GreenSquare's latest development in Oxford, Barns Place, was awarded a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) South Regional Award, at an awards ceremony at Ascot Racecourse last night (25 May).
Barns Place, which comprises 40 contemporary apartments, is located on Barns Road in Cowley. Designed by award-winning London-based architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, the building was one of 15 to be shortlisted for the award in the South and one of only nine winners.
Andrew Smith, Operations Director, Jo Curson, Head of Development, and Marita Ford, Development Manager attended the ceremony to accept the award on behalf of GreenSquare, along with representatives from Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, HAB Housing and Feltham Construction.
Andrew Smith said: “We are delighted that Barns Place has won a regional RIBA award. Barns Place is a building with real presence. With a prominent street frontage and a front elevation sweeping in an elegant curve mapping the shape of the street, it is an impressive building, which is certainly deserving of recognition. The entire development is a testament to Allford Hall Monaghan Morris' vision and to the hard work of Marita, and the entire team here at GreenSquare, whose dedication to the project really ensured its success.”
RIBA Regional Awards are given to a UK building for its regional importance as a piece of architecture. More than 40 entries were submitted for the award, which included buildings from across Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Middlesex.
The judging panel said of Barns Place:
A major new piece of affordable housing, which is the first phase of three interrelated sites in the Cowley area. Delivering a range of affordable tenure homes for sale and for rent, there were clear lessons from London and continental mixed use schemes, where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Overall this residential-led scheme is a positive, yet understated contribution to the area.
Some interesting moments managed to survive challenging budget constraints in the scheme: these included roof gardens, balconies and generous vertical slots of the entry space. At upper levels the double aspect residential accommodation uses the open views across Oxford to effect. In addition, generously-scaled openings offered a quality of space and light normally only found in schemes with a considerably larger budget. The quality of build was very good – especially for the budget – and Barns Road is was an impressive achievement, given typology and very constrained budget.
The project brings together social enterprise and a mix of housing in an innovative way, to create a vibrant mix of uses and communities.
For more information about RIBA, visit www.architecture.com.