Regional RIBA Awards have been handed to six buildings in the East Midlands, including a ‘mellow’ garden office and the ‘dramatic’ overhaul of a 1960s student block
Matlock-based Evans Vettori won the region’s Architect of the Year Award, having bagged accolades for two projects - a family home overlooking Matlock full of ‘delightful surprises’ and a church hall which the judges said had ‘managed to make a difficult site look easy and a utilitarian building appear elegant’.
Associated Architects’ College Court which ‘dramatically transformed’ a Grade II-listed halls of residence by Leslie Martin and Trevor Dannatt, in Leicester won the region’s Building of the Year Award.
Chosen from an initial shortlist of 12, the schemes receiving the prestigious gongs include a community school by Nicholas Hare Architects, a ‘bold yet respectful’ reworking and extension of a Grade II-listed former park-keeper’s lodge by Simon Foote Architects and an architect’s ‘mellow and calming’ garden office – which also landed Sheffield-based Studio Gedye the region’s Small Project Award.
Regional winners will be put forward for the RIBA National Awards, with the lucky recipients announced in June.
RIBA East Midlands Regional Awards winners
- College Court by Associated Architects
- High Edge by Evans Vettori
- Noel-Baker Community School with St Martins School by Nicholas Hare Architects
- Quarn Lodge by Simon Foote Architects
- St Joseph’s Church Hall by Evans Vettori
- Studio in Hathersage by Studio Gedye
Special Awards winners
Architect of the Year Evans Vettori
Client of the Year Derby City Council and Noel-Baker School for Noel Baker Community School with St Martins School by Nicholas Hare Architects
Building of the Year College Court by Associated Architects
Conservation Award College Court by Associated Architects
Small Project Award Studio in Hathersage by Studio Gedye