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New horizon youth Centre, King's Cross, London


22 June 2007

Press release contact:

Julia Davies
T: +44 (0)113 203 1490
E: julia.davies@riba.org

The RIBA Competitions Office is pleased to announce that the winner of the New Horizon Youth Centre Design Competition is Adam Khan.
The purpose of the competition was to investigate opportunities for the centre to deliver its mission as effectively as possible in the future from its existing headquarters by the adaptation of its existing spaces. Founded in 1968 by the late Lord Longford, New Horizon Youth Centre is a day centre working with young people who are vulnerable, homeless or at risk in King's Cross. New Horizon offers a supportive environment and channels young people towards productive lifestyles and occupation. The competition was funded by the John McAslan Family Trust.
The jury panel was in no doubt about the winner. Adam's scheme combined thoughtfulness for the institution with direct and legible architectural ideas. The panel felt the design had clear benefits to the centre, both architecturally and for the community as a whole.
2nd prize was awarded to Shahid Hussain and Wai Piu Wong , with 3rd prize going to Leith Kerr.
Runners up were, in alphabetical order:
Edward Park and Nick Silcock
M8 Creative Design
We Made That.
The entries were judged by an eminent panel chaired by architect Ed Jones of Dixon Jones, and which included broadcaster and chair of the New Horizon Centre, Jon Snow.
Jon Snow commented, 'This has been a brilliant and rewarding experience. I'm particularly grateful to John McAslan for making the competition possible and to Ed Jones for being our RIBA mentor. That such great architects and the organisational resource of the RIBA should be devoted to so needy a project is uplifting indeed. I much look forward to working with Adam and to finding the funders to bringing all this off, as I know we shall.' 

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