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2. The RIBA Stirling Prize is the UK’s most prestigious architecture award. Given to the architect of the building thought to be the most significant of the year for the evolution of architecture and the built environment, the RIBA Stirling Prize is judged on a range of criteria including design vision, innovation and originality, capacity to stimulate engage and delight occupants and visitors, accessibility and sustainability, how fit the building is for its purpose and the level of client satisfaction. www.architecture.com/stirling
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Park Hill Phase 1
South Street, Park Hill, Sheffield, S2
Architect: Hawkins/Brown with Studio Egret West
Landscape Consultant: Grant Associates
Client: Urban Splash
Contractor: Urban Splash Build
Structural Engineer: Stockley
Services Engineer: Ashmount
Contract Value: confidential
Date of completion: February 2013
Gross internal area: 27,928 sq m
Together the two firms of architects have worked with developers Urban Splash to address the contradictory demands of conservation and commerce and to bring back to life a Sheffield landmark.
The original aspiration of the late 1950s blocks to resemble an Italian hill village had degenerated into a sorry place to be – the completed first phase once again gives the people of Sheffield and visitors a building that excites and inspires
The original streets in the sky have been made safe with security measures and a metre borrowed from their generous width to add to the accommodation. Set back doorways and corner windows also humanise these spaces
The architects have doubled the amount of glazing, while retaining the character of the original concrete and exposing inside the split-level apartments but walls have been removed to full them with light
The vibrant coloured panels borrow from the gradated pastel colours of the original brickwork, giving a Corbusian vigour to the facades.
Architect: Alison Brooks Architects
Client/Contractor: Galliford Try Partnerships/Linden Homes Eastern
Structural Engineer: Thomasons
Masterplanning: Studio REAL/Alison Brooks Architects
Contract Value: £12,000,000
Date of completion: July 2012
Gross internal area: Total site: 1.63 hectares
The 84 unit Newhall Be scheme demonstrates the added value that good architects can bring to the thorny problem of housing people outside our major cities. ABA have worked with housing developer Galliford Try and persuaded them that investing in quality adds to their bottom line
By halving the size of the gardens – creating roof terraces in total equalling the land ‘lost’ - the architects managed to get an extra six houses on to the development. This paid for extras such as full-height windows, dedicated studies and convertible roof space, things which don’t feature in the standard housebuilders’ products
The 10.5m x 9.5m plot size for the courtyard houses, which predominate, is a clever manipulation of internal/external space, incorporating simple effective moves such as the gentle angling of the flank walls and balconies to avoid overlooking.
The overall scheme raises the bar for suburban housing developments that – if emulated could and should have a significant impact on development across the country.
This is a fine achievement in its own right. In the context of much of the UK’s new housebuilding it is truly exceptional.
Architect: Witherford Watson Mann Architects
Client: The Landmark Trust
Contractor: William Anelay
Structural Engineer: Price and Myers
Services Engineer: Building Design Partnership
Contract Value: £1,350,000
Date of completion: July 2012
Gross internal area: 285 sq m
This sensitive scheme places the new building at the heart of the old. It shows creativity as well as preservation and conservation
In the burnt-out ruins of 12th century fortified manor, the architects have created a new house which allows Landmark Trust guests to experience life in an old castle yet in immediate environs that are distinctly 21st century
Astley Castle demonstrates that working within sensitive historic contexts requires far more than the specialist skills of the conservation architect: this is an important piece of architecture, beautifully detailed and crafted
The decision to put the bedrooms and bathrooms on the ground floor and the communal spaces above makes the experience of the house very special.
Bishop Edward King Chapel
Architect: Niall McLaughlin Architects
Client: Ripon College and Community of St John the Baptist
Contractor: Beard Construction
Structural Engineer: Price and Myers
Services Engineer: Synergy Consulting Engineers
Contract Value: £2,034,000
Date of completion: Jan 2013
Gross internal area: 280 sq m
Built to serve a theological college and a small religious order of nuns, the chapel defies its diminutive scale to provide an uplifting spiritual space of great potency
This is a materially rich scheme: above an ashlar base the principal material is a cream limestone hand-broken and laid criss-cross with the raw ends exposed, producing an extraordinarily rich texture
The building is rich in its allusions to architectural history yet possess the power to impact on any passer-by
A ribbon of high windows floods the chapel and its ambulatory with even light. The delicate timber structure is of blonde wood. This is an church for all seasons and serves equally all the diverse branches of the Anglican Church
Cuddeston fulfils its complex brief with a lyrical grace.
Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre
Causeway Road, Bushmills
Architect: heneghan peng architects
Client: The National Trust
Landscape Design: heneghan peng architects (concept design)
Mitchell + Associates (implementation)
Structural Engineer: Arup
Services Engineer: Bennett Robertson
Contract Value: confidential
Date of completion: May 2012
Gross internal area: 1,800 sq m
This elegant, powerful visitor centre appears to be born of its place; the irregular lines of basalt columns grow and recede into the landscape to form the building edges, with the building roof a part of the dramatic landscape
Visitor Centres are hard to do; this one serves as shop, café and exhibition without any one function over-powering what is a simple, telling piece of architecture
Visitor Centres are normally self-effacing buildings fulfilling the needs of visitors but careful not to draw the limelight. This one pulls of that difficult trick of being a destination in its own right without upstaging the principal event – the causeway which is set a kilometre apart and invisible from it
The internal space is made from a large concrete soffit with slices of roof lights and slots between the basalt allowing natural light deep into the heart of the building.
University of Limerick Medical School, student housing and bus shelter
Architect: Grafton Architects
Client: Plassey Campus Developments
Contractor: PJ Hegarty & Sons
Structural Engineer: PUNCH Consulting Engineers
Services Engineer: Don O'Malley & Partners
Completion date: Sept 2012
Gross internal area: 9900 sq m
It is not easy to create good architecture on an incredibly tight budget and previous architectural experiments on the Limerick Campus have been mixed, but Grafton Architects have taken an ordinary programme for the student housing and a series of muscular buildings that despite their modest size, have a scale and weight and create a point of entry to the campus
Facing is the medical school which is cool grey and monolithic, another relatively modest building with a strong presence. The central space of the medical school soars above the entry, rich in timber details against massive concrete, with views up to a study area overlooking the atrium, and further still to bridges and windows on higher levels.
This building feels like it punches well above its weight. It transforms simple teaching and study spaces into rich, theatrical spaces, with a generosity that verges on the heroic.
The heroic bus shelter that completes the fine hard-landscaped square also forms a dramatic entrance to a neighbouring restaurant pavilion (by other hands). This is place-making of the first order.
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7. The winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize will be announced on the evening of Thursday 26 September at Central Saint Martins, King’s Cross,designed by last year’s RIBA Stirling Prize winner Stanton Williams. Guests will experience the architecture party of the year and an event unlike any previous RIBA Stirling Prize awards. Celebrations take place in the covered 180m central ‘street’. To book: www.architecture.com/RIBAStirlingPrize2013