24 May 2010
Three landmark projects in Newcastle and Teesside have won awards at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) North East awards 2010 ceremony.
The awards, which are designed to showcase excellence and reward achievement from organisations and projects around the region, acknowledged the Newcastle City Library, Great North Museum and the Infinity Bridge in Teesside.
Designed by Ryder Architecture, the new six storey Newcastle City library replaces the previous Basil Spence building and has real prominence in the city boasting an illuminated glass fronting and high visibility entrance. In contrast, Farrells architect designed the renovation of the grade 2 listed Great North Museum in Newcastle.
Alex Bryden, Technical Director at WYG said: “We are delighted to have been a part of these award winning schemes. WYG provided mechanical and electrical services to both the Newcastle City library and Great North Museum, and further environmental services to the museum with bespoke BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) and pre-assessment advice.”
The 180 metre Infinity Bridge, designed by Spence Architects, also scooped an award. WYG were actively involved in this project from its inception at the ground investigation stage, advising on land ownership issues and the planning process and supervising the construction on behalf of the client group. Commenting on the project, the judges noted that “if ever a bridge was to win an architect’s award this is it".
All projects will now go forward to the RIBA National awards and entered for the RIBA Stirling Prize, the winners of which will be announced live on Channel 4 in October.
Photograph: Newcastle City Library © Ryder Architecture