Yorkshire buildings up for top RIBA award


Eleven buildings in Yorkshire have been shortlisted for a prestigious architecture award.

Contenders for The Royal Institute of British Architects' (RIBA) annual regional award include an arena, a retail outlet, a cathedral and an aerofoil-shaped events space. The winners will be announced on Thursday.

35 Ben Rhydding Road, Ilkley

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image captionPart of the design for 35 Ben Rhydding Road included a courtyard

Halliday Clark Architects was commissioned by a private client to redesign an existing site.

The finished result included a south facing, sunken-garden courtyard and a three-storey atrium which connected each of the building's floors.

First Direct Arena, Leeds

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image captionFirst Direct Arena is the UK's most sustainable arena

The First Direct Arena in Leeds is a 13,500 capacity facility designed by Populous architects, which includes restaurants and a flexible entrance area that can be used as a winter garden.

The building holds a "very good" rating from the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM), apparently making it the UK's most "sustainable" arena.

John Lewis at Vangarde, York

image copyrightCarl Milner
image captionThe shape of the building aimed to break the mould of typical retail park architecture

DLA Architecture developed the design for the John Lewis store at Vangarde in York.

The shape of the building features corners which have been "peeled back".

Leeds College of Music, Leeds

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image captionLeeds College of Music was redesigned with the college's fleet of grand pianos in mind

Darntonegs Architects created a cantilevered zinc cube and full height frameless glazing at ground level to create a transparent entrance lobby as part of a redesign of Leeds College of Music.

Materials and colours were inspired by the college's fleet of Steinway grand pianos.

Ranmoor Road, Sheffield

image copyrightMartin Bouchier
image captionThe original home was a 1960s dormer bungalow

Studio Gedye initially looked at remodelling the original 1960s dormer bungalow set in the Ranmoor conservation area but settled on demolition and a new build.

Sheffield Cathedral, Sheffield

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image captionThe redesign of Sheffield Cathedral included new lighting and seating

Thomas Ford and Partners created a new entrance to the Grade I listed Sheffield Cathedral and refurbished the interior.

The redesign included construction of a new reception area, while the old entrance was turned into the cathedral shop. Under-floor heating, new lighting and seating were also installed.

Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield

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image captionHLM architects wanted to 'bring the outdoors in' with its redesign of Sheffield Hallam University

HLM Architects designed a three-storey building for Sheffield Hallam University, featuring classrooms, a lecture theatre and courtroom.

The building, which boasts a rooftop garden, is heated by ground source heat pumps and also features solar panels and rainwater harvesting.

Sum Studios, Sheffield

image copyrightStudio Gedye
image captionSum Studios is workspace for creative businesses developed by a community development trust

Studio Gedye created a number of office units to encourage neighbouring businesses to interact.

The Grade-II listed buildings feature exposed stone and are naturally ventilated.

The Blackburn Wing, Wetherby

image copyrightTim Hardy
image captionThe Blackburn Wing is a copper-clad treehouse suspended in woodland

The work of Yorkshire aviation pioneer Robert Blackburn was the inspiration for the design of Bowcliffe Hall's conference and events centre.

Clad in copper with floor to ceiling windows, the Blackburn Wing is an aerofoil-shaped treehouse suspended in woodland, designed by The Harris Partnership.

The Knitters House, Holmfirth

image copyrightHoward Evans
image captionLarge windows were included as part of the design to look out over the landscape

Prue Chiles Architects designed the Knitter's House to become part of the hillside, while capturing views of the surrounding landscape.

The house contrasts the low ceilinged, cosy spaces of the ground floor with light-filled rooms upstairs, while large windows look out over the moorland.

University Technical College, Sheffield

image copyrightMartine Hamilton Knight
image captionThe building incorporates the former Sydney Works which was built in 1902

HLM Architects remodelled and refurbished the University Technical College in Sheffield.

The design aimed to retain some features of the original building, which was built in 1902. One of its most notable features is a rooftop sports pitch.

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