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Yorkshire Sculpture Park wins three 2019 RIBA Yorkshire Awards

17 May 2019

Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP)’s new £3.6million visitor centre, The Weston, was announced as the winner of RIBA Yorkshire Award 2019 and RIBA Yorkshire Building of the Year Award 2019. YSP also received the special category award for RIBA Yorkshire Client of the Year Award 2019.
 
Shortlisted among other exceptional projects in Yorkshire, YSP – one of the world’s leading open air galleries, set in the grounds of the stunning 18th century Bretton Estate – received the prestigious awards for the new visitor centre designed by London-based architecture practice Feilden Fowles, which opened on 30 March 2019. 
 
Built on a historic quarry site within the estate, The Weston, which is a result of significant support from family grant-maker, The Garfield Weston Foundation, has upgraded the visitor experience at the East Entrance and increased essential capacity at the Park. The Weston, which was carefully designed to fit sympathetically with the historic landscape, comprises a restaurant (140m2), gallery space (125m2), public foyer (80m2) and shop (50m2).
 
Peter Murray CBE, Founding and Executive Director of YSP said: “It really is an honour to be awarded the RIBA Yorkshire Award, Yorkshire Building of the Year and Yorkshire Client of the Year. We built up a strong and special relationship over several years with Feilden Fowles which has resulted in a truly spectacular building. The Weston not only opens up a new area of the Park and enhances visitor experience, but it is also a key factor in supporting YSP’s future sustainability.”
 
The RIBA judges said: “The new building has significantly improved its immediate environment, providing a sunny west-facing terrace and giving visitors an opportunity to look across the park from its panoramic glazed wall that gently curves to embrace the landscape. 
 
“This is a project that has achieved an excellent outcome through the close collaboration between the client and the architect.”

The winners were announced at an awards dinner and reception last in Leeds. The awards are organised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Regional Award winners will be considered for a highly coveted RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will be announced on 27 June 2019. The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year will be drawn from the RIBA National Award-winning buildings later in the year.
 
Projects shortlisted for the 2019 RIBA Yorkshire Awards included: Alsop Fields; Avalon; Corn Yard; The Great Barn, Bolton Abbey; The Hollis Building; Leeds Arts University; Mercia School, Sheffield; Merrion House, Leeds; Mount Grace Priory Café; LVV,RTC and iCAIR; Site Gallery, Sheffield; Scala Yard; Solar Gate; Velvet Mill, Lister Mills; and The Weston, Yorkshire Sculpture Park. 
 
 
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Notes to Editors
 
Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) is the leading international centre for modern and
contemporary sculpture which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2017. It is an independent charitable trust and registered museum situated in the 500-acre, 18th-century Bretton Hall estate in West Yorkshire. Founded in 1977 by Executive Director Peter Murray, YSP was the first sculpture park in the UK, and is the largest of its kind in Europe, providing the only place in the world to see Barbara Hepworth’s The Family of Man in its entirety alongside a significant collection of sculpture, including bronzes by Henry Moore, and site-specific works by Andy Goldsworthy, David Nash and James Turrell. YSP mounts a year-round temporary exhibitions programme including some of the world’s leading artists across six indoor galleries (space totaling 1,465m2 including the proposed new gallery) and the open air. Recent highlights include exhibitions by Giuseppe Penone, Chiharu Shiota, Alfredo Jaar, Tony Cragg, KAWS, Bill Viola, Anthony Caro, Fiona Banner, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Amar Kanwar, Yinka Shonibare MBE, and Jaume Plensa. YSP’s core work is made possible by investment from Arts Council England, Wakefield Council, Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation, Sakurako and William Fisher through the Sakana Foundation, and Roger Evans. YSP was named Art Fund Museum of the Year in 2014. ysp.org.uk
 
Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2018, the Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded charitable grant-making foundation which supports causes across the UK with grants totalling over £60million each year. 2018 also saw its £1billionth donation since it was established. One of the largest and most respected charitable institutions in the UK, the Weston Family Trustees are descendants of the founder and they take a highly active and hands-on approach. The Foundation’s funding comes from an endowment of shares in the family business which includes Twinings, Primark, Kingsmill (all part of Associated British Foods Plc), and Fortnum & Mason amongst others – a successful model that still endures today; as the businesses have grown, so too have the charitable donations. From small community organisations to large national institutions, the Foundation supports a broad range of charities and activities that make a positive impact in the communities in which they work. Over 1,800 charities across the UK benefit each year from the Foundation’s grants. garfieldweston.org
 
Feilden Fowles is an award-winning London-based architecture practice, founded in 2009 by Fergus Feilden and Edmund Fowles. The practice specialises in delivering socially and environmentally sustainable buildings across a variety of sectors, and aims to make architecture that is rich in character and distinct in identity. Their projects often interpret historic, cultural or vernacular references to generate clear concepts with a legible diagram. Structural integrity and tectonic expression drive the detailed design process to deliver buildings that are at once robust and well built. Current commissions include the Fratry Project at Carlisle Cathedral; the ongoing strategic masterplan for Ralph Allen School, Bath; a new dining hall at Homerton College, University of Cambridge; and student accommodation at Green Templeton College, University of Oxford. Built works to date include arts and cultural buildings, educational projects, heritage, workplace and residential. Examples include: Charlie Bigham’s Food Production Campus in Somerset; The Lee Centre, a £1.75 million Applied Learning Centre at Ralph Allen School in Bath; the Fitzjames Centre, Hazlegrove School; the London headquarters for watch brand Uniform Wares; and Waterloo City Farm, where the practice’s new award-winning studio is located. The work of the practice has been recognised with a number of awards, including RIBA Awards in 2018 for Waterloo City Farm and Charlie Bigham’s Food Production Campus; Commendation in the New London Awards Mayor’s Prize 2018 for Waterloo City Farm; 2017 RIBA London Awards and 2017 Wood Awards winner for Feilden Fowles Studio; 2014 RIBA National Awards and 2015 Civic Trust Awards for The Lee Centre, Ralph Allen School. The practice received the inaugural Young Architect Award in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) UK Excellence in Design Awards in 2015 and BD’s Young Architect of the Year Award 2016. feildenfowles.co.uk 
 
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Press Enquiries
Kerry Chase, Senior Marketing and PR Officer: +44 (0)1924 832 515
kerry.chase@ysp.org.uk  
 
 

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