An AMP Consultants project has clinched second place at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) 2017 Regional Design Award (Yorkshire and Humber) in May 2017 and was ‘highly commended’.
My Fathers Heart’s showroom and workshop, which was designed and built in 2015, was among just five new buildings shortlisted from across the region in the RICS commercial category.
The overall design was created by Sheffield architect Tim Justice of AAd Design. With a design that has dared to be different, the construction has transformed the final plot of unused ground at the Broadfield Court site.
Craftsmen can work next to the showroom where their furniture and kitchens are displayed – which is an unusual, but highly effective approach.
Customers are encouraged to see for themselves the authentic, intricate skills involved in making the handmade, bespoke furniture and kitchens.
Deviating from the traditional retail strategy, the design philosophy adopts a contrasting approach, tempting visitors on an exploratory journey into and through the building.
The whole place is flooded with natural light from the vast expanses of glass, and the intuitive use of perspective, fabric and space are combined to create an elegant oasis of tranquillity.
This design presented some interesting engineering challenges for AMP Consultants, but the end result speaks for itself in terms of how those challenges were met.
With environmentally-friendly features such as a sedum roof and biomass boilers, the building also incorporates the latest sustainability ideas.
The judge commended the introduction of inspiration, colour, environmental benefit and vibrancy to the local community.
Perhaps the final word should go to My Fathers Heart owner Jonathan Coulthard who said of the building and the judgement:
“I needed architecture that reflected our brand and the standard of our work – that is, beautiful, innovative design, stunning use of materials, functional brilliance and exclusivity.
It’s a thrilling recognition from RICS, … we are all absolutely delighted.”
See our case study here: My Fathers’s Heart Case Study
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