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Revealed: 2016 RIBA Yorkshire Awards shortlist

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Schemes by Make, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, and Ushida Findlay have been lined up against a host of projects by local practices in the running for this year’s RIBA Yorkshire Awards 

The 12 schemes vying for the regional accolades include university buildings, house extensions, private homes and schools.

They include Twelve Architects’ Diamond at Sheffield University, a special school in Grimsby by Hodson Architects and the AJ Small Projects Award-shortlisted contemporary lean-to by Doma Architects in Harrogate.

Chair of the Yorkshire judging panel, Caroline Buckingham of HLM, commented: ‘The judges were impressed by the variety and excellence of the shortlisted projects and are looking forward to visiting them in person to select the winners.’

The shortlisted buildings will be visited by the judging panel in March with the winners announced at a ceremony at the Aspire venue in Leeds on 21 April.

Regional winners will be put forward for the RIBA National Awards, with the lucky recipients announced in June. Those collecting national awards will then be considered for the 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize.

The shortlist

AMRC Factory 2050, Sheffield by Bond Bryan Architects

RIBA Yorkshire Awards shortlist

RIBA Yorkshire Awards shortlist

AMRC Factory 2050, Sheffield by Bond Bryan Architects

This is the UK’s first fully reconfigurable assembly and component manufacturing facility for collaborative research. A striking, steel-framed circular glass building, designed to act as an international showpiece for automated production facilities operating within the first half of the 21st Century. The circular form was selected to enable an almost infinite production sequence for rapid manufacturing techniques and to challenge the stereotypical, rectilinear architectural solution to industrial buildings, exposing the manufacturing activity within to the outside. 

Brynmor Jones Library, University of Hull by Sheppard Robson 

RIBA Yorkshire Awards shortlist

RIBA Yorkshire Awards shortlist

Source: Allan Crow

Brynmor Jones Library, University of Hull by Sheppard Robson

This is an ambitious redevelopment to modernise and connect two contrasting buildings - one from the 1950s with an Art Deco influence, the other a brutalist 1960s design. The library has been re-orientated to position it at the heart of the University campus by creating a new podium for the tower, a new entrance and a new 3 storey atrium.

Contemporary Lean-To, Harrogate by Doma Architects

RIBA Yorkshire Awards shortlist

RIBA Yorkshire Awards shortlist

Contemporary Lean-To, Harrogate by Doma Architects

This delightful reworking of a Victorian house has opened up new living areas to a family with young children. Previously the garden was accessed down steep stone external steps. The basement rooms have been converted into light and spacious play area and large doors provide access to the garden. The steps have been integrated into the house in a quirky and contemporary version of the lean-to.

The Diamond, Sheffield by Twelve Architects

RIBA Yorkshire Awards shortlist

RIBA Yorkshire Awards shortlist

Source: Jack Hobhouse

The Diamond, Sheffield by Twelve Architects

The Diamond is a new building for the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sheffield, promoting collaboration and cross-disciplinary working. The aluminium glass façade draws inspiration from the detailing of the surrounding historic buildings and references a ‘cellular automaton’, a discrete model studied in engineering. The design provides a public route at ground floor level enabling people to view the ‘showcase’ engineering activities being undertaken.

The Hiscox Building, York by Make Architects

RIBA Yorkshire Awards shortlist

RIBA Yorkshire Awards shortlist

The Hiscox Building, York by Make Architects

Hiscox asked the architects to create a beautiful but functional building that reflects their brand values and integrates art. The building’s interior centrepiece – a ribbon-like concrete staircase – is inspired by the undulating city walls, as is the brick weave facade, which also draws on the former hay and wool market that existed on the site until the 1920s. Externally, the roof terrace provides outstanding views of the Minster, while a new pedestrian route links the River Foss to the city centre.

