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Jewellery Quarter creative space and JLR factory win RIBA Awards

Annual ceremony which recognises exceptional architecture unveils the top projects in the West Midlands

Basement bar at The Compound which has won a RIBA Award

A state-of-the-art manufacturing plant and creative space used in pop videos and promos have been recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

The West Midlands branch of the trade association has announced its 2017 award winners and this year's list includes Jaguar Land Rover's Engine Manufacturing Centre near Wolverhampton.

The £500 million factory opened in 2014 and allowed the luxury car brand to start manufacturing its its own engines on site for the first time in a generation, employing around 1,400 staff.

Also winning was The Compound, a converted former textile factory in the Jewellery Quarter which is available to hire for filming and has been used by singer Ed Sheeran and household names such as Mini, Tesco and Microsoft.

The building features a 25-seat cinema, bar, art studio and self-contained living spaces.

The Engine Manufacturing Centre was designed by Arup Associates while Jewellery Quarter practice BPN Architects was behind The Compound.

The annual awards recognise projects of exceptional architectural merit with winners now being considered for a national award and potentially the prestigious Stirling Prize.

JLR's Engine Manufacturing Centre at i54
JLR's Engine Manufacturing Centre at i54

The four other projects handed RIBA West Midlands Awards at the ceremony in Birmingham last night were:

- Alan Walters Building, University of Birmingham, by Berman Guedes Stretton

- Croft Lodge Studio, Leominster, by Kate Darby Architects

- Remembrance Centre, National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire, by Glenn Howells Architects

- St. Michael's Hospice, Hereford, by Architype

Natalia Maximova, chairman of the West Midlands judging panel, said: "This year's winning projects prove that good architecture should allow its user a space and time to absorb and to reflect.

"The selected designs frame our experience of the buildings and spaces rather than dictate it. They highlight the fact there is no true architecture without a clear vision and a strong concept.

"It is a year of quieter and well-mannered design, nevertheless, no less confident and powerful for that reason."

Quintin Lake Alan Walters Building, home of the University of Birmingham's Business School
Alan Walters Building, home of the University of Birmingham's Business School

Further special awards were given for:

Sustainability

Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Centre

Conservation

The Compound

Small Project

Croft Lodge Studio

Client

The Compound

Project Architect

Paul Neep, Hereford-based Architype

Building of the Year

Remembrance Centre, National Memorial Arboretum

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