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Guildhall York Architecture Competition

Yorkshire Design Contest in north England, UK – Shortlisted Architects

12 + 11 Dec 2012

Guildhall York Design Contest Winner

Guildhall Architecture Competition York, northern England

11 December 2012 – York’s historic Guildhall and Riverside Competition – Winner announced

The City of York Council and the RIBA are delighted to announce that Rob Loader Architects have won the design ideas competition for re-imagining York’s Guildhall complex.

Guildhall York Architecture Competition Winner – design by Rob Loader Architects:
York Guildhall and Riverside Competition York Guildhall and Riverside Architecture Competition
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They fought off strong competition from Architecture & Urbanism Studio, London, Jak Studio, London, Nicholas Mills Architect, Edinburgh, SEC JV (Sack and Reicher, ESC-studio, Collingridge and Smith Architects), Cumbria, but ultimately the Jury Panel were unanimous in their decision.

Keith Williams, Jury Panel Chair said on behalf of the Jury Panel “After a long and carefully deliberated day long session which included detailed presentation and discussion with the individual architects of each proposal, the jury panel was unanimous in choosing the winning concept.

York Riverside:
York Riverside
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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.”

Cllr Julie Gunnell, Cabinet Member of Corporate Services, said: “I’d like to thank all of the architects who submitted their designs and York Boats and York Civic Trust who have supported the competition as key stakeholders and sponsors. We received huge interest in this competition and received entries as far afield as Russia, Malaysia and Vietnam, which cemented the reputation of how important and unique our city’s historic Guildhall is across the world.

“We’re delighted to announce that Rob Loader Architects’ won the design competition, which was the favourite amongst the general public and stakeholders. This has been really useful in exploring potential future designs for the site. The next steps will be to develop deliverable options for the use of the Guildhall and explore how we can use the creative outcomes of the competition to inform future plans for this iconic site. This work will proceed in the new year.”

Rob Loader Architects said “The study area for the York Riverside Competition contains a rich architectural history and a variety of spatial qualities, and these winning proposals by James Decent, Joseph Little and Robert Loader create an accessible and attractive public riverside.

We look forward to working with the City of York, investors and the community to contribute to the regeneration of York’s principal mediaeval arrival point at St Leonard’s Landing, enhancing the historic network of pedestrian snickelways and creating new activities in this highly visible and significant location.”

Brian Clarke, managing director of Yorkboat said “Congratulations to Rob Loader Architects for their winning design. This competition was a great way to get new ideas particularly for this important part of the city. Yorkboat is delighted to be both a sponsor and a partner in this initiative.”

York Boat and the Civic Trust sponsored the competition and will be offering the winning candidates the following cash prizes:

• 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

20 Nov 2012

Guildhall York Design Contest Shortlist

Guildhall Architecture Competition, York, England

York’s historic Guildhall and Riverside Competition – Shortlist announced

The City of York Council and the RIBA are delighted to announce that a shortlist has now been selected in the design ideas competition for re-imagining York’s Guildhall complex.

36 entries were received including several international submissions from Europe as well as Russia, Malaysia and Vietnam.

The judging panel chaired by Keith Williams, RIBA Adviser met on 13 November to select a shortlist of five design submissions and the authors of the selected schemes are:

Architecture & Urbanism Studio, London
Jak Studio, London
Robert Loader Architect, London
Nicholas Mills Architect, Edinburgh
SEC JV (Sack and Reicher, ESC-studio, Collingridge and Smith Architects), Cumbria

The shortlisted schemes will go on public exhibition in the Marriott Room at York Explore Library Museum Street, York, YO1 7DS from Sunday 25 – Tuesday 27 November during normal opening hours – please visit: http://www.york.gov.uk/leisure/Libraries/Library_facilities/exploreyork/ for further details.

Councillor Julie Gunnell, Cabinet member for Corporate Services, City of York Council, said: “The Guildhall and associated spaces are a significant part of York’s cultural and civic history and during the shortlisting process one of the most important points we looked out for in the architects’ designs was that their proposal will continue to play a key role in the city’s future.”

Brian Clarke, managing director of Yorkboat said, “It’s great to get new ideas particularly for this important part of the city, this competition is a great idea and I am sure that it will generate some blue sky thinking, Yorkboat is delighted to be both a sponsor and a partner in this initiative.”

Keith Williams, said: “The competition elicited an excellent response from the profession. 36 submissions may not seem a high number but this was a particularly difficult task and the quality of the schemes received was for the most part exemplary. For the judges, arriving at the final cut was a far from easy task. The 5 shortlisted schemes encompass a very diverse and intelligent set of design responses, each of which put across very clear strategies as to how this this extraordinary series of buildings and spaces could be transformed.”

The teams will now present their designs to the Judging Panel at a final interview on 4 December 2012 where the order of prize winners will subsequently be agreed.

12 + 11 Sep 2012

Guildhall York Design Contest

Guildhall Architecture Competition, York, England

6 Nov 2012 – submission deadline

Launch of international design competition to influence the future of York’s historic Guildhall and riverside.

City of York Council have launched a competition seeking nationally and internationally renowned architects to submit their design proposals which clearly demonstrate potential future uses for York’s historic Guildhall and riverside complex.

Registered architects are invited to develop their ideas for the Guildhall in York, the associated office accommodation, river frontage and boat yard, as part of an ‘Open Ideas’ competition, run by The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Entries will be sought from architects putting forward innovative ideas on how the potential of the Guildhall site and riverside could be maximised for the benefit of the city and its residents.

A judging panel appointed to oversee the competition and choose a winner will include award winning and nationally renowned architect Keith Williams, chair of the jury panel and the RIBA advisor; City of York Council cabinet members Councillor Julie Gunnell, Cabinet member for Corporate Services and Cllr Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability; a city business representative and Darren Richardson, newly appointed director of City and Environmental Services at City of York Council, and also David Warburton, head of Design Conservation and Sustainable Development at City of York Council.

A wider group of key city stakeholders has also been appointed and includes business, academic, heritage and conservation specialists.

York Boat and the Civic Trust are sponsoring the competition and will be offering winning candidates the following cash prizes:

• 1st prize – £5,000
• 2nd prize – £3,000
• 3rd prize – £2,000
• 4th prize – £1,000
• 5th prize – £1,000

Councillor Julie Gunnell, Cabinet member for Corporate Services, City of York Council, said: “The Guildhall and associated spaces are a significant part of York’s cultural and civic history and we want to ensure that it can continue to play a key role in the city in the future. Independent assessment of the site confirms that significant development and modernisation of elements of the complex will be necessary to make the most of the buildings and riverside area for the future.”

Cllr Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability, said: “We hope that by inviting ideas from architectural practices across the world, the city will see the benefits that could be realised from a range of high quality and innovative options for the Guildhall and adjacent riverside towards Lendal bridge.”

Keith Williams, said: “This is an ideas competition. Nevertheless, it represents an intriguing and testing challenge to architects to balance successfully the sensitive nature of York’s historic riverside with inspirational proposals that will show how this extraordinarily rich complex of buildings and spaces may be transformed.”

Brian Clarke, managing director of Yorkboat said, “It’s great to get new ideas particularly for this important part of the city, this competition is a great idea and I am sure that it will generate some blue sky thinking, Yorkboat is delighted to be both a sponsor and a partner in this initiative.”

The competition submission deadline is Tuesday 6 November and the results will be announced early December.

For more details about the competition or to enter please visit www.ribacompetitions.com


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