We Won! Studio MB Awards 2018
2018 was a successful year for Studio MB on the awards front…
SBID International Design Awards
We were awarded Best Public Space Design at the SBID International Design Awards 2018, picking up the accolade for the Triumph Factory Visitor Experience at a dazzling ceremony in the prestigious Dorchester Hotel in London’s Mayfair on 26th October 2018.
With more entries than ever before and over 225,000 public votes, the 2018 SBID awards have been one of the most globally represented editions to date. Showcasing industry talent across 14 categories, the 2018 awards received entries from across five continents and over 42 countries, and featured projects with high-flying super brands from across the globe. All 14 categories are assessed by a technical panel, a public vote and a panel of leading industry experts, who look for outstanding examples of technical content and aesthetic creativity which ensures that all projects are assessed strictly on quality.
Studio MB’s Design Director, Duncan Melville said: “We’re delighted to win this, it’s a huge surprise! It’s a long time coming to get international recognition and for us this is a prestigious award to receive. It’s been a fantastic project and I hope people come and see it”.
Scottish Design Awards
The Scottish Design Awards, now in their 20th year, are Scotland's most prestigious awards for architecture firms and design agencies. Studio MB were thrilled to win the Design Grand Prix Award and the Exhibition Design Award for the Triumph Factory Visitor Experience.
“The Grand Prix goes to a project so eye-catching and engaging. Typographically it’s very strong. Somewhere I could visit and enjoy. It’s everything you’d want as a bike enthusiast. It’s a visual experience with volume, layers and continuity, all really well executed.” (Danny Bickerton, Chairperson and Head of Design at TBWAManchester, The Drum News, 27 August 2018)
Following the win, Studio MB’s Founding Director Charlie Barr said: “Everyone at Studio MB is absolutely delighted to receive this prestigious award. This project is a great example of what is achieved when the client and the design team have a shared ambition. We were pushed hard by a rightfully demanding client and we hope we rose to that challenge throughout the design process. Certainly, this win and all the very positive comments from people who have visited the Triumph Factory Visitor Experience is in some way testament to that. We would like to thank Miles Perkins and James Davies at Triumph Motorcycles, and acknowledge the fantastic support of our partners, Realm Projects Ltd, Sysco Productions, Freak Films, LightMedium, Simon Platt and Douglas Bolton in helping to deliver everything we had imagined.”
Other Award Winners
Some of our other projects were also successful in 2018. Durham Cathedral Open Treasure won the North East RIBA Regional Award 2018; the North East RIBA Conservation Award 2018; the North East RIBA Building of the Year Award 2018 and the RIBA National Award for Cultural Buildings 2018.
We were also delighted to hear that York Army Museum received the Visitor Attraction of the Year (under 50,000) through the Visit York Tourism Awards 2018.
So what’s in store for 2019?
We’ve recently had word that The D-Day Story in Portsmouth has been nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award 2019. Winners will be announced at the EMYA ceremony during the Annual Conference of the European Museum Forum in Sarajevo at the end of May. Our fingers are crossed!