Elliott Architects and Leap also bag gongs

Faulkner Browns’ Newcastle Civic Centre has been named as one of three winners of this year’s RIBA North East Awards.

The Newcastle upon Tyne scheme is a refurbishment of George Kenyon’s grade II*-listed Civic Centre, built in 1968.

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Faulkner Browns enclosed the ground floor colonnade at Newcastle’s Civic Centre with a glass facade

The practice enclosed the ground floor colonnade with a glass facade to create a new indoor space, with the design also including a new entrance and a 30% reduction in energy consumption.

Other winning projects include Elliott Architects’ North Bank in Northumberland and Leap’s Shepherds Barn in County Durham.

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Elliott Architects’ North Bank in Northumberland

Regional jury chair Amrit Naru said: “This year, all the submissions for the regional awards have demonstrated the continuing quality of design seen in the North East. 

“The judges felt the RIBA North East Award winning projects were exemplary in demonstrating sincerity and delight with the very best of design. Each project has its occupants, context and sustainability are at its heart.”

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Interior of North Bank

All three winners will now be considered for a RIBA National Award, due to be announced in June. 

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

This year’s RIBA North East Building of the Year will be announced on 24 May at a ceremony at RIBA’s headquarters in London.

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Leap’s Shepherds Barn in County Durham