Cardiff Building Wins Coveted Award

Shufflebottom is the overall winner of the 2017 Building Awards organised by RIDBA, the Rural and Industrial Design and Building Association, and presented at Cardiff's Radisson Blu Hotel by Kate Humble, TV presenter and wildlife expert.


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Kate Humble (right) with Alex Shufflebottom (centre) and Wesley Shufflebottom, collecting the award on behalf of the company 


"This is the first time that these national awards have been held in Wales, and we are delighted to have won, all the more so because our winning buildings are in Wales," said director Alex Shufflebottom.


The overall award is for the CUBRIC building - Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre - which Queen Elizabeth opened in June 2016.  The judges said the CUBRIC building stood out "for the major impact it has had on the community and the world of science".


The main contractor for the £44 million development, BAM Construction Ltd, commissioned Shufflebottom to supply and construct 100 tonnes of structural steelwork, most of it galvanised, to create the frame at the heart of the building, designed by IBI Group. Some of the steelwork supports the timber which forms elegant design features.


Research in CUBRIC helps scientists towards understandings of mental conditions such as autism, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and neurological maladies like Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's.


The CUBRIC building, which topped the category for Education and Research buildings as well as winning the overall prize, was not the only award for Shufflebottom. The company also came first in the Commercial category, for the work on the Wales Air Ambulance's headquarters and hangar at Dafen, Llanelli.


Shufflebottom made the steel frame for the headquarters office building and the steel frame and cladding for the helicopter hangar, contributing to the major venture in which Hacer Property Development & Investment, architects Powell Dobson and project managers Kevin Doherty Building Contractors all had fundamental roles.  The Wales Air Ambulance service, which depends on voluntary funding, has three helicopters serving the whole of Wales.


Created by Lorna and the late Martin Shufflebottom in 1977, and now led by Alex Shufflebottom, Wesley Shufflebottom and Alec Davies, Shufflebottom employs more than 70 people at Cross Hands, and has a flourishing apprenticeship programme.


The awards were supported by Filon Products, Joseph Ash, Kingspan, Marley Eternit, Metsec and Steadmans. 


Below, the winning CUBRIC building -- the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre