RIBA honours for Dales teams

IMPRESSIVE DESIGN: The Derbyshire Eco Centre in Middleton-by-Wirksworth was commended in the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) East Midlands Awards.
IMPRESSIVE DESIGN: The Derbyshire Eco Centre in Middleton-by-Wirksworth was commended in the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) East Midlands Awards.

Innovative buildings have been honoured with prestigious architecture awards.

Matlock architects firm Evans and Vettori won two Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) East Midlands Awards while the Derbyshire Eco Centre in Middleton-by-Wirksworth, designed by the county council’s own architects, was commended.

Evans and Vettori picked up the top award for Renishaw Foundation Unit at Renishaw School and the Sea House, a property they designed in Portloe, Cornwall.

Director Robert Evans said: “We were hoping to win one award so to ‘do the double’ at this prestigious event is wonderful.

“It’s a testament to the skill and commitment of our team of talented young architects.”

The team scooped a further two awards last week in the Forgotten Spaces Sheffield competition.

Derbyshire County Council was also delighted with the accolade for the eco centre, which opened last year and was built using sustainable methods and materials.

Cabinet member for education Cllr Mike Longden said: “It’s fantastic that the work our teams have done on this fabulous building has been recognised by the Royal British Institute of Architects.”

The RIBA EM Awards celebrate the finest examples of architectural excellence in the region.

Julian Owen, regional chair of RIBA East Midlands said: “The two Derbyshire winners, one a joyful, vibrant and creative addition to a village school and the other a ground-breaking sustainable hub for adult education, are superb examples of what can be achieved when client and architect are working in perfect harmony.”