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Revealed: winners of 2016 RIBA West Midlands Awards

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Just four buildings in the West Midlands have been handed RIBA Regional Awards with AZPML’s Birmingham New Street station revamp failing to pick up a gong

Chosen from a shortlist of eight projects, the winning schemes included Khoury Architects’ ‘ingenious’ house on a backland garden site in Solihull, Associated Architects’ 7,000m2 scheme at University College Birmingham and Bryant Priest Newman’s ‘bold and well-detailed’ redevelopment of a former school into an apartment block and social hub.

The region’s Building of the Year Award went to the restoration of the Grade II*-listed Master’s House in Ledbury by Butler Hegarty Architects.

However there was no accolade for AZPML’s £750 million overhaul of Birmingham New Street station which the practice’s founder Alejandro Zaera-Polo admitted last September ’could have been much better’.

Commenting on the project, the jury said: ‘Butler Hegarty Architects’ forensic exploration, imaginative reshaping, and painstaking restoration of this building, was supported throughout by the enthusiasm of the building’s band of local volunteer ‘friends’, and was sustained by the commitment of owner client, Herefordshire Council.

‘Together they have successful integrated an accessible design into the historic fabric of the Master’s House, and reconnected the building to its context and local community.’

The winners 

Chattock Gardens, Solihull by Khoury Architects

RIBA West Midlands Awards 2016 shortlist

RIBA West Midlands Awards 2016 shortlist

Source: Paul Bundy

Chattock Gardens, Solihull by Khoury Architects

McIntyre House, Birmingham by Associated Architects

RIBA West Midlands Awards 2016 shortlist

RIBA West Midlands Awards 2016 shortlist

Source: Martine Hamilton Knight

McIntyre House, Birmingham by Associated Architects

School Yard, Birmingham by Bryant Priest Newman Architects

RIBA West Midlands Awards 2016 shortlist

RIBA West Midlands Awards 2016 shortlist

Source: Jas Sansi

School Yard, Birmingham by Bryant Priest Newman Architects

The Master’s House, Ledbury by Butler Hegarty Architects

RIBA West Midlands Awards 2016

RIBA West Midlands Awards 2016

Source: Tim Crocker

The Master’s House, Ledbury by Butler Hegarty Architects

RIBA West Midlands Special Awards

Building of the Year The Master’s House, Ledbury by Butler Hegarty Architects

Client of the Year EDG Property for the School Yard

Project Architect of the Year Andrew Khoury of Khoury Architects for Chattock Gardens

Conservation Award The Master’s House, Ledbury by Butler Hegarty Architects

Jury chair Jonathan Hines, said: ‘Choosing the winners was really tough. The shortlisted schemes were so diverse but I think we’ve been able to select four well-crafted and skilfully executed buildings.’

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.

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