Specification Awards shortlist announced

The shortlist has been published for the biennial Specification Awards, the most prestigious scheme to recognise the outstanding results achieved by architectural ironmongers and their clients worldwide.

Organised by the GAI in conjunction with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the awards reward excellence in the specification of architectural ironmongery in residential and commercial buildings, public sector health and education buildings, hospitality buildings such as hotels, and international projects outside the UK and Ireland.

Architects, specifiers, building contractors, clients and their architectural ironmongery advisers and suppliers across the world have nominated their projects, and the winner will be announced at a prestigious luncheon at the RIBA headquarters in Portland Place, London on 30 March.

Maria Powell, president of the GAI, says:

“The calibre of this year’s shortlist is remarkable. We had heard of some inspirational projects being worked on by GAI members and others in the industry, but it’s only when you start reading about them and then going out to visit the award nominations that the full brilliance of what has been achieved really hits home.

“The Specification Awards show architectural ironmongery at its beautiful best, enhancing not only the security, accessibility and fire safety of the building, but also adding to its functionality and longevity.

“These awards are also unique because they reward the whole specification team, highlighting the importance of the professional partnership between architectural ironmongers and their clients. Everyone named in this shortlist should be extremely proud of what they have achieved through working together in this way.”


  • New Design Museum, London – Allgood plc and John Pawson Architects
  • William & Son flagship store, London – Glutz UK and Shed Design
  • Leadenhall Building, London – Allgood plc and Rogers Stirk Harbours & Partners
  • Airedale International Air Conditioning, Leeds – Em-B Solutions and DarntonB3 Architecture


  • Hop House, London – John Planck Ltd and Brimelow McSweeney Architects
  • City Wharf, London – Doorview Ltd and Fraser Brown McKenna Architects
  • Kings Gate, London – izé and Lynch Architects
  • Orme Square, London – izé and Pilbrow & Partners
  • The Pathe Building, London – Allgood plc and Sheppard Robson

Public Health & Education:

  • New Bodleian Library, Oxford – John Planck Ltd and WilkinsonEyre
  • Eastwood Village Primary School, Rotherham – Em-B Solutions and Rotherham MBC
  • Acre Mill, Huddersfield – Em-B Solutions and Jefferson Sheard Architects
  • Academic Wing, Wolfson College, Oxford – d line Eisenware and Berman Guedes Stretton Architects


  • The Arts Club Hotel, London – Harbrine Ltd and Sagrada
  • Berkeley Hotel, London – izé and Heah & Co Design Consultants
  • Wombats City Hostel, London – Häfele UK Ltd and Mulroy Architects


  • BASF Learning Campus, Rochester Park, Singapore – Key Technologies and Forum Architects Pte Ltd
  • Midfield Concourse, Hong Kong – Key Technologies and Aedas Group International Ltd
  • Four Seasons, Dubai – Allgood plc and WATG
  • Shantou University Medical College, China – Key Technologies and Herzog & de Meuron Basel Ltd

All shortlisted projects now go forward to the finals. For each category in the awards there will be a winner, second and third place. The judges will also decide on an overall ‘winner of winners’.