18 December 2018

Showcasing building excellence

Showcasing building excellence image

A new cinema in East Sussex has been awarded the title of ‘best public service building’ for its combination of technical innovation, sustainability and design.

The Depot is a community cinema located on Pinwell Road in the town of Lewes which shows features and independent art-house films, hosts events, exhibitions and festivals, and provides facilities for film education and community activities.

A privately funded philanthropic project, the three-screened cinema was built inside an existing warehouse building, which has a glazed extension housing the box office, café/bar and restaurant. It takes its name from its site, which was originally a GPO depot and, more recently, a Harvey’s Brewery depot.

It was designed by Burrell Foley Fischer LLP for the charity Lewes Community Screen and was built by Durtnell & Sons Ltd. The project was the brainchild of Carmen Slijpen and Robert Senior, two Lewes residents who, according to the cinema’s website, share ‘a passion for cinema.’ It was a 2018 Screen Awards Cinema of the Year nominee.

The cinema was nominated for the LABC Building Excellence Awards by the building control team at Lewes District Council. These awards showcase buildings and design teams that have had to overcome complex technical or construction issues and building site constraints.

‘Our building excellence awards are an opportunity for the industry to celebrate good practice,’ said LABC chief executive Paul Everall. ‘Our winners demonstrate how positive working relationships with local council building control teams achieve high quality, sustainable buildings.’

Mr Everall said the awards were ‘unique’ because they recognised ‘how this cooperation improves building standards and professionalism across the industry.’

The panel of expert judges named The Depot as the ‘best public service building’ in England and Wales at the LABC Building Excellence Awards ceremony, which was held in London in early November.

Commenting on the cinema, the judges said: ‘The Depot is a lively cinema hub with exhibition space, café and restaurant. Its design and innovative use of technology ensures it’s fully inclusive for the whole community. External lighting minimises light pollution and the extensive green roof of local plants responds to the special character of the South Downs.’

In total, there were 15 winners announced in the grand final. While The Depot won the ‘best public service building’ category, Fern House in Bingley was named the ‘best social or affordable new housing development’ and the Atrium Building in Canning Town won the ‘best high volume new housing development’ category.

Other categories included ‘best change of use of an existing building or conversion’, ‘best educational building’, ‘best extension or alteration to an existing home’, and ‘best partnership with a local authority building control team.’

This feature first appeared in Public Property magazine. Email l.sharman@hgluk.com to sign up for your own free copy.

Repurposing town centres image

Repurposing town centres

Phil Mayall explains why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Social Worker - Family Support & Protection

Essex County Council
£30300 - £41475 per annum + plus benefits
We are one of the most effective and progressive Children and Families Service in the country. Our vision is to support families through strengths bas England, Essex, Basildon
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Senior Sustainability & Resilience Officer

Essex County Council
£30001.0 - £34017 per annum
This opportunity is to be offered on a 6-month, fixed term / secondment contract basisInterviews scheduled to be held Friday 17th April Job Purpose Es England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Senior Social Worker or Senior OT - Older Adults Team

Essex County Council
£38400 - £46475 per annum
Interviews for this role will take place via video calling using Microsoft Teams.Seeking skilled, motivated Senior Social Workers and Senior OT's who England, Essex, Colchester
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Principal Litigation Solicitor

Thanet District Council
Starting Salary £41,676 per annum, with opportunity for progression to £47,508 per annum.
We are a small and friendly team and are looking to expand with a number of senior legal roles Thanet, Kent
Recuriter: Thanet District Council

Information Governance and Equalities Manager

Thanet District Council
Starting salary of £38,916 per annum, with opportunity for progression to £44,352 per annum
We are a small and friendly team and are looking to expand with a number of senior legal roles Thanet, Kent
Recuriter: Thanet District Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue