Yorkshire Times
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7:26 AM 17th May 2024

RIBA Yorkshire Awards

Clifford's Tower. Photo by Christopher Ison
Clifford's Tower. Photo by Christopher Ison
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).

At the other end of the spectrum, new-build projects won awards for their commitment to sustainability, including a private house (Sort Trae) and a destination for shopping and eating (Crimple Hall).

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 2024 RIBA Yorkshire winning projects are:

Clifford's Tower by Hugh Broughton Architects with Martin Ashley Architects
Crimple Hall by ArkleBoyce Architects
Park Hill Phase 2 by Mikhail Riches
Skipton Town Hall by LDN Architects
Sort Trae by HEM Architects, Susi Clark & Marc Medland Architect

The five projects were selected by the expert jury, who visited all short-listed 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 re-imagining 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.”

The RIBA Yorkshire Award 2024 winners will now be considered for a highly coveted RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, which will be announced on 11 July. The short-list for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year will be drawn from the RIBA National Award-winning projects later in the year.