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JDDK wins contest to overhaul RIBA Enterprises HQ

JDDK has picked up the job to overhaul the headquarters of RIBA Enterprises in Newcastle

Only practices from the north-east were eligible to enter the competition for the redesign of the RIBA’s current 1,670m² home.

The firm saw off finalists Napper Architects, +3 Architects, Ryder, Space Group and Xsite Architecture to land the job.

The £5million scheme will see the existing office space in the grade II-listed old Post Office, expanded to 2,400m² through a combination of refurbishment, extension and new-build. It will also include the creation of an architecture gallery and other events spaces.

Ian Clarke, director of JDDK said: ‘We are delighted to have won this prestigious commission, and are looking forward to working with RIBA Enterprises to help realise their ambitions for their headquarters. The project offers the great contrast of a heritage city centre site in Newcastle and a very ambitious and forward-looking brief – a combination we find very exciting.’

RIBA Enterprises’ Chief Executive, Richard Waterhouse added: ‘It was a great process and I’m absolutely delighted with the result. It was a difficult decision as we had six excellent practices on the shortlist, but JDDK fulfilled all of our requirements.

‘The firm combines the expertise to deal with the conservation issues around the listed building, with the skill to integrate our technological brief.

Above all we were hugely impressed with the team’s approach to engagement with colleagues at all levels of the business

‘Our aim is not just to get a great building that will inspire customers, colleagues and the local community, but to develop a case study of the process involved that will be of use to the industry. At every stage, we will be interviewing those involved – consultants, suppliers, subcontractors, those within the client body – and will be looking honestly at what has gone well and what could have been done better. This reflects the mission of RIBA Enterprises to help construction industry professionals do their jobs better through the services, products and information we provide.’

The project is due to complete in June 2015.

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The £1 million project – open only to RIBA chartered practices and members – will refurbish and extend the organisation’s Grade II-listed Old Post Office home.

Planned to complete in 2015, the scheme will create a new base for up to 210 RIBA Enterprises employees alongside a gallery, lecture theatre and social spaces.

RIBA Enterprises chief executive Richard Waterhouse said: ‘With the rapid rise of BIM, we are seeing the construction industry undergoing huge change and we have invested significantly in technology and knowledge to support this. We are expecting further major growth and now need to invest in our facilities.’

He continued: ‘We want our site to become a centre for architecture and construction in the north-east and to play a pivotal role in the ‘BIM hub’ which has seen the region spearhead development of expertise in BIM. We are committed to providing fantastic facilities for our staff to support our ambition to become one of the region’s best employers.’

The deadline for expressions of interest is 2pm on 9 July.

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