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RIBA East Great British Buildings Talks and Tours: The Welding Institute
Dirk Lindner

RIBA East Great British Buildings Talks and Tours: The Welding Institute

​Three new buildings with the design concept to develop a building form and material quality which is sympathetic to the quality of its surrounding landscape.

Join us for an exclusive opportunity to hear more about this RIBA East Award winning building from the architect who designed it.

As part of this series of events showcasing 2017's Award winners, The Welding Institute will host a talk and tour by Eric Parry Architects.

"It is unusual to see building of this quality in a business park and it shows that it can be done without excessive cost. The building has an architectural quality commensurate to the extraordinary innovations going on within it."

This is a large building and the scale successfully mediates with its context. It consists of three buildings that have varying roof heights and profiles tied together with an internal street that also docks into the original TWI building bringing new and old accommodation together. The street forms a focus and social hub for all employed in the building. Externally the two office buildings are grass-bunded up to internal worktop height whilst an outer glazed screen aesthetically unifies this lower level. Above the ground floor and throughout the third building walls are clad in multi-coloured terracotta ‘baguette’ tiles. This brings coherence to the whole but each building is given its own identity through a particular colour scheme: for example the engineering hall at the base begins with earthen colours and rises to lighter sky colours.