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5th April 2018


Eleven buildings have been shortlisted for RIBA West Midlands (Royal Institute of British Architects) Awards 2018; the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at Tom’s Kitchen, The Mailbox, Birmingham on Tuesday 22 May.

The buildings that have been shortlisted are:

  • Mailbox by Stanton Williams
  • Assay Studios by Glenn Howells Architects
  • Hope View House by Warren Benbow Architects
  • National College for High Speed Rail, Birmingham by Bond Bryan Architects
  • New Library, Birmingham by Associated Architects LLP
  • Royal Birmingham Conservatoire by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios LLP
  • Shropshire Residence by Gregory Phillips Architects
  • The Old Court House by Harrison Brookes Architects
  • The Orchard, Warwickshire by Studio Spicer Architects
  • University of Birmingham Indoor Sports Centre by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
  • Willow Barns by PRP

RIBA West Midlands Chair, Aaron Chetwynd welcomed the news saying:

“At a time of significant construction activity within the region, I am really delighted that this RIBA Regional Awards shortlist showcases the excellent breadth of architects’ work in the West Midlands. The inclusion of new build, conservation and refurbishment work, projects at large and smaller scales and in urban, suburban and rural settings illustrates the value and impact that great design can bring to any setting and all communities. It is a particular pleasure to see the inclusion of projects that are of major significance to the region and have the potential to impact on so many lives of its inhabitants. Many congratulations to all practices making the shortlist and we look forward to seeing you at the Awards Evening in May.”

All shortlisted buildings will be assessed by a regional jury and the winning buildings will be announced at the RIBA West Midlands Awards evening and reception on Tuesday 22 May at Tom’s Kitchen, Birmingham.

Regional Award winners will be considered for a highly-coveted RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will be announced in June. The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize, the new best building of the year, will be drawn from the RIBA National Award-winning buildings in July and the Stirling Prize winner will be announced in October.

About the Mailbox nomination:

The creative refurbishment of The Mailbox in Birmingham has breathed new life into one of the largest mixed-use buildings in the UK. The high-end retail and office facilities have been transformed in a logistically challenging project that required the building to remain operational throughout.  Positioned in the heart of The Mailbox, the triple height shopping arcade was narrow, open to the sky and had poor shopfront visibility. As a result, it was principally used as a through-route and suffered from low ‘dwell’ time.   It has been reinvented it as an internal ‘Urban Room’ where shoppers can relax and enjoy a calm, elegant environment created from tactile, high quality materials.
Architect: Stanton Williams