Two iconic buildings erected by the UK’s leading structural steel specialist Severfield have been shortlisted for architecture’s most coveted accolade.
London skyscraper The Shard, and the Library of Birmingham have both made the shortlist for the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA’s) Stirling Prize.
Other nominees for the prize, awarded annually to the best new building, include Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre, Manchester School of Art, the London School of Economics and the London Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park.
Designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, The Shard was described as a ‘thing of great beauty’ by the judges and ‘the most significant addition to the capital’s skyline since St Paul’s.’ They said that constructing the tower, which houses a health clinic, offices, restaurants, hotel, apartments and public viewing gallery on such a tight site, was a “rare achievement”.
The Library of Birmingham, designed by Mecanoo, was also named in a list of the UK’s greatest landmarks by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) last week.
Commenting on the announcement, Severfield’s chief executive, Ian Lawson said: “We are delighted that The Shard and the Library of Birmingham have been shortlisted for this prestigious accolade which recognises design excellence and significance to the evolution of architecture and building.
Previous winners of the RIBA Stirling Prize include the Lord’s cricket ground media centre, the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh and Severfield’s project, the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
The winner will be announced at the RIBA Stirling Prize Party to be held at RIBA in London on October 16, 2014.