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RIBA West Midlands Awards shortlist revealed

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A remembrance centre for the armed forces, a factory for Jaguar Land Rover, and a university library are among the 12 projects shortlisted for the RIBA’s West Midlands Awards

The finalists also include a hospice by Architype; a refurbished textile factory by BPN Architects; and a preserved 17th century cottage - complete with old bird’s nests - by Kate Darby Architects and David Connor Design.

Associated Architects and Berman Guedes Stretton both had two schemes shortlisted with building’s by Arup, Purcell, IDP, and Intervention Architecture also nominated for the regional gongs.

The region received 18 entries. 

Natalia Maximova, chair of the judging panel, said: ’This year’s shortlist includes a healthy range of projects from a chapel restoration to a new car manufacturing centre, which demonstrates a high design standard across the sectors.

’There are some unusual takes on conservation, as well as unique building types.’ 

All the shortlisted buildings will be assessed by a regional jury, with the winners announced on 15 May 2017 at a celebration evening at the Park Regis, Birmingham. 

These will be put forward for the RIBA National Awards, with the recipients announced in July. Those collecting national awards will then be considered for the 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize.

The shortlist

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 cafe and careers centre. 

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Source: Quintin Lake

Compton Verney Chapel and Landscape Project in Warwickshire by Purcell

This project, known as the Capability’ Brown Chapel and Landscape Restoration Project, involved the repair and restoration of the Grade I listed ‘Capability’ Brown Chapel into a welcome centre for visitors, which will provide a history of the Compton Verney, Warwick, where it is situated. 

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Source: Phil Boorman

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

Forum Health Centre in Coventry by IDP 

According to the practice, this health centre includes principles of ‘healing architecture’, through the composition of space, materials, colours and natural daylight including, the latter of which ’follows patients and staff on their journey throughout the building’.    

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Source: Paul Miller

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 30 metre intervals and arranged with an open truss form. 

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Source: Simon Kennedy

New Library, University of Birmingham by Associated Architects LLP

This 24/7 library houses 2.1 million printed books and journals, and also includes media rooms, individual desk and group study spaces.

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New Library, University of Birmingham by Associated Architects LLP

Source: Tim Cornbill

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

Glenn Howells Architects’ £9.9 million Rembrance 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 four metre grid applied throughout the building’.

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

Source: Paul Miller

St Michaels 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 Michaels 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

The Keyes Building in Worcester by Associated Architects LLP

This £7 million building for King’s school on the site of a Bronze Age rampart contains a sports hall, dance studios, climbing wall, classrooms and sixth form centre. It features a timber roof, precast concrete floors, and uses a steel frame.

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The Keyes Building in Worcester by Associated Architects LLP

Source: Martine Hamilton Knight

The Oculus, University of Warwick by Berman Guedes Stretton

This new teaching building for the University of Warwick, for use by those of all academic disciplines, features teaching spaces in two wings supported by an arched roof, with two lecture theatres underneath. 

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The Oculus, University of Warwick by Berman Guedes Stretton

Source: Quentin Lake

Writer’s Coach House in Birmingham by Intervention Architecture

Intervention Architecture has refurbished a dilapidated shed, which was previously contained timber for an adjacent Victorian house, into a living and working space for a writer in Birmingham. It comprises an open plan open plan one-bedroom studio with kitchen, bathroom and a central double height ’void’ that connects the upper and lower floors. 

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Writer’s Coach House in Birmingham by Intervention Architecture

Source: Paul Miller

 

 

 

 

 

 

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