Stirling Prize shortlist revealed

The ShardRIBA has released the shortlist for its prestigious Stirling Prize.

Six new buildings have been shortlisted for the Prize, which is awarded to the project that has made the most significant contribution to architecture in the United Kingdom.

The nominations, which include Renzo Piano’s The Shard, are drawn from the public, commercial, and educational spheres.

Zaha Hadid, a previous recipient of the Stirling Prize, has also been nominated for the London Aquatics Centre.

The winner will be announced by RIBA on the 16th October.

Find out which buildings have been nominated here.

The Think Tank listed among best agencies for social media

Marketme has released a list of its top 500 Social Media Agencies, according to Klout scores, and we are pleased to announce our accounts feature twice – at 46 and 54 respectively.

Klout scores are metric units that quantify the levels of influence your presence is having social media platforms.

The @thinktanklondon twitter account is ranked at number 46, and the @thethinktankpr account features at number 54.

Take a look at the top 500 agencies here, and tell us if you agree with the rankings.

Latest World Design Rankings released

World Design Rankings has released the 2013 list, which sees the United States remain at the top of the aggregated rankings.

The list ranks countries by their success in internationally juried design competitions and has been accumulating them in the current list since 2010.

It breaks down into ‘design business insights’ (strengths, weaknesses and opportunities), which reveal how countries perform in different areas of design, such as architecture, art and technology.

Arranged by the A’ Design Award & Competition, the list ranks sixty-nine countries, including this year’s newcomers Iceland and Puerto Rico. The United States tops the table with 112 awards between its designers, followed closely by Turkey (89) and Hong Kong (81). The United Kingdom is in a respectable fifth place with 55 awards.

You can see the whole table here – do you think this is a good way to represent design achievements?

B2B Marketing Awards 2013 a great success

B2B Marketing AwardsThursday night was yet another amazing B2B Marketing Awards night that seems t have been enjoyed by all.

This year’s theme was based around classic rock and pop with graphics, music and the actual event all using classic and recognisable styles to present the award nominees.

The Think Tank team ran the event on behalf of Silver Bullet Publishing (publishers of B2B Marketing Magazine) for the 6th year with compare Josh Widdicombe, and created the entire theme includng web site, posters, invites, awards graphics and introductory video.

Many thanks to the whole team who put in a great effort and a lot of time to make this a very successful event.

Find out more and see all the winners here.

(Picture: Some of the The Think Tank Team)

The Think Tank shortlisted for Best Branding and Positioning Award

AluK Branding and MarketingThe Think Tank has been shortlisted in the Construction Marketing Awards 2013 for our work with AluK (GB) Ltd.

We have been working with this leading aluminium building systems manufacturer since November 2012, supporting them across all their marketing activities following the launch of the AluK brand in the UK in April 2013.

We have been shortlisted again this year in the Best Branding and Positioning category, a category that we won last year for our work with Rexel.

Having worked with AluK to define the brand messages and values for the UK marketplace, we then developed a strategy for the launch and ongoing marketing of the brand and its products to both the trade and specification marketplaces.

Fingers crossed for the results, which will be announced at an industry event on 5th December in London.

Find out more about the Construction Marketing Awards and see the shortlist here.
Construction Marketing Awards 2013

And, find out more about AluK here.

The Restaurant and Bar Design Awards 2013

Recently this year’s awards ceremony for the best designed restaurants and bars in the world took place in London.

The ceremony included a unique pop-up bar and restaurant concept called ‘The Box Project‘, featuring five different themed bar areas created by ‘Best Restaurant/Bar’ winners of the past. 

The overall Best Bar Award was won by Atrium Champagne Bar in London – designed by Foster + Partners, and the overall Best Restaurant Award was won by Höst in Denmark – designed by NORM Architects.

Take a look at the other winners and shortlisted entries here, and tell us if you fancy visiting one of these award-winning bars and restaurants.

Weston Williamson wins Brasilia Stadium Competition

London studio Weston Williamson has won the Brasilia Athletics Stadium Competition, which called for designers to envision a 70,000 seater stadium in the nations capital.

