Maggie’s Cancer Centre in Oldham took the top prize in last night’s RIBA Regional Awards.
It was one of six buildings were winners of the awards, in recognition of their architectural excellence along with 101 Embankment, Salford, Liverpool’s Royal Court,Storyhouse, Chester,Timekeepers Square, Salford and Walk the Plank, Salford.
RIBA North West Jury Chair, Adam Khan, said “The projects submitted show a healthy diversity of work – although it was a surprise to see so few small projects submitted – we can hardly believe the projects are not out there in the region! The award winners all display quality and innovation, and from their wide variety a couple of themes emerge – an innovative adaptation to new conditions and constraints and a significant consideration of wider public realm. It is one of the pleasures of judging, to witness the incredible energy and intensity put in by clients, architects and constructors, but also to see the abundantly diverse ways in which the exuberant exploration of possibility can manifest.”
RIBA North West Regional Director, Andrew Ruffler, said: “Once again we have identified a high quality shortlist in the region, and all of the shortlisted practices should be commended, as the Jury had a very difficult task in identifying those buildings worthy of a RIBA North West regional award. From a North West perspective, we are delighted to see a home-grown small practice in Architectural Emporium win a number of awards for its work in Salford for Walk the Plank, and we hope that this is a trend which continues in future years, with up-and-coming practices recognised for their high quality work right across the region.”