Construction Awards: GAGA 2023

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2023 Galvanizing Awards. Judges awarded the following projects for outstanding interpretations of what galvanized steel can offer the built environment.

GAGA 2023 winners

Architecture Award Winner

The best use of galvanizing in architecture was presented to Architecture 00 and Public Works for Loughborough Junction, two buildings which deliver over 1,000 square meters of light-industrial workspace dedicated to local textiles, food producers, and makers. These low-rent studios and co-working spaces operate alongside the community growing project, Loughborough Farm, and the Platform community cafe and won the architecture award.

Loughborough Junction

© Lorenzo Zandri

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Architecture Award: Highly Commended

The design concept for March House by Knox Bhavan was for a single-storey modest timber-clad building to melt into the landscape whilst appearing to hover above the ground. In a flood the water runs underneath, and the house seems to float.

© Edmund Sumner

Sustainability Award Winner

The sustainable award winner in 2023 is IDK Architects for Outside. The building is part of a rural community development in South Devon which looks to add to the area’s social and economic life. It sits amongst a two-acre plot which has space for skateboarding, small-scale farming, and play areas, hosting a cafe, event space, ceramics studio and surfboard shaping workshop. Sited in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where near-barren arable monocultures are often preferred over mixed use regenerative practices, the project serves as a case study for new forms of hyperlocal, sustainable rural development.

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Outside IDK Architects

© Toby Coulson


Sustainability Award: Highly Commended

Bradbury Works by [Y/N] has recently re-opened its doors to new and returning tenants. The new building includes the refurbishment of 600m2 of existing affordable workspace, the replacement of ten mini retail units, and the provision of almost 500m2 of extra workspace in a two-storey extension. Bradbury Works is the next step in the evolving story of one of the most unique and community focused public spaces in the capital.

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Bradbury Works

© French and Tye

Engineering Award Winner

The engineering award went to UK Industrial Services for Southend on Sea Pier Restoration. Southend on Sea Pier is the city’s most treasured historical icon putting Southend on the map as well as into the record books.

The original timber pier was constructed in the 1800’s, the timber pier was superseded by the Iron Pier designed by James Brunless and constructed in 1889, it was extended in 1898 and again 1929. The pier is a Grade 11 listed building and officially the world’s longest pleasure pier reaching out into the Thames Estuary 1.34 miles.

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Southend-on-Sea Pier

© Visual Air


Art Award Winner

Bill and Peach were commissioned to create History of Bideford, four sculptures relating to the history of Bideford, a historical estuary town in north Devon that was a big hitter in the Elizabethan days. They are the winners of this year’s art award.

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History of Bidefort

© Bill and Peach


Detail Award Winner

In the detail award category, the judges singled out Curzon Camden Cinema by Takero Shimazaki Architects. Camden’s new cinema represents the adaptation and renewal of the once industrial infill lining its viaducts. The ambition for our second Curzon location sought to retain as much of the landlords pre-existing shell as possible, re-purposing the building fabric installed as part of the larger Hawley Wharf regeneration. Working with the inherited materials, Takero Shimazaki inserted new architectural elements with their own language which now define the public spaces of the cinema.

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Cuzon Camden Cinema

© David Grandorge


Duplex Award Winner

The 2023 duplex systems award went to Kris Grant Architect for Rescobie Pavilion. Rescobie Pavilion is a steel framed garden building, perched above a stone base, in the grounds of a nineteenth century schoolhouse in rural Angus, Scotland. It sits comfortably in the landscape, an exposed site with easterly views over Rescobie Loch and westerly views over the client’s beautiful but steeply sloping garden.  The clients wanted a new building to maximise their enjoyment of the garden, with walls that slide open to allow meals to be enjoyed in the sunshine whilst sheltered from the wind.

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© Dapple Photography


Meet the Judges

The judging panel consisted of Matthew Wells (Techniker), Isabelle Priest (RIBA Journal), Theodore Molloy (PUP Architects) and Iqbal Johal (Galvanizers Association).