Upper Twyford Barns in Hereford by Architype has won the RIBA English Partnerships Sustainability Award. The announcement was made on Saturday 6 October at a special awards ceremony for the RIBA Stirling Prize in association with The Architects' Journal at the Roundhouse in London.
The RIBA English Partnerships Sustainability Award is given to the building that demonstrates most elegantly and durably the principles of sustainable architecture.
The Barns at Upper Twyford, a partially derelict building, have been converted into offices for the architects' own use. The original structure and character has been re-used and enhanced, with features including a new upper floor using timber from adjacent woodlands and a biomass heating system introduced as part of an initiative to supply fuel from local renewable sources.
Speaking about the building, the judging panel, including Peter Clegg of Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects and Kevin McGeough of English Partnerships said:
"We are constantly reminded that buildings are responsible for around 50% of our overall CO2 emissions but it is what we do in our buildings that really counts. The Barns at Upper Twyford has won the 2007 RIBA English Partnerships Sustainability Award because it represents more than just an intelligent response to low energy design. Architype have demonstrated how new types of employment can be developed in a sensitive landscape area in a way which contributes positively to both the economy and ecology."
The other shortlisted buildings for the award were:
1. Cork City Council, New Civic Offices, Cork by ABK Architects
2. Environmental Research Institute, Cork by Bucholz McEvoy Architects
3. RSPB Environment & Education Centre, Purfleet, Essex by van Heyningen and Haward Architects