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    Adare Manor takes top prize in architectural ironmongery awards

    An
    18th century manor house in Ireland has been announced as the global
    ‘winner of winners’ in the biennial Architectural Ironmongery Specification
    Awards, organised by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) in association with the Royal
    Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

    The
    Adare
    Manor Hotel and Golf Resort
    is a luxury hotel in Limerick that was recently renovated and extended to add
    more guestrooms and facilities including a ballroom, spa, golf club and
    function suite.

    The
    renovation project was led by Richmond International, an interior design consultancy that
    specialises in hospitality buildings.

    The
    team enlisted the help of two architectural ironmongers; Carrson
    International, a
    division of Harbrine Limited, and Mooney
    Architectural. The
    brief included a hardware specification for approximately 1,500 doors that was
    in keeping with the gothic style of Adare Manor.

    The
    hotel boasts a range of bespoke ironmongery including products from Sun Valley
    Bronze of Idaho, USA for the guestrooms and public areas. Stainless steel has
    also been used for the inside of bathrooms and the back of house areas.

    Judges noted that the bronze finish of the ironmongery was
    continued throughout the hotel, highlighting the attention to detail and adding
    to the overall quality of the project.

    Douglas Masterson, technical manager at the GAI, and assessor of
    the Specification Awards projects, said:

    “Every piece of hardware had been carefully considered and was
    perfectly in keeping with the gothic nature of the original manor house. The
    bespoke ironmongery was particularly impressive. Every piece of hardware
    mirrored the smaller details of the hotel; from wardrobe fittings and light
    switches, even down to the badges of the hotel’s staff. It’s a truly striking
    building.”

    The
    original Adare Manor was built in 1832 and is a rare example of a Calendar
    House. It has 365 leaded windows, 52 ornate chimneys, seven stone pillars and
    four towers to mark the number of days, weeks, and seasons in a year.

    The
    project beat 19 other shortlisted projects to scoop the top prize in these
    awards which reward excellence in the specification of architectural
    ironmongery. Projects are nominated for one of four categories: commercial and
    hospitality; public health and education; residential; and international. There
    is also a fifth award focussing on new product design and innovation.

    Adare
    Manor also won first place in the commercial and hospitality category. In
    second place was the Royal Academy of Arts, London by dline
    Eisenware and David
    Chipperfield Architects.
    Third place was the Royal Opera House by John
    Planck Ltd and Stanton
    Williams Architects.
    The St Andrew’s House project in London, also by John Planck Ltd together with DLA
    Architecture received
    highly commended.

    The
    other category award winners were:

    Public
    health and education:

    • First place: The Engine Sheds –
      Allgood
      plc and Historic Environment Scotland
    • Second place: Maggie’s Centre,
      Oldham – Allgood
      plc and dRMM.
    • Third place: Sense Touchbase
      Pears – d
      line Eisenware and Glenn
      Howells Architects
    • Commended: St Helena Campus,
      University of Derby – Em-B
      Solutions and Frank
      Shaw Associates

    Residential:

    • First place: Centre Point,
      London – Allgood
      plc and Conran
      & Partners
    • Second place: Caring Wood
      House, Kent – John
      Planck Ltd and Macdonald
      Wright Architects
    • Third place: 10 Trinity Square
      – izé
      and Aukett
      Swanke
    • Commended: Battersea Power
      Station Phase 1 – Circus West – Laidlaw Ltd
      and SimpsonHaugh

    International:

    • First place: Al Bait Hotel, The Silver Shore Trading Co L.L.C
      and GAJ
    • Second place: Four Seasons
      Hotel, Kuwait, Allgood
      plc and Yabu
      Pushelberg

    Product
    design and innovation:

    • First place: Tectus Glass, Simonswerk
    • Joint second place: Guardian, Exidor
      and Smart Entrance, Hafele UK
    • Third place: DC700G-FT Security
      Cam-Motion Door Closer, ASSA
      ABLOY

    David Stacey, president of the GAI,
    said:

    “The Architectural Ironmongery
    Specification Awards are unique because they reward the whole specification
    team, highlighting the importance of that professional partnership between
    architect and architectural ironmonger.

    “These awards underline the importance
    of using qualified and experienced architectural ironmongers as the driving
    force in creating ironmongery schedules that are not only technically correct
    but also fundamentally affect the way a building looks and performs. Those
    ironmongery schedules help architects and clients minimise risk and achieve
    their aesthetic vision.”

    The
    GAI is the body that represents the interests of the architectural ironmongery
    industry in the UK and internationally. Its qualifications, education and CPD
    programmes are widely respected throughout the world. Its technical information
    service is the only specialist service of its kind, providing GAI members with
    comprehensive advice. 

    The
    awards were sponsored by GEZE UK, Forza
    Doors, ASSA
    ABLOY, Harbrine, Frank
    Allart, dormakaba and Allgood
    plc.

    www.gai.org.uk