A collaboration between train operator Centro, a local architectural firm and a metal manufacturer has been celebrated at this year's BDI, Industry & Genius Awards.
Birmingham-based architectural practice the Renn & Thacker Partnership and Hockley-based family firm Form Fabrications were presented with the Industry & Genius award for their work on a series of public art works at Centro train stations. The companies also received a cheque for #1,000.
?We?re delighted to have won the award,? Mick Thacker of Renn & Thacker said. ?We hope that it leads to further exciting collaborations in the future.?
The companies also received a #1,000 cheque with which they must design the next Industry & Genius award for 2007.
Funded by Birmingham City Council through ?EQUAL? European funding, the scheme aims to recognise the growing number of collaborations between Birmingham designers and industry including sectors such as manufacturing, engineering and healthcare.
Calthorpe Estates and the Birmingham Design Initiative also sponsored the ceremony.
The awards were presented before a 350-strong audience at The IMAX Theatre in Birmingham?s Millennium Point by Kevin McCloud ? presenter of Channel 4?s Grand Designs.
Judges for the awards also included fashion icon Zandra Rhodes.
Coun Ken Hardeman, cabinet member for regeneration for Birmingham City Council, said he had been impressed with the quality of the entrants.
?This year?s awards scheme has been a resounding success and showcased the very best design-led projects borne out of Birmingham over recent years,? he said. ?We look forward to seeing the West Midlands burgeoning creative community continue to evolve and diversify over forthcoming years.?
Other award categories came under the Places & Genius and Product & Genius categories.
Places & Genius included architecture, landscape, conservation, urban design, green design and interior design.
Product & Genius covered jewellery and silversmithing, ceramics and glass, consumer products, interior products, transport and medical
The main winner of the Places & Genius category was The Spiral Caf> in Birmingham?s Bullring ? designed by Marks Barfield.
The entry impressed the judges for its immense visual appeal, sculptural style and high level of architectural and urban design.
Fetch ? a mobile office storage system by Rotadex Systems ? was bestowed the same title for Product & Genius.
The product, which was designed to capitalise on trends in hot-desking and desk sharing, impressed the judges by building on Birmingham?s expertise in metal fabrication and moving it forward into a new generation of products.