, have maintained a high degree of visual quality to the building by employing a series of louvres that are both pleasing to the eye and part of the air-cooling system.
Kao Data One was a finalist in the recent Data Cloud Awards for Excellence in Architecture and Design, and is a very high-quality addition to Harlow’s commercial buildings.
Smiles Montessori Newhall
This impressive school design is the result of research by the principal, Julia Jeffrey, as expressed by the architect Alastair Howe, into the best way to balance the needs of practical day care with the ability t o provide the Montessori approach.
The resulting building is visually pleasing and suited to its purpose. Not visible in this exterior photograph, it includes a circular courtyard open to the sky with classrooms leading off. This provides a natural learning environment with a feel of community, practicality and comfort for the students.