CIAT Award winners recognised for mindset and digital tech

Martello Café

This year’s CIAT awards winners had a strong theme of digital technology. The Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology, Small to Medium went to Martello Café in Felixstowe. Designed by PLAICE Design Company, the café is to be a focal point for the regeneration of Felixstowe’s south seafront. The use of BIM technology assisted the design team to resolve complex construction detailing related to the striking roof structure and integrated services. Combined with sustainable innovative ventilation and heating design, they achieved the client’s brief through a combination of natural and technological methods. 

The Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology Large to Mega went to Gale & Snowden Architects for its passivhaus-certified leisure centre St Sidwells Point in Devon. It was praised not just for its energy efficient high performance and emphasis on technical detailing but as an example of collaborative working to achieve an exemplary project, putting accessibility high on the priority list. 

St Sidwell’s Point

Two student awards were presented at the event: the first for a project which went to Ian Westhead at Solent University for his Between the Bridges Regeneration and the second for a report to Eilis O’Hare at Ulster University for her ‘The Potential For Digital Construction Technologies to Advance Fire Evacuation Procedures.’ 

The winner of the Emerging Talent category was Sam Lambert from P+HS Architects who was praised for his “ambitious and determined professional mindset”.

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