Once Upon a Park Hill \

Once upon a time – well Tuesday 10 September to be exact – David Bickle partnered by Christophe Egret, from Studio Egret West, was invited to tell a story to a large and enthusiastic audience at the RIBA.

The event was the RIBA 2013 Stirling Stories, chaired by Rowan Moore, architectural critic for the Observer. Nominees for this year’s Stirling Prize gave a short presentation, followed by a debate and Q&A.

This year’s RIBA Stirling Prize nominees are all first timers, a really welcome change from the normal elite group; Niall McLaughlin Architects for Bishop Edward King Chapel; Grafton Architects for a new medical school and student accommodation for the University of Limerick; although Alison Brooks Architects were a joint winner in 2008, they are standing alone this year for their nominated housing project in Harlow, Newhall Be; Heneghan Peng Architects for the Giant’s Causeway visitor centre; Witherford Watson Mann for Astley Castle and of course ourselves, with Studio Egret West. We are extremely proud to have been nominated for our beloved Park Hill, a regeneration of a brutalist housing estate in Sheffield.

Winning the RIBA Stirling Prize would be the ultimate big birthday candle on our continued celebration of 25yrs in practice, an event to rival the Queen’s jaunty boat trip down the Thames! We are crossing fingers, eyes, legs and toes that we will convince the jury to fall in love with Park Hill the way that we have over the last 8 years.

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