Sunday, 10 July 2011

BCSE Awards and Rooftop Terraces

I recently attended the BCSE 2011 Awards. (British Council of School Environments). These Awards celebrate for the fourth year running the achievement of those who create world class teaching and learning environments.

The short lists for each category were quite long and around three hundred people attended at this event. This event is always a great opportunity to meet up with professional colleagues and meet new ones. Congratulations to all those that won the eighteen categories.
I admit to being particularly pleased that Adviser of the Year was awarded to Catherine Bates, Design Quality Manager for 4 Futures, the LEP between Southwark Council and Balfour Beatty. I've worked with her on several projects and she really is excellent. This was also recognised in the Partnership for School Awards 2009 when she was also named as Design Manager of the Year.
BCSE - The Future
It was be an interesting year for the BCSE with the even more recent announcement that both Director; Ty Goddard and Deputy Director Ian Fordham are leaving to help set up The Education Foundation think tank. See my earlier post. The appointment of a new Director will be an interesting opportunity for the BCSE to develop and progress further.
Roof top Terraces
The Awards were celebrated in a fantastic venue, the roof terrace of the Blue Finn building in London. Located on the 10th floor, it afforded fantastic views over the London skyline, and especially of buildings such as the Shard being constructed nearby.
The terrace, complete with grass, trees and seating created a series of different types of spaces and prove the true versatility of the roof space. We still ignore roof spaces far too often. I know that I have said it before but when they are designed well and used effectiveley then they can create just great spaces.

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