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Architectural award winner

Thames Reach's Employment Academy building
Thames Reach's award-winning Employment Academy in Camberwell

19 May 2015

The Thames Reach Employment Academy has won a series of awards and commendations in the 2015 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) London Awards which recognise the best buildings and architecture in the capital.

It won the London RIBA Award for The Restoration of the Year, pipping the National Theatre, a London Regional Award in the Education and Community Section and was also runner-up to Foyles Bookshop in the Client of the Year Award, being highly commended in the process.

The Employment Academy in Camberwell, which is helping thousands of people find work, is a historic Grade II listed Edwardian building which was restored between 2010 and 2012, based on plans drawn up by Peter Barber Architects.

A community resource offering meeting rooms, event spaces and a café open to the public, this historic building is now home to 29 different services helping economically disadvantaged people.

Bill Tidnam, Thames Reach’s director of operations, said: “We’re thrilled that we achieved our vision of creating a high quality building that will inspire people who have often been on the margins of society to make really positive changes with their lives.

“The finished building is a tribute to the really good relationship we struck up over the years with Peter Barber Architects.”

Peter Barber, said: “Thames Reach have been an extraordinary and fearless client. The work that they do at the Employment Academy is really inspiring. These Awards are richly deserved.”