Two new musical landmarks shortlisted for the Building Awards 2018
Two of Europe's most exciting spaces for music, Antwerp's Queen Elisabeth Hall and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, have been shortlisted at the Building Awards 2018.
The exterior of the Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios-designed Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Image: Hufton + Crow.
Hosted by Building Magazine, a leading UK construction news platform, the annual Building Awards recognise projects that demonstrate excellence in construction from the past year.
Amongst the celebrated shortlist drawn from 130 entries, are two Charcoalblue projects. The contenders for the Building Magazine Project of the Year includes the new home for the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, one of only nine conservatoires in the United Kingdom, designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. We're proud to have worked with FCBS, the acoustician and design team to develop auditorium and stage engineering designs for the performance spaces.
In the International Project of the Year category, the home of the acclaimed Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Queen Elisabeth Hall, has been shortlisted. As well as collaborating with SimpsonHaugh and the acoustician on the design and layout of the Hall, we advised on the general planning of the building, rehearsal spaces and surrounding conference rooms. Alongside that, we designed the performance systems – seating, stagelighting, audiovisual and stage engineering.
“We’re so pleased to hear that Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Queen Elisabeth Hall have been shortlisted at the Building Awards 2018,” said London Principal Rich Garfield. “Individually these projects set a new benchmark in music performance both here and abroad. It’s a rather lovely thought to imagine a future musical star being trained at Birmingham’s ground-breaking Conservatoire and one day making their debut in the grand surroundings of Antwerp’s Queen Elisabeth Hall. Congratulations to both project teams for creating truly inspirational spaces.”
Last year at the Building Awards, another Charcoalblue project, Storyhouse in Chester, won Refurbishment Project of the Year.
The winners will be announced on November 6.
...delivered in a way that fosters such integration with the neighbouring cultural institutions, both visually and spatially, makes it also a space worthy of its unique surroundings.