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Revealed: Winners of RIBA North West 2016 Awards

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Schemes by Mecanoo, Simpson Haugh + Partners and BDP have triumphed in this year’s RIBA North West Awards 

Chosen from a shortlist of 17 projects, the 10 winners included a ‘series of stimulating new spaces’ at a primary school by Sarah Wigglesworth Architects, a Passivhaus by GA Studio and a house which the judges described as a ‘very good neighbour’ by Bennetts Associates.

Other schemes to pick up awards were Jestico + Whiles’ £61 million Graphene Institute, an office conversion by Shedkm, Ryder’s ‘forward thinking’ refurbishment of Manchester Central Library and a college by Glenn Howells Architects.

The coveted Building of the Year Award went to BDP’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. Commenting on the £1.76 million hospital, the judges said: ‘A hugely complex brief and a short delivery timescale were handled superbly well by the design team with an obviously tenacious and astute client team driving forward at every step.’ 

The winners

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool by BDP

RIBA North West Awards shortlist

RIBA North West Awards shortlist

Source: David Barbour

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool by BDP

HOME, Manchester by Mecanoo

RIBA North West Awards shortlist

RIBA North West Awards shortlist

Source: Machteld Schoep

HOME, Manchester by Mecanoo

Library Walk Link Building, Manchester by Simpson Haugh + Partners

RIBA North West Awards shortlist

RIBA North West Awards shortlist

Source: Jan Chlebik

Library Walk Link Building, Manchester by Simpson Haugh + Partners

Littlewoods Bunker, Liverpool by Shedkm

RIBA North West Awards shortlist

RIBA North West Awards shortlist

Source: Jack Hobhouse

Littlewoods Bunker, Liverpool by shedkm

Manchester Central Library, Manchester by Ryder Architecture

RIBA North West Awards shortlist

RIBA North West Awards shortlist

Source: Morley von Sternberg

Manchester Central Library, Manchester by Ryder Architecture

Mellor Primary School, Stockport by Sarah Wigglesworth Architects

RIBA North West Awards shortlist

RIBA North West Awards shortlist

Source: Beccy Lane

Mellor Primary School, Stockport by Sarah Wigglesworth Architects

National Graphene Institute, Manchester by Jestico + Whiles

RIBA North West Awards shortlist

RIBA North West Awards shortlist

Source: Daniel Shearing

National Graphene Institute, Manchester by Jestico + Whiles

Private House, Cumbria by Bennetts Associates

RIBA North West Awards shortlist

RIBA North West Awards shortlist

Source: Brian Ormerod

Private House, Cumbria by Bennetts Associates

Private House 1109, Cheshire by GA Studio Architects

RIBA North West Awards shortlist

RIBA North West Awards shortlist

Source: Charlie Coleman

Private House 1109, Cheshire by GA Studio Architects

Wirral Metropolitan College, Birkenhead by Glenn Howells Architects

RIBA North West Awards shortlist

RIBA North West Awards shortlist

Source: Paul Miller

Wirral Metropolitan College, Birkenhead by Glenn Howells Architects

RIBA North Special Awards winners

Building of the Year Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool by BDP

Client of the Year Manchester City Council

Small Project of the Year Private House 1109, Cheshire by GA Studio Architects

Project Architect of the Year Eleanor Brough, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects for Mellor Primary School

Emerging Architect of the Year GA Studio Architects

Conservation Award Manchester Central Library, Manchester by Ryder

Sustainability Award Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool by BDP

Schemes which missed out on awards included Caruso St John’s Liverpool Philarmonic. It was another blow for the practice, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, after its Heong Gallery in Cambridge also failed to pick up a RIBA East award last week.

North West regional jury chair, Mushtaq Saleri, commented: ‘The 2016 North West Awards are testament to the strength of architecture in the region today. With a record number of entries even the shortlisting process was difficult, the judging even more so.

‘The judges were impressed by the dedication and commitment of the architects we met along the way, matched by clients who were clearly thrilled to have been involved in the special projects recognised by the visits. The vastly differing functions, scale, complexity and budgets make comparisons between the winning schemes impossible. The fact that we were equally moved by a delightful private residence and (in the same afternoon) a state-of-the-art laboratory facility proves that architects can have a positive influence in all areas of our lives.

‘It has been inspiring to have been privy to these remarkable buildings and to have shared the stories behind their conception and construction. We congratulate all the architects and design teams involved and in particular the clients who continue to support our profession and all it represents. The RIBA Awards recognise how this unique relationship can deliver something truly special.’

RIBA North West regional director, Andrew Ruffler, added: ‘With a record number of entries, and a shortlist of 17 quality buildings, the jury had an extremely difficult task in identifying those worthy of a RIBA North West regional award this year. In making their decisions it is great to see that that the jury has recognised projects from a wide regional geography, as well as different functions, scales and budgets. It is also highly encouraging to see that a significant number of the winning architects and their practices are based in the North West region, a trend which we hope continues.’

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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