Taylor Alden organises inaugural Steel Window Association Awards

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Lauren Murphy

Account Director, Taylor Alden

We joined our long-standing client, the Steel Window Association (SWA) for the first ever SWA Awards at County Hall in London this month. This event was months in the making but truly went off without a hitch. The winners were thrilled, the members got to network with industry colleagues, and we were even joined by people from outside of the association such as the media and suppliers. 

The awards were created to highlight impressive residential and commercial projects which incorporate steel windows, doors and screens.  The members of the SWA comprise the very best companies in the industry and they assembled to celebrate their achievements.

Taylor Alden worked with the Sales Development Group of the SWA and held discussion meetings where we agreed the categories, criteria and timeline. Once this was in place, we secured a judge to be involved – John Ramshaw, Technical Editor of Architecture Today kindly offered his services and we were thrilled to have him on board.

We managed the design and production of the logos and award trophies – as well as putting together a promotional winners’ package, which included various bespoke pieces of media material and social media posts.

After entries were officially opened and the members had received the criteria, the entries came flowing in and this is where John came in! After being fully briefed, John used his expertise and went through each entry in detail and then came to his decision.

On the day of the event, we set up the room, greeted members and posted live across all of the association’s social media accounts.

Kris Bennell, President of the SWA, started proceedings with a short speech and then handed to John Ramshaw, Technical Editor of Architecture Today, the awards judge, who announced the winners of the Best Domestic and Best Commercial Projects and an Associated member award. When the time came to toast the winners, we ensured everyone’s glasses were topped up!

Details of the winners below.

Pictured are John Ramshaw, Technical Editor of Architecture Today and Darren Lloyd, Managing Director of Govette Windows and winner of Best Domestic Project.

Govette Windows won Best Domestic Project for a house extension in Weybridge, Surrey. “This project impressed in terms of its architectural response – the fenestration perfectly complements the building’s brick and metal skin, while also letting in daylight and prompting views out in all the right places. It also hints at a bygone industrial age, that seems to suit the style of the existing Edwardian house.” John Ramshaw.

Pictured are John Ramshaw and Andy Bawn, Managing Director of West Leigh and winner of Best Commercial Project.

West Leigh won Best Commercial Project with the Voysey House, a project which demonstrated what can be achieved when a committed client and a highly knowledgeable and experienced window manufacturer work together. The overall result is stunning, with West Leigh playing a crucial role inreturning an architecturally significant building back to its original aesthetic, while providing modern levels of performance.” John Ramshaw.

Pictured are John Ramshaw and James Barrett, Managing Director of Steel Window Fittings and winner of the Associated Award.

Steel Window Fittings was presented with the Associated Award as the company’s ironmongery was used in both the winning Best Domestic Project and the Best Commercial Project.

After the event was over, we produced post-event media material, a newsletter for all SWA members, project focus pieces on the winning projects and distributed the winners’ media packages. We will be continuing to promote the winning companies over the coming months through the media and across social channels.

We are already looking forward to next year’s awards!

For further information on the Steel Window Association, please visit www.steel-window-association.co.uk

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