A unique £6.5m rail-served steel store, designed by Naru and Ross on behalf of multi-modal distribution company AV Dawson in conjunction with TATA Steel, has been crowned Northern Winner in the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Awards.
Rather than focusing on aesthetics, the LABC Building Awards recognise technical innovation, sustainability, high performance and creative solutions. Judges named the steel store winner of the ‘Best Large Commercial Building’ thanks to factors such as its heat and humidity controlled environment, intelligent lighting and the high level of sensitivity to the local environment.
The store will enable more than 270,000 tonnes of steel a year to arrive by rail from TATA Steel in Port Talbot, South Wales, before eventually heading by road to Sunderland-based car giant Nissan on the back of AV Dawson’s specialist trailers.
As winner in the Best Large Commercial Building category, the design for state of the art building will progress to the LABC Grand Finals which are being held in London later this year.