Two chapmanbdsp projects named as Riba winners

Two projects delivered with chapmanbdsp engineered solutions have been named as RIBA London Award winners.

Lambeth Civic Centre & Town Hall and The Music School, King’s College Wimbledon, were recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at a ceremony on May 20.

Environmental solutions delivered by chapmanbdsp, which was appointed as MEP and environmental consultant on both schemes, helped the projects exceed their sustainability objectives.

Solutions on the Lambeth scheme helped the local council save £4.5m a year, reduce its carbon footprint and ensured both the grade II listed town hall and civic centre achieved a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating.

On its website, RIBA commended the project, which was completed in associations with Cartwright Pickard architects, for helping to ‘reduce the council's core office buildings from 14 to two, saving taxpayer money and cutting the council's carbon footprint by two thirds’.

The chapmanbdsp design for the Music School, King’s College School Wimbledon, allowed the site to maximise energy efficiency and push the boundaries of passive design.

As well as promoting daylight and minimising the need for artificial lighting, the scheme incorporated natural ventilation into its overall strategy, reducing dependency on active heating and cooling.

The building used sustainable materials, notably bricks and wood, throughout with a high-performance façade minimising solar gain. As well as a ‘mixed-mode’ 200-seater auditorium, most practice rooms constructed using a ‘box-in-box’ method allowing music to be played without negatively affecting other parts of the building or the wider neighbourhood.

‘Judges were impressed by the delicate detailing and marquetry of the structure, materials and lighting / services coordination,’ the RIBA website said of the scheme, which was led by Hopkins Architects.

In total, 47 projects, ranging from council homes to high-profile arts projects, were recognised at the London awards.

Those projects will now be put forward for a national award, with RIBA due to announce those winners on June 27.


Bottom left: Sketch shows environmental strategy for the Music School.

Bottom right: "Utilising the original ductwork routes in Lambeth Town Hall where possible and replacing the rest of the system with new ductwork for the provision of fresh and extract air.

Inclusion of run around circuits allows for heat recovery to improve energy efficiency." Ian Smith, Associate, chapmanbsp.