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The Stonehenge Exhibition and Visitor Centre by architects Denton Corker Marshall on opening day last December
The Heritage Trust
This is Wiltshire reports –
The £6.9m building, named in a prestigious ceremony at City Hall, Bristol, yesterday, takes an Australian aboriginal dictum of ‘touching the earth lightly’ to perch on an archaeological landscape creating a vastly improved visitor experience. A major part of the £27million Stonehenge Environmental Improvements Programme – the largest capital project ever undertaken by English Heritage – the new visitor building, is 2.1km (1.5 miles) to the west of Stonehenge.
RIBA South West Awards recognise examples of innovative and outstanding new architecture within the region. Chair of the jury, John Pardey of multiple award-winning John Pardey Architects said of the English Heritage project: “The building follows the concept sketch by the architect Barry Marshall. A forest of thin square columns dancing at different angles like tree trunks, supporting a curvy canopy roof, which has fretted edges like leaves meeting the sky. Spaces are laid out with precise clarity and work fabulously well. The visitor centre provides an essentially outdoor experience and that is as it should be on this wide Wiltshire landscape.”
Reconstruction, by Ian Dennis, of the Whitehawk Camp causewayed enclosure in (circa) 3,600bce
Europa Nostra has announced that –
Each year, Europa Nostra and the European Union reward the best of cultural heritage achievements. Through our European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards, we celebrate excellence and dedication by architects, craftsmen, volunteers, schools, local communities, heritage owners and media. Through the power of their example we stimulate creativity and innovation.
The awards celebrate exemplary restorations and initiatives of the many facets of Europe’s cultural heritage in 4 categories. Every year, up to six monetary awards of €10.000 each are awarded to the top laureates in the various categories.
Criteria for the assessment of entries include excellence in the work executed and preliminary research conducted, as well as respect for artistic, cultural and social value, setting, authenticity and integrity. Special attention will also be paid to sustainability, interpretation and presentation, educational work, funding and management, and social responsibility. Entries can be on a scale ranging from small to large, local to international, and should display a standard of work considered outstanding in a European context.
The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards 2014 deadline is the 9 September 2013. Watch the Call for Entries video here and then submit your project. Outstanding achievements in the field of heritage conservation and enhancement will be awarded in the following categories:
3. Dedicated Service by Individuals or Organisations
4. Education, Training and Awareness-Raising
Entry Forms are now available on the Europa Nostra website
Closing date for submission of entries: 9 September 2013 (date of sending)
For more information, please contact:
The Voice of Cultural Heritage in Europe
Lange Voorhout 35
NL – 2514 EC Den Haag
T +31 70 302 40 58
F +31 70 361 78 65
A World Monuments Fund Video
Each year, the World Monuments Fund presents the Hadrian Award to an international leader who has advanced the understanding, appreciation, and preservation of the world’s art and architecture. The 2012 recipient of the Hadrian Award is Kenneth Chenault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Express.
The World Monuments Fund and the Hadrian Award for 2008
Every year, The World Monuments Fund gives the Hadrian Award to international leaders who have advanced the preservation of world art and architecture. In 2008, The World Monuments Fund honoured Houghton, Doreen, and Graeme Freeman and The Freeman Foundation. The Freeman Foundation is the lead supporter of World Monuments Fund work in Asia, including the Qianlong Garden in the Forbidden City, Beijing and the Japanese Imperial Buddhist Convents.