SPACES Awards 2019 – Community

  • Winner – Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre, Romford. Application Willmott Dixon
  • Runner up – The Spaces In Between – Waltham Forest. Application by NPS Group
  • Highly Commended – Chesil Lodge – Winchester. Application Design Engine
  • Highly Commended – Partick Bus Station Redevelopment, Glasgow. Application. Austin-Smith: Lord
  • Highly Commended – Proto – The Emerging Technology Centre, Gateshead. Application Gateshead Council

Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre

Client – London Borough of Havering
Architect – Saunders Boston Architects
PM and Surveyor – Currie & Brown
Structural Engineer – AKS Ward
MEP – Kershaw Group
Contractor – Willmott Dixon

Located on an extremely constrained site this project involved the construction of a gym, a full size ice rink including capacity for 1000 spectators plus a pool hall containing a 25m x 8 lane pool and learner pool. In response to the small site footprint, the project became the second site ever to locate a rink above a pool. The construction phase faced significant challenges including air tightness between the cold space of the ice rink and warm, moist space of the pool area. Also the large span required over the pool to support the ice rink brought its own challenges, not least from the careful sequencing of steelwork delivery and installation within the site constraints and busy town centre location. The panel were extremely impressed with the Contractor’s collaborative approach through all levels of their supply chain as well as with the client and their leisure provider. The quality of delivery is exceptional and with three year operational membership targets being exceeded by the second operational month, the community have very much demonstrated its need.

The Spaces in Between

Client – London Borough of Waltham Forest
Full Design Team, Surveyor and PM – NPS Group
Contractor – Engie

Developed by NPS to address the needs of the London borough in the first instance, the scheme identifies and de-risks plots of land for local authority clients so they can be regenerated into affordable housing schemes. Using a traditional approach and consistency of design methods, standardised schemes can be commissioned, designed and constructed in short programmes with minimal disruption to the surrounding estates
The judges were impressed with the scalability of the innovation and saw the outcome of a number of designs in a small area of Waltham Forest that significantly benefited the community.