The design and quality of Hampshire’s buildings and venues shine in national shortlisting
Four well-known Hampshire venues and buildings are in the running for this year’s SPACES (Society for Public Architecture, Construction, Engineering and Surveying) national awards - following outstanding building projects by Hampshire County Council.
Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Keith Mans, said: “Our Property Services team continues its excellent standing in the architectural and property sectors for its award-winning designs and constructions.
“We want our buildings to be the very best spaces in which our residents can thrive when they learn, meet and collaborate.
“We take great care not only to ensure the buildings are sustainable and efficient to run, but also of high quality.”
The County Council’s multi-disciplinary in-house design team has been shortlisted for its excellence in projects ranging from school facilities to arts venues and country parks. They are:
Endeavour Primary School Kirk Campus, Andover
The Kirk Campus is a new building that has enabled the expansion of Endeavour Primary School, from 60 to 120 Year R pupils and 420 to 840 pupils across the East Anton Farm Road and Dairy Road sites The architecture, interior and landscape have been considered all together, with a series of open-sided courtyards offering a range of learning and play spaces. A bright, well ventilated and inviting learning environment has been created; from the classrooms and halls with their high, sloping ceilings through to the support accommodation. Woodland and wildflower meadow habitat areas have been incorporated to provide outdoor learning and enhance the ecological and biodiversity of the site.
Queen Elizabeth Country Park Visitor Centre, near Petersfield
The refurbishment of the Visitor Centre was designed to help the Country Park cater for increasing numbers of visitors, and to generate more income that will help to sustain the park in the future. The design aimed to strengthen the connection between the internal spaces and surrounding landscape, with large, full height windows in the café and reception giving natural light and ventilation, together with framed views of the outdoors. The sustainable design helps keep running costs low.
Royal Victoria Chapel, Netley
Royal Victoria Chapel is the last remaining part of the once famous Royal Victoria Hospital on the shores of the Solent. Works included a new extension to enhance the visitor facilities, conservation of the Chapel including essential brick and stonework repairs and reinstatement of the original hand painted glass windows. A new staircase and accessible lift were installed as part of the work - significantly improving public access to the higher floors. A new exhibition in the chapel tells the story of the former hospital, from its beginnings in the 1850s, through both World Wars, to its current status as much-loved local country park. New displays and exhibitions were also installed throughout the Park to engage visitors with the site’s heritage and enable them to appreciate the scale of the original hospital.
Theatre Royal Winchester, Winchester
As a hugely important and popular community facility, Theatre Royal Winchester underwent a substantial redevelopment. Changes involved remodelling the front of house areas into a smart, contemporary new interior, designed to improve the flow of people through the building, create a more flexible space for different types of activities as well as creating a Cafe Bar. This project was also supported by a County Council grant of £375,000.
SPACES is a collaborative multi-disciplinary organisation for building professionals working in and for the public sector.
More information about Property Services: www.hants.gov.uk/business/propertyservices
View the full shortlist for the 2020 SPACES Awards: https://thespaces.org.uk/yearbook-and-awards-2020-shortlist/
The 2020 winners will now be announced in 2021.