A wealth of arts and cultural buildings have triumphed in this year’s 2015 RIBA South West Regional Awards
The 11 winning schemes include an art gallery in Wiltshire by Stonewood Design, Architecton’s ‘challenging, articulate and thought-provoking’ reworking of Torre Abbey, and a ‘well-executed’ craft workshop by CaSA Architects.
Among the other projects to pick up awards was a ‘stunning’ £1.2 million school building by Feilden Fowles in Exeter, a rammed earth wedding venue in the grounds of a grade II-listed house by Millar + Howard Workshop and homes by David Sheppard Architects and Prewett Bizley (AJ 24.04.15).
The South West’s top award went to Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios for its £15 million supermarket on the quayside at Hayle. The judges praised the project for ‘adding something very special to the area while illustrating that this building typology can transcend a mere metal shed.’ The scheme also landed the practice’s Matthew Williams the region’s Project Architect of the Year Award.
RIBA South West Award winners
- Fitzjames Building, Hazlegrove School, Somerset by Feilden Fowles
- Myrtle Cottage Garden Studio, near Bath by Stonewood Design
- Pod Gallery, Wiltshire by Stonewood Design
- Durslade Farm, Bruton by Benjamin + Beauchamp Architects and Laplace & Co
- Keynsham Civic Centre and One Stop Shop, Keynsham by AHR
- Chimes, Exeter by David Sheppard Architects
- Dundon Passivhaus, Somerset by Prewett Bizley Architects
- The Gillyflower, Gloucestershire by Millar + Howard Workshop
- Torre Abbey, Torquay by Architecton
- South Quay Hayle, Hayle by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
- Lantern Craft Workshops, near Ringwood by CaSA Architects
Special Award winners
- Building of the Year South Quay Hayle by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
- Client of the Year Hazlegrove School for Fitzjames Building
- Project Architect of the Year Matthew Williams of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
- Sustainability Award Keynsham Civic Centre and One Stop Shop by AHR
- Conservation Award Torre Abbey by Architecton
- Small Project Award Chimes by David Sheppard Architects
Andy Ramus, AR Design Studio and RIBA South West jury chair, said: ‘I am genuinely excited by the quality and diversity of the South West winners. The 11 projects show the ingenuity of RIBA members in achieving great results, whatever the budget, and for a diverse range of clients.’
The winning schemes will now all go on to be considered for national awards with the lucky winners announced in June.
Those collecting national awards will then be running for the 2015 Stirling Prize.