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RIBA North West Awards: Foster wins big but AHMM misses out

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Foster + Partners’ Manchester Maggie’s Centre has been announced as the RIBA North West Building of the Year 

The building was among seven RIBA North West Award-winners, alongside Caruso St John’s Liverpool Philharmonic; Rafael Viñoly Architects’ City Football Academy in Manchester; and BDP’s Oldham Town Hall.

The others were Sixtwo Architects’ Stubbs Mill in Manchester; and two buildings by Stephenson Studio – Finlays Warehouse and Chetham’s School of Music, both in Manchester. 

However, AHMM’s Royal Court theatre in Liverpool, which was named Retrofit of the Year at last year’s AJ Retrofit Awards, did not take home an RIBA North West Award.

Graham Morrison, jury chair of the RIBA North West region, said: ‘This year’s awards represent two parallel but linked trends. One is characterised by a dominant interest in the value of re-used existing buildings that benefit from regeneration. The other is the regenerative effect of new buildings themselves.

‘Though “ordinary” buildings, such as housing or offices, are coming close to an award-winning level, they are, in their nature, “pathfinders” and there is an understandable caution in their level of investment.’ 

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.

RIBA Special Awards

  • Regional Building of the Year Maggie’s Centre by Foster + Partners 
  • Sustainability City Football Academy by Rafael Viñoly Architects 
  • Regional Project Architect of the Year Diego Teixeira by Foster + Partners 
  • Regional Client of the Year City Football Group (for City Football Academy) 
  • Regional Conservation Oldham Town Hall by BDP
  • Emerging Practice of the Year Sixtwo Architects

The RIBA North West Awards winners

City Football Academy, Manchester by Rafael Viñoly Architects

This project consolidates Manchester City Football Club’s existing training facilities and reinforces its connection to East Manchester – one of the 14 training pitches is dedicated for use by the local community.

Cityfootballacademy willpryce pressimage 4

Cityfootballacademy willpryce pressimage 4

Source: Will Pryce

Finlays Warehouse, Manchester by Stephenson Studio

Finlays Warehouse is a Grade II-listed building in the Northern Quarter. It had been empty for several years before the practice was approached to convert the building into 27 one, two and three-bedroom luxury apartments. 

Finlayswarehouse andrewwall pressimage 3

Finlayswarehouse andrewwall pressimage 3

Source: Andrew Wall

Liverpool Philharmonic, by Caruso St John

Caruso St John has refurbished and extended the Grade II-listed Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, originally designed by Herbert Rowse and built in 1939.

RIBA North West Awards shortlist

RIBA North West Awards shortlist

Source: Helene Binet

Maggie’s at the Robert Parfett Building, Manchester by Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners worked closely with Christie Hospital to create a holistic masterplan for the future, with a new Maggie’s Centre as its centerpiece. It combines the architect’s fundamental design philosophies: prefabrication and dry construction.

Maggie'sattherobertparfettbuilding nigelyoung pressimage 1

Maggie’sattherobertparfettbuilding nigelyoung pressimage 1

Source: Nigel Young

Oldham Town Hall, Oldham by BDP

The Grade II-listed Town Hall was vacated over 30 years ago, and attempts to reinvigorate the building failed partly because of its complex internal layout. BDP designed a new extension – ‘the light box’ – which resolved all circulation, level changes and access issues.

Oldhamtownhall nickcaville pressimage 2

Oldhamtownhall nickcaville pressimage 2

Source: Nick Caville

Stoller Hall at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester, by Stephenson Studio

The concert hall is the second phase of Chetham’s School of Music, which was completed in 2012 by Stephenson Studio. The concert hall is a complex, acoustically isolated ‘box within a box’ retrofitted into the voluminous form of the existing building.

Stollerhallatchetham's danielhopkinson pressimage 1

Stollerhallatchetham’s danielhopkinson pressimage 1

Source: Daniel Hopkinson

Stubbs Mill, Manchester by Sixtwo Architects

Stubbs Mill is the transformation of a former machine works into creative workspaces, located in New Islington, along the Ashton Canal. The conversion, set over three storeys, creates flexible offices split by a central atrium and core.

Stubbsmill jasonbyrne pressimage 5

Stubbsmill jasonbyrne pressimage 5

Source: Jason Byrne 

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