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Simons Design named as finalists for 2013 LABC Building Excellence Awards

Simons Design have been named as finalists for the LABC East Anglia Building Excellence Awards.

Having won the regional ward for Best Commercial project, Unit J at Brotherhood Retail Park in Peterborough has now been short-listed for this year's LABC East Anglia Building Excellence Awards.The awards are a celebration of the best projects in the region for quailty an compliance with building regulations.

The awards presentation will take place on Friday 26th April at the St Andrews Hall in Norwich. Other finalists include: The Atrium, North Walsham (North Norfolk, 21 Station Rpad, Cambridge and the village vet's surgery in Whittlesford (South Cambridgeshire).

Brotherhood shopping park is a redevelopment of the existing 1980's retail park which Simons helped bring to life originally and were thrilled to redevelop. The refurbishments and extensions are intended to bring the park up to current standards and attract the retail industry's biggest out of town retailers. As part of the redevelopment, our client commissioned the design of a 3,000sqft unit.

The design intent was to built on the enhanced public realm and to create a feature building within the park, which would allow external dining and attract desirable tenants to compliment the fashion retailers. The building uses a similar palette of materials to the refurbished park, but uses them in a different way in order to give the building its own identity. The park is now home to household brands including Marks and Spencer, Next,

With the company's Building Greener policy in mind, it was important for Simons Design to incorporate sustainable features into the brief; solar control features have been used to limit the solar gain in the building.

Everything about the building took meticulous consideration. The steel work design required tight building tolerance to create the desired effect, the curved blocks-to-feature corners required the procurement of specific blocks, hand made by Lignacite. As a result of the attention to detail that has gone into the building, the heavy masonry feature seems to float effortlessly within the panels of glazing.

To see the list of finalists, visit the LABC website: http://www.labc-eastanglia.org/2013Finalists.html


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