3d Architects design award success

3d Architects’ Pottergate apartments project has won a Commendation for Good Design in the Norwich Society’s 2013 Design Awards.

David Audus, Managing Director of 3d Architects:

“We are delighted to have received this Commendation. This was a very constricted and complicated site – within the historic walled core of Norwich, in the City Centre Conservation Area and between two Grade II listed buildings, in an archaeologically significant area. By working closely with the local council and residents, we were able to create a contemporary building whose strong vertical elements complement the rhythm of the Georgian and Victorian frontages that make up the rest of Pottergate.”

Designed by 3d Architects’ Ken Wallace, with Robin Thorp from their sister company, CA Design Services, acting as Employers Agent for Gardline, the eighteen self-contained serviced apartments have been built on a vacant brownfield site in the centre of Norwich, with good access to all amenities.

The Commendation, in the most hotly contested category – Residential (Grouped), was received by Ken Wallace, Associate Director, at a ceremony held at the elegant Assembly House, Norwich. The Biennial Design Awards are presented to buildings that complement their surroundings and make a positive contribution to the character of the city.

The categories were Civic, Commercial, Community, Conservation, Residential (Group) and Residential (Single), whose winners included the Jarrold Bridge, the Guildhall Clock Tower and the Hammerton Court dementia care unit. The winners, including the Pottergate Apartments, were displayed in the Festival of Architecture in Norwich & Norfolk (FANN13) Exhibition at the Forum, Norwich, in October.

The Pottergate development was originally commissioned by local employer Gardline, who were also named on the Commendation, to provide accommodation for staff and visitors to their HQ in Great Yarmouth. The project attracted such favourable comment that Gardline decided the units could be let on the open market and Pottergate is now successfully operated in partnership with the St Giles House Hotel.