This year’s Stirling Prize was announced at a celebratory dinner at Manchester Central on Saturday 13 October 2012, hosted by BBC Radio 4 presenter Mark Lawson. The RIBA award is named after one of the professions greats, James Stirling, and it has become a catalyst for the regeneration of British architecture.
The Sainsbury Laboratory in the Botanic Gardens of Cambridge University won the 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize.
From a sustainable design perspective it is interesting to note that this building has achieved a BREEAM excellent rating. BREEAM is an environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings, which sets a standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation. It is a widely recognised measure of a building’s environmental performance.
This week we met James and Clare Hewetson-Brown of Wildflower Turf Ltd, North Hampshire. Wildflower Turf provide practical and beautiful solutions for bio-diverse habitat creation. This year they’ve had their hands full creating flowerscapes for the spectacular rural sequences of the London Olympic opening ceremony.
The goal of their business is to apply innovative technology for results that benefit the environment and the natural world that lives there. Last year, when they were approached by the landscape designers and ecologists involved with the Olympics, the Wildflower Turf team were super-impressed with the stringent environmental standards they were tasked to achieve. The aim was for a Breeam Excellent Standard and they were not only challenged with creating spectacular blooms, bang on time, their brief covered projects in various expanses around the park, including shady planting for wooded areas.