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Leicester Print Workshop's New Building Wins Three Prestigious Prizes

28th April 2016

We are delighted to be one of nine building projects selected for a prestigious RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) East Midlands Award for 2016.

At a ceremony at Nottingham Contemporary last night, the building was also awarded the Small Project of the Year award and Jennifer Frewen of Takero Shimazaki Architects was awarded Project Architect of the Year.

Announcing the Regional Award, RIBA said the project was a “fantastic example of how a 1970’s warehouse building can be re-envisioned to create an elegant maker space. The new openings in the existing brick elevations frame activities within, while reuse of existing brickwork allows subtle remodelling of existing openings.”

“Internally the very tight budget has been maximised by a palette of low cost materials and white walls set off by simple but elegant detailing and careful consideration of space. The judges particularly commended the engagement between the architects and client working closely together to bring this project to life. The whole scheme contrasts the industrial with the refined where old factory winches contrast with new white walls, and exposed concrete lintels have been beautifully chalked with room names. All these elements create a backdrop that is both functional and elegant.”

Throughout 2016 Leicester Print Workshop is celebrating its 30th birthday. We moved to new premises in the Cultural Quarter on St George Street in November 2015. Our refurbishment and relocation project was supported by Arts Council England, Leicester City Council and a number of trusts and foundation including the Foyle Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, the Edith Murphy Foundation and the Balkanyi Trust plus a multitude of individual donors and volunteers.

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said: “We were delighted to hear about Leicester Print Workshop’s RIBA East Midlands Award win. It’s brilliant news! Ensuring artists and cultural organisations have the buildings and equipment they need is at the heart of what we do at the Arts Council. We’re delighted our investment has supported Takero Shimazaki Architects to transform a once disused warehouse into a vibrant hub for printmaking, which can be enjoyed by people from Leicester and across the Midlands.”

Leicester Print Workshop is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm with late night opening on Wednesday. We are holding a birthday party weekend on 11 and 12 June to mark our 30th birthday. On the Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 4pm there will be free demonstrations and drop in activities as well as a cake sale and the launch of the new LPW shop. Light Line, an exhibition of print and moving image by Angela Harding and Wuon-Gean Ho opens in our exhibition space on Tuesday 3rd May.