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Stirling 2001 Client of the Year

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Stirling 2001

Molendinar Park Housing Association

The RIBA Client of the Year Award, in association with The Arts Council of England, went to Molendinar Park Housing Association for its commissioning of housing at Graham Square, Glasgow.

The judges said: 'Molendinar Park is an exemplary housing association which works by putting together teams of architects and getting them to talk to one another . . . The McKeown Alexander scheme - winner of a RIBA Award this year - is the kind which may yet get facadism a good name, with its new-build elements elegantly tied to the restored classical frontage of the old market with a steel support system by Arup.

'The Page and Park development forms the other side of the new piazza with a striking elevation of curved interlocking planes, linking to a restored tenement block on the corner. The Murphy scheme, sitting behind a retained grand arch, is a reincarnation of the Market Hotel with a charming courtyard punched out of its facade. . . Seldom can such a diverse group of people have worked so successfully together, nor been so unanimous in their praise of a client.'

SHORTLIST

Urban Splash for Britannia Mills, Manchester and the Old Haymarket, Liverpool Joseph Rowntree Foundation for CASPAR Housing, Leeds Darlaston Swimming Pool, St Paul's Bus Station in Walsall and the New Art Gallery in Walsall (shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in 2000) Ujima Housing Association for Bloomfield Court in London

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