15 December 2008
Blaenavon World Heritage and Tourist Information Centres and Winchester Discovery Centre given top accolades.
Torfaen County Borough Council has recently been awarded the 2008 RIBA Award for outstanding design on the Blaenavon World Heritage and Tourist Information Centres, Wales.
The project received the accolade for the conservation and adaptation of the historic components of the scheme which sees the new Centre’s sympathetically placed between two historic school buildings. WYG provided mechanical and electrical consultancy services for the Centre which is located in the carefully restored former St Peter’s School.
RIBA has also recognised Hampshire County Council Recreation & Heritage with a 2008 award for the transformation of a traditional library into the new Winchester Discovery Centre which provides a busy, vibrant cultural focus for Winchester.
The Hampshire County Council Recreation & Heritage scheme sees the existing building opened up to exploit the previously concealed rooflight and a circular mezzanine inserted to create an instantly legible and accessible library. Behind is a highly specified museum for special exhibitions, the building also contains a performance space and teaching rooms, a new cafe and a popular bookshop. WYG provided mechanical and electrical consultancy services for the award winning centre.
The RIBA Awards recognise buildings that have high architectural standards and make a substantial contribution to the local environment, during the judging process shortlisted projects are visited and their design excellence is assessed irrespective of style, size or complexity of the project.