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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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Nominations Encouraged for BESA Awards

BESA has recently announced that it is now looking for nominations with regard to 2 of its management awards, set out to recognise the incredible work being done by many of the building engineering services sector’s present engineers, and future business leaders. The first award, dubbed the Alfred Manly Management

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RIBA Awards South West Shortlist Announced

Most recently, RIBA South West has released its list of the 16 shortlisted buildings for the South West’s RIBA Awards. Having shortened the original list of entries down from 49, the present 16 represent some of the newest and most innovative buildings around, of which RIBA’s very own panel of

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BDC 317 : Jun 2024

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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 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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Nominations Encouraged for BESA Awards

BESA has recently announced that it is now looking for nominations with regard to 2 of its management awards, set out to recognise the incredible work being done by many of the building engineering services sector’s present engineers, and future business leaders. The first award, dubbed the Alfred Manly Management Award, sets out to congratulate the success and accomplishments of younger engineers, highlighting and judging them on a basis of their potential for future role development and responsibility within the wider building engineering services sector. And for the process by which candidates are selected, the award looks to highlight management-specific skill areas which are in need of development so as best to provide the training and support required for their professional development; successful candidates then being awarded an associated certificate or diploma as well as already have confirmed employment in a management position on some level. The second award, the Professional Engineer of the Year Award, is then for individuals who have already achieved suitable qualification and are working on membership for a relevant chartered professional body’s scheme. Then combined with the first award, this allows BESA to reward individuals at various levels of the scale, with varying and highly differential personal goals and ambitions. The awards, which are widely recognised throughout the industry, will, upon the finalisation of the judging process, be given at the BESA Specialist Groups’ Annual General Meetings event, to be held on the 19th of May this year at City of London’s Trinity House, with the deadline for nominations sitting at Friday the 1st of April for both of the different awards. More information on the awards is naturally available from the BESA, including details on the nomination process, however, given the industry repute associated with the awards, nomination could prove to be the next step in major career development.

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RIBA Awards South West Shortlist Announced

Most recently, RIBA South West has released its list of the 16 shortlisted buildings for the South West’s RIBA Awards. Having shortened the original list of entries down from 49, the present 16 represent some of the newest and most innovative buildings around, of which RIBA’s very own panel of judges will be touring for the awards. Having been in operation since 1966, the RIBA Awards are both presented and judged on a local level, setting the benchmark for architecture across the entirety of the UK. Most specifically, the awards are for those buildings by International Fellows and Chartered Architects with RIBA. As a keen champion of driving forward architectural standards and practices across the UK, of course, the awards are widely recognised and respected by the wider industry. As John Watkins, South West Regional Director for RIBA comments: “RIBA Awards always bring out the best in the national architects across our vast region.” As such, this year’s list presents a a diverse range of archetype, design form, size, scale and overall innovation to represent a vast range of areas for architectural excellence. Of the awards up for grabs, there is the well-regarded Building of the Year Award in addition to a number of category-specific awards to provide a variety of different awards for organisations to aim towards. For this, the winners are to be announced on the 29th of April at the Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare. And of those nominated for awards, as aforementioned, a range of different building archetypes are represented on the shortlist, including a mixture of educational buildings and structures, creative and performing arts centres, public buildings and even training centres for more practical pursuits – please see the RIBA website for a complete source of those shortlisted for an award and for future updates on them.

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