Weston Library wins two awards at the RIBA South Awards 2016

Weston Library has won an RIBA South Regional Award and the prestigious overall award for RIBA South Building of the Year 2016.

The refurbishment of Oxford’s Weston Library, a listed building designed by Giles Gilbert Scott in the late 1930s, has transformed the library into a new cultural and intellectual landmark. New reading rooms, exhibition space and an enhanced public realm has greatly improved the visitor and academic experience. RIBA noted the renovation was a “stunning solution” to a “complex brief” and stated that the “project has made a significant contribution to its immediate environment”.

In total, 17 buildings in Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Hampshire were awarded for their “architectural excellence” at the ceremony at Ascot Racecourse compered by journalist and broadcaster Kirsty Lang.

The 17 regional award winners were drawn from a shortlist of 30 projects, from 64 entries. All winners are now entered for the RIBA National Awards, which will be announced on June 23.