Landmark project sees local firm claim hat trick of prestigious awards

13 May 2024

A Wakefield company has received a hat trick of awards for its outstanding work on London’s prestigious The Old War Office (The OWO) renovation.

Architectural ironmongery firm John Planck, which incorporates brands John Monaghan and HAF, scooped the Residential Award for The OWO Residences by Raffles, as well as the Hospitality and Winner of Winners Awards for Raffles London at The OWO at the AI Specification Awards 2024.

The firm was presented with the accolades by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) in conjunction with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Restored at a cost of £1billion, the Grade II listed The OWO building is now widely regarded as one of London’s most exclusive and glamourous destinations, housing the exclusive 5* Raffles London hotel as well as 85 super-prime luxury residences.

Appointed to provide all ironmongery required across the entire project, John Planck, who has offices on Milner Way in Ossett, spent a staggering six-years working on the redevelopment; with hardware for more than 5,300 doors and 1,000 windows supplied. The complex scheme entailed liaising with 37 different consultants, including four separately appointed interior designers, creating 19 separate hardware packages.

Barny Bott, Business Development Manager from John Planck, said “We’re thrilled that our hard work on The OWO project has been recognised with the AI Specification Awards from GAI and RIBA.

“To have been involved in the transformation of such an iconic building has been incredible and these accolades truly validate our commitment to delivering excellence in architectural ironmongery. We’re grateful for the recognition and excited to continue pushing the boundaries of our craft in future projects.”

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