An eclectic mix of projects, from a scissor-like bridge to a ‘muscular, yet poetic’ metal staircase, have picked up regional awards in the South West region
Chosen from a shortlist of 15, the 11-strong list of successful projects includes ‘a top class new gallery’ in Cheltenham by Berman Guedes Stretton, Hugh Strange’s ‘joyous’ Architecture Archive (AJ 01.05.14), and Denton Corker Marshall’s ‘vastly improved’ visitor centre at Stonehenge (AJ 03.02.14).
The Royal William Yard Staircase (AJ 20.03.14), which scooped the AJ Small Project Sustainability Award earlier this year, took home the region’s Small Project Award with its architect Gillespie Yunnie bagging the South West Architect of the Year Award.
However the region’s top gong - the Building of the Year Award - went to HTA’s Officers Field housing scheme, which initially accommodated sailors competing in the 2012 Olympics. Judges heralded the 58-home scheme as ‘right up there with Accordia’ – the 2008 Stirling Prize-winning housing scheme in Cambridge.
The region’s Emerging Architect of the Year Award went to Annie Martin, a sole-practitioner from Devon. The judges described her award-winning project – a three-bedroom house in the Dartmoor National Park – as a ‘shining example of what happens when a young architect, having cut her teeth in various practices here and abroad, and now working alone from home and raising two young children, gets a commission and gives it her all.’
Regional winners will be put forward for the RIBA National Awards, with the lucky recipients announced in June.
RIBA South West Regional Award winners
- Architecture Archive by Hugh Strange Architects
- The Wilson, Cheltenham Gallery & Museum by Berman Guedes Stretton
- Lakeshore by Ferguson Mann Architects
- Officers Field by HTA Design
- Poole Harbour Second Crossing by Wilkinson Eyre
- Porthmeor Artist’s Studios and Fishermen’s Cellars by Long & Kentish
- Royal William Yard Staircase by Gillespie Yunnie Architects
- Stonehenge Exhibition and Visitor Centre by Denton Corker Marshall
- The Exchange by Burwell Deakins
- The Lee Building by Feilden Fowles with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
- Westering by Annie Martin Architect
Special Awards winners
Architect of the Year Gillespie Yunnie Architects
Emerging Architect of the Year Annie Martin Architect
Client of the Year Cheltenham Borough Council, for The Wilson, Cheltenham Gallery & Museum by Berman Guedes Stretton
Building of the Year Officers Field by HTA Design
Sustainability Award Lakeshore by Ferguson Mann Architects
Conservation Award Porthmeor Artist’s Studios and Fishermen’s Cellars by Long & Kentish
Small Project Award Royal William Yard Staircase by Gillespie Yunnie Architects