Allgood is celebrating a fantastic result at the 2019 GAI RIBA Specification Awards, held at the OXO Tower on Thursday 20th March. With four projects shortlisted, Allgood walked away winners in two categories with the remaining projects both a close second.
The winning projects were in the Residential category for the conversion of the iconic Centre Point building into luxury flats, working with architect Conran & Partners, and in the Public Health & Education category for The Engine Shed in Stirling, the new home of Historic Environment Scotland.
Allgood’s work on Maggie’s Centre in Oldham, a cancer charity care facility, came second in the Public Health & Education awards, and ironmongery at the Four Seasons Hotel in Kuwait was also runner-up in the International category.
Alistair Higgins, Chief Executive of Allgood, commented:
We are delighted and hugely proud that our work on these projects has been recognised by the judges. Each project was a tireless team effort and testament to the partnerships we have with architects, designer, contractors and clients to match the design ambition with a high quality ironmongery solution that delivers beautiful style and enduring substance.
Allgood Plc was asked to specify both the doors and ironmongery for building conservation centre The Engine Shed the new home of Historic Environment Scotland (HES) in a once redundant MOD shed in Stirling. We produced a unique mixture of real bronze and bronze finish hardware to complement the internal doors. The hardware with its bespoke bronze trim – specially finished to HES’s own exacting requirements – was chosen for its warm patina in keeping with the building’s use of raw materials and traditional finishes.
Beginning in 2015, this project was a £350 million regeneration project to transform the iconic Centre Point into a mixed-use venue comprising; restaurants, retail outlets and 82 luxury apartments. Conran and Partners was appointed to deliver the vision of a hi-spec modern residence and Allgood managed the specification, development and delivery of the near £1 million ironmongery and hardware requirements. With many bespoke elements and high specification finishes the five-year project was among the largest ironmongery projects in the UK.
A ‘breathing space’ for anyone with cancer, Maggie’s Centre Oldham is warm and welcoming; a place where calm, comfort, care and consideration count. A common symptom of chemotherapy is peripheral neuropathy, where the slightest contact with a cold metal door handle can send shooting or stabbing pains shuddering through the body. As part of Maggie’s mindful ‘architecture of hope’, Allgood delivered the perfect alternative solution to standard stainless steel, with its unique range of ‘warm to the touch’ fine timber ironmongery and washroom products from its Holt range.
Designed from the outset to be the most luxurious hotel in Kuwait, The Four Seasons on the Burg Alshaya waterfront boasts over 300 rooms and suites. Working alongside Yabu Pushelberg, Allgood coordinated the £1 million ironmongery project, including bespoke design and manufactured brass pull handles on each of the 3.6m internal doors. Finished in a warm bronze designed to patinate over time, and with a hammered texture, these pull handles required months of consultation and prototyping as well as a customised manufacturing processes to deliver this statement piece.
Allgood also had to project manage the specification and coordination of the several thousand other ironmongery and hardware components, including each piece being transported from the UK to be treated with a special PVD finish at a plant in China and then delivered on site in Kuwait.