AWW are celebrating the recognition of two of their projects by the RICS South West 2011 Awards. AWW won the Regeneration Award for the sympathetic restoration and redevelopment of a dilapidated Regency Manor Estate to create ‘The Cornwall’, a distinctive 65 bed ‘boutique’ 4-star hotel with a 56 bedroom extension and surrounded by new build Woodland Lodges.
AWW seamlessly blended sensitive restoration with contemporary design ensuring The Cornwall retains its unique character. Conservation was a key element of the brief with the estate’s historic setting and natural beauty a great asset. It was the inspiration for AWW to integrate elements of nature and the external parkland surroundings in both the architectural and interior design. The development respects and sensitively complements the outstanding flora, fauna and setting of the estate and the integrity of its buildings.
AWW also received a Highly Commended award for the regeneration of Broad Quay in Bristol. The former Bristol and West Tower is now the Radisson Blu Hotel. The development also comprises residential apartments and retail and restaurant units. The Bristol & West 18-storey office tower opened in the Centre to much acclaim in July 1968 and was one of the city’s first office block skyscrapers. When it was constructed, the design was considered so avant-garde that architecture students were bussed in from across the UK to see ‘the future of Bristol’. However before being regenerated, this landmark site was considered one of Bristol’s ugliest buildings. AWW kept the iconic tower, transforming it from a concrete eyesore, using different shades of blue glass getting lighter in colour and more reflective as the tower rises to create an effect of the building merging with the sky.
Known as the region’s property ‘Oscars’, the RICS awards celebrate the region’s most inspirational initiatives in the property sector.