An eco-friendly home built in Rothwell is in line for a prestigious award for architecture.
The sustainable ‘Carbonlight’ home built as part of an experiment by Velux, has been shortlisted for a RIBA East Midlands (Royal Institute of British Architects) 2014 Award, from a total of 11 buildings in the east midlands.
The Horse Fair Lane house, one of only six similar eco-homes in Europe, has been designed by Velux to reduce energy consumption and keep bills low.
All shortlisted buildings will be assessed by a regional jury with the winners announced at the RIBA East Midlands Annual Dinner and Awards evening on Thursday, May 15, at Nottingham Trent University (NTU). The event, sponsored by NTU as part of their 170 years of art & design education in Nottingham celebrations, will be hosted by architectural historian and BBC presenter Jonathan Foyle, with special guests, renowned architects Sir Michael and Lady Patty Hopkins, whose company designed the Newton and Arkwright Building, in which the event is taking place. Regional winners will be considered for a highly-coveted RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will be announced in June. The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year will be drawn from the RIBA National Award-winning buildings later in the year.
RIBA East Midlands chairman, Valeria Passetti welcomed the news, saying: “I’m delighted that these 11 East Midlands projects have been recognised for their architectural excellence and shortlisted for RIBA East Midlands Awards. It’s also fantastic to see the high-quality work of so many regional architects being celebrated in this way.”
The shortlist in full is:
Byron Building, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham
Nottingham Trent University’s ‘New Byron’ scheme provided an opportunity to integrate an innovative and exciting development into a city centre campus. The development comprises residential accommodation of 556 modern bedrooms, while non-residential areas include Students’ Union, sport and social facilities, café, lounge, bars and sports hall – featuring a 20 ft. climbing wall and health centre.
Architect: Church Lukas
College Court, University of Leicester, Leicester
Originally completed in 1960, Grade II listed College Court was a student halls of residence of notable architectural merit which has been transformed to become a residential conference centre. The key principle guiding the project has been harnessing the heritage value of the complex, making its material and spatial features an inherent part of the conference centre’s distinctiveness.
Architect: Associated Architects
High Edge, Matlock
Taking advantage of the magnificent north-westerly views, the design for the new house is inspired by contemporary Alpine chalets, complemented with Matlock’s own building style in the use of local materials. The house was built with great attention to detail to enhance its setting, and stand as an ‘exemplar’ for contemporary houses in the Derbyshire Dales.
Architect: Evans Vettori Architects
Jubilee House, Southwell
Jubilee House provides office accommodation and conference facilities across three floors, terraced into a sloping site in the grounds of Grade II listed Dunham House. Artwork by local artists and children is integrated within the building, designed to a brief developed with the client, including a stained glass chapel screen and sculptures in the conference courtyard space.
Lucknow Drive, Nottingham
The extension and modification of this modest mid-20th century house sought inspiration from the steep topography and an improved environmental performance over the existing house. The finished building is a bold addition to the conservation area and a more satisfying and sustainable family home.
Architect: McAfee Design
Noel Baker Community School, Derby
The scheme involves the co-location of Noel-Baker Community School with St Martins Special School for students with learning, behavioural and emotional special needs on the existing Noel-Baker site. The joint vision was for a building that captured the individual needs and identity of each school whilst still being able to support and enhance the relationship between the two schools.
Architect: Nicholas Hare Architects
Quarn Lodge, Derby
This Grade 2 listed, former park-keeper’s lodge is sited within mature woodland, close to the city centre. The sensitive restoration of the Lodge and the client’s desire for a unique contemporary look has resulted in a stunning home that embraces its woodland setting and combines the character and intimacy of a small historic dwelling with modern open-plan living.
Architect: Simon Foote Architects
St. Joseph’s Church Hall, Derby
Ten years in the making, Saint Joseph’s church hall has been designed to create a new building that will strengthen the focus of the existing multi-cultural city centre church within its surrounding community. The parish was keen for the project to be realised as there was considerable demand in the neighbourhood for such a facility.
Architect: Evans Vettori Architects
Studio in Hathersage, Derbyshire
This low cost green building made of timber provides the practice studio space for the architect, as an extension to the family home. The brief was for a sustainable prototype that would make a wonderful working space, which could be used for a variety of uses long term. Situated in a garden, the building encloses a courtyard by creating a third wing of a group of buildings.
Architect: Studio Gedye
The New House, Maplebeck, Nottinghamshire
Designed using the PassivHaus Planning Package and replacing a 1980s bungalow on an infill site in a Nottinghamshire village, the design of this house complements the Conservation Area setting whilst achieving extremely high performance as a “zero carbon in use” eco-home.
Velux Carbonlight Homes, Kettering
The Carbonlight concept homes have been developed as part of VELUX UK’s Model Home 2020 project. The two homes are designed to be spacious and airy, with a sloping roof designed to maximise light and natural ventilation. The homes are currently being monitored with residents’ involvement to test if sustainable and well-lit homes promote well-being.
Architect: HTA Design