Second prestigious RIBA shortlisting in a week for Grimsby-area architectural practice

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 21 Mar 2017

A SECOND shortlisting in a week for a first award from the Royal Institute of British Architects has been received by Humberston practice ID Architecture.

Blackwood, the head office it designed for owner JemBuild to construct and inhabit, together with its team, follows a private Healing house extension, again built by JemBuild.

Due to the postcode placing, the base on Wilton Road is in the running for an East Midlands title, while Healing is in the Yorkshire category

Awkwardly both celebration events are on the same night – nearly 100 miles apart.

Tom Williams designed the iconic office will be at The Roundhouse in Derby. "We are absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted for a second project," the team tweeted.

Describing the building, the RIBA team said: “Located at the threshold of the Wilton Road Industrial Estate, the sawtooth building is a striking addition to the area providing a contrast to the vernacular of portal frame sheds and brick storage buildings. 

“Black painted larch cladding wraps the entire building façade and its roof, creating a ventilated rain screen. Particular care and attention was paid to align each joint to create a seamless effect at the transition between wall and roof. Since its completion, the building has acted as a catalyst for investment and growth of neighbouring units on the estate.”

Mr Williams will be joined by Holton-le-Clay’s Jonathan Hendry Architects Ltd, shortlisted for Beach Hut at Sandilands. 

The striking seafront build is one of seven others in the running for a 2017 award. 

Pitched against a university library, Leicester Cathedral’s Richard III Project and a global drug company’s new laboratory, three-time RIBA winner Mr Hendry is optimistic.

“RIBA has got its head round this, it is not about scale it is about quality and making a piece of architecture, whether that’s a £30,000 beach hut of a £30 million research laboratory," he said. "All have merit.”

Mr Hendry, who won the same regional accolade for a Humberston Fitties project in 2013, told how he was approached by a London-based client who already owned a beach hut at the popular Lincolnshire spot.

“It was a former public toilet that was no longer wanted, and he wanted us to do something with it,” Mr Hendry said.

RIBA said: “Located close to the promenade at Sandilands, a small former public toilet block has been renovated and extended to provide a new beach hut at the end of a row of traditional style huts. 

“The unique form and identity of the building responds to the quirky characteristics of the existing building and contributes to the tourist seaside character of the area. Three of the facades are clad in vertical timber boarding stained red, while the north-west façade comprises sheets of opaque polycarbonate, allowing light into the chalet while retaining privacy from the passing public.”

Winners will be revealed on Thursday, May 25.

RIBA East Midlands chair, Valeria Passetti, said: “It’s fantastic that eight projects have been shortlisted for the RIBA East Midlands 2017 Awards. The range and diversity of the schemes selected, including two by regionally-based practices, is testament to the inspiring architecture that this region has to offer.”

All shortlisted buildings will be assessed by a regional jury. 

The Yorkshire event takes place on the same night at Fruit in Hull, where architect James Lockwood will represent ID for his work on the Healing home.      

Regional Award winners will be considered for a highly-coveted RIBA National Award, to 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 buildings later in the year. 

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