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SOAR Works in Parson Cross.
SOAR Works in Parson Cross.
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Two Sheffield buildings have been honoured as national examples of excellence with prestigious architecture awards.

The SOAR Works Enterprise Centre in Parson Cross, and the first phase of the redevelopment of Park Hill Flats were both given national RIBA Awards by the Royal Institute of British Architects at a ceremony last night.

SOAR Works is a purpose-built business centre offering serviced offices, meeting rooms, event facilities and artists’ studios and was designed by Architecture 00.

The first phase of Park Hill flats was designed by Hawkins/Brown & Studio Egret West Architects.

Both will now be shortlisted for the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize, for the best building of the year.

Both projects also won Yorkshire RIBA awards.

SOAR Works picked up two gongs – Yorkshire building of the year and the Yorkshire sustainability award 2013 – while Park Hill won the Yorkshire conservation award 2013.

Other winners of Yorkshire RIBA awards were 192 Shoreham Street, Sheffield, by Project Orange Architects; Cat Hill Barn, Hoylandswaine, by Snook Architects and Holy Trinity School in Barnsley by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects.

Announcing the winners, RIBA president Angela Brady said: “The awards set the standard for great architecture in the UK, so it is wonderful to see national award winners in Yorkshire.

“These are projects that represent architectural excellence and exceed the client’s expectations.”