Housing and heritage celebrated in Yorkshire RIBA Awards 2024

Yorkshire’s heritage – ranging from the 11th to 20th century – has been celebrated at the recent RIBA Yorkshire Awards, with prizes handed out to sensitive restorations of social housing (Park Hill Phase 2) and historic monuments (Clifford’s Tower).

image: Clifford’s Tower by DS Pugh, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

…From the radical restoration of Clifford’s Tower….to a sustainable farmers market building…

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) writes:

Presented since 1966, the RIBA Awards set the standard for great architecture across the country. The RIBA Yorkshire Awards 2024 were announced at a ceremony this evening, at which multiple awards were handed out for conservation, sustainability (sponsored by Autodesk) and project architect of the year (sponsored by EH Smith). The jury was impressed with the winners for their ‘exceptional conservation’ and ‘bold approach’. They remarked on the architects’ ‘commitment and understanding’ for existing buildings, as well as their ability to undertake ‘good engagement with the local community’ when making new buildings.

The RIBA Yorkshire Award 2024 winning projects are:

  • Clifford’s Tower by Hugh Broughton Architects with Martin Ashley Architects
    This remnant of York’s Royal Castle has been transformed into an engaging visitor experience
  • Crimple Hall by ArkleBoyce Architects
    A new sustainable retail destination on the fringe of Harrogate
  • Park Hill Phase 2 by Mikhail Riches
    The retrofit is part of the ongoing regeneration of the Grade II* listed, Brutalist estate
  • Skipton Town Hall by LDN Architects
    This redevelopment has brought a much-loved building back to the centre of Skipton’s cultural life
  • Sort Trae by HEM Architects, Susi Clark & Marc Medland Architect
    An ultra-modern, low energy home and studio

The five projects were selected by the expert jury, who visited all shortlisted projects.

RIBA President, Muyiwa Oki, said: ‘This year’s RIBA Award winning schemes showcase the true value of quality architecture, and the positive impact it has on people’s lives. While carefully considering the needs of the environment, these truly remarkable places and spaces deliver for communities, for residents, for visitors, and people of all ages up and down the country. They are pinnacles of design excellence, and show what can be achieved when architects and clients collaborate successfully.’

RIBA Yorkshire Jury Chair, Lucy Plumridge, said: ‘The award-winning projects in the Yorkshire region all reflect how innovative designs can create true social value. By reimagining existing structures, highly sustainable designs or creating attractions to boost the local economy they have been designed to actively benefit the people that use them and their local communities. From the radical restoration of Clifford’s Tower which unlocks rooms that have been inaccessible for over 300 years, to a sustainable farmers market building which sensitively connects to surrounding habitats, and a building that enriches a town hall’s cultural offering, there is a fantastic breadth of new architecture across the Yorkshire region.’…

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