Tomorrow the winner of the Riba Stirling Prize for architecture will be announced. Every year this prize is given to the building deemed to have made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the last twelve months.
Six buildings have been shortlisted including Park Hill, a project by developers Urban Splash, to regenerate a late 1950s housing development in the centre of Sheffield.
Park Hill became an unloved housing estate in recent decades but has been given a new lease of life through careful and imaginative design. I saw this housing estate in its sorry state in the late 1980s so it is wonderfully uplifting to see the same grim housing dominate the skyline in a new and inspiring way.
The other five shortlisted buildings are all worthy of winning but Park Hill gets my vote because its developers are passionate about restoring not only good design but also a sense of community to a once neglected urban area.
The use of colour, line and light is simply stunning.
See here to read more about the Riba prize and Urban Splash.