As we near the end of this year’s cycle of sector awards it is becoming clear that the spectrum of entries in the WAN AWARDS are reflecting the general state of the architectural world. The Education sector saw a marked increase in entries (20%) whereas the Commercial sector reduced by a similar amount. Understandably the deficit in Commercial entries was mainly in the ‘unbuilt’ category. The Residential sector is expected to show a significant fall when it closes for entries at the end of the year. This was not much of a surprise as Education had become a relative safe haven and somewhat balanced the desperate Residential and Commercial markets. Another trend that proved true to the tough economic times was the increased number of commercial projects featuring re-use of existing structures. Woodhead’s conversion of a multi storey car park to office space in Per… read more