13 buildings in Yorkshire shortlisted for architectural awards

Thirteen buildings have been shortlisted for a 2017 RIBA Yorkshire Award by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). They include a visitor centre and museum, a theatre, a housing development, and a biomass power plant.

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The buildings that have been shortlisted are:

  • 3 St Paul’s Place, Sheffield – Hodder + Partners
  • Blackburn Meadows Biomass, Sheffield - BDP
  • Central Square, Leeds – DLA Design
  • Clementhorpe Maltings, York – COG Architecture
  • Cunelands House, Malton – Tom Brooksbank Architecture
  • Derwenthorpe Phase One, York – Studio Partington
  • M&S Foodhall, Northallerton – GT3 Architects
  • Rievaulx Abbey Visitor Centre and Museum, York – Simpson & Brown
  • St Leonard’s Place Retail Unit and Public Toilets, York – Mass Architecture
  • Tanglewood, Healing – ID Architecture
  • Victoria Gate Arcades, Leeds - ACME
  • Wakefield Cathedral Re-Ordering, Wakefield – Thomas Ford & Partners
  • York Theatre Royal, York – De Matos Ryan

Chair of the Yorkshire Judging Panel, Vijay Taheem said:

"Our region received many excellent entries, and all very worthy of consideration in many aspects. The short listing presented lively discussions and debates, and those shortlisted are considered to embrace a holistic contribution to all aspects of the design in creating excellence towards our architectural heritage. All assessors involved in the shortlisting process were extremely delighted with the challenge and the quality of the submissions for 2017."

The shortlisted buildings will be visited by the judging panel in March, with the winners of an RIBA Yorkshire Award announced at a ceremony on 25 May at Fruit in Hull.

The jury will select one of the winners to receive the prestigious Building of the Year Award, sponsored by Marley Eternit, which last year was presented to Stanbrook Abbey. Other category awards include Project Architect of the Year, sponsored by Taylor Maxwell, The Sustainability Award, sponsored by Geberit, and Client of the Year, sponsored by Tobermore.

Regional winners will also be considered for a highly-coveted RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence. The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year will be drawn from the RIBA National Award-winning buildings. The 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize will be announced later in the year.

Notes to editors:

1. For further press information contact: Denise O’Toole; 0113 3899870; denise.otoole@riba.org

2. Special Category Awards include:

  • Building of the Year Award, sponsored by Marley Eternit
  • Client of the Year Award, sponsored by Tobermore
  • Project Architect of the Year Award, sponsored by Taylor Maxwell
  • Sustainability Award, sponsored by Geberit
  • Conservation Award
  • Small Project Award

3. RIBA Yorkshire Awards shortlist:

3 St Paul’s Place, Sheffield by Hodder + Partners

3 St. Paul’s Place, Sheffield represents the completion of the commercial components of the Heart of the City Masterplan for the site formerly occupied in part by the 1970’s extension to the Grade I listed Town Hall. The masterplan introduced two new key pedestrian routes, one linking Arundel Gate and Norfolk Street, and the other Charles Street, St. Paul’s Place and the Winter Gardens. Office buildings one and two, together with the multi-storey car park (MSCP) are by Allies and Morrison.

Blackburn Meadows Biomass, Sheffield by BDP

Blackburn Meadows is a biomass power plant adjacent to the M1 in Sheffield. A shining example of its kind, it provides a clean and sustainable source of energy whilst creating local employment and a new landmark for the area. The plant increases E.ON’s mix of generation assets and helps to ensure future security of supply for the UK.

Central Square, Leeds by DLA Design

Central Square provides office accommodation on ten floor levels above a mixed use ground floor “winter garden” and two levels of basement parking. The scheme will eventually generate around 3,000 jobs. The client’s ambition was to deliver the highest standard of sustainable design, create a high quality public realm and provide complementary uses including restaurants, café’s and shops.

Clementhorpe Maltings, York by COG Architecture

The development has used a number of innovative approaches to overcome significant difficulties, making a virtue of the difficult constraints. The proposed solution for conversion of the building had to address a number of key issues such as retaining original malting equipment, the unstable nature of the building structure, low floor to floor heights, lack of window penetrations, flood risk and archaeology.

