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Winning buildings revealed at 2019 RIBA North West Awards

Six buildings in the North West have won 2019 RIBA North West (Royal Institute of British Architects) Awards in recognition of their architectural excellence.

Alder Hey Hospital’s dedicated research, education and innovation centre, Institute in the Park (pictured), and BDP’s Orsdall Chord railway infrastructure in Manchester were two high-profile winners last night (8 May).

The victorious buildings were revealed during an event at the Manchester School of Art hosted by Tim Heatley from Capital & Centric.

The six award-winning buildings were:

A Restorative Rural Retreat for Sartfell by Foster Lomas

Alder Hey Hospital – Institute in the Park by Hopkins Architects

Farnworth House by Smith Young Architects

Mustard Tree by OMI Architects

Ordsall Chord by BDP

Preston Bus Station refurbishment by John Puttick Associates with Cassidy+Ashton

Ordsall Chord, Manchester.

In addition to winning RIBA Regional Awards, projects were eligible to win one or more RIBA Regional Special Awards including the Building of the Year Award. The six award-winners were:

Building of the Year Award – Ordsall Chord by BDP

Client of the Year – Lancashire County Council, Preston Bus Station refurbishment by John Puttick Associates with Cassidy+Ashton

Conservation Award – Preston Bus Station refurbishment by John Puttick Associates with Cassidy+Ashton

Emerging Practice of the Year Award – Smith Young Architects for Farnworth House

Project Architect of the Year Award sponsored by Taylor Maxwell – Michael Riley of BDP for Ordsall Chord

Sustainability Award sponsored by Michelmersh – A Restorative Retreat for Sartfell by Foster Lomas

Mustard Tree, Ancoats, Manchester.

Suzi Winstanley, North West regional jury chair, says: “Bravery is a big theme for the North West this year!

“The broad range of skills that architects are daring to adopt and the different typologies they are choosing to experiment with are truly inspiring. The winning schemes stretch and disrupt scales and scopes – they go beyond the original project visions of the clients.

“Every project is unique, contextually aware of its surroundings and has environmental strategies that are integrated from inception.”

Tom Mills, RIBA North West interim regional director, adds: “This year’s jury was presented with an eclectic range of building types and site responses, two of which were on the Isle of Man.

“All of the buildings demonstrated the wealth of architectural talent in our region; and I’m so glad to see several regionally-based practices triumph.

“It is especially pleasing to see that the refurbishment of Preston Bus Station has received three regional awards through a collaborative architectural approach.

“The architect’s subtle, sophisticated and sustainable response to the conservation of this landmark building has ensured that a key Northern transport hub will remain in use for many more years to come.”