Two Purcell projects feature on the RIBA Regional Awards 2020 shortlist - Kresen Kernow in the South West and God’s House Tower in the South.

The RIBA Awards are recognised internationally as a mark of excellence for the best architecture and expertise within the industry. The awards celebrate a building’s importance as a piece of architecture to its region. Afterwards, the regional winners are shortlisted for the RIBA National Awards.

Kresen Kernow in Cornwall is one of thirteen buildings to be shortlisted for a RIBA South West Award 2020. The safeguarding of the historic Redruth Brewery by creating the new archive and studies centre at the heart of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site has been achieved with sensitive yet bold conservation techniques to blend old and new.

RIBA Awards have again brought out the best in architects from across the UK and Europe across our vast region, and this year’s shortlist offers quality, diversity of type and scale, excellence in design, and lots of delight.

Jon Watkins, RIBA South West Regional Director

God’s House Tower is shortlisted for a RIBA South Award 2020, one of twenty buildings featured. This new public arts and heritage venue in Southampton was designed to pay homage to the listed building’s heritage as the doorway between Southampton’s docks and city centre, whilst ensuring its longevity as a vibrant cultural hub.

While judging is postponed due to the pandemic, we look forward to the resumption of the judging process and what lies in store for these shortlisted projects.

The buildings shortlisted this year are a celebration of the best in building design in the region. They show the diligence, perseverance and talent of all the practices involved on projects large and small and across all sectors. They also show the enormous value which architects bring to these projects and how their knowledge and skills can be used to create, enhance and sustain the buildings around us.

James Robinson, RIBA South/South East Director