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Revealed: Winners of RIBA West Midlands Awards 2017

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Glenn Howells Architects’ remembrance centre for the armed forces has been announced as Building of the Year in the RIBA’s West Midlands region

The practice’s £9.9 million National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas was among the six winners of RIBA Regional Awards announced at a ceremony in Birmingham last night (15 May).

A refurbished textile factory by BPN Architects, a hospice in Hereford by Architype, a new library at the University of Birmingham by Berman Guedes Stretton and Arup Associates’ new manufacturing centre for Jaguar Land Rover also took home awards.

The list is completed by AJ 2017 Small Projects winner, Croft Lodge Studio in rural Leominster by Kate Darby Architects and David Connor Design. The ‘intriguing’ preservation and conversion of a listed 300-year-old ruined cottage picked up the region’s Small Project Award (see full list of special awards below). 

There was no regional recognition for Associated Architects, which had two buildings on the original 12-strong shortlist for the awards (see AJ 29.03.16).

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

Alan Walters Building, University of Birmingham by Berman Guedes Stretton

The three-storey Alan Walters Building for postgraduate students at the University of Birmingham includes lecture theatres, a 50-seat computer suite, as well as a café and careers centre. 

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Source: Quintin Lake

Croft Lodge Studio in Leominster by Kate Darby Architects and David Connor Design

Kate Darby Architects and David Connor Design have preserved this listed house. The strategy was not to renovate the building, but rather to retain its existing features, including rotten timbers, dead ivy, old birds’ nests and cobwebs, with the addition of new walls, windows and roofing. 

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Source: James Morris

Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton by Arup

This manufacturing centre for Jaguar houses 1,400 staff includes a community educational centre and machine and assembly halls. It features long-span steel roof framing, supported on columns spaced at 30m intervals and arranged with an open truss form. 

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Source: Simon Kennedy

Remembrance Centre, National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas by Glenn Howells Architects

Glenn Howells Architects’ £9.9 million Remembrance Centre provides a gateway into the 150-acre National Memorial Arboretum, which commemorates fallen British troops. It features a rotunda at the heart of the building, described by the practice as a ’deliberate punctuation of the unifying 4m grid applied throughout the building’.

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Remembrance Centre, National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas by Glenn Howells Architects

Source: Paul Miller

St Michael’s Hospice in Hereford by Architype

This project included the refurbishment of an existing 1980s building, with the addition of a new linked timer-frame building containing 20 bedrooms, which is clad with painted timber, cedar shingles and lime renders. 

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St Michael’s Hospice in Hereford by Architype

Source: Dennis Gilbert

The Compound in Birmingham by BPN Architects

BPN Architects has refurbished a former textile factory in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, leaving the brick, metal, concrete and reclaimed wood exposed. It includes an enclosed garage, an entrance formed by industrial glazed screens, bedrooms, basement cinema and bar. 

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The Compound in Birmingham by BPN Architects

Source: Tom Bird

Special Awards are given to:

  • Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Centre – RIBA West Midlands Sustainability Award, sponsored by Gerberit
  • The Compound – RIBA West Midlands Conservation Award
  • Croft Lodge Studio – RIBA West Midlands Small Project Award
  • The Compound – RIBA West Midlands Client of the Year Award, sponsored by Tobermore
  • Paul Neep, Architype – RIBA West Midlands Project Architect of the Year Award, for St Michaels Hospice, sponsored by Taylor Maxwell
  • Remembrance Centre, National Memorial Arboretum – RIBA West Midlands Building of the Year Award, sponsored by Marley Eternit

RWest Midlands building of the year: Remembrance Centre, National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas by Glenn Howells Architects

Source: Rob Parrish

West Midlands building of the year: Remembrance Centre, National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas by Glenn Howells Architects 

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