Marchini Curran Associates wins Civic Society Award for sustainable retail scheme

Architecture firm Marchini Curran Associates (MCa) has been awarded the ‘Tony Leitch Townscape Award 2013’ from the Kingston upon Thames Society.

Part of the biennial Townscape awards, Nottingham-based Marchini Curran Associates received the accolade for its work on a retail scheme on Clarence Street, the main retail area of Kingston’s town centre.

Selected by an expert judging panel, the winners are the people behind those developments deemed to have had the most positive impact on their surroundings. Marchini Curran set to work on Clarence Street designing a new retail building with the specifications of a modern retail firm in mind – the unit is now completely occupied by fashion business River Island.

Nick Marchini is director at Marchini Curran Associates. He said:

“To be heavily involved in a development which is so visible and important to Kingston and then to be officially recognised for it by the town is a great achievement.

“We are very proud of this piece of work – particularly because it’s a solid combination of high quality design, true sustainability and contemporary design which fits well with the rest of the area.”

Overall the footprint used on site has been increased and a further floor has been added to the massing of the building.

Building close to the Thames necessitated the incorporation of complex flood risk systems and so the building has also been designed to be highly sustainable utilising an extensive photovoltaic solar power generation panel installation on the roof and south facing elevation.