As the deadline to the close of this year's WAN Adaptive Reuse Award draws ever nearer, we thought we'd offer a final reminder to submit your entries. Relatively new to our ever-expanding awards programme, this highly creative category recognizes designs that repurpose existing structures without compromising its original architectural details - whether turning a mill into a museum, factory into flats or a warehouse into a workspace. Projects that have had a wider impact on the built environment, through bringing additional vitality and richness, will also be pivotal to award success.

Assessing the transformations will be a panel of experts handpicked for their knowledge and experience of renovation projects and sustainable development. We have John Assael of Assael Architecture, Simon Gill of Simon Gill Architects, Founding Partner of Hawkins\Brown, Roger Hawkins and Matthew Woodthorpe, Director of MWAI. Award recipients will have their work showcased around the world to our huge network of industry specialists, which can boost your client list and lead to a considerable upswing in commercial opportunities.

We spoke with the Judges earlier this week, who left some insightful comments and we thought we would share them...

John Assael said:
"I will be looking for thoughtful, well researched and innovative solutions that are exemplars that other architects can be inspired by."

Matthew Woodthorpe said:
"It is a pleasure to be part of this years' WAN AWARDS for Adaptive Reuse. It is a category I feel very passionate about. I am looking for some creative design solutions that provide a contemporary re-purpose of the building whilst retaining its' character and sense of identity."

And Simon Gill also commented, saying:
"Recently building re-use has become much more creative - architects have found new poetic possibilities in the interplay between old and new. It is inspiring to see the new ways in which the past is combined with the present beyond their literal separation - the default Modernist mode".

So if your project has breathed new life into an old building or fostered a greater sense of community by revitalizing the surrounding area, then send in your designs by 31 December 2013.

For further information about our awards and details on how to enter, contact Faye Chalmers on faye.chalmers@builtenvironmentmedia.com or call +44 (0)1273 201 123.


The jury in order: John Assael of Assael Architecture, Matthew Woodthorpe, Director of MWAI, Founding Partner of Hawkins\Brown, Roger Hawkins and Simon Gill of Simon Gill Architects.
Images: Danish Maritime Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark by Bjarke Ingels Group. Credit: Rasmus Hjortshoj
Watertower and Pump House Dudelange, Dudelange, Luxembourg by Kaell Architecte & Jim Clemes. Credit: Andres Lejona
Neisner Building / Towneplace Suites, San Antonio, Texas by WestEst Design Group. Credit: Baywood Hotels
Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, Shanghai, China by John Portman and Associates. Credit: Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund