St Johns Primary School in Blackpool

Aedas notches up MSA awards

Aedas won the overall prize at the Manchester Society of Architects Awards 2010 with its design for St John's C.E. Primary School, Blackpool.

St John's won community project and overall winner of the MSA Design Awards 2010. The MSA judges said: "St John's is a great reinterpretation of the Victorian school. An important everyday community building with thoughtful and robust architecture. It slots in confidently within its tight-knit urban setting."

St Johns Primary School in BlackpoolThe school also won an MSA award in 2008 for best unbuilt community project. Robert Hopkins of Aedas, who accepted the awards with colleague Corin Yarrow, said: "We're delighted that the project was recognised at inception and we managed to carry that quality through to the final product. It's a great reflection on the design and construction team."

Aedas added to its tally with the unbuilt commercial project of the year with the design for Dewsbury Crematorium. Judges praised the design saying: "Dewsbury Crematorium continues the tradition of sensitive spiritual spaces. The building enjoys its woodland setting."

Nigel Howden, project associate at Aedas, said: "To win a design award voted for by your peers so early in this project is a great accolade and gives us the confidence that we have delivered our client's vision with a contemporary architectural response."

The other winners were: residential, Dwelle for; commercial, Q2 Architects for the Hilton Square development; community, Aedas for the school; unbuilt sports, leisure and education, Stephenson Bell for Harpurhey Youth Zone; unbuilt residential, Stephenson Bell for House 1235; unbuilt commercial, Aedas for Dewsbury Crematorium; conservation and reuse, OMI Architects for Artingstalls Chapel; student project, Luke Butcher for Bank Street/Tartan Street.

The award-winning and short-listed entries are currently on display until 15 May 2010 at Cube Gallery as part of the Manchester Architecture and Design Festival.

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