One Brighton has been awarded a Commendation as part of the Civic Trust Awards 2011. The winners were announced from the 57 short listed finalists at the Awards Ceremony on Friday 4th March at the People’s History Museum in Manchester. The Civic Trust Awards say about their award: “The Civic Trust Awards scheme was established in 1959 to recognise the very best in architecture, design, planning, landscape and public art. Awards are given to projects of the highest quality design, but only if they are judged to have made a positive cultural, social or economic contribution to the local community.”
Nicholas Pearson Associates contributed the LVIA and landscape and ecological design to this project, which has now been built in the New England Quarter of Brighton. The project (a joint venture between Crest Nicholson and BioRegional) aimed to deliver a carefully considered mixed use development with the highest of sustainable credentials. Sustainability was at the heart of every design decision and was achieved by a number of means from the choice of materials such as sustainably sourced timber to high levels of insulation, to the incorporation of photovoltaic cells and wind turbines on the roofs.
As well as contributing to the success of the planning application we were also responsible for the detailed design of the residential apartments ‘sky gardens’ and brown roof. Green walls were included on a number of the vertical faces of the buildings where bird and bat boxes have been located as part of a wider strategy to encourage biodiversity. An allotment area has been created on the roof of one of the buildings with rainwater harvesting used to irrigate the planters.
The completed project has proved a highly successful contribution to the local community, an achievement that has been recognised through the numerous press articles, and now by being a Civic Trust Award Commendation winner.