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16 July 2008

Press release contact:

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

Beam Drives Wedge into the Community!

Wakefield based company Beam are delighted to announce the winner of their international design competition - Mobile!

Threefold Architects in collaboration with the Jason Bruges Studios emerged triumphant against fierce competition from other shortlisted practices, Atmos Studio Ltd and Cottrell and Vermeulen.

Beam launched the search to find a design for an innovative, dynamic and highly interactive mobile facility that would stimulate creative engagement, learning and participation earlier this year. The competition received over 40 international entries. It has been funded by Arts Council England and CABE (the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment), with the support of Wakefield MDC and the RIBA.

The panel of judges, which was headlined by international designer Wayne Hemingway and independent architectural advisor Irena Bauman, commented on the very high standard of work from all three short-listed practices in the face of a demanding brief.

Threefold and Jason Bruges Studio's winning concept is for an unfolding wedge-shaped structure that offers exterior and interior spaces as well as a 'place portraits' concept --- information technology that 'gathers' information about the sites it travels to. The judging panel felt that Threefold and Jason Bruges exhibited a real grasp of the challenge Beam had thrown down – for a practical, multi-functional facility to get right to the heart of communities, engaging people in the places where they live, work and play – and to do it with delight!

The winning practice will now go on to work closely with Beam and its advisors on a detailed design ready for fabrication. Sponsors to help see the project through to completion are being actively sought.

Beam Executive Director and Panel member Robert Powell said:  "It's been a real privilege for all of us to see the creative approaches of all three shortlisted practices. Threefold and Jason Bruges Studio's 'Wedge' concept is a worthy winner and we are looking forward to working with them on the next stage. Their concept addresses the practical requirements of the brief but also possesses the ambiguous qualities of art that will arouse curiosity and create impact. Their team's approach exemplifies Beam's aims as an organisation bringing together the fields of art, architecture, learning, and public engagement."

Notes to editors

Further Information contact: 
Victoria Hodgson on 01924 215550 or email victoria@beam.net.uk.
The Orangery, Back Lane, Wakefield, Yorkshire, WF1 2TG

Beam is a company dedicated to the imaginative understanding and improvement of the public realm – our streets, buildings, parks, estates and public spaces.. We own and manage the Orangery as an architecture, arts and education centre for professionals and the general public.

Beam offers professional services and programmes in education and training, community engagement, public art commissioning, consultancy, project management, conferencing and events.

Founded in 1986 Beam has engaged thousands of people in creative education, arts projects and events in Yorkshire and elsewhere in England and co-ordinated over 300 public art projects and strategies. We are a member of the national Architecture Centre Network. Our unique base, the Grade II* listed Orangery in Wakefield, is currently being further developed as a regional creative centre for the built environment with designs by SMC Alsop.

The Orangery
The Orangery is a Grade II* listed building owned and operated by beam. Built around 1800, it has been a zoological garden, a burial ground, a bath house, a school, an office space, and a conference venue. The beam Gallery is open to the public from 9.30 – 4.30 pm Monday – Friday.

Partner Firms Beam enjoys the support and advice of a range of Partner Firms: Allen Tod Architects, DLA Architects, John R Paley Associates, Knapton and Knapton, Savills, Strata Yorkshire and Sutcliffe Play.

Acknowledgements Arts Council England, CABE (Commission for Architecture & the Built Environment), Wakefield Council, and the Joint Services Committee of West Yorkshire Grants invest in Beam's work.


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