RIBA have recently announced this year’s North East Awards, with two of Patrick Parsons projects featured on the shortlist – The Sill and Durham Cathedral.
The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre is Northumberland National Park Authority’s new £14.8m state-of-the-art visitor centre. The building features exhibitions focusing on landscape, culture and heritage, as well as several learning and event spaces, a Youth Hostel and a café and shop. The 2,900 m2 building works with the natural contours of the site and is partially embedded in the landscape to minimize its impact on the surrounding scenery. The complex geometry of the building incorporates a sloping fully accessible grassland roof – the only one of its kind in the world – with a viewing platform providing views over the site. Patrick Parsons worked on the project for over four years, providing structural, civil and geoenvironmental engineering services.
As part of the £10 million project to create a stunning new exhibition space in Durham Cathedral, Patrick Parsons were appointed as civil and structural engineers. The Open Treasure project incorporated new build elements into the space, providing enhanced visitor facilities, and involved sensitive restoration from the team. There were many changes due to the development of the design as it progressed including multiple re-designs of various structural elements as a result of architectural changes.
All shortlisted buildings will be assessed by a regional jury and the winning buildings will be announced at the RIBA North East Awards evening and reception on Thursday 24 May at The Museum Gardens, York. Regional Award winners will be considered for a highly-coveted RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will be announced in June.