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MAY 2018

Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre Wins RIBA Awards

We are delighted that our project Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre has won one of this year’s RIBA Regional Awards and the RIBA South Building of the Year. The project for Worcester College was won through a competition in 2013 and provides a new auditorium, dance space, seminar rooms, an e-hub and ancillary facilities on a site overlooking the spectacular Worcester College sports field.

The judges commented “To not only preserve but enhance this context would require a building of assured calm and grace. It would need to use materials with a tactile gravitas and be imbued with a timelessness which would make it feel as if it had always been there and need never leave. The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre does all this and more.”


MAY 2018

Planning Permission Granted For Wong Avery Gallery

Planning permission has been granted for the construction of a small new music practice and performance space for Trinity Hall, Cambridge. The stone-built music practice and recital space will sit in the centre of Avery Court, on the College’s central Cambridge site, adjacent to several listed buildings including the chapels of both Trinity Hall and Clare College. It will be named the Wong Avery Gallery in recognition of its primary funders, the family of the late Dennis Avery, the College Fellow after whom the Court is named. The addition of the new building will greatly improve the College’s offer for students and staff participating in or studying music and enrich the cultural life of the College as a whole.

It is a simple loadbearing construction made of thin stone columns and beams. It is a composition of cubic forms, with a Greek cross plan-form. Performances will take place in the centre, with audience seating in bay windows at the ends of each arm, the walls of which are lined with shelves to store sheet music. Over the crossing, a glazed lantern brings light into the centre of the building and is lined with acoustic shutters which allow the reverbera- tion time of the space to be finely tuned according to the number of musicians and audience members for each rehearsal or performance. As part of the proposals, the court will be landscaped to designs by Kim Wilkie, with a large paved area surrounded by borders filled with predominantly green shrubs and climbing plants.

The project is due to start on site during the academic year 2018 -19.


APRIL 2018

West Court For Jesus College Wins AIA UK Award

Níall McLaughlin Architects are delighted that our West Court project for Jesus College Cambridge has been announced as the overall winner of the American Institute of Architecture UK Awards 2018. It was selected from a strong shortlist of 20 projects including Bloomberg European Headquarters by Foster + Partners, Inagawa Cemetery by David Chipperfield and the Royal Academy of Music’s Theatre and New Recital Hall by Ian Ritchie Architects.

Three fantastic projects were awarded commendations including the Smithsonian Nation- al Museum of African American History and Culture by David Adjaye Architects, Kings Gate London by Lynch Architects and Weston Street by AHMM. IF_DO won the Young Architect category for their Dulwich Pavilion and Part 1 student Ross Gribben won the Unbuilt category with his project Hydra.