The engineering consultants on the development of the Bodleian's Gladstone Link have been awarded for their work on the project by the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE).
Hoare Lea, who acted as mechanical, electrical and public health (MEP) engineering consultants for the Gladstone Link, and also supplied specialist lighting design services, have won the Building Services (Medium Firm) category at the ACE Engineering Excellence Awards 2012. The awards ceremony took place at the London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, on 23 May 2012.David Oakey, Project Manager, Oxford University Estates Directorate, explains: "There was a set of unique challenges on this refurbishment project, which involved creating a vibrant open access library space in a Grade 1 listed building consisting of two basement floors with extremely limited floor-to-ceiling heights. The building is surrounded by other Grade 1 listed buildings all of which remained operational during the construction. Hoare Lea rose to the challenge on all of the issues faced, including using the services to add to the visual vibrancy of the space being created, producing an addition to the University’s Bodleian Libraries that is already proving immensely popular with students and academics alike."
ACE chief executive, Nelson Ogunshakin OBE, commented: "This year’s awards were highly competitive with a record number of entries and projects from around the world undertaken by engineers in this country. It is a wonderful testament to the remarkable vision and expertise of our world-leading sector."
For further information about the ACE Awards please visit: http://www.acenet.co.uk/Awardswinners2012/760