Architects Journal 3R Awards, Best Public Building Winner 2011

The Mayville Community Centre has been shortlisted in the 3R Awards Public Building category alongside Central Hall, Keighley (Hodson Architects) and The Octagon, Haringey (Mace). The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 10th November at The Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington.

In just their second year, the 3R Awards (Refurb, Rethink, Retrofit) are organised by The Architects' Journal, Construction News and New Civil Engineer and have been created to reward and celebrate design, engineering and construction excellence that prolongs the active life of buildings and infrastructure, helping the lower energy/lower carbon agenda.

Entries in the Public Building category were for retrofit or refurbishment projects carried out on a public sector building. Judges will be looking for a project that demonstrates quality of retrofitting on a local authority building which best demonstrates the effective and appropriate upgrading of the building to improve its performance and provides strong evidence of: first-class delivery; innovative approaches; client and user satisfaction; performance data; reduced energy consumption; and lower carbon emissions. The winning entry will be a project that sets new standards for the retrofitting or refurbishment of public sector buildings and is a model for future similar projects, whilst clearly demonstrating how the project was able to deliver a solution which gave the client a better alternative to demolition and new-build.

Retrofit is a growing business opportunity across every sector of the built environment, with an estimated £500 billion expected to be spent over the next three decades. The award categories range from one-off homes to major infrastructure projects, rewarding not just engineers and architects, but innovative products, specialist companies and excellent achievement across the board. 

Commenting on the awards, Paul Finch, Editorial Director of The Architects' Journal, said: 'Retrofit and creative adaptation will be critical if we are to develop sustainable, long-term built environments. They are also essential if we are going to meet the challenge of a low-carbon future. These awards are a recognition and celebration of great projects already completed, and will promote exemplars across the construction industry.'