Re-imagining York's Guildhall Complex


The City of York Council and the RIBA are delighted to announce that Rob Loader Architects have won the design ideas competition for re-imagining York’s Guildhall complex.

They fought off strong competition from Architecture & Urbanism Studio, London, Jak Studio, London, Nicholas Mills Architect, Edinburgh, SEC JV (Sack and Reicher, ESC-studio, Collingridge and Smith Architects), Cumbria, but ultimately the Jury Panel were unanimous in their decision.

Keith Williams, Jury Panel Chair said on behalf of the Jury Panel “After a long and carefully deliberated day long session which included detailed presentation and discussion with the individual architects of each proposal, the jury panel was unanimous in choosing the winning concept.

The winner addresses most clearly of all those shortlisted the aspirations of the city of York – in offering scope for the creation of jobs and the growth of the local economy; in promising an attractive public space providing a new connection between river and city; in its sustainability; finally, in its marriage of new and old, combining new design with respect for the historic context.”


City of York Council has launched a competition seeking nationally and internationally renowned architects to submit their design proposals that clearly demonstrate potential future uses for York's historic Guildhall and riverside complex.

Category Idea Competition / Competition Result
Type International, Idea, Open, Two-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Architecture, Urban
Country UK
RegDeadline 5 November 2012 GoogleCal iCal
6 November 2012 GoogleCal
Eligibility The competition is open (internationally) to registered architects and architect-led teams. Architects should be registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB) in the UK, or a recognised overseas regulatory authority.

Keith Williams, Keith Williams Architects RIBA Adviser & Jury Chair
Cllr Julie Gunnell, Cabinet member for Corporate Services, City of York Council
Cllr Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability
A business representative / Chair of York Economic Partnership
Ken Powell, Independent Architectural Critic and Writer
Darren Richardson, Director of City and Environmental Services at
City of York Council
David Warburton, City of York Council, Head of Design Conservation
and Sustainable Development
Joanne Wallis, RIBA Competitions Consultant (observer)

1st prize - £5,000
2nd prize - £3,000
3rd prize - £2,000
4th prize - £1,000
5th prize - £1,000

Post Competition
The competition is a call for ideas only and there is no commitment to develop the winning scheme post competition. However, it is hoped and expected that interest in the winning and/or shortlisted competition entries will allow the council to facilitate negotiation leading to the early identification of development partner(s) to progress a scheme.

Entry Fee
£50.00 + VAT

A maximum of 3 x A1 lightweight foam boards

Results: early December

City of York Council

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