The competition challenged designers to feel ‘free from constraints’ and ‘push the boundaries of what is possible with design’.

This design featured a roof made up of petal-like sections, each able to move independently and respond to weather and light conditions.

The structure of the stadium is modeled after a bird in flight, and reflects the utopian spirit of Brasilia itself.

You can take a closer look at this award-winning project here, and tell us if you plan on paying it a visit.

FoundOcean shortlisted for The Energy Institute Awards

Our client FoundOcean has been shortlisted for the Technology category of the Energy Institute Awards 2013. The awards recognise individuals and organisations in the global energy industry for setting new standards of excellence and innovation in their daily activities.  

Having worked at numerous offshore wind farms, FoundOcean discovered that grout mixing and pumping times were the two areas where installation times could be reduced. To overcome this, FoundOcean designed and built its new ‘Super Pan’ grout mixer enabling ultra-high strength (UHS) grouting (for monopile transition pieces) to be completed in half the time of its previous and competitors’ mixer models.  

This mixer is designed to attempt to bring the mixing rate for ultra-high strength grouts nearer to the mixing rate of standard strength grouts (currently 6m3 and 25m3 per hour, respectively), and eliminate grouting as a potential bottleneck when mixing and pumping ultra-high strength grout offshore.  

FoundOcean is the largest dedicated offshore construction grouting company in the world, with nearly 50 years’ experience of subsea and offshore foundation grouting for the global energy construction industries. It provides a range of services to the oil & gas and renewable energy sectors including foundation and structural grouting, structural repair and strengthening, as well as pipeline and cable support and protection across the globe. The Think Tank has worked with FoundOcean since November 2011.  

The Energy Institute Awards will be held on 14 November 2013 at the Sheraton Park Lane, London.

RIBA awards 2013 winners announced

Olympic MasterplanPierresvivesBishop Edward King ChapelThis year’s winners for the Royal Institute of British Architects(RIBA) Awards have been announced, which includes 9 winners of the European Awards and 43 winners of the National awards, which form the basis for the Stirling Prize shortlist.

RIBA also announced the winners of the Regional Awards and International Award as part of a simultaneous event. The winners of the International Award are considered for the Lubetkin Prize.

To be eligable for an award the project must be designed by a RIBA chartered architect and RIBA international fellows.

The projects awarded include 

Each of the National Award winning buildings are presented with a lead plaque and the winner of the Stirling Prize will be announced at an event on Tuesday 26th September at St. Martins, Kings Cross.

To see all the RIBA Award winners, click here.

Riverside Museum wins award for engagement

Riverside MuseumRiverside museumThe Riverside Museum in Glasgow has won the prestigious European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA).

Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the museum which opened in June 2011, has received the award for it’s ability to “demonstrate brilliantly how a specialist transport collection can renew its relevance through active engagement with the wider social and universal issues.”

The museum, which has received over 2 million visitors in less than 2 years, was chosen out of 40 museums from 21 European Countries and fulfilled the EMYA’s criteria of public quality at the highest level.

The Riverside Museum showcases Glasgow’s transport, shipbuilding and engineering heritage.

Being an award winner

B2B Awards 2012This post was written by The Think Tank’s PR Director Samantha Dawe, as part of our on-going sponsorship of the B2B Marketing Knowledge Bank.

Just been having a chat with a good contact on a key industry magazine for the architect and design sector, and the subject of that magazine’s annual awards came up…

Now I know how passionate B2B Marketing magazine is about its very own annual awards…and rightly so, but it made me reflect on why we enter and why we encourage clients to enter industry awards.

We have worked with one of our clients for almost a decade. Certainly for the past four years have prepared entries with them for a European-wide series of awards that are seen as particularly prestigious. This year they won one. They are over the moon, and so are we. The press release about this Award is going to be issued globally by the various communications teams.

Entering, being shortlisted and hopefully winning awards can help achieve press coverage certainly.

But winning an industry award can also boost staff morale, attract new business, impress potential investors, gain prestige and recognition from peers and respect from customers, and raise awareness of a new product or service.

