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LABC Building Excellence Awards

LABC Building Excellence Awards

Challice Architects' New Dunster Surgery has been nominated a finalist in a national award scheme for building excellence and recognised in no fewer than TWO SEPARATE categories.

The 1M building solves numerous site limitations by adopting an innovative, two-storey, part basement form.

It goes further to use the natural slope of the site to great advantage.

"The "Best Inclusive Building" nomination is especially appropriate because it recognises our efforts to maximise easy, independent access for all, regardless of any disability or impairment" said David Trigger, the architect and Challice Architects director who conceived the design.

An access bridge leads directly to the main entrance which somewhat unusually for a doctor's surgery, is at first floor level.

Wide, electrically operated doors and a wheelchair-capable passenger lift facilitate full, unhindered access to and from the lower floor of the surgery where further consulting and treatment rooms are located.

The second award nomination is in the category of "Best Public Building" where traditionally, more extravagant, highly financed buildings compete for attention.

"It is especially comforting for us as architects, that our efforts have been recognised.

We have deliberately crafted a design solution that is humane and visually plays down the sheer scale of the building - so that it can sit comfortably in its special setting in the National Park.

We would like to think this building's only real statement is that it is humble and wants to fit in. "

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