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Revealed: Winners of RIBA North East Awards 2017

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FaulknerBrowns’ drum-like Word library in South Shields has been chosen as the Building of the Year in the RIBA’s North East region

The £13.5 million scheme, was among the five winners of RIBA Regional Awards announced at an event in Newcastle’s Biscuit Factory on Friday (19 May).

Also on the list were MawsonKerr Architects’ larch-clad Shawm House – a winner of three separate Special Awards, including Best Small Project (see all Special Awards below).

There were also regional gongs for Daniel Libeskind’s Durham University physics centre, Ash Sakula’s housing development The Malings in Newcastle, and Flanagan Lawrence’s Live Works mixed-use scheme on Newcastle’s quayside.

Paul Rigby, RIBA North East awards jury chair, said: ‘The breadth of typology and high quality of this year’s projects are a palpable demonstration of the desire in the north to deliver buildings and spaces of the highest quality at all scales. There is no doubt that the winning projects will have a positive impact on people’s lives.’

All the victorious buildings will now go on to be considered for national honours, with the successful projects revealed in June. The finalists for the 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize will be drawn from these national winners.


Live Works, Newcastle upon Tyne, by Flanagan Lawrence

Flanagan Lawrence’s Live Works project is part of the evolving cultural quarter in Newcastle and involves transforming the site into a public space for the community. It comprises a new centre for children and young people’s writing housed in a Grade II-listed almshouse; a public park in the only remaining Georgian courtyard in the city, and a new building framed by two existing Grade II-listed buildings. 

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Live Works, Newcastle, by Flanagan Lawrence

Source: Jill Tate

Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics, Durham University, by Studio Libeskind

Durham University commissioned Studio Libeskind to create a new research facility for the study of fundamental physics. The new centre provides 80 new offices for professors, lecturers, doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers, support staff and visiting academics.

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Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics, Durham University, by Studio Libeskind

Source: Hufton + Crow

Shawm House, West Woodburn, by MawsonKerr Architects

This barn-like house by MawsonKerr is built on a complex site using locally sourced materials, using a layout based on the historic fortified farmhouses, or ‘Bastles’, of the area, with the living space on the first floor. The house is wrapped in a thick larch ‘blanket’ and includes a rainwater harvesting system. 

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Shawm House, West Woodburn, by MawsonKerr Architects

Source: Rob Rhodes

The Malings, Newcastle upon Tyne by Ash Sakula Architects

This award-winning housing development on the banks of the Ouseburn, Newcastle, has been built on a former industrial site, once home to Malings Pottery. Some 76 new homes, primarily terraced houses, are arranged on the contours of the steeply sloping site, creating a triangular-shaped communal gathering space at its centre.

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The Malings, Newcastle, by Ash Sakula Architects

Source: Jill Tate

The Word, South Shields by FaulknerBrowns Architects

According to FaulknerBrowns, this National Centre for the Written Word incorporates a ‘human-centric design’, which places people ‘at the heart of the opportunity to interact, learn and delight’. It is designed in a circular form with a large central atrium. 

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The Word, South Shields, by FaulknerBrowns Architects

Source: Al Crow

Special awards in full

  • Shawm House RIBA North East Small Project Award 2017
  • Shawm House RIBA North East Sustainability Award 2017 (sponsored by Geberit)
  • Live Theatre (Live Works) RIBA North East Client of the Year Award 2017 (sponsored by Tobermore)
  • Dan Kerr (Shawm House) RIBA North East Project Architect of the Year 2017 (sponsored by Taylor Maxwell)
  • Live Works RIBA North East Conservation Award 2017
  • The Word RIBA North East Building of the Year 2017 (sponsored by Marley Eternit)
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