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Small Building projects

BCIA shortlist This week our coverage of the British Construction Industry Awards 2004 moves to this year's new category: Small Building Projects. There were 69 entries from which the judges shortlisted six schemes.

Black Rubber Beach House, Dungeness Fishermen's tarred sheds and homemade huts are the rustic heritage of seaside areas such as the exposed beach at the tip of Dungeness. Black Rubber Beach House is the conversion of an old, virtually windowless, work shed into an exquisite minimalist house where even the bathroom has a view over the shingle and seascape. Weatherproofing is a matt black rubber membrane wrapping over the entire roof and walls while the interior is lined in highly finished plywood.

Client: Diane Gelon and Gillian Hanna Cost: £115,000 Principal designer: Simon Conder Associates Structural engineer: KLC Consulting Contractor: Charlier Construction Other firms: AAC Waterproofing (Rubber membrane supplier)

Brookley Road Public Conveniences, Brockenhurst, Hants Also finalist for the Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award Brockenhurst's robust new loos bring public conveniences out of the dark, dank, hidden in a corner era. A prominent building has been set as an attractive, light and airy gatehouse to the town car park. Its galvanised steel frame lifts the outer walls some 125mm off the ground easing washdown of the building and eliminating a major cause of the malodorous atmosphere that characterises lavatories. Windows at the top of the, unclimbable, steep sloping zinc roofs let in generous amounts of natural light while being at minimum risk from vandals.

Client: New Forest DC Cost: £161,600 Principal designer: John Pardey Architects Structural engineer: Ian Price & Partners Contractor: Amos Danby & Sons

Clarence Mews Mixed Development, London E5 Georgian elegance of the terrace fronting on to Clapton Square in east London had deteriorated at the ends of the 100 foot back gardens into a severely rundown mews that was the domain of drug dealers. A co-operative venture creating an attractive new mews terrace including offices and living accommodation at the ends of four gardens has helped lift the neighbourhood. The private commission in which the project architect also has a major interest in the development is good value at less than £1,000/m 2and was carried out primarily by a local contractor and joinery specialist.

Client: Clarence Mews Development Group Cost: £650,000 Principal designer: Cazenove Architects Structural engineer: Alan Cotisbee Associates Contractor: Woodgrange Construction Other firms: Bamber Special Projects

Hoyle Early Years Centre, Bury, Lancs Also finalist for the Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award A grim 1970s local authority building has been transformed into a naturally well lit and secure nursery school with an attractive and welcoming presence. Space in the original 300m 2building was so much at a premium that even the toilets had to double up as teaching space. An energetic and successful drive for new public funding made it possible literally to raise the roof and expand the nursery by 200m 2. New clerestory windows have changed the old part of the building so much that some parents thought the entire structure had been replaced.

Client: Bury Metropolitan Council Cost: £695,000 Principal designer: DSDHA Engineer: Price & Myers Contractor: McGoff & Byrne Other firms: Atelier Ten (M&E), Stockdale (QS)

Maggie's Cancer Caring Respite Centre, Dundee Frank Gehry's first building in Britain is sheer delight with a magnificent stainless steel roof topping the curvaceous structure which makes absolutely no compromise to mundane procedures like value engineering.

The one straight line is a picture window in this landmark building set as a lookout point on a superb hilltop site above Dundee. It is a gem of a building, with a price to match.

Client: Maggie's Centres Cost: £1.3M Principal designer: Gehry Partners Architect: James F Stephen Structural engineer: Arup Scotland Contractor: HBG Construction Scotland Wildern Secondary School /wireless IT and technology block, Southampton Also finalist for the Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award HBG Construction had just 40 weeks to build

Wildern Secondary's new technology block following a two month lead in during which the whole concept of the foundations was switched to a piled solution to cope with the site's marshy ground. The end result is an attractive, fit for purpose, building, packed with an enviable range of computing equipment, that is well respected by pupils. The same design and construct team is now well on with Wildern's Sports Centre - the next stage of this ambitious state school upgrading.

Client: Hampshire County Council Cost: £2.998M Principal designer: Hampshire County Council Design and build contractor: HBG Construction

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