21 May 2018

A triple winning night for Cobden Works at the RIBA North West awards

A hattrick of awards for our new Cobden Works home

Fantastic news.

Our new Cobden Works home, designed by Liverpool-based Architectural Emporium picked up three prizes at the prestigious 2018 RIBA North West regional awards held in Liverpool on Wednesday May 16th.

The annual awards are bestowed on projects, architects and their clients by RIBA, the Royal Institute of British Architects – the organisation representing the profession.

Walk the Plank’s new home, completed in August 2017, was awarded a RIBA North West Award 2018, Client of the Year and with Architectural Emporium awarded RIBA North West Emerging Practice of the Year.

Here’s a snapshot of what the RIBA judges said about our building.

“Working on a shoestring budget, they found a site in an industrial area – a rather hostile environment of waste plants and heavy lorries. The client commissioned an emerging architect practice to create a range of working spaces, and this has produced a successful collaboration.

The site strategy is bold and inventive, placing the new office building at the far end of the site on the busy crossroads, reached by a path running alongside the road. This gives the visitor an introductory promenade tour of the yards and workshops and creates a safe ‘street’ for all users.”

Read more about our awards and see the shortlist of other contenders on the RIBA North West 2018 awards section of the RIBA website.

Here’s the full project line-up:

  • Architect: Architectural Emporium
  • Contractor: Skyline Property Solutions
  • Project Management: Through & Around
  • Quantity Surveyor/Cost Consultant: Modero
  • Structural Engineer: Elliot Bond Ltd
  • Environmental/M&E Engineer: Wateman Group
  • Landscape Architect: Serena Finzel

“Creating our new Cobden Works home has been an exciting collaboration with Architectural Emporium who really got what we were about and understood what we wanted to achieve. Winning a hattrick of awards is confirmation of the originality and creative risk that went into making this building the distinctive place that it is. We genuinely feel that we have made a whole new set of friends through the amazing journey we’ve been on with our whole project team.”

John Wassell, co founder and Cobden Works project lead