It’s worth considering an entry for a local business award for these reasons too – usually in the UK organized on a county by county basis. A local platform for celebrating the very best business successes, they will not only cover how well your business is doing, but aspects like customer service, environmental awareness and staff training and development.

For staff to see their organization recognized within their immediate community and can be really motivating.

It’s also a great way to stand back a bit and assess what you’ve been focusing on and to celebrate any innovations and efforts that are making a real difference to how you do business, or in the services and products you provide.

Of course much depends on the time and resource you have to devote to preparing entries. So set a realistic, tangible goal, for example, entering at least two different Award schemes this year. And if you don’t win the first time, don’t give up… next time you might be that winner.

2013 Sony World Photography Awards

Andrea GjestvangFabrice FouilletChristian AslundThis year’s Sony World Photography Award winners have been announced, and are currently on display at Somerset House, London.

The awards are organised by the World Photography Organisation, and have two main categories; open and professional. They are judged by an Honorary Judging Committee which is broken up in to groups for a selection of categories from Architecture to Sport.

The Professional winners from each of the 15 categories are being exhibited at Somerset House until 12th May 2013, including the overall winner, Andrea Gjestvang for her series, “One day in history,” which intimately captures the young survivors of Utoeya, Norway July 2011 massacre.

Other winners include Fabrice Fouillet in the Architecture category and Christian Aslund for Campaigns.

Take a look at all the entries and winners here.

Buy tickets for the exhibition here.

Jane Drew prize winner 2013

Eva Jiricna Eva JiricnaEva JiricnaEva JiricnaThe Architect’s Journal‘s jury has selected their winner of the 2013 Jane Drew Prize as Eva Jiřičná. By an unanimous vote she won the award “for her outstanding contribution to the status of women in architecture”.

The Czech-born architect is based in London, after studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, starting her career with the Greater London Council followed by  the Louis de Soisssons Partneship. She then set up her own practice with David Hodges in 1982 and from there she began to be recognised for her work.

She rebranded her firm in 1985 to Eva Jiricna Architects, then in 1988 completed her flagship store for the Joseph fashion label, where it is said she “reinvented the idea of retail”

Jiřičná, who is also famous for her steel and glass staircases, was part of the inaguaral judging panel for the prize in 1998, which was created to honour Dame Jane Drew, who died in July 1996 and was an English modernist architect and town planner.  

She recieved her prize at a special luncheon held in London on the 22nd March. Read an arctile about the awards here.

The Think Tank wins Best Brand Campaign Award at CMA’s

Best Brand Campaign - CMA RexelWe had a great night at the Construction Marketing Awards yesterday – shortlisted for three awards we picked up the trophy for Best Brand and Positioning Campaign for our work with electrical distributor Rexel.

We were approached by Rexel to develop the brand identity for a new online merchant, NaturalSparx, supplying the renewables sector.

The Think Tank was tasked with developing the messaging, brand design and identity for use in marketing collateral both off and on-line.

We created a vibrant look and feel for the brand that delivered standout within the renewables sector, alongside a series of icons to represent core products and services and a positioning statement for this new brand.The brand identity was developed, along with the messaging, to work across a range of media from the website to direct marketing, advertising and point-of-sale.

In stiff competition from five other shortlisted entries in this category we managed to scoop the prize with the judges commenting, ‘A very well executed campaign, with striking creative ideas that set the business apart in a very crowded market place.’

Well done to all The Think Tank team and to Rexel for giving us the opportunity to help launch one of their brands.

We were also shortlisted in the awards for:
SAS International – Best Product Launch
Rexel – Best Campaign over £25k

B2B Marketing Awards 2012

B2B Marketing Awards CreativeB2B Marketing Awards 2012 ThemeB2B Marketing Awards EventThe B2B Marketing Awards are upon us with a fantastic night ahead. 

The Think Tank will be managing the awards tonight for the 5th year and we’re looking forward to a successful event with quite a few surprises.

This year we also developed the creative and theme around the awards with a retro ‘Airline’ feel that will have everyone up in the aisles tonight.

