Tim Dowling and the team from the highly commended Bluebell Centre (left) at the 2018 Annual Award ceremony. The Centre is a low carbon building designed and constructed by volunteers from the Selborne Society using straw bales and reclaimed materials wherever possible. It is used mainly to introduce local school students to the Perivale Wood nature reserve. The 2018 judges comprised architects Harbinder Birdi, Anthony Ferguson and Gavin Leonard. In his presentation, Harbinder Birdi said the judges were impressed by the way the Centre nestled so well into the landscape, and that its construction was a real labour of love.
No scheme won the main award this year, but in addition to the highly commended Bluebell Centre, 3 projects were commended: St John’s School W13, Ark Junior School W5, and the rear extension at 1 Grange Park W5. Tim Dowling, who presented the certificates, explained how he has lived in the Borough for 15 months now and has gradually been discovering its delights: Gunnersbury Park (ok, technically Hounslow), Bollo Lane recycling centre, Walpole Park, Lammas Park, West Ealing, and even Ealing Civic Society plaques. He admitted it is so leafy he has had to buy a rake.
Further information about the shortlist and the successful schemes are available on the Awards page.
Photo: Tom Doran.