Winners of the Building Futures Awards 2018!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Hertfordshire Building Futures Awards.


Hertfordshire Building Control is proud to be the headline sponsor of this year’s Hertfordshire Building Futures Awards and we offer our warmest congratulations to the 2018 winners – Cassiobury Park Hub Building in Watford, St Albans Museum & Gallery and Garden Avenue / Furzen Crescent in Hatfield.

Cassiobury Park Hub Building in Watford has won the Most Sustainable Construction and Project of the Year Award.  St Albans Museum & Gallery has won the Retrofit for the Future Award, also scooping a Highly Commended Award in the Project of the Year category, and Garden Avenue / Furzen Crescent in Hatfield has won the Design Excellence Award.  Winners were announced at the prestigious awards ceremony on Thursday 4th October at Knebworth House.Building Futures Awards Simon Heywood

Knox Bhavan Architects worked with Watford Borough Council to create the new multi-purpose Cassiobury Park Hub Building.  A single storey steel frame building which sits on a concrete podium, this elegant, central destination point has been designed to have minimal energy consumption.  The judges were highly impressed, awarding it both the Most Sustainable Construction Award and the Project of the Year Award.  Judges commented, “This is an outstanding example of how modern sustainable construction can be provided simply and can fit into a classic parkland landscape, while managing to produce a significant amount of renewable energy.  People love it.  Good design and some clever thinking have created a distinct character for the park.”

Cassiobury Park Hub, Watford

John McAslan & Partners architects worked with St Albans City & District Council to undertake an extensive refurbishment and redevelopment of the St Albans Museum & Gallery.  The functionality of the building was maximised and energy usage was significantly reduced, all whilst retaining and enhancing the building’s historic features.  The Grade II* Listed building now boasts extra space and annual energy savings of 19,500 kWH, resulting in a world-class cultural hub.  Judges awarded this transformative project the Retrofit for the Future Award, commenting, “The rescue and restoration of this landmark Grade II* building has been carried out impressively, cleverly increasing the usable space while retaining the original features. Superb attention to detail has resulted in the sensitive refurbishment of this important historic building. The vision and energy of a highly motivated group of individuals and an outstanding contractor, has enabled the building to be resurrected as a major community asset, which the City and residents of St Albans can, justifiably, be very proud”.

St Albans Museum & Gallery

St Albans Museum & Gallery

Rock Townsend Architects worked with Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council to redevelop council owned garage sites into 22 new flats and 7 new houses at Garden Avenue and Furzen Crescent, as part of the first Council Housing scheme in the borough for 25 years.  Judges were highly impressed by the energy efficient housing development, awarding it the Design Excellence Award.  The judges said, “The quality of design and thought sets a precedent for Council development, showing what a pared down functional play on traditional forms can achieve.  Small is beautiful.”

Garden Avenue and Furzen Cresent, Hatfield

Now in its tenth year, these biennial Awards, hosted by the Building Futures Partnership, celebrate sustainability, innovation and design excellence in Hertfordshire.  Alongside the winners, there were projects who were highly commended in each of the four award categories of Project of the Year, Design Excellence, Retrofit for the Future and Most Sustainable Construction.  The winners and highly commended projects for each category are:

Winners Building Futures Awards 2018

The 2018 Hertfordshire Building Futures Awards Winners.

Project of the Year

Winner – Cassiobury Park Hub, Watford.

Highly Commended – St Albans Museum & Gallery.

Special Conservation Award – St Albans Cathedral.


Design Excellence

Winner – Garden Avenue / Furzen Crescent, Hatfield.

Highly Commended – 29 Firs Walk, Tewin and The Reserve, Waltham Cross.


Most Sustainable Construction

Winner – Cassiobury Park Hub Building, Watford.

Highly Commended – University of Hertfordshire, New Science Building, Hatfield.


Retrofit for the Future

Winner – St Albans Museum & Gallery.

Highly Commended – Apple Tree Farmhouse, Chorleywood Common.


As Headline Sponsor of the 2018 Awards,  Simon Heywood, Managing Director comments “Hertfordshire Building Control is committed to improving the quality of buildings for our customers and our communities.  We work closely with many excellent designers, architects, developers and builders who share our values and strive to deliver on behalf of their customers innovative, sustainable and inspiring buildings.  Where excellence is achieved we believe we should celebrate it.   We, therefore, take great pleasure in sponsoring this awards ceremony.”

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Alongside the Awards, Hertfordshire Building Futures coordinates a Design Review Panel, providing an independent review of projects during the planning process, and has developed a Sustainable Design Toolkit, which details guidance and regulations relevant to all types of buildings.

For more information about the Awards and other Building Futures’ initiatives, please visit  


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