Two recent MGAC projects, The Wiston Estate, New Winery in Horsham, South East England, and York St. John University, Creative Centre, in North East England, received Highly Commended Awards at this year’s Civic Trust Awards in a ceremony last Friday. The Awards celebrates projects that exhibit strong sustainability credentials and a high-level of accessible, universal design while demonstrating positive civic contributions.
MGAC provided cost management services throughout the redevelopment of Wiston Estate Winery. The project not only expanded the production capacity of the winery with larger production and storage facilities, but also transformed it into an enticing tourist destination, with beautiful wine tasting rooms, a restaurant, and the sensitive restoration of two historic, flint-walled barns. Local craftspeople were commissioned to contribute bespoke features such as paintings, murals, restaurant furniture, and the cornerstone tasting room table. The Civic Trust Awards judges described the project as, “a prime example of regenerative agriculture, keeping wider community inclusion in mind.
The Creative Centre at York St. John University is a low-energy building that houses the school’s music and computer science departments and specialist spaces for performance, creative writing, and media production students. It features an auditorium, acoustically-treated music rooms, TV and music recording studios, bio-diverse landscaping, recycling rooms, and a brightly lit, triple-height atrium, filled with breakout and group learning spaces. Judges described it as “a bold and striking building sitting well in the new landscaped area within the University City Centre campus.” MGAC provided project management, cost management, and health+safety services throughout the project.