We all had a fantastic time last night at the Midlands RIBA awards, made even better by the fact that the Wyre Forest Crematorium took home a RIBA Architecture WM award!

The judges were very complimentary about the project, saying “The degree of architectural ambition here is highly unusual, producing a distinctive, original response to a particularly testing challenge in form-as-function. A complex and ambitious composition has created spaces that have real serenity and gravitas. The slatted cedar soffits work well to unify the sequence of spaces both externally and internally. Great care has been taken with defining high level clerestory light, particularly around the wedge-shaped chapel. With thought and consideration the architect leaves us with a building that stands scrutiny from all sides.”

Huge congratulations to Phil, Stuart, Ian and the rest of the project team for all of their hard work.

Read Building Design’s coverage of the awards here and see the official RIBA write up here .