Buildings shortlisted for architecture prize

Worcester News: Ashperton Primary School, picture by StevePreece Ashperton Primary School, picture by StevePreece

TWO buildings in Worcester and one in Ledbury will fight it out for the crown of best building in the region in this year's RIBA West Midlands (Royal Institute of British Architects) Awards.

Eleven buildings have been shortlisted for the awards which are given to the best buildings completed in the West Midlands region in the last two years.

Tudor Grange Academy, in Bilford Road, which was substantially rebuilt and refurbished in a £15million project, is one of those to be shortlisted.

Designed by architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, the school only retained the sports wing and a wing within the building in the revamp which was finished last year.

Headteacher Claire Maclean said they were absolutely delighted.

"I think the building is an outstanding success and the architects were absolutely fantastic to work with," she said.

"It was a difficult project as it was a phased building project which made the design work more difficult. We think we've probably got one of the best schools in terms of the building design in the country."

Ashperton Primary Academy, near Ledbury, has been shortlisted for the prize after it had three new classrooms built last year.

Designed by Warren Benbow Architects, the classrooms were designed with careful consideration of the ecology of the area and their glass walls take in views of Herefordshire.

Headteacher Chris Blandfield said he was delighted to be shortlisted.

"We had an impressive architect who worked really hard consulting everyone in the school," he said. "The building is absolutely brilliant, it's inspirational. I'm delighted it's been shortlisted I really do think we deserve it because of all the work that's gone into it.

"The building is designed to reflect our links with the outdoors as we've got a forest school and we're keen to educate the children outside. To win would be fantastic ."

A private terrace house in Worcester, designed by Vivid Architects, has also been shortlisted after it was extended.

Gavin Orton, Chairman of RIBA West Midlands and a member of the judging panel, said: "It was great to be involved in the short listing of the RIBA West Midlands Regional Awards 2014.

"It demonstrated the broad range of exciting and high quality projects recently completed across the Region - from extensions to private homes through to large public buildings - many of them being the work of local architects”.

All shortlisted buildings will be assessed by a regional jury with the winners of an RIBA West Midlands Award announced at a ceremony in Birmingham on April 12.

Regional winners will also be considered for a coveted RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, which will be announced in June.

The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year will be drawn from the RIBA National Award-winning buildings later in the year.

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6:04pm Wed 12 Mar 14

PrivateSi says...

Sorry, but Ashpurton Primary school looks like it was designed by a communist modernist utilitarian in the 1940s but the other 2 are great, especially the round, contemporary 'spacey' building... very nice.
Sorry, but Ashpurton Primary school looks like it was designed by a communist modernist utilitarian in the 1940s but the other 2 are great, especially the round, contemporary 'spacey' building... very nice. PrivateSi
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