WWF Living Planet Centre wins architecture award

A Surrey-based company is celebrating after its work was heralded as best in practice after winning the ‘best public service building’ in the LABC South East Regional Awards.

Cobham-based Willmott Dixon, working in partnership with Hopkins Architects and Woking Borough Council, scooped the award for their work in the construction of the WWF Living Planet Centre during the regional awards in Brighton.

They received the accolade for their demonstration of excellence shown from a construction and technical building point of view. The awards recognise not just buildings but celebrate their design and construction teams that have tussled with technical issues, difficult sites and found innovative and creative solutions.

Willmott Dixon was the main contractor in the construction of the new UK headquarters for WWF UK in Woking, Surrey. The building is a highly sustainable, exemplar building spanning two storeys. The offices now provide a learning resource area to the public as well as housing WWF UK staff.

They will now automatically qualify for the national LABC Building Excellence Awards, which take place in London in November this year.

John Waterman for Willmott Dixon’s local office said:

“We are thrilled to have been recognised in these prestigious awards. We worked closely in partnership with the client, Hopkins Architects and Woking Borough Council for the duration of the programme to overcome some difficult building design issues. We achieved the BREEAM ‘outstanding’ mark and this award is further testament to our hard work to exceed the project brief.”

Congratulating the winners, south east regional chair Garry Goacher, who is the building control manager at Adur and Worthing LABC Partnership, said:

“It’s great to see the growth in the building industry and we have had a number of major projects being built here in the south east of England.

“The LABC Building Excellence Awards gives us an opportunity to recognise this and encourages better building by celebrating the results that can be achieved through collaborative working of designers, contractors and clients with their local authority building control teams.”

Michael Taylor, Senior Partner at Hopkins Architects added:

“We’re delighted that the Living Planet Centre has been selected for this award as it recognises the hard work and dedication of the team throughout the design and construction process. We are all very proud of the building we have delivered for WWF-UK.”

Cllr Graham Cundy, Portfolio Holder for Planning at Woking Borough Council, said:

“We are delighted to have been recognised for the WWF-UK development. It illustrates how councils can work with designers and developers to create high quality developments that enhance an area. By retaining the existing public car park, the developers have made the best use of the space available, while creating a striking, sustainable building in the heart of Woking that reflects WWF-UK’s values.”

Willmott Dixon Construction delivers award-winning projects across the education, health, leisure, workplace and retail sectors. The company works on public and private sector developments on behalf of national Government frameworks, local authorities and private organisations.

Willmott Dixon Group is one of the UK’s largest privately-owned construction, regeneration and support services companies.

With 160 years of experience, the company provides services within the built environment to Government, registered social landlords, local authorities and private sector clients throughout the UK.