St Agnes Island Hall Triumphs In Sustainability Awards

island hall award 2014The St Agnes Island Hall is officially one of the most environmentally-friendly new buildings in the region after picking up the top award at the Cornwall Sustainability Awards in Newquay yesterday.

Rachel Gaunt, from St Ives-based architects Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole says it’s fantastic recognition of the hard work put in by the Island Hall Committee, the community on St Agnes and the support they had through the Council and funding bodies.

The new £2.4m community and workspace hub opened to the public this summer.

Rachel says the award highlights the way that living on an island forces all sorts of sustainability issues on the community.

And she hopes it will “shine a light” on Scilly nationally and internationally, by showing we’re at the cutting edge of building design.

From Radio Scilly

Rachel Gaunt talks to radio Scilly about the award

Rachel says her practice learnt a huge amount from the islanders during the work and she hopes the building will be shortlisted for bigger, UK-wide awards in the future.

And she says the whole project has had a lasting effect on her and her family, who have created a “lasting bond” with St Agnes during the time they spent there.

She now has an appreciation of how tough life can be on an off-island.

Rachel sees this as the start of a long relationship and she hopes there’ll be more work done together to make full use of the hall. She says mainland artists, stargazers and poets are all interested in coming over to use the new facility.