Currie & Brown’s London Borough of Newham projects shortlisted for RICS and RIBA awards

Currie & Brown is delighted to announce that London Borough of Newham’s East Ham Customer Service Centre and Library has been shortlisted for the RICS London Regeneration Award while the Technical College (Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre) has been shortlisted for both the RICS London Building Conservation Award and the 2015 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) London Awards.

Led by Jack Keillor, divisional director in the London office, Currie & Brown provided project and cost management services for the Newham project, which has been lauded for its excellence in design and construction as well as its investment in the community and local stakeholder involvement at all stages. This ranged from the input of English Heritage on the restoration of several listed grade II and grade II* Edwardian buildings to encouraging young people to stay in the local area by attending the newly converted Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre rather than having to travel to other colleges.

The Customer Service Centre and Library brings together a range of council frontline services for local people under one roof, combining library and local service centre functions into one fit-for-purpose building while being a natural fit with the neighbouring Edwardian buildings that front the busy Barking Road. Meanwhile, the Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre is the A-level centre of a group of partner secondary schools in the borough. The newly refurbished Old Technical College building forms part of the larger East Ham Civic Campus, housing science laboratories and classrooms for 500 students.

The RICS awards highlight the achievements of the most inspirational regional initiatives and developments in land, property, construction and the environment. The London RICS Award finalists will be announced on 30 April at an awards dinner.

The winners of the RIBA London Awards will be announced at a ceremony on 18 May. The key criteria for any award given by the RIBA is that the project should demonstrate design excellence, that it should be fit for purpose and that it should be capable of enduring as a fine work of architecture throughout its working life.

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