Blee Hannigan and Will Gamble also named winners
Glancy Nicholls’ Ada Belfield Centre and Belper Library in Derbyshire is one of five projects revealed today as winners of RIBA’s 2022 East Midlands Award.
The scheme, located in a UNESCO World Heritage site in Belper, is a mix of residential accommodation and a public library housed in a complex of new buildings and a refurbished Thornton’s factory.
Other projects that have scooped awards include Blee Halligan’s Derwent Valley Villa, also in Derbyshire, and Chiles Evans & Care Architects’ Ravine House in Chesterfield.
The Lyth Building by Evans Vettori Architects, in Southwell, and The Parchment Works by Will Gamble Architects, in Northamptonshire, have also been named as winners.
Regional jury chair Roddy Langmuir said the jury had been impressed by the “commitment and enthusiasm” shown by both clients and architects across the East Midlands and that the winners had “raised the bar” for the region’s architecture.
“The creative re-use of existing fabric was a common theme, as was the extensive use of timber, as the profession turns its focus to architecture that leads the way towards a low-carbon future. We saw rigour in the quality of detail and imagination in how to bring different parts of a community together,” he said.
The 2022 RIBA East Midlands Building of the Year will be announced on 24 May at a ceremony at RIBA’s Portland Place headquarters in London.
RIBA East Midlands Award winners will now be considered for a highly-coveted RIBA National Award, which will 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.