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Award for golf resort

An 18th century manor house in Ireland was the ‘winner of winners’ in the biennial Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards, organised by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) in association with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

The Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort, a luxury hotel in Limerick, was recently renovated and extended to add guest rooms and facilities including a ballroom, spa, golf club and function suite. The renovation project was led by Richmond International, an interior design consultancy that specialises in hospitality buildings.

The team enlisted two architectural ironmongers; Carrson International, a division of Harbrine Limited, and Mooney Architectural. The brief included a hardware specification for about 1,500 doors that was in keeping with the gothic style of Adare Manor. The hotel boasts bespoke ironmongery including products from Sun Valley Bronze of Idaho, USA for the guest rooms and public areas. Stainless steel has also been used for the inside of bathrooms and the back of house areas.

Judges noted that the bronze finish of the ironmongery was continued throughout the hotel, highlighting the attention to detail and adding to the overall quality of the project. Pictured left to right are Andy Chapman of GEZE UK; Michael Rooney of Mooney Architectural Hardware, Richard Lewis of Harbrine and David Stacey, GAI president.

Douglas Masterson, technical manager at the GAI, and assessor of the Specification Awards projects, said: “Every piece of hardware had been carefully considered and was perfectly in keeping with the gothic nature of the original manor house. The bespoke ironmongery was particularly impressive. Every piece of hardware mirrored the smaller details of the hotel; from wardrobe fittings and light switches, even down to the badges of the hotel’s staff. It’s a truly striking building.”

The original Adare Manor was built in 1832 and is a rare example of a Calendar House. It has 365 leaded windows, 52 ornate chimneys, seven stone pillars and four towers to mark the number of days, weeks, and seasons in a year. The project beat 19 other shortlisted projects to take the prize. Projects are nominated for one of four categories: commercial and hospitality; public health and education; residential; and international. A fifth award focuses on new product design and innovation.

Adare Manor also won first place in the commercial and hospitality category. In second was the Royal Academy of Arts, London by dline Eisenware and David Chipperfield Architects. Third place was the Royal Opera House by John Planck Ltd and Stanton Williams Architects. The St Andrew’s House project in London, also by John Planck Ltd with DLA Architecture was highly commended.

The other category winners were:

Public health and education:
First place: The Engine Sheds – Allgood plc and Historic Environment Scotland
Second place: Maggie’s Centre, Oldham – Allgood plc and dRMM.
Third place: Sense Touchbase Pears – d line Eisenware and Glenn Howells Architects
Commended: St Helena Campus, University of Derby – Em-B Solutions and Frank Shaw Associates

First place: Centre Point, London – Allgood plc and Conran & Partners
Second place: Caring Wood House, Kent – John Planck Ltd and Macdonald Wright Architects
Third place: 10 Trinity Square – izé and Aukett Swanke
Commended: Battersea Power Station Phase 1 – Circus West – Laidlaw Ltd and SimpsonHaugh

First place: Al Bait Hotel, The Silver Shore Trading Co L.L.C and GAJ
Second place: Four Seasons Hotel, Kuwait, Allgood plc and Yabu Pushelberg

Product design and innovation:
First place: Tectus Glass, Simonswerk
Joint second place: Guardian, Exidor and Smart Entrance, Hafele UK
Third place: DC700G-FT Security Cam-Motion Door Closer, ASSA ABLOY

David Stacey, president of the GAI, said: “The Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards are unique because they reward the whole specification team, highlighting the importance of that professional partnership between architect and architectural ironmonger.

“These awards underline the importance of using qualified and experienced architectural ironmongers as the driving force in creating ironmongery schedules that are not only technically correct but also fundamentally affect the way a building looks and performs. Those ironmongery schedules help architects and clients minimise risk and achieve their aesthetic vision.”

The awards were sponsored by GEZE UK, Forza Doors, ASSA ABLOY, Harbrine, Frank Allart, dormakaba and Allgood plc.


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