The RIBA Stirling Prize 2019
Named after architect James Stirling, the Royal Institute of British Architects Stirling Prize is without a doubt the most prestigious award in architecture. RIBA President Ben Derbyshire explained that although the buildings “could hardly be more diverse in typology and scale” they have “ground-breaking innovation, extraordinary creativity and the highest quality materials and detailing” in common.
Among the six varied nominees, BCL is over the moon to announce that two of our projects have made the cut. Both London Bridge Station and The Macallan Distillery have already won their fair share of awards, so it is no surprise that these two are up for the Stirling Prize.
London Bridge Station
Designed by Grimshaw Architects, London Bridge underwent a £1 billion redevelopment that took five years to complete, with BCL Western Red Cedar panels at the heart of it. The main concourse is clad with our high performance Alpha acoustic panel system. This allows the sound from the busy station to be absorbed effectively, reducing the level of noise from passengers and trains. The fully demountable panels use our secret fixings to ensure a smooth finish and involve integrated lighting troughs. The new concourse allows a lot more natural light into the station, taking away the usual dark and gloomy feel from London train stations.
The Macallan Distillery
The Macallan Distillery was completed as part of a £500 million investment in the Macallan brand. Designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, this building is beautifully different from the inside out. Detail is everything here, with the choice in timber species selected as EU oak, as a nod to their sherry-seasoned oak casks. BCL panels cover 361 m2 of the main reception area, with all being covered in a factory applied lacquer of clear class 0 fire protection, providing fire safety without needing maintenance. By using natural materials such as local stone, a living green roof and of course, timber, the distillery provides interesting and refreshing experience for visitors.
Regardless of the outcome of October 8th, it is already such an achievement to have two contrasting and stunning buildings that heavily feature our timber make the shortlist. We wish all the nominees the best of luck.
For our full case study on London Bridge Station, click here.
For our full case study on Macallan Distillery, click here.
To see the full RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist, click here.
The New Macallan Distillery, Scotland
The new Macallan Distillery and visitor experience was completed earlier this year as part of a £500 million investment in the Macallan brand. The £140 million distillery was designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners and installed by Linear Projects.
BCL’s FSC certified Prime EU Oak panels are the main feature of the reception area, a nod to The Macallan’s signature sherry-seasoned oak casks. Spanning over 361 m2 of the reception, the panel selected was a Class B configuration with 44 mm x 19 mm slats with a 21 mm gap. This class of acoustic panels will effectively absorb sound, keeping noise in the reception area to a minimum. The slats have also had a factory applied lacquer of clear Class 0 fire protection to ensure fire safety without needing maintenance. Using BCL’s secret fixings, the timber is given a smooth finish, with no visible screws or nails.
As per every BCL panel system, we offered support throughout the entire process, from design to manufacture and then installation.
Macallan Distillery has already been awarded the RIAS Award 2019, the RIBA Award for Scotland 2019 and is currently shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2019 alongside another project of ours; London Bridge Station. We are proud to have worked on such an interesting and beautiful project that we can all see is entirely deserving of these awards and nominations.
For our full case study and more projects like this, check out our projects page here.
UK Hydrographic Office Complete
BCL are pleased to announce our part in the completion of the UK Hydrographic Office in Taunton, which was officially opened in April 2019 by the Princess Royal. The renovation of the headquarters was led by AHR Architects, BAM Construction and Mace group, with BCL’s panels as its defining feature.
BCL supplied and installed the internal cladding for the space, using Siberian Larch slats measured at 19 x 44 mm fixed to Oak battens in the centre of each board for support. The timber spans over 2000 m2 of the building. Each slat had been treated with class 0 fire protection and has grey acoustic fabric between timber battens.
Adam Spall, the regional director at AHR Architects had this to say of BCL’s work:
“The larch clad baffles in the UK Hydrographic Office atrium are the central design feature of the building. They perform a critical role in terms of diffusing daylight and reducing reverberation but presented a huge technical challenge to achieve the sinuous curves while being installed at high level.
AHR brought in the BCL timber team at a very early stage of the project to see if their panelised system could achieve the curved design while maintaining the appearance of a 40m long continuous timber beam. The bespoke panels have achieved this perfectly and the larch clad baffles are the centrepiece of this fantastic building.”
We are thrilled to have been instrumental in the production of this fantastic new workspace.
For our full case study and more projects like this, check out our gallery page here.
LBS wins AJ100 & RIBA London Project of the Year
We are delighted to announce that London Bridge Station, designed by Grimshaw and delivered by Costain, has won both the RIBA London and the AJ100 Project of the Year 2019!
The central feature of this project is the BCL Timber ceiling system that spans across the central concourse. Lauded by RIBA as 'truly impressive & joyous' - it is a testement to design flexibility of the BCL system, allowing Grimshaw to create a unique timber ceiling that not only looks fantastic, but delivers several levels of acoustic performance, whilst integrating all of the techncial aspects the project demanded.
To visit our full Case Study click here.
To read more about the RIBA London Award click here.
To see the full list of AJ100 winners click here