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V&A Members' Lounge wins prestigious RIBA 2018 Award

17th May 2018

We are delighted that the new Members’ Lounge at the V&A Museum, London, has been awarded a prestigious RIBA 2018 Award.

The RIBA has been celebrating outstanding work for over 180 years. Their awards and prizes are regarded internationally as a mark of excellence, recognising the best architecture, architects, research and students.

RIBA London director Dian Small commented in the Architects’ Journal: “It’s testament to the drive and passion of our members that again, we have seen the largest ever number of schemes shortlisted for the RIBA London Awards. Our members are building more – and better – buildings than ever before; constantly enhancing the landscape and skyline of our region.

Working in partnership with the multi award-winning practice, Carmody Groarke, we enabled the delivery of a vibrant space to gather offering a place for respite, congregation and discussion.

We were appointed to develop a design solution which enabled the building services to be carefully installed into this Grade I listed space. Using detailed modelling and thermal analysis techniques we ensured the iconic linear glazed roof enhances the welcoming atmosphere of the Lounge without experiencing excessive heat gain or loss during peak weather periods. You can read more about the scope of our design here.

Paul Rushmer, Director at SVM said, “The lounge is housed in a building designed by Sir Aston Webb in 1899, and many of the original features are still in situ. We designed thoughtful, high-performance solutions for this sensitive space, enabling the Museum to make their new Lounge work harder for them whilst creating a space that people enjoy spending time in.  Our carefully applied services were intended to go unnoticed, and they work in harmony with Carmody Groarke’s design vision, creating an inviting, comfortable, space.

As a regional award winner, the Members’ Lounge project will be considered for the RIBA National Awards and the recipients of these will be announced in June. Those collecting national awards will then be considered for the RIBA Stirling Prize.

You can read more about the award here.




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