The Magna Science and Adventure Centre in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, has won the right to host this year’s Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize.
The ceremony will take place on 1 October 2011 and will be broadcast as a special edition of BBC Two’s The Culture Show.
The event was won by the Sheffield Convention Bureau and it will be the first time the awards will have been hosted in a Sterling Prize winning venue.
“The economic benefit and profile that it will bring includes an estimated £112,500 of direct income, with over 800 people visiting the area to attend the awards.” said Business Tourism Manager at the Sheffield Convention Bureau, Gemma Bradshaw. “It’s entirely fitting that the event will be held at the winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2001, following transformation of the redundant steelworks into the UK’s first science adventure centre by Wilkinson Eyre Architects.”
Head of Awards at RIBA, Tony Chapman, said: “We hadn’t yet held the RIBA Stirling Prize in Yorkshire so were keen to do so. This coincided with it being ten years since Magna Science Adventure Centre won the RIBA Stirling Prize and we thought it would be a nice way to mark it.”
The RIBA Stirling Prize, in association with The Architects’ Journal and Benchmark, is awarded to the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the past year.
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