Barbour Product Search sponsors Public Building category at AYA

Barbour Product Search sponsors Public Building category at AYA

Barbour Product Search is proud to be sponsoring the Public Building Architect of the Year category at this year’s Architect of the Year Awards, organised by BD.

We’ve taken a look at some of the projects entered by the architects shortlisted for this category.

Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands – JW3

Client: Jewish Community Centre
Architect: Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
Contractor: BAM Construction
Services Engineer: Norman Disney & Young Limited
Structural Engineer: Adams Kara Taylor Limited
Location: London, NW3

The JW3 is a new award-winning community centre serving the Jewish population in London. The Jewish community centre includes a multi-purpose room, cinema screening room, arts & crafts workshop, recording studio, kitchen, cafe/bar, dance studio, classrooms, meeting rooms, nursery and play area following demolition of existing buildings.

Ryder Architecture – Manchester Central Library

Client: Manchester City Council
Architect: Ryder Architecture
Contractor: Laing O’Rourke
M&E Engineer: BDP
Structural Engineer: URS Scott Wilson
Location: Manchester, M2

The Manchester Central Library development was part of the Town Hall Extension Project. The Central Library was redesigned to provide the best possible library service, creating a new environment in a historic context. The library contains an archive reading room, display areas, public meeting rooms, study spaces, ICT suite, cinema, learning rooms and commercial space.

Mecanoo – Library of Birmingham

Client: Birmingham City Council
Architect: Mecanoo
Contractor: Carillion
M&E Engineer: TPS Consult
Structural Engineer: TPS Consult
Location: Birmingham, B1

Mecanoo's design for the Library of Birmingham is inviting and inspiring for people of all ages and backgrounds. The library comprises a workshop, studio theatre, shops, offices, business and learning zone, reader services, children's library, gallery, archives, plant room and parking, following partial demolition of the existing building.

Purcell - Babcock Galleries, National Museum of the Royal Navy

Client: National Museum of the Royal Navy
Architect: Purcell
Contractor: Warings Group
Quantity Surveyor: Wenham O'Brien
Location: Portsomoth, PO1

The Galleries are housed within Storehouse 10, a Grade I listed brick and timber framed building. Purcell oversaw the building’s conservation and repair, improved accessibility and has designed a new glazed link between two listed buildings.

Haworth Tompkins - The Everyman Theatre

Client: Liverpool and Merseyside Theatres Trust Limited
Architect: Haworth Tompkins
Contractor: Gilbert-Ash
M&E Engineer: Furness Partnership
Structural Engineer: Alan Baxter Associates
Location: Liverpool, L1

Redevelopment of the Everyman Theatre theatre caters for 400 with additional rehearsal rooms, production workshops, and workspaces for literary, education, youth and community activities. The Everyman Theatre is accessible and environmentally sustainable, combining the wrap-around auditorium and basement bistro with the new facilities.

Adam Richards Architects - Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft

Client: The Ditchling Museum Trust
Architect: Adam Richards Architects
Contractor: Westridge Construction
M&E Engineer: Bailey Gomm Design Partnership
Structural Engineer: Price & Myers
Location: Ditchling, BN6

The scheme involved redevelopment of existing ancillary buildings to the South of the museum with a new single storey building housing museum store, WCS and introduction room. New openings to the Hilary Bourne gallery were also incorporated, following partial demolition of existing buildings.

Good luck to all the finalists!

For more information about the Public Building Architect of the Year shortlist, please view

The Architect of the Year Awards are organised annually by BD. This year's awards takes place on the 2nd December at The Brewery, London.

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