Durham Community Fire Station included in RIBA Awards shortlist for 2016

10 March 2016

Durham Community Fire Station included in RIBA Awards shortlist for 2016

The RIBA have announced the shortlist for the RIBA North East 2016 Awards and it includes Durham Community Fire Station designed by Napper Architects.

The concept of a community fire station is a recent one and achieving the objectives of integrating community facilities into the heart of the building whilst maintaining the functional needs of the fire service required careful consideration and close collaboration of all parties involved. The building uses natural materials in keeping with its green belt location whilst remaining distinguishable and recognisable as a public building.

Alan Rees, Director of Napper Architects said: "Napper Architects are delighted that this project has been included on the shortlist for these prestigious awards. It reflects the commitment of our client, County Durham & Darlington Fire Service, and the design team in ensuring design quality was a key factor in the development of the project".

For 50 years the RIBA awards and prizes have championed and celebrated the best architecture in the UK and around the world, no matter the form, size or budget. Successful projects reflect changes and innovations in architecture, but at their core display a commitment to designing and developing buildings and spaces for the improvement and enhancement of people’s lives.

Over the years, Napper Architects has collected many RIBA Awards for a range of projects including schools, bridges and visitor centres. In 2014, they collected four RIBA North East awards including Building of the Year and Client of the Year for Seaham North Dock, as well as being awarded Architectural Practice of the Year.

The announcement of the RIBA Awards for the North East will be made on Friday 22nd April.