UWE architect nominated for 'Better Public Building Award'

Issue date: 29 September 2005

Issue date: 29/09/05

Craig White, Director of White Design Associates and lecturer at the University of the West of England has been nominated for the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award for Kingsmead Primary School in Northwich, Cheshire.

Craig’s business, White Design Associates, based in St Werburghs in Bristol, has already won several awards for Kingsmead Primary School but this nomination is prized. Craig White said, “We are delighted to have been nominated. Kingsmead is a school where the issue of sustainability is underscored throughout the building’s fabric and forms a key part of how the pupils learn each day. Many low-energy features mean that the school consumes about a third of the energy usually associated with schools. Great care has been taken to select natural materials from sustainable sources.”

The judges said, “Kingsmead is a striking design which deploys timber to good effect, and with a bold canopy roof structure. A warm learning environment.”

Dean of UWE’s Faculty of the Built Environment, Professor Martin Boddy said, “Craig’s design embraces sustainability issues at its heart and this is something that we believe to be crucial in all new build projects. Craig and his colleagues at UWE have pioneered leading-edge sustainable design projects – not least the Faculty’s own studio building by White Design. I am delighted to see another of Craig’s outstanding designs gaining recognition through this nomination.”


Editor’s notes

The Prime Minister’s Award is a special category within the British Construction Industry Awards (BCIA). The award is made annually to new projects commissioned by central or local government and paid mainly with public funds. It is part of the Better Public Building initiative launched by the Prime Minister in October 2000 to encourage the adoption of quality design principles in all new public sector buildings regardless of size and cost.

The Prime Minister’s Award for Better Public Building is jointly sponsored by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and the Office of Government Commerce (OGC)

CABE champions the creation of great public buildings and public spaces. It is a non-departmental public body set up by the government in 1999. Through public campaigns and support to professionals, CABE encourages the development of well-designed homes, streets, parks, offices, schools, hospitals and other buildings.

The Office of Government Commerce is an office of HM Treasury that works with central civil government as a catalyst to achieve best value for money in commercial activities.

White Design Associates has received other awards for Kingsmead Primary School and these include a mention at the Civic Trust Awards 2005, Quality in Construction Award 2005, Facility of Building Design Award 2005 and M4i (Movement for Innovation) Demonstration Project.

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