Banham Headquarters on winning streak!
Banham Headquarters at 20 Thornsett Road, Earlsfied continued its winning streak by winning the RIBA London Award 2016. For 50 years the RIBA awards and prizes have championed and celebrated the best architecture in the UK and around the world. Successful projects reflect changes and innovations in architecture, but at their core display a commitment to designing and developing buildings and spaces for the improvement and enhancement of people’s lives. Architects for the building, Allies and Morrison, worked closely with Banham to achieve a wonderful workspace.
RIBA stated: ‘Banham Group’s HQ is a marker of quality and economic rejuvenation in this industrial heartland.
The fact that this is a family-owned business is crucial here to the success of the project; a company home. An extra 20% space for future growth makes a statement that ‘we are here to stay for another 80 years’. They also insisted their name be built into the brickwork – no temporary signs here, no facile branding.
The brief is complex. Two ‘villas’ edge the site, framing a service yard, and the third edge is lined by a re-clad timber existing building. The building is split into two wings, unequal in length and linked at ground floor and first floor via a generous south facing terrace. The office accommodation is located on the upper floors with the cores located towards the ends of the wings creating smaller areas beyond them for flexible use as either offices or meeting rooms. The client wanted to showcase their business, its services, systems and products but also allow for expansion of the business and subletting.
It is designed to suit the specific requirements of each part of their operation. The uses stack up: distribution and storage facilities, small manufacturing and assembly spaces, a trade and showroom, prototyping warehouse, a security call centre, boardroom, offices, social facilities and 24 security monitoring facilities with bedroom accommodation. Each space is functionally and carefully designed and brought together in a composition worthy of the great Victorian industrial edifices. Quality of space and materiality is remarkable for this type of building; it sends a powerful message about the Banham family’s business values, its business and social agenda and its products which are all manufactured in the UK.’
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Banham also recently won the BCO award 2016 for best corporate workplace in London and the South East and a Wandsworth commendation in recognition of its contribution to design in the Borough.