Leeds Architecture Awards 2019: Wins for Rodley Nature Reserve, Sunny Bank Mills and Kirkstall Forge

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Number One Kirkstall Forge

The best of West Leeds’ beautiful buildings were on show at the Leeds Architecture Awards – with some notable successes in Farsley, Rodley, Kirkstall and Bramley.

The multi-million pound Kirkstall Forge development won the Best New Building category for its Number One office development, and was also commended in the Public Realm and Landscape Design category.

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Winner: Rodley Nature Reserve

Rodley Nature Reserve won the Charity/Voluntary Group award in the Landscape Stewardship category while the Regeneration category was won by Farsley’s magnificently restored Sunny Bank Mills.

Winner: Sunny Bank Mills, off Farsley Town Street

Bramley Community Hub in Hough Lane was commended in the Altered Building category.

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Bramley Community Hub. Copyright Stephen Craven and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

The annual Leeds Architecture Awards rewarded the best building developments, restorations and alterations at a glittering awards ceremony at Leeds Town Hall.

This year, 58 schemes were nominated across five different award categories – Altered Buildings; Conserved Buildings; New Buildings; Public Realm and Landscape Design; and Regeneration Schemes.

Nominations were shortlisted to 24 and judging took place last September. The judging panel was chaired by guest assessor Hiro Aso (Head of Transport and Infrastructure at Gensler) who presented all the awards.

Hiro Aso, Head of Transport and Infrastructure, Gensler, said:

“Placemaking is key to city growth – it’s about working collaboratively with organisations, local government, and businesses, with and for people, to animate the public realm and generate a relevant ‘sense of place’ within the city.

“Having worked on the development of a masterplan for Leeds Station as it anticipates the arrival of HS2, I have learnt and continue to learn a lot about Leeds and I am continually surprised by the richness and diversity in its physical and non-physical qualities.”

A full list of citywide winners is available here.


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