On Tuesday 4th of November 2014, the 37th
annual ceremony for the Oxford Preservation Trust Awards took place at the grander venue of the
Garden Quadrangle, St John's College in Oxford.
This year, the
awards were a great success for CBG who’s projects took away two Awards and an additional two commendations.
Awards recognise specialists within the heritage sector industry who exceed in working with Oxford’s finest
Architecture whilst preserving the sensitive integrity they masquerade. This
synthesis of heritage structures and innovative thinking results in unique
designs that inspire the building industry each year, providing projects and
contestants with local recognition.
£2M project at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History won a Medal award.
Earlier this year, the Museum opened its doors to visitors once again following
a restoration to the internal lighting and its roof. It houses priceless
scientific collections of zoological, entomological and geological specimens.
The building itself is a spectacular neo-Gothic Grade I listed building. CBG
Designed the lighting to the stairways and cloisters, along with the lighting
control system and all the cabling . Cables were extremely
sensitively placed to not interfere with the fabric of the building, while
still providing the power to illuminate the vast interior spaces. The museum
now utilises a state-of-the-art DALI lighting control system which enables curators
to set the lighting according to compliment events and exhibitions. These
controls can be activated using mobile devices making it effortless for staff
to magically illuminate the museum at the swipe of a finger.The fusion of the carefully planned service
strategy integrated into the existing building fabric was recognized as an
award winning reforming preservation of the significant building.
Another award went to our Project at The Oxford University, Queens College
Library. The high profile Grade I Listed Library underwent works to help
minimize the impact of any plant on the historical building. CBG provided
Mechanical and Electrical Services consultancy including sophisticated
environment controls and modern services, which improved the conditions for the
authentic books, antique furniture, as well as the libraries visitors. The
Queen’s College was founded in 1341; the Library is one of the largest in
Oxford, with a leading collection of 50,000 volumes. The realization of modern
services and recognition of the fragile elements within this building brought
out an award winning project outcome for all those involved in the restoration.
An additional two projects were commended, Blenheim Palace and John's College Dining Hall (known as
St Bernard's Hall).
Our work at the world Heritage site,
Blenheim Palace, involved the re-modeling of the East Courtyard and the
provision of larger retail space and facilities for visitors, which was also
awarded a commendation at ACE Engineering Excellence Awards in London, 2013.
Our work at John's College Dining Hall involved
replacing existing secondary glazing to the seven windows in the St Bernard’s
Hall at St John’s College, the repair of the leaded external windows, replacing
the Hall’s interior lighting and audio installations and redecoration. With
careful planning and close liaison with the project team, the scheme was
successfully delivered with appreciation of the architectural integrity of the
ambition to look beyond traditional M&E Services and integrate sympathetic
solutions to heritage buildings has been realised in these special buildings
that have brought us home the OPT medals and commendation certificates. We are
extremely proud of our heritage dedicated team of experts and their ongoing
dedication and commitment to our projects.