CIAT Awards winners announced

The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) is pleased to announce the winners for its annual Awards.

The awards celebrate Architectural Technology at its best. The shortlists and winners were selected by a judging panel made up of experts in the discipline.

This year the winners were announced at a Luncheon that marked CIAT’s 50th Anniversary year. The event was held on Friday 25 September at The Savoy in London.

The Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology 

The Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology is the premier built environment accolade which recognises outstanding achievement in the practise of Architectural Technology.

The winner for this Award was Seaton House by the Harrison Sutton Partnership. The technically advanced beach house made an immediate impression on the judges.

Harrison Sutton Partnership aimed to maximise the outside space available and take advantage of the views whilst incorporating an outdoor pool, spa/hot-tub and separate home office space.

Positioned in a stunning location on the South Cornish coast, the site brought with it amazing seascape views but also many design challenges.

The judges said that ‘it was clear from the submission that the design team understood the client brief and were keen to maximise the potential of a site which benefits from a stunning location but many challenges’.

Shortlisted entries La Vregie by Eddie Caldeira MCIAT (designplus architects) and the Caledonia Depot by Janus Architects were both commended by the judges.

The Alan King Award

The Alan King Award, named after the Institute’s first President, recognises projects valued £750k or under that have demonstrated outstanding excellence in the field.

There were two winners for the Award this year. Soleil Du Soir by designplus architects and Grillagh Water House by Patrick Bradley Architects both impressed the judging panel.

The Soleil Du Soir project saw an extension 1960s cavity block built bungalow set in the heart of Pontac Common.

The judges said it was ‘an exciting project which proves what can be achieved for an extension to an existing bungalow’.

‘Extensive internal remodelling of the existing house has resulted in a solution that has improved accessibility and provides for further adaptations without any further conversion, a standard that is aspirational in a modern house.’

Grillagh Water House was an experimental project that designed not only to be innovative, but help change the perceptions of the rural contemporary architecture in the UK.

The judges said it demonstrated ‘design excellence with the use of redundant shipping containers’.

‘Whilst the project is a stunning example of architectural design, it is in the detail that makes it a worthy recipient of the Alan King Award. The choice of raw materials, combined with exceptional detailing working together produce a building that is not only functional, but is both highly energy efficient and functional.’

Land Adjacent to 48 Fen Road by Chris Senior MCIAT (Once Architecture Ltd) was commended in this category.

The film announcing the winners can be viewed at: