BEST OF THE WEST

Short-list announced for RIBA Awards in the West Country...

THE ROYAL Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced a shortlist of 13 buildings for the RIBA Awards in the West Country.

Having shortlisted from 35 entries, over the coming weeks the RIBA judging panel will be visiting a range of buildings right across the West Country; from a new hospital at Bristol, to a cats and dogs home at Bath, to a food production facility in Somerset, and a new gallery at St Ives.

RIBA South West regional director Jon Watkins said: “RIBA Awards always bring out the best in local and national architects across our vast region, and this year’s shortlist offers quality, diversity of type and scale, excellence in design, and lots of delight’.

Five new and reconfigured houses will be hoping to catch the judges’ eyes for the RIBA House of the Year that is judged later in the year; and two housing developments at Bristol and Temple Cloud in Somerset are showing how RIBA architects can support better designed homes in the drive to increase numbers of new homes.

As well as the prestigious RIBA South West Building of the Year Award, the shortlist will also produce a number of other category winners including Tobermore Client of the Year, Taylor Maxwell Project Architect of the Year, and the Geberit Sustainability Award.

Eight projects are by new and established practices with bases in the South West including Mitchell Eley Gould, James Grayley Architects, Emmett Russell, BDP, O’Leary Goss Architects, Orme Ltd, Gillespie Yunnie and Stan Bolt Architect.

The RIBA Awards have been running continuously since 1966 and are judged and presented locally. The winners will be announced at an evening event at the Apex Hotel, Bath on May 16 hosted by Melissa Mean, head of arts at the Knowle West Media Centre, Bristol.

RIBA South West Awards shortlist:

The Gasworks, Gloucestershire (Chris Dyson Architects)

Cotswold Cats & Dogs Home, Bath (Mitchell Eley Gould)

Duncan Cottage, Bath (James Grayley Architects)

Challender Court, Bristol (Emmett Russell Architects)

Brunel Building, Southmead Hospital, Bristol (BDP)

Clevedon Pier 2018, Clevedon (O’Leary Goss Architects)

Temple Gardens, Somerset (Archio Ltd)

Charlie Bigham’s Food Production

Campus Phase 1, Somerset (Feilden Fowles)

Mill Farm Barns, nr Glastonbury (Orme Ltd)

Coastal House, Devon (6a Architects)

Old Quay, Devon (Gillespie Yunnie Architects)

New Tate St Ives (Jamie Fobert with Evans & Shalev)

Pengwynver, Cornwall (Stan Bolt Architect)

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