The 2016 RIBA Regional Award Winners are Announced – And Techrete Precast Cladding is on Three!
July 11, 2017
For 50 years the RIBA awards and prizes have championed and celebrated the best architecture in the UK and around the world, no matter the form; size or budget.
RIBA require that ‘successful projects reflect changes and innovations in architecture, but at their core display a commitment to designing and developing buildings and spaces for the improvement and enhancement of people’s lives’.
A RIBA Regional Award is given to a UK building for its regional importance as a piece of architecture.
Three of the 2016 Regional Award winning projects have been clad in Techrete Architectural Precast Concrete Cladding. They are:
- The Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute, King’s College Hospital
- Ashington Community and Leisure Centre
- The Laidlaw Library, University of Leeds
The winner of the RIBA London Region award is The Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute at King’s Hospital. It is one of Europe’s largest centres for interdisciplinary neuroscience excellence.
The white limestone recon panels from Techrete give a solidity yet lightness to the base of the building. The design utilises the strength of precast concrete to achieve deep wrap around reveals. The recon marries seamlessly with and compliments the other elements of the façade.
ARCHITECT: Allies and Morrison & PM Devereux
CLIENT: King's College London
MAIN CONTRACTOR: Morgan Sindall Plc
AWARD WON: RIBA LONDON award 2016
North East Region
The winner of the RIBA North East Region award is Ashington Community and Leisure Centre a community and leisure facility that sets a high benchmark and precedent for design excellence, marking the beginning of regeneration for the town centre.
The scale and design of the building required large format pieces to make up the façade. This heavily favoured precast concrete panels that allowed full height panels in one piece. The panels are so large that they were transported on their sides then lifted and turned to the vertical in the air using two crawler cranes. The panels are reconstituted stone with a matt white finish.
ARCHITECT: Ryder architecture
CLIENT: Northumberland County Council
MAIN CONTRACTOR: Carillion Building
AWARD WON: RIBA NORTH EAST award 2016
The winner of the RIBA Yorkshire Region award is The Laidlaw Library at Leeds University. Flanked by two Grade II listed stone churches, and close to the Grade I listed Parkinson Building, the new Library uses contemporary materials and technology to respond to this historic context.
The RIBA judges noted “Externally the detailing to the Portland stone and windows to Hillary Place are impeccable. The sensitive fluting of the walls that recess to the window sills provides beautiful crisp shadow lines brought about by excellent detailing. The stone is clearly graded to be more fossilised at street level and more interspersed at the upper floors and this works well.”
Working closely with the Architect, Techrete sourced the Portland stone to achieve the desired effect. The Portland stone is cast onto the large format panels that give the solidity and undulating form to the building.
ARCHITECT: ADP llp
CLIENT: University of Leeds
MAIN CONTRACTOR: Shepherd construction
AWARD WON: RIBA YORKSHIRE award 2016
Techrete congratulate all the winning teams at Regional level and wish them the best of luck at the National level awards on 23rd June.
More information is available at:
RIBA website – Regional Award Winners 2016
Some images borrowed from the RIBA website above.
Photographers (where not using Techrete owned images):
- The Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute - Ståle Eriksen
- Ashington Community and Leisure Centre - Kristen McCluskie
- The Laidlaw Library, University of Leeds – Beccy Lane