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A Few Weeks Left for GAI Nominations

There are only a few weeks left for architects and specifiers to make their nominations for the internationally recognised biennial GAI/RIBA Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards. Organised by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) in conjunction with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the awards are designed to identify and

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Former England footballer to host the Education Awards

Former England footballer Graeme Le Saux has been announced as this year’s guest speaker at the annual Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) Education Awards. Graeme will lead the celebrations, which will recognise the outstanding educational achievements of the door hardware industry’s rising stars at the Royal Lancaster hotel in London

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Product innovation to be recognised in new ironmongery award

Innovative product design will be recognised in a new category at the next GAI/RIBA Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards. Organised by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) in conjunction with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the awards are designed to identify and reward excellence in the specification of architectural

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BDC 319 : Aug 2024

GAI

A Few Weeks Left for GAI Nominations

There are only a few weeks left for architects and specifiers to make their nominations for the internationally recognised biennial GAI/RIBA Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards. Organised by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) in conjunction with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the awards are designed to identify and reward excellence in the specification of architectural ironmongery. For the 2018/19 awards, projects can be nominated for a ‘Best new product: design and innovation’ category. This award has been created to showcase new ironmongery products, as well as the advancing technologies used within the door and window hardware industry. This category will celebrate products that have been created using new methods of manufacture, or that display new design concepts or originality of thought. This category is not limited to mechanical products. New innovations or technologies in access control, door automation or any field allied to architectural ironmongery could also be submitted. In addition to this new award, projects can be nominated for the following categories: residential; commercial and hospitality buildings; public health and education buildings, and international projects outside the UK and Ireland. Architects, specifiers, building contractors, clients and their architectural ironmongery advisers and suppliers across the world can nominate projects for the 2018/19 awards until Friday 16 November 2018. The projects or products must be either completed or released onto the market between 1 October 2016 and 30 September 2018 to be eligible for entry.    “The Specification Awards are unique because they reward the whole specification team. The outstanding design and high quality finishes of the projects nominated highlights the importance of the professional partnership between architects and architectural ironmongers,” said David Stacey, president of the GAI. “We hope the addition of the ‘Best new product: design and innovation’ category will reveal some really interesting products with pioneering ways of using materials to create a new solution or a new design,” he added. For each category there will be a winner, second and third place. The judges will also decide on an overall ‘winner of winners’. At the 2017/18 Specification Awards, this accolade went to Kings Gate, a residential project by architectural ironmongers izé and architect Lynch Architects. A brochure featuring the 2017/18 winning projects can be downloaded from the GAI website. There is no limit on the number of entries to the 2018/19 awards. The first entry from GAI or RIBA members is free of charge.

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Former England footballer to host the Education Awards

Former England footballer Graeme Le Saux has been announced as this year’s guest speaker at the annual Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) Education Awards. Graeme will lead the celebrations, which will recognise the outstanding educational achievements of the door hardware industry’s rising stars at the Royal Lancaster hotel in London on 8 November. As well as his role in the national team, Graeme also played for Chelsea Southampton and Blackburn Rovers, helping the latter win the Premier League in 1995. Since his retirement from football in 2005, Graeme has worked as a pundit for the BBC and frequently undertakes project work with the FA, UEFA, FIFA and the Premier League. The GAI Education Awards include Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for the top students in the Diploma and the Pinnacle Award, sponsored by ASSA ABLOY, for the student with the best aggregate results over the three years of the Diploma programme. The GAI Diploma is designed to give students a high level of product knowledge and the ability to write accurate hardware specifications and quotations. The qualification is particularly suited to those in customer service, contract management, scheduling and estimating, and sales. GAI president, David Stacey, said: “The Education Awards is a great opportunity to recognise students’ hard work over the past three years. It is also a chance for companies to celebrate the individuals within their teams who are going above and beyond to offer architects and contractors high-quality technical knowledge.” The only recognised architectural ironmongery qualification in the world, the Guild’s education programme has been running for more than 50 years, training future generations of architectural ironmongers to British and European standards. This year’s GAI Education Awards is sponsored by dormakaba. To book your tickets to the 2018 GAI Education Awards, visit the GAI website: httZp://www.gai.org.uk/events-117/gai-education-awards2018/book-here?prv=1

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Product innovation to be recognised in new ironmongery award

Innovative product design will be recognised in a new category at the next GAI/RIBA Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards. Organised by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) in conjunction with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the awards are designed to identify and reward excellence in the specification of architectural ironmongery. The ‘Best new product: design and innovation’ category has been created to celebrate new door and window hardware product, allowing advancing technologies to be fully showcased and recognised. Products using new methods of manufacture, a new design concept or displaying originality of thought would be eligible. They could also show a unique way of using a material, a new solution or a new design. This category is not limited to mechanical products. New innovations or technologies in access control, door automation or any field allied to architectural ironmongery could also be submitted. In addition to the new ‘Best new product: design and innovation’ category, projects can be nominated for the following categories: residential; commercial and hospitality; public sector health and education buildings; and international projects outside the UK and Ireland. Architects, specifiers, building contractors, clients and their architectural ironmongery advisers and suppliers across the world can nominate projects for the 2018/19 awards from August 2018. The projects or products must be either completed or released on to the market between 1 October 2016 and 30 September 2018 to be eligible for entry. David Stacey, president of the GAI, says: “The Specification Awards ceremony is one of the Guild’s most highly anticipated events. The calibre of entries is always incredibly high and shows architectural ironmongery at its best. The GAI is always proud to see its member companies involved in so many complex projects. “These awards are unique because they reward the whole specification team, highlighting the importance of the professional partnership between architects and architectural ironmongers.” For each category in the awards there will be a winner, second and third place. The judges will also decide on an overall ‘winner of winners’. At the 2016/17 Specification Awards, this accolade went to Kings Gate, a residential project by architectural ironmongers izé and architect Lynch Architects. A brochure showing all the 2016/17 winning projects can be downloaded from the GAI website. There is no limit to the number of entries to the 2018/19 awards. The first entry from a GAI or RIBA member is free of charge. Follow the GAI on Twitter (@gai_UK) and LinkedIn to find out when the Specification Awards is open for entries. www.gai.org.uk  

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