18 May 2018

MICA wins twice in the South Regional RIBA Awards 2018

MICA receive two awards at the RIBA Regional Awards ceremony last night for the New Library at The Queen’s College, Oxford receiving a RIBA South Award and a further special award in the Conservation category.

The RIBA judges described the New Library as “an extraordinary achievement of structural engineering, construction logistics, deep-pocketed patronage, and architectural skill.”

Noting the sensitivity of the design, the judges explained that “the designers not only succeeded in concealing the extension and its rooflight; they have also linked the new to the old with masterful care and discretion.”

“It is most impressive that, at the end of this project, there is no hint of compromise to the Listed buildings or to their setting,” they continued. “The old parts have scrubbed up nicely, and the few new elements which are visible feel right and good.”

RIBA Regional Awards are given to UK buildings for their regional importance as a piece of architecture. The New Library at The Queen’s College, Oxford was acknowledged in the South region.

Regional Jury Chair, Adrian James of Adrian James Architects, said of this year’s RIBA South Award winners:

“The overall standard of the shortlist for RIBA South Awards was very high, which is why so many of them made the grade to progress to a Regional Award.

“Oxford generally dominates the architecture of the region. The University and the colleges have an eye-popping track record as patrons and that tradition shows no sign of waning. The standard of the submitted buildings in Oxford this year was quite superb. Most should achieve national and even international recognition.

The Queen’s College, Oxford New Library will also be considered for a highly-coveted RIBA National Award in recognition of architectural excellence.

Read full RIBA Announcement here

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