RIBA Awards

Jury visits Archbishop’s Palace for RIBA East Midlands Awards

The Palace Ruins & Great Hall of the former Archbishops of York in Southwell has been shortlisted for a 2015 RIBA East Midlands Award. These Awards are given annually to the best new buildings in East Midlands and across the rest of the United Kingdom.

For the first stage of judging, the Awards Jury visited the historic building on Tuesday 17 March.

The Awards will be announced at RIBA’s celebratory Awards presentation evening on Wednesday 22 April 2015 at Leicester Cathedral in the presence of King Richard III.

Following the Awards event, if the Palace is successful, it may be shortlisted for a National RIBA Award and will be paid a second visit by the national jury.

Charles Leggatt, fundraiser for the refurbishment of the Palace, which was supported by English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund, escorted Mike Baulcombe, Regional Director of RIBA East Midlands and the judges- James Boon, Andy Thomas and Kate Ellis -around the Palace and the Education Garden.

Charles said: “The former Palace of the Archbishops of York at Southwell was a combination of Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. A marvellous asset within the national heritage used by most of the early medieval kings, Cardinal Wolsey and Charles I. It had, though, become run-down and inadequate for twenty-first century use. Working with English Heritage, and support from The Heritage Lottery Fund, the surviving building (known as ‘Great Hall’) and the palace ruins returned to public use last autumn, enhanced from their facelift, and is now pro-active both practically and as a heritage asset “

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Photos at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/nteonq3igysjej4/AAD-e0D2O1nIU6dWmXtKLAhRa?dl=0

Photos show : James Boon, Andy Thomas, Mike Baulcombe, Charles Leggatt and Kate Ellis in the Education Garden and James Boon, Mike Baulcombe, Andy Thomas and Kate Ellis outside the Palace entrance.

For further media information please contact Jane Wyles: The Press Office: 01636 817243 email jwyles@southwell.anglican.org or 01636 817218/pressoffice@southwell.anglican.org www.southwellminster.org.uk