FCBStudios have been celebrated with three RIBA London Awards for two major restoration projects, the refurbishment of the Southbank Centre’s brutalist venues and the regeneration of Alexandra Palace’s East Wing which also received an RIBA London Conservation Award.
The six-year project to restore Alexandra Palace’s East Court and to return its Victorian Theatre to use for the first time in 80 years has breathed new life into a much-loved cultural icon, integrating a new technical infrastructure while retaining the unique character of its historic spaces. The project also won the RIBA London Conservation Award.
The judges said 'The architects' response to the [Alexandra Palace] Charitable Trust’s brief has led to a great sense of shared endeavour which coherently and very successfully delivers a refreshed and reinvigorated People’s Palace. They have not been afraid to leave plenty of space for the people using it to shape, engage with and grow into. A stunning achievement in any circumstances, but a genuine triumph in the face of the current political and economic climate.'
The restoration and redesign of Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery has transformed and modernised them for generations to come.
The judges said 'The refurbished buildings celebrate the uniqueness of the Southbank Centre, and truly enhance the visitor and performer experience. The commitment of the client and architect to preserve and restore these buildings and their original features is to be applauded.'
This foundation of renewal and upgrading of the existing buildings has prepared them for the next chapter in their stories.
83 projects were shortlisted for the awards with 47 projects receiving regional awards. The projects will now be considered for RIBA National Awards.