West London RIBA winners

ravenor parkTwo schools in Ealing, and housing in Brentford and Hammersmith have won RIBA London Awards.

West London has four representatives on the 38 strong list of London winners:

  • Brentford Lock West, TW8 by Duggan Morris Architects
  • Ravenor Primary Expansion, UB6 by Seymour Harris Architecture (pictured)
  • Vaulted House, W6 by vPPR Architects
  • William Perkin Church of England High School, UB6 by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

The RIBA awards recognise the best in architecture from across the country. Other London winners included the new Foyles bookshop on Charing Cross Road and the National Theatre on the South Bank.

The £3.5million Ravenor Primary School project, designed by Seymour Harris Architects, was completed in 2013. Its new two-storey building increased the capacity of the existing school and created a modern, fun learning environment for local children. The block consists of classrooms, a small hall, staff room and informal teaching areas.

Colin Way, director, Seymour Harris Architects, said: “When designing primary schools there is a balance we seek to achieve between simplicity and refinement in architecture combined with a corresponding scale, playfulness and sense of adventure inherent in all young children.

“Working with an enthusiastic client and their conviction that places children at the core of their values, we developed the design to reflect a series of linked indoor and outdoor spaces within an overall site master plan. The project has been a joy to work on and it is a testament that the fun and creativity delivered in the project has been recognised with an RIBA Award. As architects, we are immensely proud to achieve this award and in the project itself.”

Councillor Binda Rai, Ealing’s cabinet member for children and young people, said: “We are immensely proud of these awards. These local schools have competed against big-budget projects from across London and judged to be amongst the very best.

“We know that good design impacts children’s learning and that is why, as a council, we demand the best from everyone involved in our school projects. Despite both projects being delivered on tight budgets, the end results are uplifting and provide inspirational environments for the children, young people and staff who spend a great deal of their time at school.”

Meanwhile, Sky’s Osterley HQ has been named London’s ‘Best Building’ at the Institution of Civil Engineers’ (ICE) London Engineering Excellence Awards 2015.

The timber-framed Believe in Better Building in Grant Way, with its jutting glass facade following the incline of the stairs, opened in 2014. It is said to be the UK’s tallest timber structure and was designed by Arup.

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