Architecture award for centre

Blackrock Quarry Training Centre which has won an award for architecture.

Blackrock Quarry Training Centre which has won an award for architecture. - Credit: Archant

A police training centre in Portishead has won a prestigious award for its architechture.

Blackrock Quarry Training Centre, by Haverstock Architects, came out on top at the South West awards for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

The centre, which was built in a disused quarry, is surrounded by a horseshoe of sheer rock and provides firearms training for officers from three police forces.

Chair of the jury, Keith Brownlie, said: “The composition is an impressive sight - by implication the entrance to a villain’s lair or a high brow cultural institution.”