The theme runs right across the event, so if you are coming along tonight get ready to take off but please avoid any bumpy landings (at the after-show party).

Good luck to all the shortlisted entrants and have a great night.

From all at 

The Think Tank Team.

The Think Tank shortlisted for three Construction Marketing Awards

Construction Marketing AwardsRexel Case StudyThe Think Tank has been shortlisted for three awards in this year’s Construction Marketing Awards for our work with SAS International and Rexel.

The shortlisted entries are:

SAS International – Best Product Launch
Rexel – Best Campaign over £25k
Rexel – Best Branding and Positioning

We are very pleased to have been shortlisted again this year and look forward to hearing the results on 6th December.

See the full CMA shortlist here.

World Building 2012 award announced

Garden by the bayWinner World Architecture Festival Building Award 2012The World Architecture Festival has announced the winner of its World Building of 2012.

The festival was held at the winning building at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, which is a key project in delivering the Singapore Government’s vision of transforming Singapore into a ‘City in a Garden’.

At a total of 101 hectares, the Cooled Conservatories at the Gardens by the Bay project comprise three distinct waterfront gardens – Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central.

The project was awarded the prize from over 500 entries and was designed by Wilkinson Eyre, Grant Associates, Atelier One and Atelier TenSitting.

It’s quite an impressive structure and more can be seen here on Arch Daily.

Best for PR Awards

Best For PR Awards ConsumerBest for PR Awards ConstructionBest for PR Awards NationalBest for PR Award TechnologyThe Think Tank has received four awards in the ‘BestFor PR Industry Awards’ announced today, 18th September 2012.

The awards have been keenly contested and ‘BestFor’ describe them as follows:

‘ PR Agencies across the UK have the opportunity to apply for a BestFor PR ranking. Our independent judging panel rigorously assesses each application and if successful, agencies are awarded a gold, silver or bronze ranking and listed within the relevant ranking table.

Each ranking table on the BestFor PR website enables companies seeking PR agencies to identify, select and contact leading agencies in the applicable sector or region that match their requirements.’

We are thrilled to have received the following awards:

Silver – Consumer Category
Silver – Property and Construction
Bronze – Technology
Bronze – National Category

This is a great credit to our PR team. Well done to all.

Click here to find out more.

RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist announced

The Hepworth
Olympic Stadium

This year’s RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist has been announced with six buildings, including the London Olympic Stadium by Populous and two projects by OMA.

The six that will compete for the £20,000 prize for the Best Building by a British-registered architect are:

The Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire by David Chipperfield Architects (pic 1)
London Olympic Stadium by Populous (pic 2)
The Lyric Theatre, Belfast by O’Donnell + Tuomey
Maggie’s Centre, Gartnavel, Glasgow by OMA
New Court, London by OMA with Allies and Morrison
Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge by Stanton Williams (pic 3)

See more about the shortlist here.

Developing the creative campaign for the B2B Marketing Awards 2012

B2B Marketing Awards Creative 2012Having managed the B2B Marketing Awards event for the past five years, The Think Tank was approached by the organisers, Silver Bullet Publishing, to develop the creative theme for the 2012 awards.  

Seeking to engage a wider audience, and increase entry levels from  all sectors of the B2B marketing industry, The Think Tank was asked to produce a campaign that would resonate with marketers from both agency and client side and encourage them to engage with the awards at various levels. It was also very important that the theme could work in an integrated manner across a range of marketing channels as well as providing an engaging and fun format for the Awards event itself.  

The Think Tank developed several concepts that would answer the brief and the High Flyers campaign was chosen. This is designed to celebrate the outstanding creativity in the B2B Marketing sector and position the awards as the premier industry event, not only for agencies but also for clients side marketers.  

The flexibility provided by the ‘retro feel’ creative execution allows the campaign to be extended from launch to the event and beyond, offering B2B Marketing the continuity of message they were looking for in 2012.  

The Think Tank is continuing to develop an integrated campaign to promote the awards over the coming months and encourage entry and engagement.

For more information about the awards please click here.


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