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22/6/2012 - Carlisle school scoops national architecture award

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Richard Rose Morton Academy in Carlisle claimed top honours in two categories for the North West region in the Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA Awards 2012.

The awards recognise the very best in contemporary British architecture.

The Richard Rose Morton building was commissioned by Cumbria County Council, built by Kier Construction and designed by architects BDP.

The academy won the RIBA North West “Seven Cities” Award as well as the RIBA North West Client of the Year Award.

RIBA awards have been running continuously since 1966 and are open to any building type, no matter size, shape, location or budget. Those buildings that win are seen as setting the standard for great architecture across the country.

The RIBA judges said: "This agile design of the 1150 pupil school underpins 21st century teaching methodology and  practices allowing for a significant level of flexibility, with moving walls and interlocking spaces, exploring the boundaries of how space is used to deliver and extend learning. Instead of enclosed corridors, all circulation spaces open to the central atrium, reinforcing the connection between pupils and staff and the community."

Stewart Young, Deputy Leader of Cumbria County Council, said: "These awards are a fantastic achievement, I am extremely proud that the county council has been able to deliver such an excellent new school building that will really make a difference to young people’s education. It’s particularly satisfying that the county council’s performance as  the  client on this project has been recognised. Congratulations also must also go to our architects BDP and contractors Kier Construction, they’ve done a great job.”


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