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FCBS Birmingham music school named best new building in West Midlands

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Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ Royal Birmingham Conservatoire has been crowned the RIBA West Midlands’ building of the year 2018

The £57 million music school was one of seven RIBA regional award winners announced at a ceremony last night (22 May).

Other victors include The Old Court House by Harrison Brookes Architects, which also picked up the region’s conservation award. The practice’s Rhys Harrison, who worked on the repair and conservation of the 16th-century building, was named the West Midlands’ project architect of the year.

Meanwhile, Hope View House by Warren Benbow Architects took home the RIBA Sustainability Award.

Regional jury chair, Benedict Zucchi of BDP said: ‘This year’s 11-strong shortlist showcased a broad range of project types, from a variety of small to medium scale residential schemes through to retail and office interventions in existing buildings and, at the larger end of the spectrum, four learning buildings catering for very different uses.

‘Locations also varied from inner-city regeneration sites to remote and ecologically sensitive rural settings. These provided a strong field not only in terms of regional awards but also the specialist categories for sustainability and conservation.

The winners stood out because of the close partnerships they fostered between architect and client

‘The seven regional winners stood out because of the close partnerships they fostered between architect and client teams and the way difficult challenges posed by their sites and briefs were turned into inventive solutions that project a strong sense of place.’

The regional winners will now be considered for RIBA National Awards, which will be announced on 21 June. The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize will be drawn from the RIBA National Award-winning buildings.

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RIBA Building of the Year sponsored - Royal Birmingham Conservatoire by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

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RIBA Building of the Year sponsored - Royal Birmingham Conservatoire by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

The regional award winners in full

  • Hope View House by Warren Benbow Architects
  • Mailbox by Stanton Williams
  • Royal Birmingham Conservatoire by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios 
  • Shropshire Residence by Gregory Phillips Architects
  • The Old Court House by Harrison Brookes Architects
  • University of Birmingham Indoor Sports Centre by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
  • Willow Barns by PRP 

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Willow barns 2489 andy marshall pressimage 1

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Willow Barns by PRP

Special awards in full

RIBA Sustainability Award sponsored by Geberit Hope View House by Warren Benbow Architects
RIBA Conservation Award The Old Court House by Harrison Brookes Architects
RIBA Client of the Year, Sponsored by Tobermore University of Birmingham for  University of Birmingham Indoor Sports Centre by Lifschutz Davidson
RIBA Project Architect of the Year sponsored by Taylor Maxwell Rhys Harrison of Harrison Brookes Architects for The Old Court House
RIBA Building of the Year sponsored by Artifice Royal Birmingham Conservatoire by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

 

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