FCBStudios creative re-use studio has been rewarded by the RIBA National Awards, with work to restore Alexandra Palace’s East Court and Theatre and refurbish Southbank Centre’s brutalist Buildings both receiving Awards.
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.
54 projects were awarded RIBA National awards, selected from the RIBA Regional Award-winning projects. The projects will now be considered for the RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist.