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Torre Abbey scoops RIBA South West Award

8th May 2015

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The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) announces its South West regional winner, with Torre Abbey winning the Conservation Award 2015.

The award recognises the second phase of restoration at Torre Abbey, which extensively conserves the medieval ruins, cloister wall and other key parts of the building. The work includes repairing and stabilising the roof structures, repairing masonry and restoring lime stucco, which was essential to prevent further deterioration of the historic fabric.

The project, funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), is testament to a strong partnership between Torbay Council, TDA, Architecton Limited, Kier Construction, Integrated Design Partnership, Sweett (UK) Limited, Hockley and Dawson, Robert Myers Associates and RFA Design.

Steve Parrock, Executive Director of Torbay Council, said: “This deserved award recognises all of the hard work that the team have collectively put in to safeguard Torre Abbey's future and restore its architectural features.

“Albeit a challenging regeneration programme, we have thoroughly enjoyed completing both phases of restoration on time and budget, and thank HLF's for their support for Torre Abbey so we continue to enjoy one of Torbay's greatest assets."

16 projects across the South West of England were shortlisted for the award, from a total of 48 entries in the region. All shortlisted buildings were assessed by a regional jury, made up of RIBA Members and lay assessors, with the winners announced at a special ceremony in Bath on 1 May 2015.

Judging involved balancing the complexities that any building project will have faced with aesthetic, sustainability and perhaps conservation considerations, as well as the local context. It involved an examination of the client's brief and how intelligently and creatively that was fulfilled, while taking into account the constraints of budget and planning. The judges take a collective view and have a clear vision on what constitutes architectural excellence.

RIBA South West Regional Director, Jon Watkins, said: “The RIBA South West Awards always bring out the best in local and national architects across our region. It is delightful that South Devon is such a focus for local success and quality this year, and I commend the clients and architects for their work in raising the profile of architecture across the peninsular.”

Regional winners will also be considered for a coveted RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, which will be announced in June. The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year will be drawn from the RIBA National Award-winning buildings later on this year.

The general public can experience the historic architecture and many lives of Torre Abbey. For more information and opening times go to or call 01803 293593.

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