RIBA East Midlands Awards 2017

Proud to finally bury a long lost king, the region's prospects are blooming as the 'Midlands Engine' takes hold

Born in Nottingham, rais­ed and educated in the market towns of Newark and Loughborough and having practised for over 20 years in Leicestershire, I’m proud of my East Midlands roots. I’ve been fortunate to have worked on projects across the UK, but while  my home region has much to offer, it’s a little unknown further afield.

I love sport and work extensively in this market sector.  The East Midlands has some wonderful and notable achievements – not least Olympians Torvill and Dean (national ice stadium), the world’s oldest football league club, Notts County, an international watersports centre, a new velodrome in Derby, a world class sports university in Loughborough and the FA’s national football centre in Burton. These and many others have helped strengthen the identity of the East Midlands. Sport reaches out and brings communities together and helps energise people to improve their long term health and wellbeing – as reflected in the recent growth in leisure activity.

Fantastic universities across the region lead in a significant number of fields and collaborate, including in architecture. Schools at Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Lincoln, De Montfort and now Loughborough work closely in the RIBA East Midlands region and among its branches, the LRSA and NDSA.

Yet we remain challenging to place geographically. There are signs though of positive change as the region plays a vital part of the ‘Midlands Engine’ enterprise initiative. Leicester’s recent football success and Richard III have helped bring wider recognition and new development to the city and beyond. Projects include the Curve theatre, National Space Centre, refurbishment of James Stirling’s Engineering Building, De Montfort’s recent £130 million campus investment and the proposed Great Central Railway museum.

Our sporting success raises our profile and promotes growth. We are looking forward to seeing the East Midlands blossom, putting us firmly on the map!

Richard Crowson is regional director for Watson Batty Architects, Loughborough


RIBA East Midlands Awards 2017 – The full list
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Meadow View Residential Dementia Care Centre, Darley Dale

Glancy Nicholls Architects

Meadow View Residential Dementia Care Centre, Darley Dale
Meadow View Residential Dementia Care Centre, Darley Dale

Beach Hut, Sutton on Sea

Jonathan Hendry Architects

Beach Hut, Sutton on Sea
Beach Hut, Sutton on Sea

Artemis Barn, Castleton

Chiles Evans + Care Architects

Artemis Barn, Castleton
Artemis Barn, Castleton

Number One Westhill, Leicester

Stephen George + Partners

Number One Westhill, Leicester
Number One Westhill, Leicester

George Green Library, Nottingham

Hopkins Architects

George Green Library, Nottingham
George Green Library, Nottingham

Richard III Project ‘With Dignity and Honour’, Leicester

van Heyningen and Haward Architects

Richard III Project ‘With Dignity and Honour’, Leicester,
Richard III Project ‘With Dignity and Honour’, Leicester, Credit: Thom Chesshyre

The next RIBA Regional Awards will be announced on Tuesday 30 May from 11pm at www.ribaj.com.

See our special RIBA Awards 2017 section for all this year’s winners.


 

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