Welbeck’s Harley Gallery wins top architecture prize

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A visionary new art gallery near Worksop has collected four top regional architecture awards - putting it on the map as a cultural destination.

The new Portland Collection extension of the Harley Gallery, on the Welbeck Estate, was named Building of the Year among a quartet of honours at the Royal Institute of British Architects, RIBA, East Midlands Awards.

In a glittering ceremony at Nottingham Contemporary on Wednesday, April 27, the gallery also won prizes for its regional importance, sustainability and commitment to conservation.

RIBA regional director Mike Baulcombe said: “This is an exceptional project. The judges were particularly impressed by the perfect combination of a highly informed client willing to invest in the best possible design solution; and an innovative architect who understood the complex site and carefully integrated old and new elements using strong sustainability and conservation principles.”

Designed by Hugh Broughton Architects, the new gallery opened in March after several years of planning and is purpose-built to display a world class collection.

Gallery director Lisa Gee said: “We wanted a building which would hold its own among the historic buildings of the estate and that would have longevity. The finished building draws on all of our ideas and inspirations.

“Architectural concerns, curatorial ideas and historic interiors all play their part in giving the gallery its atmosphere, while the handmade bricks and beautiful attention to detail in the finishes, hark back to the Harley Foundation’s values of craftsmanship and the mark of the hand.”

Regional award winners are put forward for RIBA’s national awards, which will be announced in June.