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HAF @ John Planck claims hat trick at the AI Specification Awards 2024

Leading architectural ironmonger HAF @ John Planck has received a hat trick of awards for its outstanding work on London’s prestigious Old War Office (OWO) renovation.

Scooping the Residential Award for The Old War Office Residences, as well as the Hospitality and Winner of Winners Awards for The Raffles Hotel at the AI Specification Awards 2024, HAF was presented with the accolades at an award ceremony at Southwark Cathedral on Thursday 18 April.

Presented by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) in conjunction with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the awards identify and reward excellence in the specification and design of architectural ironmongery.

The transformation of the OWO was led by EPR Architects, with HAF @ John Planck appointed to expertly source the vast quantities of ironmongery required for more than 5,300 doors and 1,000 windows. John Planck’s involvement in the project spanned a staggering 6-year period and entailed liaising with 37 different consultants, including four separately appointed interior designers, creating 19 separate hardware packages.

Widely regarded as one of London’s most exclusive and glamourous destinations, the Grade II listed OWO building is now home to the exclusive 120-bedroom 5* Raffles London hotel as well as 85 super-prime luxury residences. The sensitive restoration took place across an 8-year period, at a cost of over £1billion.

GAI Treasurer Philip Goldberg said: “The AI Specification Awards celebrate architectural ironmongery at its most effective and beautiful best.

“Entries are judged on the totality of the architectural ironmongery specification – how it supports and enhances the design vision; how it ensures the security, safety and accessibility of the building; and the contribution it makes to the functionality, sustainability and longevity.

“As such, these awards highlight the importance of genuine partnership between architects, designers and architectural ironmongers, and rightly reward the whole specification team.”

Commenting on the Raffles Hotel project, the judges said it was “One of the most stunning and comprehensive” they judged, and that it was “difficult to find fault with the project.”

Speaking about The Old War Office Residences, the judges said: “A project with a huge amount of bespoke ironmongery, so beautifully crafted and finished and very much in keeping with the building. It blends seamlessly with the doors. A stunning and in some cases breathtaking project.”

Barny Bott, Business Development Manager from HAF, said “We’re thrilled that our hard work on the OWO project has been recognised with the AI Specification Awards from GAI and RIBA. 

“To have been involved in the transformation of such an iconic building has been incredible and these accolades truly validate our commitment to delivering excellence in architectural ironmongery. We’re grateful for the recognition and excited to continue pushing the boundaries of our craft in future projects.”

Click the links below to find out more about each of these prestigious projects, our involvement and the details that make them stand-out from the crowd.

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