Bristol architects celebrate winning Gold and Silver Awards!

Two projects designed by NOMA Architects, based in Redcliffe, Bristol, have been awarded the ‘Building For Life’ Award by CABE, the Commission for the Built Environment, the Government’s advisor on Architecture. To achieve two awards is a unique achievement by an Architect in the UK this year.

The Gold Award standard was achieved at Waverley Gardens, a development of 66 Very Sheltered Housing apartments for elderly people in Withywood, Bristol, commissioned by Brunelcare. The scheme has been designed to assist the elderly residents live active independent lives. Waverley Gardens offers a range of facilities, including a restaurant, shop, advice centre, Spa and cinema, which are also available for the use of elderly people who live locally.

The Building for Life Assessor thought that ‘this was an impressive use of a difficult site which has produced a scheme that meets local needs and provides important community resources’.

Grove House in Clifton, designed for Urban Creation, is a development of 14 Luxury apartments which has won the Silver award.

The BfL awards are given to projects that provide exceptionally high standards of accommodation and facilities to their residents, are well-designed, sustainable, accessible to local amenities, and fulfil a specific local need.

The Gold Standard was only achieved by 20 projects nationally this year, with 35 schemes meeting the Silver standard.

Steve Davis of NOMA Architects, the designer of both of the winning projects, said “ It is a great honour to be involved in a project with an enlightened client, designing schemes where the comfort, security and happiness of the residents is paramount. To have two such clients is excellent. The awards demonstrate NOMA Architects’ commitment to achieving the highest standards for our clients and the people who live and work in our buildings.”

The award winning schemes will receive publicity nationally, and are going to be exhibited at an awards ceremony in London in November.