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RIBA announces Client of the Year shortlist

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The three clients in the running for the RIBA Client of the Year Award 2014 have been revealed

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Argent, and Manchester Metropolitan University, have all been shortlisted for the annual award which recognises the key role that a good client plays in creating high quality architecture.

Manchester Metropolitan University, the driving force behind the Stirling Prize-shortlisted Manchester School of Art was put forward for the second year running by its architect Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.  

Nominated by Adam Khan Architects, the Arts Council Collection and Yorkshire Sculpture Park has been shortlisted for its award-winning projects – the Seizure Gallery and its Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios-designed entrance building and underground gallery.

Argent has been put forward for the accolade by both David Chipperfield Architects and Maccreanor Lavington who have recently completed schemes for them at King’s Cross.

David Chipperfield, founder of David Chipperfield Architects, said: ‘In an industry that is constantly under pressure to deliver projects on time and on budget, Argent remains an extremely supportive and stimulating company to work with.’

Client of the Year 2014 shortlist

  • Arts Council Collection and Yorkshire Sculpture Park
  • Argent
  • Manchester Metropolitan University

Last year the Client of the Year award was picked up by The National Trust. The conservation charity was praised for amassing a ‘formidable portfolio of projects’ including Heneghan Peng’s 2013 Stirling Prize-shortlisted Giant’s Causeway visitor centre, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ RIBA Award-winning Chedworth Roman Villa and Cowper Griffith’s Stowe Visitor Centre.

Hammerson, The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and the Olympic Delivery Authority have also previously been recognised by the award.

The winner of the Client of the Year Award will be announced at the RIBA Stirling Prize ceremony on 16 October at RIBA’s HQ in London.

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