YORK’S new West Offices are one of nine “outstanding” Yorkshire buildings to win an architecture award.
The City of York Council building was named a winner in the RIBA Yorkshire Awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects, recognising architectural excellence.
West Offices - designed by by CSP Architects - was also awarded the RIBA Yorkshire Conservation Award 2014.
The cost of the 14,603 sq m offices is “confidential”, awards organisers said. Judges said: “York’s former railway station, has been transformed to create office accommodation for City of York Council in response to their requirement for a new headquarters building that is ‘...durable, efficient and delightful’.
“In a sensitive editing process the architects have removed years of pragmatic but often insensitive additions, whilst the modifications and additions representing the building’s contribution to the development of the railway in York have been retained and revealed.
“It is clear the architects have enjoyed the challenge and worked hard to adapt a building that at first glance would not be suitable for its new use as civic offices.
"Here the comings and goings of York citizens and public servants replace the historic hubbub and activity of passengers and trains. This is certainly not the end of the line for this noble listed building as it finds itself a new sense of purpose for the 21st Century.”