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Property News Leeds Architecture Awards 2011 Shortlist Announced

Some of Leeds' best new buildings – including the residential buildings at Granary Wharf and City Varieties – are competing for this year's award

Property News: Leeds Architecture Awards 2011 Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for the Leeds Architectural Awards has been announced after a panel of judges – led by esteemed architect John Lyall – pored over the city’s numerous impressive buildings, eventually narrowing it down to a handful of noteworthy developments completed in Leeds over the last 24 months.

The awards aim to promote the exceptional quality of design in architecture across the city, and have five categories: New Buildings, covering completely new developments; Altered Buildings, acknowledging innovative uses for old designs; Conserved Building, celebrating restoration of historic architecture; Landscape Design, which includes public realm activities such as art schemes; and Temporary Works, which looks for inventive approaches to vacant sites and works which are delayed during construction.

Martin Farrington, Director of Development at Leeds City Council, said: “Not all architecture and regeneration awards ceremonies cover temporary uses and therefore miss an element of current practice in architecture and development.

"There are hundreds of examples of innovative uses for forgotten spaces across the country and the responses to these places are becoming as important as the permanent places and spaces that we create. We are delighted to be able to honour these unique, temporary spaces as part of the awards celebrating innovation and creativity in Leeds.”

This year’s shortlisted schemes include the recently refurbished City Varieties Music Hall, the two residential developments at Granary Wharf, Northern Ballet, Left Bank Leeds, a refurbished church now used as an event space; and a number of landscape and public art schemes. One of the shortlisted schemes will also receive a ‘Special Mention’ award, which will be announced on the evening of the ceremony.

The winners are to be announced in a ceremony on 2nd February at Leeds Town Hall, which was voted Leeds’ Favourite Building in the 2009 Awards. BBC broadcaster Andrew Evans will host the night, which is a not-for-profit event co-ordinated by Leeds City Council and Leeds Property Forum.

Andrew Latchmore, one of the judges and chair of Leeds Property Forum, said “We are extremely grateful to our sponsors for this year’s awards including Davis Langdon, Hammerson, Land Securities, Leeds College of Building, Leeds Metropolitan University, and the University of Leeds. Without their support this important event in the Leeds calendar would not be taking place.”

The council hope the awards ceremony will not only celebrate and promote the highest standards of architectural design across the city, but also stimulate public interest in the cityscape.

Fortunately the current economic climate hasn’t cast a cloud over the 24th Leeds Architectural Awards. Andrew Latchmore said: "Despite the recent lack of growth in the economy we were impressed with the range and quality of submissions received for this year’s awards.”

A new website has been developed to showcase the awards and features details of the full shortlist. Tickets are now available for the awards ceremony and information about how to book your table at the event can also be found on the 2011 Leeds Architecture Awards website: www.leedsarchitectureawards.co.uk

Posted on Wednesday 14th December 2011
Rebecca Ross

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