Remembrance cen­tre up for ar­chi­tec­tural prize

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

THE Remembrance Cen­tre at the Na­tional Memo­rial Ar­bore­tum is in with a chance of win­ning the pres­ti­gious Stir­ling Prize for ar­chi­tec­ture.

The £15.7 mil­lion build­ing in Al­re­was, Stafford­shire, was the only West Mid­lands project named among 49 na­tional award win­ners by the Royal In­sti­tute of Bri­tish Ar­chi­tects (RIBA).

It is now on the long-list for the an­nual Stir­ling Prize which recog­nises build­ings of ex­cep­tion ar­chi­tec­tural merit, hav­ing been named a re­gional RIBA Award win­ner and also over­all West Mid­lands Build­ing of the Year for 2017 in May.

The Cen­tre opened in Oc­to­ber and pro­vides in­for­ma­tion, films and ex­hi­bi­tions.

It was de­signed by Birm­ing­ham prac­tice Glenn How­ells Ar­chi­tects.

Mr How­ells said: “We are de­lighted that the Remembrance Cen­tre has been recog­nised with such an im­por­tant award.

“We have been work­ing with the client for over eight years and this has been one of the most sig­nif­i­cant and chal­leng­ing build­ings we have de­signed.

“This re­mains a key project for us as we are now poised to start con­struc­tion of a new events pavil- ion that will be­come the so­cial fo­cus of the Na­tional Memo­rial Ar­bore­tum.” The judges’ ci­ta­tion said: “A strong sense of an­tic­i­pa­tion pre­cedes some projects just be­cause of their very spe­cial na­ture and the Remembrance Cen­tre at the Na­tional Memo­rial Ar­bore­tum does not dis­ap­point. A well-pro­por­tioned, neo­clas­si­cal façade projects the ap­pro­pri­ate level of grav­i­tas as­so­ci­ated with a build­ing of such im­por­tance.

“The build­ing rises to the chal­lenge of uni­fy­ing an ex­ist­ing chap- Pic­ture: Rob Par­rish el, a former vis­i­tor cen­tre and ex­ter­nal spa­ces and gar­dens. It ad­dresses the Armed Forces Memo­rial in a pow­er­ful way.”

Among the other projects listed for the 2017 Stir­ling Prize are Hast­ings Pier, Liver­pool Phil­har­monic and the home of the Metropoli­tan Po­lice at New Scot­land Yard.

> Ar­chi­tect Glenn How­ells > The Remembrance Cen­tre at the Na­tional Memo­rial Ar­bore­tum in Stafford­shire

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