Posted on 1st April 2013 by Keith Bright
Canada Water Library at Southwark, South London is the winner of the 2013 Selwyn Goldsmith Universal Design Award (SGA). The SGA is supported by the Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE) and the Civic Trust Awards (CTA) and is presented to a project that demonstrates excellence in adopting the principles of universal design.
The citation prepared by the SGA judging panel states that:
"The Civic Trust Award winning building is incredibly successful, managing to redefine the function of a traditional library into that of a hub which offers a multitude of services to the whole community. All facilities are thoughtfully designed and clever environmental systems have produced an environment that is imaginative, elegant and beautifully lit. Inventive approaches to providing universal accessibility have created a library, coffee bar, theatre, learning, study and administrative areas that have excellent functionality. The enthusiasm of the staff for their building and the users of all ages coexisting comfortably, show the effort made by the client to involve all groups in the brief. This has resulted in a welcoming civic facility that is clearly enjoyed and well used by all. Canada Water Library brings to the East End of London an iconic community asset that is an exemplar of Universal Design."
Architects to the project, CZWG Architects LLP, received the winners plaque at the 2013 CTA ceremony in Cardiff in March.
The National Judging Panel for the 2013 SGA comprised Selwyn's wife Becky Goldsmith and representatives of range of users groups and organisatrions including the CAE, National Register of Access Consultants (NRAC), Hearing Link, The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The Panel was Chaired by Keith Bright.
For more details of the 2013 CTA winners and information on how to apply for the 2014 Awards go to www.civictrustawards.org.uk