Sussex buildings scoop top architecture awards

Chichester Festival Theatre

Chichester Festival Theatre

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THE Littlehampton bandstand, a church near Steyning, and a theatre in Chichester are among those to have clinched a prestigious regional architectural award.

The shell-shaped bandstand on Littlehampton’s seafront and the Church of St Botolph, in Botolph near Steyning, were among the winners of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) South East Regional Awards announced last night (April 23).

Littlehampton mayor Joyce Bowyer cuts a ribbon to declare Stage by the Sea officially open  PHOTO: Chris Koven

Littlehampton mayor Joyce Bowyer cuts a ribbon to declare Stage by the Sea officially open PHOTO: Chris Koven

Chosen from a shortlist of 16 projects across Sussex, Surrey and Kent, the nine triumphant schemes included the Chichester Festival Theatre, which scooped the sustainability award and was crowned the building of the year.

The theatre and St Botolph, in Annington Road, also shared the conservation award.

RIBA’s regional director James Robinson, said: “There was a fantastically high standard of entry to the RIBA Awards this year and we are very lucky in the south east to have the local ambition and design talent to be able to complete buildings of this quality.  “From important civic and public buildings to private houses and the conservation of our valuable historic built environment – these award-winning architects have demonstrated the value of good design as well as the transformative effect it can have on the places where we live.”

The full list of winners and their respective architects are:

Special re-opening day following big refurbishment by the Churches Conservation Trust

Special re-opening day following big refurbishment by the Churches Conservation Trust

Chichester Festival Theatre, in Chichester, by Haworth Tompkins

Living Planet Centre, WWF-UK Headquarters, in Woking, by Hopkins Architects

Acoustic Shells, in Littlehampton, by Flanagan Lawrence

Church of St Botolphby Nicola Westbury Architect

Brighton Waste House, in Brighton and Hove, by BBM Sustainable Design

Kino Cinema, in Rye, by Jonathan Dunn Architects

Private house, in West Sussex, by Wilkinson King Architects

Private house, in Kent, by Guy Hollaway Architects

Private house, in Kent, by Liddicoat and Goldhill LLP