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Dorothy Hospice

Dorothy Hospice - designed for patients.

Architectural wonders

We asked you to vote for your favourite new public-use building in the West of England - and the result was fantastically close. On 12 October 2007 the Royal Institute of British Architects announced the winner of the award...

After a closely fought battle of the buildings, we are pleased to announce the winner of the West architecture award:

Dorothy Hospice in Wiltshire

The top three buildings were:

1. Dorothy Hospice, Wiltshire
2. The Lighthouse, Bristol
3. Genesis Centre, Taunton

The full list of nominated buildings were as follows - the shortlist was chosen by a panel of experts for the strength of their architecture.


The Lighthouse - runner up in the vote.

(1) The Lighthouse, Barton Hill Settlement, Bristol.
Architect - Stride Treglown

"Here, an architect, working with the local people, has produced a building that is very much part of the place and it belongs to the people".
Past President of RIBA George Ferguson.

Barton Hill Settlement is a community resource centre for Barton Hill and the surrounding area. The building provides childcare facilities, an ICT Learning Centre, training rooms, social spaces, and volunteers' work rooms.

Funded by Community at Heart, the building was completed in summer 2003.

The name "The Lighthouse" was selected after a competition involving local residents. It represents the beacon this building delivers to the local population.

The design epitomises the idea that great architecture is about the relationship between buildings and people.

The result is a fully accessible and flexible space in a part of Bristol that benefits from the community cohesion the Settlement offers.

(2) Dorothy House Hospice, Wiltshire.
Architect - O'Leary Goss

"Good architecture is as much about the handling of light and space as it is about the handling of the materials that enclose it – and nowhere is that light and space more important than in this chapel, which, in contrast to the vigorous exterior, imbues a sense of calm".
Past President of RIBA George Ferguson.

An extension to the existing hospice complex, the new day care and education wings incorporate an energy efficient timber framed pavilion set at right angles to the Edwardian stone building.

The new structure creates a pier-like sweep of innovative design to improve and enhance the patient experience at the hospice.

Increasingly, communities are becoming very aware of the relationship between welfare and the built environment.

Employed successfully, good architecture complements good care.

(3) Genesis Centre, Taunton, Somerset.
Architect - Architype

"Here in Genesis we’ve got a pavilion that celebrates, demonstrates and educates about good sustainability". Past President of RIBA George Ferguson.


Genesis - birth of a new building.

Sited at the Somerset College of Arts & Technology, Genesis is a unique architectural experience where the design and structure form the back-bone of a training environment to encourage future excellence in the built environment.

The architecture incorporates "zones" which demonstrates the many different techniques which enable sustainable construction.

Yet despite the use of traditional and ancient materials, from straw to mud, the design is spacious, modern and inspiring to a generation who will need to design our towns and cities in a way which faces up to the challenge of climate change.

(4) Dursley Library, Dursley, Gloucestershire
Architect - Ridge Architects

"Dursley Library is a cool contemporary building.  It’s made out of flat steel and glass… it literally leans out into the street to say "come in".  It’s a simple statement, but it works".
Past President of RIBA George Ferguson.

The new library in the market town of Dursley opened in February 2006.

Dursley Library

Dursley Library

The external design has caused a great deal of discussion and debate because of its modern, cutting edge look.

However its sleek leaning exterior draws in the passer by and speaks of an importance inside - a value and a purpose.

It incorporates a glass design by the internationally acclaimed local artist Colin Reid.

(5) Room 13 Arts Centre, Hareclive Primary School, Bristol.
Architect - Mitchell Taylor Workshop

"This is architecture as sculpture – a small project for small people, by small people – and it’s run by the kids.  It just goes to show that if you engage a really good designer, it makes all the difference". Past President of RIBA George Ferguson.

Room 13 Arts Centre

Room 13 Arts Centre - nominee.

Set up in 2003, the Room 13 Arts Centre is an independent artists’ studio, based within the grounds of Hareclive Primary School.

It has an open door policy to all children, of whatever age or ability.

The architects worked with schoolchildren to come up with the striking and unusual building.

The design team have captured a sense of fun and importance.

Internally, towers flood the building with natural light, whilst at the front door a rectangle of steps form an area for discussion and collaboration.

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