Hackney Design Awards

Our project Rushmore Road in partnership with ZCD Architects was commended and won the People’s Choice Award in the Hackney Design Awards, 2018. The design was described as ‘imaginative”, and the judges applauded the use of sequential spaces from the “compact ground floor”, which created the open-plan and light spaces. Furthermore, the “nettings in place of the guardrails” were also pinpointed as an exemplary feature, being “particularly appropriate in this innovative and fun architectural design”.

Click through to see the Awards brochure

https://hackney.gov.uk/media/13288/Hackney-Design-Awards-2018-brochure/pdf/HDA-brochure-2018.pdf?m=636868783146430000

Most credited Structural Engineers, Don’t Move, Improve! nominations 2018-2019

The New London Architecture’s Don’t Move, Improve! Awards is an annual competition recognising London’s best and most innovative home extensions and improvements. Blue Engineering is proud to have worked with 11 creative architects since 2016 whose projects have been highlighted by the NLA and associate members.

In 2019, Blue Engineering was the structural engineer on five exemplary nominated projects, working with frequent collaborators such as Studio McW and Arboreal Architecture, who won the ‘Most Sustainable’ award with “Reuse Flat”. Blue values the collaborative relationships we have formed with architects; this is evident with our annual partnership with Darren Oldfield Architects. From 2016 to 2018, our coordinated projects have been nominated for numerous awards, and we hope this achievement will follow into future prospects. Additionally, we have teamed up with Nimtim Architects over the years, with shortlisted projects such as 2017’s “Yellow House” and 2018’s “Pitch Perfect”. In 2018, we worked on eight nominated projects by David Stanley Architects and Romy Grabosch, Nicholas Szczepaniak and ZCD, to name a few.

Blue Engineering is proud to have worked on 13 projects in the last two years that have been featured or won in this competition. This makes us one of the most credited Structural Engineering companies in submitted or featured projects. We are excited to continue this journey, working on new projects and collaborating with talented architects.

Projects are published in Don’t Move, Improve! 2019 magazine and showcased in a three-month exhibition at The Building Centre in Central London. This free exhibition, running until 26 April 2019, displays a wealth of inspiration for those looking to embark on their own home improvements.

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Nautilus in The Sunday Times

Nautilus is a spiral staircase developed by Hassan Nourbakhsh This dynamic design statement was fitted for a residential refurbishment in an East London flat. The minimalist hollow stair is formed from 180 unique pieces of ply, CNC cut and assembled on site with no visible connections.

The project was featured this weekend in the Sunday Times in an article highlighting bespoke staircase projects.

Described as “A piece of sculpture worthy of an Escher print, this helical staircase is also a marvel of carpentry” in the Sunday Times, Nautilus has grabbed headlines since its completion, having also been awarded “Highly Commended” in the Wood Awards 2017.

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Don’t Move Improve 2019

The New London Architecture’s Don’t Move, Improve! Awards is an annual competition recognising London’s best and most innovative home extensions and improvements. Blue Engineering is proud to have worked with many amazing architects over the years whose projects have been highlighted by the NLA and associate members.

Projects are published in 2019 Don’t Move, Improve! magazine and showcased in a three-month exhibition at The Building Centre in Central London. This free exhibition displays a wealth of inspiration for those looking to embark on their own home improvements.

The projects we worked on are 3 Planes by Studio McW, CNT.5 by Melissa White Architects, Block House by Nimtim Architects, Friern Terrace by Campbell Cadey and Reuse Flat by Arboreal Architecture who won an award for Most Sustainable project. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

The exhibition is now open – be sure to check it out and download your copy of The Don’t Move, Improve 2019 magazine here.

Shortlisted for AJ Small Projects

We’ve been shortlisted in the AJ Small Projects Award with Union Wharf, designed by Nicholas Szczepaniak Architects. The project has featured widely in the press already, with the latest articles appearing on Yellow Trace and Design Milk. We’re immensely proud to be in the running for one of the UK’s most prestigious awards.

Now in their 23rd year, the AJ Small Projects Awards celebrate projects built with a budget below £250,000. Only 20 projects are shortlisted each year, all of which demonstrate you can create big architecture on a small scale.

Stay tuned for the announcement next month. We’ll also be featuring in an exhibition of all shortlisted entries in London. The exhibition is free to attend and runs 18 April to 18 May.

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ICE QUEST SCHOLARSHIP

Congratulations to our Structural Apprentice Mia Airoll on being awarded an ICE QUEST Technical Scholarship from the Institute of Civil Engineering.

From her early days with Blue, Mia has shown great determination and dedication to learn and progress in her career. This accolade is a great achievement; ICE QUEST Scholarships are widely known and respected in the engineering industry. Mia will now work with other scholars and the ICE regional support team for London to promote civil engineering to young people.

Don’t Move Improve exhibition

Blue is proud to have worked on a number of projects that were in the running for this year’s Don’t Move Improve Awards, which celebrate London’s best-designed and most innovative home extensions completed in the last two years across London.

An exhibition showcasing all 120 projects has just opened at the New London Architecture centre in Fitzrovia. The free exhibition displays a wealth of inspiration, an eclectic mix of building types, and demonstrates how homeowners can extend above, below and through their buildings, or reconfigure existing layouts to optimise or create space.

The projects we worked on that are included in the exhibition are: Acute Intervention with David Stanley Architects, Albion Drive with ZCD Architects, Fin House with Inter Urban Studios,  Shakespeare Road with Darren Oldfield Architects, Tree House with ZCD Architects, Union Wharf with Nicholas Szczepaniak Architects, Pitch Perfect with Nimtim Architects and Amhurst Road with Poulsom Middlehurst.

The exhibition is open until 20 April 2018. 

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Blue announced as Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer

We are proud to announce that last week, Blue was recognised in the sixth Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list.

The Top 100 list, compiled annually by the National Apprenticeship Service recognises excellence in organisations that employ apprentices. It showcases the breadth of employers who now offer apprenticeships, and we are proud to be on such a prestigious list.

Apprentices are hugely important to our practice and we are delighted that everyone’s hard work and dedication has been recognised in this way.

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Surface Design Awards

Acute Intervention is a finalist in the Surface Design Awards. Shortlisted in the Housing Exterior Surface category, for its arresting design and use of Kebony wood, a sustainable material that starts off a rich brown colour and turns a natural silver-grey patina after exposure to sun and rain.

The awards recognise progressive design and the use of innovative surfaces in projects in the UK and internationally. Winners will be announced on 8 February 2018 at the Surface Design Award ceremony in Central London.

Blue wins Small Employer of the Year

We’re excited to announce that yesterday, Blue Engineering won Small Employer of the Year for London and the South East in the 2017 National Apprenticeship Awards.

The National Apprenticeship Awards recognise excellent businesses that grow their own talent with apprenticeships. Blue was shortlisted among 800 entries nationwide and took home the award for Small Employer of the Year at the Regional Award ceremony at St Paul’s. Blue will now be automatically in the running for the National Awards, which take place in January 2018, so watch this space!