Gwent buildings up for top awards

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UP FOR AWARD: The Learning Zone in Ebbw Vale Shortlisted for prizes: buildings ‘that Wales can be proud of’

First published in Gwent news

BUILDINGS in Gwent have been shortlisted for the 2013 Welsh Architecture Award, by the Royal Society of Architects in Wales (RSAW) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

The Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone in Ebbw Vale and the New Day Hospice for St David’s Foundation in Newport are on the list.

The RIBA Welsh Architecture Awards recognise good, innovative architecture.

A RIBA spokeswoman said the judges were particularly impressed by the quality of submissions.

Judges welcomed schemes like the Learning Zone and Hospice which have a strong community focus and a clear role in supporting the development of sustainable neighbourhoods.

The Learning Zone was created by architecture firm BDP, a major international company. St David’s Hospice was built byKKEArchitects, an architecture and landscape design company specialising in healthcare design – especially hospices.

Dan Benham, one of the judges and vice-president of theRSAW, said: “It is fantastic to see the diversity and consistent high quality of shortlisted projects this year.

“This is testament to clients desiring and commissioning architectural spaces and solutions that change people’s lives and improve our public realm for the future. The architects have successfully blended creativity and passion, resulting in buildings Wales can be proud of.”

“We hope that the general public, and those commissioning projects, will draw on these brilliant and varied approaches to design to help deliver a better built environment for all.”

The shortlisted buildings will be visited by judges and the winners will be announced on June 12.

Winners will also be considered for a highly-coveted RIBA National Award.

The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize, for the best building of the year, will be drawn from the National Award-winning buildings.

The 2013 RIBA Stirling Prize will be announced on September 26, in London.

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7:36pm Fri 22 Mar 13

scraptheWAG says...

oh no where is newports STATE OF THE ART train station. The architects that designed that must be so proud of them selves the corrogated walk just make the town
oh no where is newports STATE OF THE ART train station. The architects that designed that must be so proud of them selves the corrogated walk just make the town scraptheWAG
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7:47am Sat 23 Mar 13

beneve says...

Bit of a ridiculous award , there are hardly any new buildings being built , therefore bound to be on shortlist
Bit of a ridiculous award , there are hardly any new buildings being built , therefore bound to be on shortlist beneve
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9:05am Sat 23 Mar 13

charlie, newport says...

Congratulations to all involved in designing and building these excellent projects. Having visited the St Davids Centre it really is an impressive building (not to mention the amazing care they provide, albeit not relevant to the architecture award).

It is true that not much is being built at the moment, but the recession means developers are more inclined to cut costs and build bog-standard buildings, so all the more reason to reward some excellent architecture completed during tough times.

This is a good news story about our home area. Time for some positivity!
Congratulations to all involved in designing and building these excellent projects. Having visited the St Davids Centre it really is an impressive building (not to mention the amazing care they provide, albeit not relevant to the architecture award). It is true that not much is being built at the moment, but the recession means developers are more inclined to cut costs and build bog-standard buildings, so all the more reason to reward some excellent architecture completed during tough times. This is a good news story about our home area. Time for some positivity! charlie, newport
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