Designed to recognise outstanding design and installation skills as well as inspire installers around the country, the Atlas Installation of the Year Awards is always hotly-anticipated. And, according to Gareth Thomas, sales director at Atlas Glazed Roof Solutions, the standard this time round has been higher than ever.
“It’s been a truly amazing year, with an astonishing range of installations setting ever-higher standards,” he said. “The quality of these installations is just incredible and it’s so gratifying to see our installer partners really making the most of the Atlas range of products. Every one of the finalists can be extremely proud of their achievements even if they made the judges’ task tougher than ever!”
This year’s panel of judges once again included the editors of Glass and Glazing Products and Windows Active and they had the unenviable job of sifting through the monthly winners from 2017 to choose the three finalists – plus a special additional award.
Taking the top spot was Village Conservatories with their stunning L-shaped orangery. Bringing together aluminium, reclaimed brick, glass and two large Atlas lanterns, their design impressed the judges with its clever use of space around the home, great finishing touches and the quality of installation given the challenges it created. The finished orangery shows off the roof to its best, with a sleek minimal appearance reflecting Atlas’s ‘More Sky, Less Roof’ approach.
“What can I say?” commented Village Conservatories’ owner Colin Dicker. “I’m as ecstatic to win this award as our client was with their orangery! We’ve always chosen Atlas products because we know they’re the best. Their two lanterns really make this project special and they perform superbly all year round. I’d like to thank Atlas – and the judges, of course – for giving us this accolade – we’re over the moon!”
Second place went to March 2017 winner Vale Orangeries from South Wales. The judges loved the way their design for a light and airy ultra-modern extension used a full range of glazing products, including the Atlas Flat Rooflight, and cleverly made the most of the space.
“The idea was to create a real ‘wow’ factor with a light-filled contemporary family space and, in choosing the very best roof system available, we knew there’s no compromise with Atlas,” said Dean Edmonds, Vale Orangeries’ owner. “We’re glad we did – not only has it become a flagship project for us, it’s won us this prestigious award!”
In third place was Vision Conservatories, who won in May. Their design for a home in a Wiltshire village successfully bridged the addition of a contemporary extension to a traditional house, using a bold pyramid lantern to create a striking look. The judges were particularly impressed by the seamless combination of old and new, the use of an otherwise redundant space in the garden and the choice of lantern for maximum light.
On receiving the award, Mike Keeling of Vision Conservatories was quick to praise not only his own team, but Atlas too. “I’m really chuffed to be in the final three! We knew our design was good and the guys did a fantastic job on the installation – but it’s the quality of the Atlas components that make it all possible. They help us achieve that perfect look time after time, giving customers just what they want.”
The judges also announced that this year’s winner of the special Innovation Award was Keymer Double Glazing from West Sussex. Their one-off extension on a grand, multi-level property combined the clever use of space with a large Atlas lantern to create as much light as possible in an underground extension, which the judges loved.
“We only use Atlas as we feel they’re the best on the market,” said Keymer’s sales director, Kieran Collins. “That’s why their lantern was perfect for this prestigious project, creating a fabulous look. The client loved the finished result and we’re extremely proud to have the quality of our design acknowledged with this award.”
Congratulations to all this year’s winners and, with the monthly competition between Atlas installers as hotly-contested as ever, the team at Atlas is looking forward to honouring even more amazing designs in 2018.