Friday04 September 2015

Rob Loader Architects wins York Guildhall competition

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RIBA competition attracted 36 entries

Rob Loader Architects has a RIBA competition to re-imagine York’s Guildhall complex.

The practice fought off firms including Architecture & Urbanism Studio, Jak Studio, Nicholas Mills Architect and a joint venture between Sack and Reicher, ESC-Studio and Collingridge and Smith Architects.

Keith Williams, jury panel chair, said the jury was unanimous in its decision to award first prize to Rob Loader and his project team James Decent and Joseph Little.

“The winner addresses most clearly of all those shortlisted the aspirations of the city of York – in offering scope for the creation of jobs and the growth of the local economy; in promising an attractive public space providing a new connection between river and city; in its sustainability; finally, in its marriage of new and old, combining new design with respect for the historic context,” he added.

In the new year work will start on developing options for the use of the Guildhall.

Competition results:

  • 1st Place and £5,000: Robert Loader Architects, London
  • Joint 2nd Place and £2,500: Jak Studio, London; Nicholas Mills Architect, Edinburgh
  • Runners up and £1,000: SEC JV Architects, Cumbria; Architecture & Urbanism Studio, London

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Readers' comments (5)

  • Can you say what the proposed function of the building is please?

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  • Andrea Klettner

    Hi Anthony

    See here for more information



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  • zecks_marquise

    Is that the montagues and capulets having a tussle in image 2?

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  • Hi Andrea,

    Thanks for the link. However, I'm familiar with the competition - I was part of a team that entered it.

    I'm just surprised that the purpose of the building (ie.the winning entry) hasn't been announced, considering that the competition was calling for ideas to re-invigorate the waterfront. This will be in the local papers, and if RIBA and York Council want to engage with the public over this competition, then surely they have to tell people what the suggested use is.

    Our proposal was for a market/food hall annexed to a business club inside the existing guildhall complex. What is this? And how does it offer 'scope for the creation of jobs and the growth of the local economy'?

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  • James Balston

    From memory, that was the dullest entry in the competition

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