The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Competitions are delighted to announce the winner in the Sessay Hub Competition as Sutherland Hussey Architects with Gross Max Landscape Architects.

The judging panel, which included Wayne Hemingway MBE, Designer & Writer and Robin Snell as the RIBA Adviser, met on Thursday 8 January for final presentations by the four shortlisted teams.

Sutherland Hussey (whose team is shown below) said:  “We are delighted to be selected and looking forward to working further with the Sessay community, to develop their vision for this new village hub. It's inspiring to work with a community who are so eager and willing to engage in contemporary architecture.”


They fought off strong competition from the other shortlisted teams:

Daykin Marshall Studio with Edward Hutchison, Landscape Architect, London

Faed Browne Architects, Edinburgh

Gibson Thornley Architects Limited, London

Wayne Hemingway MBE commented: “Sutherland Hussey produced a thoughtful and forward thinking design which should provide a truly uplifting pavilion for the Sessay community and the wider region”.

Robin Snell, acting as the RIBA Adviser and chair of the Judging Panel said: “The four shortlisted schemes represent quite different architectural design solutions to this emerging brief and village building typology – the winning design approach best expresses the Client Vision and has the potential to significantly raise the bar for this type of community project.”

Parish Council Chair John MacPherson said “The standard of the designs put forward by the four finalists was impressive making our choice of a winner very difficult. We are looking forward to working with Sutherland Hussey to make our dream of a new village hall in Sessay become a reality.”


The winning team will now develop their design for a planning application in March 2015.