Cunelands House, Malton by Tom Brooksbank Architecture

The project was initiated in 2012 and took three years to complete – including 12 months for construction. Importance was given to engaging a local supply chain for all aspects of the work, both professional and trade, with the contractor undertaking a management contracting role on behalf of the client.

Derwenthorpe Phase One, York by Studio Partington

An urban extension of 64 new homes of an eventual 540 on the east side of York, England, is the outcome of a long-term vision by an exceptional client, the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT). It aims to provide both a socially and environmentally sustainable large-scale mixed tenure community, and offer lessons for future developments nationally.

M&S Foodhall, Northallerton by GT3 Architects

‘Healing a Historic Town Centre’ Located at the northern end of Northallerton High Street, the Rutson Hospital historically occupied a number of Listed Buildings with a pleasant rear garden for patients. Over time, the hospital was extended in a range of poor and unsympathetic additions which eroded the historic grain of the site and led to the hospital moving to purpose built facilities. Our scheme regenerates and restores this important part of the town centre with a mixed-use scheme that includes a 10,000sqft food store and a bar/restaurant.

Rievaulx Abbey Visitor Centre and Museum by Simpson & Brown

The aim of the project was to provide improved visitor and staff facilities, and an upgraded museum building to meet modern curatorial standards and encourage visitors into ticketed areas. Constraints on budget and site provided an opportunity to retain and adapt parts of the timber structure of the old visitor centre. The most significant element of the project is the insertion of a new central hall within the existing L-shaped plan.

St Leonard’s Place Retail Unit and Public Toilets, York by Mass Architecture

The brief was to create a new retail unit on 40% of the site and 7 no. unisex public toilets on the other 60%. The simple C-shaped building unites the whole site and makes efficient use of the limited space. We wanted to contrast the new building with the historic City Walls and Bootham Bar; both designated Scheduled Ancient Monuments. The angled copper strips to the roof/walls ensure rainwater falls away from the historic fabric.

Tanglewood, Healing by ID Architecture

Tanglewood, an impressive Edwardian property in Healing is characteristic of its period with a high deep-set porch and its mock Tudor panelling. The new extension, replacing a previous extension accommodates a generous open-plan kitchen, living area and library with an improved connection to its large south facing garden. Undertaken as a traditional contract over a six month period the works completed in December 2016.

Victoria Gate Arcades, Leeds by ACME

Victoria Gate is located at the East end of Leeds city centre and forms a natural extension of Victoria Quarter and Leeds’ retail district. The scheme includes a new John Lewis department store, multi storey car parking and two arcades with a mix of premium shops, restaurants and leisure facilities. While each building has its own individual identity they relate to each other and the vernacular of Leeds. The Victoria Gate Arcades are designed as a two storey, twin arcade with a complex roof scape continuing the grand history of Leeds’ 19th century arcades.

Wakefield Cathedral Re-Ordering, Wakefield – Thomas Ford & Partners

The brief was to repair and adapt the building sympathetically to provide inclusive access for diverse liturgical and community activities that would place the cathedral once more at the heart of city life. Prior to the project Wakefield Cathedral was dilapidated and rapidly becoming obsolete; fixed pews, leaking roofs, poor heating and lighting were contributing to an inflexible and unwelcoming environment. The client also wanted to keep the cathedral open during the works to fulfil its role as mother church of the diocese.

York Theatre Royal, York – De Matos Ryan

York Theatre Royal has occupied the site since 1744 and has since under gone several alterations over the years, including the construction of a new foyer, a vaulted concrete pavilion built alongside the original building, by Patrick Gwynne in 1967. The redevelopment of the Grade II* listed building unlocks the potential of a complex site that had developed incrementally over 270 years. It has created additional space the theatre urgently needed in order to appeal to and engage a wider community, bring more people into the building and create the opportunity to increase revenue, enabling it to be more financially resilient in the future.

4. RIBA Awards have been running continuously since 1966 and are judged and presented locally. No matter the shape, size, budget or location, RIBA award winning schemes set the standard for great architecture all across the country. RIBA awards are for buildings in the UK by RIBA Chartered Architects and RIBA International Fellows.

The RIBA Yorkshire Awards were established 29 years ago to celebrate and highlight the finest new architecture in the Yorkshire and Humber region. They were previously known as the RIBA Yorkshire White Rose Awards.

Posted on Friday 17th March 2017