Wakefield head quartered architects, The Harris Partnership, have won a prestigious RIBA Yorkshire Award for ‘architectural excellence’ from the Royal Institute of British Architects.
The awards, which recognise outstanding new Yorkshire buildings, was made for the firm’s designs for The Blackburn Wing; a wing shaped conference-events venue suspended in the woodland canopy on the listed Bowcliffe Hall estate near Wetherby where it serves as the centerpiece of a master planning and restoration scheme by estate owners the Bayford Group.
In a double-celebration at the prestigious awards ceremony held last Thursday 23 April 2015, the Bayford Group CEO, Jonathan Turner, won the RIBA Yorkshire Client of the Year Award in recognition of his vision and passionate commitment to making the Blackburn Wing a reality.
Emma England, Director for RIBA Yorkshire and 2015 Awards Lay Assessor said:
‘There’s a huge diversity in the range of award winners this year, from the first direct arena in Leeds, a boutique tree top events space (The Blackburn Wing) and two stunning private houses, showing that good architecture is possible at many different scales. I’m especially proud that six out of the eight winners are architects from the Yorkshire region.’
The Blackburn Wing will now be considered for a highly-coveted RIBA National Award to be announced on Thursday 19 June and has also been nominated in the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors 2015 building awards.