Two awards at St Fagan's include for Gweidthy, a cafe, workshop and exhibition space

Museums and galleries across UK win Riba awards

Alex Stevens, 03.06.2019
National awards and Stirling Prize to be revealed later this year
Several museum sector capital projects have received regional awards from the Royal Institute of British Architecture (Riba), announced at a series of events across the UK in May.

They will be considered for the Riba national awards, revealed later this month – ultimately leading to the prestigious Stirling Prize, announced in October.

The regional award winners include two projects at the redeveloped St Fagans National Museum of History in south Wales: the restoration and extension by Purcell of the 1976 modernist main building; and Gweithdy, a new building which houses a cafe, craft workshop and gallery, designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.

Riba also recognised Battersea Arts Centre, whose 12-year redevelopment was disrupted by fire in 2015 and which now hosts artists’ bedrooms as well as events and exhibitions through the Moving Museum scheme – led by the motto “not for me, not for you, but for us”. 

There are more awards in London than any other region, including the South London Gallery’s conversion of a neighbouring former fire station by 6a Architects and Ealing's Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery, which reopened this year after a three-year renovation led by Jestico and Whiles.  

Other regional winners include V&A DundeeSt Albans Museum and GalleryCollective Gallery in Edinburgh and the Weston visitor centre at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Riba Regional Awards – Museums, galleries and heritage

Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, Jamie Fobert Architects
St Albans Museum and Gallery, John McAslan and Partners
The Lookout, Holkham, Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios with Lucas+Western Architects

East Midlands

Battersea Arts Centre, Haworth Tompkins 
Here East, Hawkins\Brown
Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery, Jestico and Whiles with Julian Harrap
Southbank Centre (including Hayward Gallery), Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
South London Gallery Fire Station, 6a Architects
The Painted Hall, Greenwich, Hugh Broughton Architects with Martin Ashley Architects
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries, Westminster Abbey, MUMA
The Triforium Project, Westminster Abbey, Ptolemy Dean Architects

North East

North West

Greenland Library, Brasenose College Oxford, Lee/Fitzgerald Architects
Whitchurch Silk Mill, Hampshire County Council Architects

South East
Process Gallery, Kent, Guy Hollaway Architects

South West

West Midlands

Weston Visitor Centre, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Feilden Fowles Architects

Gweithdy, St Fagans National Museum of History, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Main Building, St Fagans National Museum of History, Purcell

Northern Ireland

Collective on Calton Hill, Edinburgh, Collective Architecture Ltd
V&A Dundee, Kengo Kuma & Associates with Architects and James F Stephen


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17.07.2019, 22:53
There is a nice feel to Gweithdy at St Fagans and the interior and graphic design in the gallery helps to create a very pleasant visitor experience.