York's Clifford's Tower won a special award for conservation. Credit: Dirk Lindner

Five win RIBA Yorkshire awards

Two restoration projects, Clifford’s Tower in York and Sheffield’s Park Hill phase two were recognised, with a private eco-home also among those triumphant.

Presented since 1966, the Royal Institute of British Architects’ awards programme recognises the best architecture around the country. A shortlist of seven had been announced in February ahead of the Yorkshire awards.

The RIBA Yorkshire Awards 2024 were announced last night, with awards handed out for conservation, sustainability, and project architect of the year. A ‘Building of the Year’ was not chosen.

Crimple Hall near Harrogate took the sustainability prize. Credit: Jim Stephenson

The jury was impressed with the winners for their “exceptional conservation” and “bold approach”. They remarked on the architects’ “commitment and understanding” for existing buildings, as well as their ability to undertake “good engagement with the local community” when making new buildings.

The 2024 RIBA Yorkshire winning projects are:

  • Clifford’s Tower by Hugh Broughton Architects with Martin Ashley Architects. This remnant of York’s Royal Castle has been transformed into an engaging visitor experience
  • Crimple Hall by ArkleBoyce Architects. A new sustainable retail destination on the fringe of Harrogate
  • Park Hill Phase 2 by Mikhail Riches. The retrofit is part of the ongoing regeneration of the grade two*-listed Brutalist estate
  • Skipton Town Hall by LDN Architects. This redevelopment has brought a much-loved building back to the centre of Skipton’s cultural life
  • Sort Trae by HEM Architects, Susi Clark & Marc Medland Architect. An ultra-modern, low energy home and studio.

The five projects were selected by an expert jury, which visited all shortlisted projects.

RIBA president, Muyiwa Oki, said: “This year’s RIBA Award winning schemes showcase the true value of quality architecture, and the positive impact it has on people’s lives. While carefully considering the needs of the environment, these truly remarkable places and spaces deliver for communities, for residents, for visitors, and people of all ages up and down the country. They are pinnacles of design excellence, and show what can be achieved when architects and clients collaborate successfully.”

RIBA Yorkshire jury chair, Lucy Plumridge, said: “The award-winning projects in the Yorkshire region all reflect how innovative designs can create true social value. By reimagining existing structures, highly sustainable designs or creating attractions to boost the local economy they have been designed to actively benefit the people that use them and their local communities.

“From the radical restoration of Clifford’s Tower which unlocks rooms that have been inaccessible for over 300 years, to a sustainable farmers market building which sensitively connects to surrounding habitats, and a building that enriches a town hall’s cultural offering, there is a fantastic breadth of new architecture across the Yorkshire region.”

The regional special awards announced were:

  • Clifford’s Tower – RIBA Yorkshire Conservation Award 2024, RIBA Yorkshire Client of the Year 2024 (English Heritage)
  • Park Hill phase two, Alim Saleh – RIBA Yorkshire Project Architect of the Year 2024
  • Crimple Hall – RIBA Yorkshire Sustainability Award 2024

RIBA Yorkshire Award 2024 winners will now be considered for a RIBA national award in recognition of their architectural excellence, which will be announced on 11 July.

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.

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