RIBA announces regional award winners

RIBA North West last night named ten projects as winners of the 2016 RIBA Regional Awards, from a shortlist of 17 buildings, including Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, and Manchester Central Library.

The judging panel visited all shortlisted projects over a week in March and reached a decision to award 10 RIBA regional awards at a ceremony last night at The Bluecoat in Liverpool.

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, by BDP, took home the North West Building of the Year Award, which was won last year by The Whitworth in Manchester, by architect MUMA.

The full list of winners was as follows:

  • Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool by BDP
  • HOME, Manchester by Mecanoo
  • Library Walk Link Building, Manchester by SimpsonHaugh and Partners
  • Littlewoods Bunker, Liverpool by shedkm
  • Manchester Central Library, Manchester by Ryder Architecture
  • Mellor Primary School, Stockport by Sarah Wigglesworth Architects
  • National Graphene Institute, Manchester by Jestico + Whiles
  • Private House 1109, Cheshire by GA Studio Architects
  • Private House, Cumbria by Bennetts Associates
  • Wirral Metropolitan College, Wirral by Glenn Howells Architects

In addition to the RIBA Regional Awards announced on the evening, projects were eligible to win one or more RIBA Regional Special Awards. The winners are:

Building of the Year Award sponsored by Marley Eternit – Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

Client of the Year Award – Manchester City Council, for HOME, Library Walk Link Building and Manchester Central Library

Small Project of the Year Award – Private House 1109

Project Architect of the Year Award sponsored by Tarmac – Eleanor Brough, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects, for Mellor Primary School

Emerging Architect of the Year Award – GA Studio Architects, for Private House 1109

Conservation Award – Manchester Central Library

Sustainability Award sponsored by Sika – Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

Mushtaq Saleri, North West regional jury chairman, said: “The 2016 North West Awards are testament to the strength of architecture in the region today. With a record number of entries the shortlisting process was difficult, the judging even more so.

“The judges were impressed by the dedication and commitment of the architects we met along the way, matched by clients who were clearly thrilled to have been involved in the special projects recognised by the visits. The vastly differing functions, scale, complexity and budgets make comparisons between the winning schemes impossible. The fact that we were equally moved by a delightful private residence and, in the same afternoon, a state-of-the-art laboratory facility proves that architects can have a positive influence in all areas of our lives.”

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A contentious and unnecessary waste of Manchester Council funds. It stopped the use of a much used route just to help a few council officials. Yeah, well done. You’re on the ball here aren’t you.

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Everyone hates the Library Walk,It’s unsafe and difficult for disabled people.

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