A striking addition to Bishop Auckland has been recognised. Credit: Nick Kane

GALLERY | Four shortlisted for regional RIBA awards

The renovation of Auckland Castle and the conversion of Sunderland fire station into a music venue are among the projects in the running for the Royal Institute of British Architects’ North East Awards 2024.

The shortlisted projects are:

  • Auckland Castle, Tower & Faith Museum, Bishop Auckland by Niall McLaughlin Architects and Purcell
  • Fire Station Auditorium, Sunderland by Flanagan Lawrence and Howarth Litchfield
  • Percy Cottage, Northumberland by Elliott Architects
  • Raven Tower, Hesleyside Hall, Northumberland, by Newton Architects with SHE Structural Engineers

RIBA North East jury chair Emily Posey, associate of Eric Parry Architects, said: “This year’s shortlisted projects are playful in their creative use of design interventions.

“Covering a range of typologies, these buildings have all made a positive contribution to their North East locality: whether socially, environmentally or through clear concept and materiality combined.

“The challenges of the brief have been met with unique responses, while bringing joy to the architectural process and end user experience.”

All projects shortlisted for RIBA Regional Awards will be visited by a regional jury, and the winning projects will be announced later this spring.

The winners will then be considered for several RIBA Special Awards, including the RIBA Sustainability Award and RIBA Building of the Year, before being considered for a RIBA National Award, to be announced in the summer.

The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize given to the UK’s best new building will be chosen from the RIBA National Award-winning projects, and announced in September, before the Stirling winner is named in October.

Top row: Sunderland Fire Station

Second row: Percy Cottage

Third row: Auckland Castle

Bottom row: Raven Tower

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