The driving force behind Heneghan Peng’s Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre – The National Trust – is on the four-strong shortlist for the 2013 RIBA Client of the Year Award
The trust, which is also behind Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ RIBA Award-winning Chedworth Roman Villa and Cowper Griffith’s Stowe Visitor Centre, has emerged as a leading contender for the prestigious prize, now in its 16th year.
Housebuilders Linden Homes and Galliford Try – joint clients behind Alison Brooks’ Newhall Be – were the only other Stirling Prize finalist clients chosen to compete for the accolade, which was won last year by the Olympic Development Authority.
Public sector client Hampshire County Council was also shortlisted for its Runway’s End youth centre near Aldershot, designed by Hampshire County Council Property Services.
Manchester Metropolitan University completes the shortlist, nominated for its £75 million business school, again by FCBS, and for other planned new buildings.
Manchester Metropolitan University, nominated by FCBS
‘Fundamental to the success of the project was its strong governance. MMU vice-chancellor John Brooks championed the project [at all levels], from the city leaders and business community right down to regularly attending site meetings.’
The National Trust, nominated by Heneghan Peng
‘From the beginning the National Trust had a clear and exacting vision of what needed to be delivered [for The Giants Causeway Visitor Centre]. Underlying everything was an absolute commitment by the Trust to maintain the integrity of the competition design.’
Linden Homes and Galliford Try, nominated by Alison Brooks Architects
‘Working with Linden Homes [on Newhall Be] was always civilised, always professional, always respectful and always focused. No bullshit. Five words sum up Linden Homes’ approach to ABA’s initial bid invitation, our masterplan concept and house type designs: “Yes, we can do that”.’
Hampshire County Council, nominated by Hampshire County Council Property Services
‘Under Colin Stansfield Smith, Hampshire became an established centre for design and this year the office has continued to thrive, in stark contrast to many professional practices across the rest of the country.’