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Shortlist Announced For 2015 RIBA East Midlands Awards

A total of eleven projects have been shortlisted for RIBA East Midlands 2015 Awards, featuring buildings by Evans Vettori, Make, Orms, and Studio Gedye. All shortlisted buildings will now be assessed by a regional jury. Regional winners will then be considered for a RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will place some projects in the running for the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize" href="" rel="tag">RIBA Stirling Prize.

See the complete list of shortlisted projects after the break.

Make Architects Win Planning For First Building in Birmingham's Arena Central

Birmingham City Council has approved Make Architects' designs for the first commercial building of the city's Arena Central masterplan. Located on Broad Street and overlooking the historic Centenary Square, 1 Arena Central is set to be the first step in the master plan for the 9.2 acre site at the heart of Birmingham City Center Enterprise Zone. The eight story building, which will feature 135,000 square feet of Grade A office space, with 5,000 square feet of retail on the ground floor, is emblematic of the flagship development of the overall master plan.

Make Architects Reveal Big Data Institute for University of Oxford

Make Architects have just received planning permission to build a world-class institute devoted to research and processing of health-related data on Oxford University's Old Road Campus. The Big Data Institute (BDI) will be built adjacent to two other Make-designed buildings: The Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology and the NDM Research Building. The BDI will be London-based Make Architects' fifth building on Oxford's Old Road Campus.

Wondering what's inside? Find out more after the break.

Make Architects Picked for Sydney's Wynyard Station Overhaul

Make Architects have been selected from a shortlist of five practices to renovate the area around Sydney's Wynyard Station, beating SOM, Grimshaw, Bates Smart and Ingenhoven to the $1 billion project.

The scheme, called One Carrington Street, involves the renovation of the historic Shell House, creation of a new 27-story, 58,000 square metre office tower, a new eastern transit hall for Wynyard Station including 5,000 square metres of retail space, and a new grand entrance to Wynyard Station from George and Carrington Streets.

More on the scheme after the break

Lloyd's Set to Leave Richard Rogers-Designed Headquarters

Insurance firm Lloyd's of London has indicated that it plans to leave its famous Richard Rogers-designed headquarters, which it has occupied since construction ended in 1986. Lloyd's has recently been involved in talks with Henderson, the developer of Make Architects' Gotham City project which earlier this year gained planning permission for a site adjacent to their current headquarters.

More on the building's uncertain future after the break

20 Architects Design a Dolls' House for KIDS

Inspired by the dolls' house that Edwin Lutyens designed for The British Empire Exhibition in 1922, twenty British practices are each designing a contemporary dolls' house in aid of the disabled childrens' charity KIDS. Each version will sit on a 750mm square plinth to be exhibited during this year's London Design Festival (14th - 21st September, 2013) before being auctioned. Each design must contain "a unique feature to make life easier for a child who is disabled."

Stansted Airport Proposal / Make Architects

As part of the on-going debate surrounding the UK’s future aviation strategy, Make Architects just unveiled further studies to support its proposals for an expansion of Stansted Airport as a viable option. Building on existing infrastructure, the architects strongly believe that Stansted can connect with central London within 25 minutes, thereby making it one of the most deliverable and affordable solutions currently on the table, costing £18billion to deliver and providing up to £100billion in investment for the east of the country. More images and architects' description after the break.

Luxury Resort Proposal / Make Architects

Make Architects recently received planning approval for their luxury resort design in Hal Fehr, Malta. With a total area of 84,000m2, the high quality resort will be the most sustainable on the island with a low density footprint and a number of passive design features incorporated. This highly exclusive tourist destination, stretching Malta’s coastline, houses 216 spacious one, two and three bedroom suites with a further 12 luxury, family pavilions set in the middle of the central landscape. More images and architects' description after the break.

Exhibition: "Design Stories - The Architecture behind 2012"

As the world turns its eyes to London in 2012, Design Stories examines the architecture and engineering behind the 2012 sporting venues. It provides a unique Olympic experience – a place where people can explore and view drawings, images, videos and amazingly detailed models of London’s key new sporting venues.

Weihai Pavilion / Make Architects

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Architects: Make Architects Location: Weihai, Shandong, China Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Shu He

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55 Baker Street / Make Architects

  • Architects: Make Architects
  • Location: London, England
  • Collaborators: Arup, Blyth & Blyth, DP9, Expedition Engineering, Hann Tucker, HBG, Indigo Lighting, Jason Bruges Studio, Safe Consulting Ltd, Tweeds Construction Consultancy
  • Client: London and Regional Properties Ltd
  • Area: 75000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Make Architects

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The University of Nottingham - Jubilee Campus Extension / Make Architects

  • Architects: Make Architects
  • Location: Nottingham, UK
  • Collaborators: Rok Sol Construction, Adams Kara Taylor, AECOM, Faber Maunsell, Craft Pegg Landscape Architects, Davis Langdon, Gardiner & Theobald
  • Client: The University of Nottingham
  • Area: 12000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Make Architects

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