GAGA 2018 Construction Awards

GAGA 2018 ceremony

Longevity, beautiful design and a deep running concern for sustainability were the dominant themes of the 2018 GAGAs. The UK’s awards to celebrate and reward the most forward looking and exploratory applications of galvanizing in design, art and construction took place on 8th June at the gracious Edwardian surroundings of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Tim Pettigrew and Michael Connolly from Reddy Architecture + Urbanism provided an introductory presentation on understanding the limitations of design and manufacturing.

2018 GAGA Winners


Ed Byrne and Marie Bak Mortensen

Construction Industry Choice Award Winner

The first prestigious watering can for the went to Pezo von Ellrichshausen for Hull Pavilion and was accepted by Marie Bak Mortensen, RIBA on behalf of the architect. The temporary installation created by sixteen galvanized steel columns is a joint commision by Hull 2017 and RIBA, allowing visitors to inhibit each of the 6 m high columns to experience varying light conditions created by perforations in the steel skin. Click to see more about the 2018 construction industry choice award winner.

2018 Architecture Award Winner

Old Shed New House by Tonkin Liu won the architecture award, a standout project for this year. An existing agricultural shed in Yorkshire – once a container for tools and tractors – is now a container for a lifetime collection of books and art. The project uses the reflective and intriguing qualities of galvanized steel in a creative way. Newly clad in varied widths of shot-blasted timber and galvanised steel fins, the rhythmic facade reads like the bark of the silver birch that characterise the site. Click to view the 2018 architecture award winner project.

Sustainable Award Winner

Millar + Howard Workshop’s wide use of reclaimed, recycled materials throughout Dursley Treehouse was recognised and won the sustainable award.

Many of the internal and external finishes were reclaimed, including the metal galvanized grills for the bridge and galvanized balconies which were refashioned from agricultural fencing. Click to view more about the 2018 sustainable award winner project.

Duplex Award Winner

Newground Architects’ Rehearsal Rooms was awarded the award for duplex systems.

The longevity of metalwork, which plays a key part in the elevations, was achieved by galvanizing and then powder coating. Detailed treatment of the steel railings complements the form of the concrete balconies.

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Detail Award Winner

The architectural steelwork detail award went to Michael Trentham Architects who were recognised for the intricate detail they applied to The New Portland Arms.

The building is enhanced by a harmonious combination of galvanized steel and timber. Matthew Wells, Techniker spoke of how “the project highlights the way materials should express themselves particularly the materiality”.

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Engineering Award Winner

Important design considerations were addressed in Shand Building Design’s Middleton of Rora, focussing on the key issues that were affecting the welfare of livestock and working conditions and won the engineering award.

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Highly Commended: Architecture

6a architects - Highly Commended Architecture

6a architects – Highly Commended

Blue Mountain School by 6a architects was highly commended for its use of galvanized steel as a decorative finish throuhgout the building.

6a architects led a three-year collaboration with Hostem to transform the six-storey building.

Exceptional detail was paid to the accentuation of the texture of the galvanized coating and treatment of specific areas to highlight the manufacturing process. Click to view the highly commended architecture project.

“The integrity of vision and commitment to the lifespan of projects and their role within the wider landscape, went to the heart of many of the entries. It has been an uplifting process to give these awards.”

2018 GAGA Judges

Thank you to all our entrants to this year’s Galvanizing Awards. The judging panel consisted of Isabelle Priest, Matthew Wells, Rolf Nielsen and Iqbal Johal.

GAGA 2018 shortlisted entries

Construction Awards Shortlist 2018Our 2018 GAGA shortlist included a wide variety of projects ranging from intricate sculptures to major infrastructure projects. Click here to view all GAGA 2018 shortlisted entries or read more about the construction awards.

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