Charcoalblue’s projects have swept the board at this year’s prestigious RIBA Awards. The Royal Institute of British Architects honoured four separate Charcoalblue projects, Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre, The Hepworth gallery, Wakefield, and Newcastle’s Theatre Royal, with six separate awards.
The globally respected RIBA Awards recognise architectural excellence and are judged by a panel of RIBA Chartered Architects and RIBA International Fellows. During the judging process, each UK region appoints a short-listing panel, which visit all the schemes entered. They then produce a list of buildings to be visited by the regional jury.
Charcoalblue, alongside Sansome Hall Architects and historic consultant, Dr David Wilmore, were presented with the RIBA "Hadrian" award for the refurbishment of Newcastle’s Theatre Royal, a project that saw the team deliver an ambitious restoration of the historic venue.
Charcoalblue was responsible for the design of all the technical systems and their integration within the fabric of the building, as well as advising on sightlines and seating layouts. This work also won the project the RIBA Conservation Award, praising the team’s attention to theatre architect Frank Matcham’s original 1901 designs, including preserving the original plasterwork.
“A huge congratulations go to the design teams from David Chipperfields, Sansome Hall and Keith Williams as worthy winners,” says managing director of Charcoalblue, Andy Hayles.