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Plymouth Theatre Royal – Stirling Prize

TR2 is one of 6 projects shortlisted for the RIBA’s prestigious Stirling Prize. The £20,000 prize is named in memory of Sir James Stirling and is awarded to the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the past year.

The other projects shortlisted are:

All shortlisted buildings can be seen at www.ajplus.co.uk

The Stirling Prize jury, who will visit all six shortlisted buildings, comprises architecture specialists and lay judges from the worlds of music and literature. The judges are: Isabel Allen – Editor, The Architects’ Journal; Julian Barnes – novelist and essayist, author of Flaubert’s Parrot and A History of the World in 9 1/2 Chapters and twice shortlisted for the Booker Prize; George Ferguson – RIBA President; Justine Frischmann – part-trained architect, presenter of BBC’s Dreamspaces and lead singer with Elastica; Chris Wilkinson – director of Wilkinson Eyre.

Eric Parry, chair of the RIBA Awards Group, said today:

“This year’s shortlist contains a wide range of projects, from a theatre workshop in Plymouth to a shelter on the tiny Hebridean island of Tiree. All of these buildings pay more than lip service to environmental issues, and many have a strong social impact on the areas in which they have been built, regenerating the world around them and lifting the spirits of the people who live and work in them. These projects are very different in scope and cost and design, but they share one common feature: they mark the built environment with style, and show that the best of British architecture really does change places and spaces for the better.”

“Architecture is the most public of the arts, and the public are severe critics. Yet each of these buildings – from social housing to great public buildings of international prestige – is popular, whilst moving architecture forward and originating new ideas. This, then, is great architecture in our cities and our countryside, and I look forward to another year of interest, debate, and public enthusiasm.”