Shortlist announced for 2013 Leeds Architecture Awards


Judging for the 2013 Leeds Architecture Awards takes place on Thursday 3rd October, with Trinity Leeds and the first direct arena amongst the list of shortlisted schemes.

The two Leeds heavyweights are joined on the shortlist by 17 other developments, selected from a total of 45 schemes nominated across five different categories.

A judging panel, chaired by guest assessors Martin and Oliver Wainwright, will visit each of the shortlisted schemes this week before deciding on the winners in each of the main categories. Martin Wainwright is the former Northern editor of The Guardian newspaper and author of the book ‘Leeds – Shaping the City’, published by RIBA. His son Oliver is the newspaper’s architecture critic.

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony taking place at Leeds Town Hall on Thursday 23rd January 2014.

Organised by Leeds City Council and Leeds Chamber Property Forum, the Leeds Architecture Awards were set up to promote and provide a showcase for best practice in architecture and design.

The 2013 Leeds Architecture Awards will be the 25th awards ceremony and will include a special award for best sustainable building, selected from previous award winners.

Award categories include: best new building, covering completely new developments in the city; conserved building, focusing on restoration of historic buildings; altered buildings, celebrating new uses for existing buildings; landscape and public art; and a special children’s award, selected by a panel of young people who will chose their favourite building from this year’s awards.

The judging panel includes representatives from the Leeds Society of Architects, Leeds Civic Trust, Royal Institute of British Architects and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. A range of criteria will be used to assess each of the shortlisted schemes, including appearance, sustainability, fitness for purpose, relation to setting, appropriate use of materials, consistency of design, enhancement of the area and lasting qualities.

Andrew Latchmore, a partner at Shulmans LLP and chair of Leeds Chamber Property Forum, said:

“2013 has been a landmark year for Leeds, with flagship developments such as the arena and Trinity Leeds making national headlines. However, there have been a number of other first-class schemes completed in Leeds since the last awards in 2011. The awards provide an opportunity to highlight the best in class and celebrate the role of architecture and urban design in shaping the city.”

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member for the economy and development, said:

“The city of Leeds has been transformed since the first awards ceremony took place in 1987. The 2013 awards provide an opportunity to review how the urban landscape of Leeds has changed, consider which buildings and development schemes have stood the test of time and the contribution architecture has made to the character and nature of Leeds as a city.”

Guest assessor Martin Wainwright said:

"Subway art, mill chimneys, pioneering social housing, the Arena and much more - the shortlist is as fascinating and varied as you'd expect from the UK's best city. Olly and I only agree on things after fierce and thorough debate, so I'm much looking forward to the judging. Let discussion commence!"


Notes for editors:

1. Shortlisted schemes for the 2013 Leeds Architecture Awards:

• Trinity Leeds (New Building / Landscape and Public Art)

• first direct arena - Clay Pit Lane, Leeds (New Building)

• LILAC - Lilac Grove, Victoria Park Avenue, Bramley (New Building)

• The First House - Chapel Allerton (New Building)

• Church Fields (phase one) - High Street, Boston Spa (New Building)

• Michael Marks Building (M&S Archive), Western Campus, University of Leeds (New Building)

• Age UK, Bradbury Building, Mark Lane, Leeds (Altered Building)

• Saxton, The Avenue, Richmond Hill (Altered Building)

• Crispin Lofts, New York Road, Leeds (Altered Building)

• Marshall’s Mill, Marshall Street, Holbeck (Altered Building)

• Reception to Martin House Hospice, Grove Road, Clifford, Wetherby (Altered Building)

• ‘Quiet Garden’, Martin House Hospice, Grove Road, Clifford, Wetherby (Landscape and Public Art)

• Morgans office, 75 Otley Road, Headingley (Altered Building and Landscape and Public Art)

• Former Majestyk, City Square, Leeds (Conserved Building)

• The Granary, Crag House Farm, Crag Hill, Cookridge (Altered and Conserved Building)

• Tower Works, Globe Road, Holbeck (Altered and Conserved Building)

• University Square and Sustainable Garden, University of Leeds (Landscape and Public Art)

• Feed Leeds - Civic Hall, Calverley Street, Leeds and Oakwood (Landscape and Public Art)

• Song Tunnel Artwork, Woodhouse Lane Subway, Leeds (Landscape and Public Art)

2. Members of the judging panel include:

Guest assessor Martin Wainwright MBE is a writer and broadcaster and author of 15 books including ‘Leeds - Shaping the City’, published by the RIBA. He retired in April as Northern Editor of The Guardian after working on the newspaper for 37 years.

Oliver Wainwright is the architecture and design critic of the Guardian. He trained as an architect at Cambridge and the Royal College of Art, and has worked in a variety of practices – from the Architecture and Urbanism Unit of the Greater London Authority, under Richard Rogers, to OMA/Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam, to public realm work with Muf in London.

Mike Gardner, representing Leeds Chamber Property Forum; Edward Park, Chair of Leeds Society of Architects; Kevin Grady, Chair of Leeds Civic Trust; Keith Knight, Chair of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation; Jennifer Welch, director of RICS North and Midlands; Emma England regional director, RIBA Yorkshire; Emma Oldroyd, Landscape Architect, Leeds Met; and representing Leeds City Council, John Thorp MBE, Civic Architect; Stephen Robson, Landscape Team Leader; Phil Ward, Conservation Team Leader; Mark Burgess, Design Team Leader; Jenny Fisher, Urban Designer.