The Manchester Civil Justice Centre by Denton Corker Marshall has won the RIBA English Partnerships Sustainability Award.
The announcement was made on Saturday 11 October at a special awards ceremony for the RIBA Stirling Prize in association with The Architects' Journal at the BT Arena and Convention Centre in Liverpool. The £5000 prize was presented to the winners by Dr Pauleen Lane, Deputy Chair of English Partnerships.
The prize was established in 2000 the award is made to the building that demonstrates most elegantly and durably the principles of sustainable architecture.
The Manchester Civil Justice Centre is the largest court building to be built in the UK since the Royal Courts of Justice in the 1880s. The architectural expression and resolution of the environmental design sets this building apart. Environmental sustainability has been integrated into the design from the start; natural ventilation to all areas and a mixed-mode ventilation system serving the court rooms contributes to the BREEAM rating of 'Excellent'.
Kevin McGeogh of sponsors English Partnerships and one of the judging panel said:
"This pioneering new building separates civil and criminal justice systems, creating a new civic building that is open and accessible. The working courts and offices are expressed as rectilinear forms, articulated at each floor level. The building is an elegant and beautifully executed response to a complex brief that has made a significant contribution to the regeneration this part of Manchester."
The other buildings shortlisted for the award were:
Oundle School Science Technology Block by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios LLP
Bristol Brunel Academy by Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Oxley Woods, Milton Keynes by Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners