We are very pleased to have been awarded a prestigious Small/Medium project of the year award at the MIXOLOGY AWARDS 2015, which took place at Hilton Deansgate in Manchester on the 3rd December 2015.
The project we entered for this year’s award was The Grain Warehouse in Victoria Quays, Sheffield for our client WE ARE. They are brand communications specialists. Building partnerships with their clients to create strong brands that have meaningful relationships with their customers.
The Grade II Listed Grain House was built in 1816-1819 for storing grain, for distribution by boats travelling along the canal network. After being largely neglected for 20+ years the building had suffered water damage and minor structural faults, although it benefitted from good natural light and encompassed some fantastic features.
The client’s brief was to create a studio space that had a unique atmosphere, an environment that fed creative minds, a WOW factor for clients, an element of domesticity, space to expand and be “a bit like a pub please, with nice toilets”.
Our vision was to maximise the power of the interior’s natural features and form, the Grain Hoppers were crying out to be something. Light bulb moment! We designed the lighting to become part of the hopper spout, providing the primary source of illumination to the studio. Energy efficient LED lighting of course!
We designed in materials and finishes using a subtle blend between reclaimed and new, utilising Alea ‘Atreo’ desking and storage, with Boss ‘APP’ seating. The restoration of the internal finishes has been painstaking, not forgetting the constraints that come with a Grade II listed interior.
We were up against very strong competition from Faulkner Browns with their submission for Newcastle Uni’s Social Learning Space, 5 Plus Architects with 1 The Avenue, 74 Architects with Wilmslow Park, Bluesky Design with Well Pharmacy, Nochintz with Ampersand and Careyjones Chapmantolcher with Sociable Folk.