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Seven North West buildings win RIBA Regional Awards for architecture

Seven North West buildings win RIBA Regional Awards for architecture Seven North West buildings win RIBA Regional Awards for architecture

RIBA North West last night (Wednesday 24 May 2017) announced that seven buildings were winners of 2017 RIBA Regional Awards, in recognition of their architectural excellence.

Having shortlisted 12 buildings, the judging panel visited all of the buildings over a week in April and reached a decision to award 7 RIBA Regional Awards at a prestigious ceremony at the Manchester School of Art, hosted by Laura Mark, former architecture editor at The Architects' Journal.

Maggie’s at the Robert Parfett Building, Manchester by Foster + Partners, took home the coveted North West Building of the Year Award sponsored by Marley Eternit, won last year by Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool by BDP.

The full list of winners (in alphabetical order):

  • Chetham’s School of Music – Stoller Hall, Manchester by Stephenson Studio
  • City Football Academy, Manchester by Rafael Vinoly Architects
  • Finlays Warehouse, Manchester by Stephenson Studio
  • Liverpool Philharmonic, Liverpool by Caruso St John Architects
  • Maggie’s at the Robert Parfett Building, Manchester by Foster + Partners
  • Oldham Town Hall, Oldham by BDP
  • Stubbs Mill, Manchester by Sixtwo Architects

In addition to the seven RIBA Regional Awards announced on the evening, projects were eligible to win one or more RIBA Regional Special Awards. The winners are:

  • Building of the Year Award, sponsored by Marley Eternit
    Maggie’s at the Robert Parfett Building
  • Client of the Year Award, sponsored by Tobermore
    City Football Group (for City Football Academy)
  • Project Architect of the Year Award, sponsored by Taylor Maxwell
    Diego Teixeira (for Maggie’s at the Robert Parfett Building)
  • Emerging Practice of the Year Award, sponsored by Taylor Maxwell
    Sixtwo Architects
  • Conservation Award
    Oldham Town Hall
  • Sustainability Award sponsored by Geberit
    City Football Academy

North West Regional Jury Chair, Graham Morrison, commented:

“This year’s awards represent two parallel but linked trends. One is characterised by a dominant interest in the value of re-used existing buildings that benefit from regeneration. The other is the regenerative effect of new buildings themselves. Though ‘ordinary’ buildings such as housing or offices are coming close to an award-winning level, they are, in their nature, ‘pathfinders’ and there is an understandable caution in their level of investment. This risk pattern favours the existing buildings that more obviously benefit from previous investment but when this caution is eclipsed by confidence, the truly exceptional emerges and this is evidenced by this year’s overall winner”.

RIBA North West Regional Director, Andrew Ruffler, said:

“Whilst the overall number of entries was down on 2016, the North West still produced a very high quality shortlist of 12 buildings, and the jury had an extremely difficult task in identifying those worthy of a RIBA North West regional award. It is encouraging to see that a significant number of the winning architects and their practices are based in the North West, utilising the talent which exists across the region, a trend which we hope continues.”

ENDS

Notes:

  1. For further press information contact:
    Marc Heuston | marc.heuston@riba.org
  2. The full list of RIBA North West 2017 award-winners (in alphabetical order) are:

    Regional Awards
    Chetham’s School of Music – Stoller Hall, Manchester by Stephenson Studio
    City Football Academy, Manchester by Rafael Viñoly Architects
    Finlays Warehouse, Manchester by Stephenson Studio
    Liverpool Philharmonic, Liverpool by Caruso St John Architects
    Maggie’s at the Robert Parfett Building, Manchester by Foster + Partners
    Oldham Town Hall, Oldham by BDP
    Stubbs Mill, Manchester by Sixtwo Architects

    Special Awards
    Conservation Award: Oldham Town Hall
    Sustainability Award sponsored by Geberit: City Football Academy
    Emerging Practice of the Year sponsored by Taylor Maxwell: Sixtwo Architects (for Stubbs Mill)
    Project Architect of the Year sponsored by Taylor Maxwell: Diego Teixeira (for Maggie’s at the Robert Parfett Building)
    Client of the Year sponsored by Tobermore: City Football Group (for City Football Academy)
    Building of the Year sponsored by Marley Eternit: Maggie’s at the Robert Parfett Building
  3. The 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 International Fellows.
  4. Sponsors:
    Building of the Year, sponsored by Marley Eternit
    Project Architect of the Year, sponsored by Taylor Maxwell
    Emerging Architect of the Year, sponsored by Taylor Maxwell
    Client of the Year, sponsored by Tobermore
    Sustainability Award, sponsored by Geberit
    RIBA Awards Exclusive Technology Partner, Microsoft

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