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RIBA honours Yorkshire's client pleasers

The RIBA's Yorkshire region has handed out its White Rose Awards for 2000 to a bakery in Harrogate and a house extension in Sheffield.

Betty Craft's Bakery in Starbeck, Harrogate (above left and top left), is by York-based Nicholas Associates and allows for the preparation of bread and confections for the Yorkshire chain of restaurants and cafes. The company's founding family was Swiss and this is reflected in the character, form and materials in the complex, with deep overhanging eaves and rendered finishes. Inside, extensive glazing is used to separate the production departments to provide a clear understanding of the baking process. 'A strong dialogue between client and architect was clear from the visit, which has resulted in a new building of character and quality', said the RIBA.

The second award winner is the Extension at Danes Balk (above right and top right), in Sheffield.Designed by the Brooke Group of Architects in Rotherham the project consists of a two-storey extension to a stonebuilt Victorian villa to provide a separate wing for two autistic children.

The institute's Yorkshire region commended the way the architect used materials and detailing with care to integrate new accommodation within the ground floor and basement of the existing family home as well as the necessary understanding of the special needs of the children. 'The success of the scheme demonstrates a clear understanding between the architect and client in developing the brief, and has resulted in a project of quality and integrity, 'said the RIBA.

Any building less than three years old in the Yorkshire and Humberside region which shows evidence of a good client/architect dialogue is eligible for one of the awards, which are now in their 14th year.

Judges also highly commended Park Grove Primary School in York.

Designed by York Consultancy at the City of York Council, the project involved the rebuilding and refurbishment of the school after it was gutted by fire in 1997, complete with detailing which is 'careful and witty' in places.

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