2010 has been our best year yet for award winning projects across a variety of sectors. These include Best Healthcare project for Circle Bath with Foster + Partners and a Landscape Institute Award for historic landscape conservation work at the Grade II* Hill Close pleasure gardens in Warwick. Whilst an RIBA award last year recognised the design excellence of the Nanotechnology Centre, University of Southampton at one end of the educational scale, this year’s award for the Lowther Childrens Centre in Richmond is at the other extreme. The early years facility designed, with Patel Taylor Architects has received numerous accolades throughout the year including RIBA and Civic Trust Awards.
We were particularly pleased to win the 2010 British Council for School Environment (BCSE) Award for the design of the Best Outdoor Learning Environment. We worked closely with the inspirational head teacher at Lambeth’s Park Campus Pupil Referral Unit to create an inspirational environment for children excluded from mainstream schools in the borough.
The year also saw some significant new developments for the practice, including the launch of our new ‘brand identity’, which involved our in-house graphics team creating our very own ‘Plincke font’. Refreshing the brand coincides with our drive towards increasing our international portfolio and working across a wider variety of sectors. Notable new commissions during the year have included masterplanning for a new education village in Mumbai, India and a development masterplan for Tbilisi State University, Georgia.
The year has seen Plincke maintain a stable turnover and we are grateful to the many clients and consultants who work with us on a repeat basis. The double figure number of award winning projects this year is the strongest evidence of the value of building constructive relationships and of collaborative working.