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Revealed: Winners of RIBA Yorkshire Regional Awards

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Schemes by Populous, Prue Chiles, Halliday Clark and HLM are among the winners of the 2015 RIBA Yorkshire Regional Awards

The conversion of an abandoned shell into studios, a private house in Holmfirth which  ‘brings delight’, and a £60 million arena with a ‘strong intrinsic logic’ were among the eight winning schemes in this year’s RIBA Yorkshire Awards.

Chosen from a shortlist of 11 projects, the triumphant schemes also included the ‘crisply detailed’ Leeds College of Music and a ‘light-filled’ private home in Ilkley by Halliday Clark Architects.

The region’s Building of the Year Award went to Thomas Ford and Partners’ £2.9 million revamp of Sheffield Cathedral which the judges praised for rejuvenating the building’s entrance experience. The ‘modest’ scheme also picked up Yorkshire’s Conservation Award.

RIBA Yorkshire Award winners

  • Gateway Project, Sheffield Cathedral by Thomas Ford and Partners
  • Sum Studios, Sheffield by Studio Gedye
  • Heart of the Campus, Sheffield Hallam University by HLM Architects
  • The Knitter’s House, Holmfirth by Prue Chiles Architects
  • 35 Ben Rhydding Road, Ilkley by Halliday Clark Architects
  • The Blackburn Wing, Wetherby by The Harris Partnership
  • First Direct Arena, Leeds by Populous
  • Leeds College of Music, Leeds by Darntonegs Architects

Gateway Project, Sheffield Cathedral by Thomas Ford and Partners

Gateway Project, Sheffield Cathedral by Thomas Ford and Partners

Special Awards winners

  • Project Architect of the Year Howard Evans, Prue Chiles Architects
  • Client of the Year The Bayford Group for The Blackburn Wing
  • Building of the Year Gateway Project, Sheffield Cathedral by Thomas Ford and Partners
  • Sustainability Award Sum Studios by Studio Gedye
  • Conservation Award Gateway Project, Sheffield Cathedral by Thomas Ford and Partners
  • Small Project Award Leeds College of Music by Darntonegs Architects

Commenting on the winners jury chair David Saxby, said: ‘The Yorkshire & Humber Region has presented a hugely diverse range of projects for consideration in 2015; from 12,000 seat arena and new large educational buildings to well-considered interventions that unlock the capacity of existing buildings and private residential projects. Finding a common measure of architectural success to accommodate this range itself illustrates the many ways in which architecture can make a vital contribution is so many spheres and at so many different scales.

‘Ultimately, however, the overwhelming impression from spending two days visiting the shortlisted schemes and meeting their architects and clients was the consistency of commitment shown to designing and delivering the very best achievable within the project parameters, and ultimately the universal delight of the clients with the end product of these labours. In the wake of a period of tough economic times, these projects again show how a commitment to good design invariably returns value. As such, we are pleased to be able to celebrate the achievements of all the shortlisted projects and award winners.’

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 2015 Stirling Prize. The ‘best building of the year’ will be announced on 15 October.

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