We’d like to thank… East Wing Restoration Project collects two awards from RIBA London
This week we had to make a little more room in our trophy cabinet after our East Wing Restoration Project was named one of the London winners of the prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Regional Awards. We also collected the special Conservation Award.
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios were the lead architects for the project, which saw our Theatre reopen, 80 years after it shut its doors to the public and the East Court reimagined as a public space where you can interact with our history or take part in our of Creative Learning activities. You can find out what’s on here.
As winners at the London awards, we are now in the running for highly coveted RIBA National Awards, which will be announced on 27 June 2019.
Since opening the Theatre in December, we have been pretty busy! Hosting performances from English National Opera, Alan Carr, Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, FKA twigs and more. In March, we teamed up with Bristol Old Vic and Headlong, to co-produce a critically acclaimed run of Richard III. To date, more than 50,000 of you have attended a show at the venue.
The East Wing Restoration Project would not have been possible without the support of the National Lottery’s Heritage Fund and Haringey Council. The East Wing Restoration was £27 million project – the £18.8 million National Lottery grant was one of their biggest ever for a heritage project.
RIBA judges had this to say about the project: “with a vast expanse of space to consider the client and architects for the scheme have done a magnificent job, delivering and spending hard won budget to excellent effect.” You can read more here.
Emma Dagnes, Deputy CEO of Alexandra Park and Palace and responsible for delivering the project on behalf of the charity: “We are especially proud that the RIBA judges recognised not only the design of this once in a lifetime project but also the collaborative spirit. This restoration would not have been possible without the hard work and passion of so many groups and individuals so this award is testament to all involved”
Earlier this month, our friends Art + Believe won the Commercial and Leisure Award at the Johnstone’s Painter of the Year Awards for their 1200 sqm painted floor artwork in the East Court.