National Trust named RIBA client of the year 2013

Causeway Visitor Centre designed by Dublin based architects, heneghan peng  © Marie-Louise Halpenny

Causeway Visitor Centre designed by Dublin based architects, heneghan peng

Latest update 27.09.2013 09:42

The National Trust has won the much coveted Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Client of the Year Award 2013.

The award honours the key role that a good client plays in the creation of fine architecture and National Trust received three nominations - Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre by heneghan peng, Chedworth Roman Villa by Feilden Clegg Bradley and Stowe Gardens Visitor Centre by Cowper Griffith Architects.

The National Trust award was collected by Simon Jenkins at the prestigious RIBA Stirling event on 26 September 2013 in London at Central Saint Martins.

Simon Jenkins, Chairman of the National Trust said: 'Over the years National Trust have had the opportunity to commission some really outstanding buildings and is grateful to have worked with such talented designers.

'We are delighted to win this prestigious award for three of our key buildings and credit must go to the associated architects and design teams, for their inspirational creations.'

The Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre was nominated by Dublin based architects, heneghan peng.

Roisin Henegan, Director of heneghan peng architects said: 'There is something very special about working with the National Trust and we were delighted to be chosen as the architects for this prestigious new centre.

'We were asked to design a special place, to sit seamlessly within the landscape, and to welcome visitors to Northern Ireland’s only World Heritage Site. Working closely with the conservation charity the project successfully came to fruition with the opening of the new Visitor Centre in July 2012.

'I am very proud to have been part of this exciting and vibrant development for the Giant's Causeway.'

This year's judges were Philip Gumuchdjian, Julia Barfield and Head of RIBA Awards, Tony Chapman. They considered clients of all RIBA Award winning schemes but take into account a track record of previous successful commissioning, particularly where this has led to earlier RIBA Awards.