Humberston Park Special School, Grimsby by Hodson Architects

RIBA Yorkshire Awards shortlist

RIBA Yorkshire Awards shortlist

Source: Sam Marriot

Humberston Park Special School, Grimsby by Hodson Architects

The school caters for pupils aged 2-19 who are in the main subject to severe learning difficulties, and often physical disabilities. The new space provides specially designed learning facilities in a pair of pavilions with intricate folded roofs and glazed lanterns. The building is designed with high levels of insulation, natural daylight and ventilation. The pupils were engaged throughout the construction period, with three ‘ambassadors’ nominated to visit site with the Main Contractor and report back to the rest of the school.

Laidlaw Library, University of Leeds by ADP

RIBA Yorkshire Awards shortlist

RIBA Yorkshire Awards shortlist

Source: Beccy Lane

Laidlaw Library, University of Leeds by ADP

Laidlaw Library utilises contemporary materials and technology to respond to its historic context nestled between two Grade II listed churches and adjacent to the Grade I listed Parkinson Building. The elegant and precise structure houses 900 ‘reader seats’, training rooms, flexible meeting rooms, group study areas, a café, community classrooms and a staffroom

Leeds College of Building, Hunslet Campus by Fuse Studios

RIBA Yorkshire Awards shortlist

RIBA Yorkshire Awards shortlist

Source: David Bradshaw

Leeds College of Building, Hunslet Campus by Fuse Studios

The college’s brief at the outset was to have a building that was a teaching tool with activities visible throughout the whole building and showcase the technologies. To help achieve a highly sustainable building, providing natural light was fundamental to the building’s orientation, form, massing and elevation treatment. The saw-tooth roof over the workshop spaces was generated as a direct response to the historic industrial heritage of the surrounding area: the north lights providing daylight into the heart of the deep plan and the resultant south facing slopes carry PV panels to deliver renewable energy. 

Leeds Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility by TSP Architects

RIBA Yorkshire Awards shortlist

RIBA Yorkshire Awards shortlist

Source: Samuel Ashfield

Leeds Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility by TSP Architects

A flagship development located on the outskirts of Leeds city centre, the RERF combines design functionality, sustainability and innovation within both its form and function. The choice of an arched glulam timber frame arrangement for the primary structure was a key decision in meeting the clients brief, enabling pre-fabrication on the ground and erection of the combined truss and arch in as little as three separate pieces. Where possible, the timber frame was left exposed to express the use of this sustainably sourced material within the buildings architecture. At 42m in height and 123m in length the main timber arched structure creates an uninterrupted 34m span over the complex process machinery below, making it the largest timber frame structure of its type in Europe. 

New House, Brigsley by Hodson Architects

RIBA Yorkshire Awards shortlist

RIBA Yorkshire Awards shortlist

Source: Tim Adams

New House, Brigsley by Hodson Architects

This white house contrasts with the coarseness of the surrounding landscape and is locked into it by the careful positioning of windows and axial views. The accommodation within the house is split into two parts along a strong east-west axis which links a significant tree on the western boundary through the double height circulation space to a raised seat/pergola on the eastern boundary. The axis is further accentuated by glazing to each end of the hall, which enables the black limestone path that defines the axis to be visible through the house and garden. 

Stanbrook Abbey, Wass by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

RIBA Yorkshire Awards shortlist

RIBA Yorkshire Awards shortlist

Source: Peter Cook

Stanbrook Abbey, Wass by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

The design aimed to foster contemplation through its simplicity, beauty, sense of space and tranquillity, taking full advantage of natural light and views. The monastery relates closely to the surrounding undulating landscape. The Nuns’ brief requested a monastery designed for the twenty-first century, economic to run and sensitive to ecological and environmental concerns. 

RIBA Yorkshire Awards shortlist

RIBA Yorkshire Awards shortlist

Source: Giles Rocholl

York Art Gallery by Ushida Findley and Simpson & Brown Architects

In 2010 Simpson & Brown formed a joint venture partnership with Ushida Findlay Architects and together won a design competition for the remodelling of the entire gallery to provide accommodation for the proposed new Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA). This ambitious proposal created a new ‘Secret Gallery’ in the roof space, a ceramic clad roof top gallery over the south range, and a new garden entrance and balcony to the west.

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