A unique residential centre built by Seddon has won a prestigious civic building award.
The Tower Wood Residential Centre, in Windermere, has won Civic Building of the Year in the Best Small Project category at the Society for Public Architecture, Construction, Engineering and Surveying’s (SPACES) awards.
The ceremony saw buildings developed by local authorities across the UK go head to head to compete for the title, and aims to inspire and promote the high-quality work carried out in the public sector.
These are the first Civic Building of the Year awards held by SPACES since the organisation was created from the merger of Society for Construction and Architecture in Local Authorities and Society for Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in June 2015.
Built by Seddon in 2014, the Tower Wood Residential Centre replaces cabins that used to be located on the site. Lancashire County Council acted as architect and quantity surveyor on the project.
Located on a patch of brownfield land within the Lake District National Park, the building’s design minimises carbon emissions and uses sustainable materials to allow the building to blend seamlessly into the surrounding environment.
The scheme comprises of twin and four bed rooms which can be divided in order to accommodate groups of up to 59 people.
Tower Wood also encompasses a lounge, classroom and two communal area for use by school groups on residential courses or for day trips by thrill-seekers, and provides courses on kayaking, mountaineering and caving.
Brian Smethurst, Operations Manager at Seddon, said: "The Tower Wood Residential Centre is a beautiful scheme that blends seamlessly into the surrounding natural environment – so we are very proud that this scheme has beat the competition for this prestigious award.
"It is a testament to the close working relationship we built with Lancashire County Council during the development that the scheme has been named as one of Britain’s best civic buildings.”
County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: "We're delighted with the new facilities that we can now offer at Tower Wood.
"It is great news that this new building has won such a prestigious national award."