Buildings given top architecture award
Two new buildings in Bath have been given a prestigious award in recognition of their architectural excellence.
The Holburne Museum extension and the Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care at the Royal United Hospital have been given a 2012 RIBA award by the Royal Institute of British Architects.
They were among 59 buildings in the UK and Europe to win an award, and are now in the running for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year.
London practice Eric Parry Architects designed the extension to the Holburne Museum to boost display space and recover a lost connection between the city and the 18th century Sydney Gardens.
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Judges said that the ceramic and glass building was the work of a skilful architect able to respect and enhance the protected environment.
They were impressed with the use of materials and layering, and the historical research then went into the design.
Holburne director Alexander Sturgis said: "We are thrilled that our wonderful new building has received this recognition.
"A tired but beautiful site has been transformed into a wonderful new museum, giving us the space to completely redisplay our collection and put on ambitious exhibitions such as our current show of portrait sculpture.
"The Holburne's extension has delivered on its promise of reuniting our building with the park behind and visitors can enjoy spilling out into the garden as people enjoyed doing in the 18th century."
The museum has also been awarded £1 million from The Catalyst: Endowments programme.
The £56 million initiative is a joint venture between the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund to bring new money into the cultural sector.
The Dyson unit impressed RIBA judges with the intelligence that went into creating the building.
The centre was designed by Bath architects Feilden Clegg Bradley to replace outdated and cramped facilities for premature babies at the hospital.
They used a holistic approach and created a low-carbon building using materials, light and style to generate a calm atmosphere for sick babies.