Five buildings which have added to the North East’s architectural landscape were recognised with prizes at the Royal Institute of British Architects North East Regional Awards last night.
Seaham North Dock in County Durham was named RIBA North East Building of the Year, adding to a prize it won last week at the North East Renaissance Awards run by the Royal Institute for Chartered Surveyors.
The judges described it as “a building which has great clarity in its simplicity and detail and reflects modest maritime references in its ship-like linear form and its ‘prow’ which provides a glazed cafe and terrace facing south west to the outer harbour and the open sea”.
The Sustainability Awards went to the Maggie’s Centre at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital - also a RICS winner last year - while the Roomzzz Friar House Apartment Hotel won the conservation award for the rescue of a long-vacant and increasingly derelict late Georgian House in Newcastle City Centre.
Treetops - in which an architect from Howarth Litchfield Partnership transformed a detached house for his own wife - won the small project award and Window on Wild Lindisfarne won a regional award.
RIBA North East Regional Architect of the Year Award was won by Napper Architects, based in Newcastle. MawsonKerr, also in Newcastle, was named emerging Architect of the Year Award.
The regional winners will now go forward for a highly-coveted RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence and could be in the running for the prestigious Stirling Prize.
Peter Buchan, chair of RIBA in the North East, said: “For half a century RIBA awards have provided a benchmark for excellence in architecture.
“Sometimes this excellence is demonstrated in big landmark buildings, but often it is in the passionate execution of the modest and the day to day, in ways which touch upon and enhance the lives of many. This year’s North East Regional awards are no exception, as can be seen from the variety and quality of our winning buildings.”