Maple project wins innovation and craftsmanship award

Maple project wins innovation and craftsmanship award
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The University of Huddersfield’s striking Oastler Building has been recognised at the annual LABC West Yorkshire Building Excellence Awards.

The landmark building, which has a façade of Maple-designed solar shading fins, was named best Educational Building at the 2017 event.

The regional awards are hosted by Local Authority Building Control and are unlike other events that simply reward aesthetic appeal.

The LABC judges look for craftsmanship, innovative products and creative solutions to technical problems ― as well as excellent relationships between architects, contractors, suppliers and building control officers.

“We’re very proud to have been part of the award-winning team,” said Maple’s Projects Director, Jay McGrath. “It’s recognition for the way we worked together to deliver practical solutions within a stunning design.”

The six-storey building will be the new home for the university’s Law School and the School of Music, Humanities and Media. It occupies a prominent site and, although it uses local Yorkshire stone, is dominated by a glazed frontage.

Maple designed, supplied and installed 42 vertical brise soleil fins around the oval face of the building to control solar heat and glare, and to provide the visual impact envisaged by architects AHR ― and the client.

“We wanted a bold, confident statement that said ‘we are the university’,” said Vice Chancellor Professor Bob Cryan. “We wanted something architecturally striking. When student and parents come onto the campus, I’m looking to give them the ‘wow factor’.”

The Oastler Building will now go forward for the LABC Grand Finals 2017 in November.

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