Holiday home wins Britain's biggest architecture prize

It is the first time a house has collected the prestigious award. Credit: Riba

A holiday home built within a ruined 12th century castle was tonight handed Britain's biggest architecture award, the Riba Stirling Prize - the first time a conservation project has triumphed.

Astley Castle in Warwickshire - wrecked by a fire in 1978 - had been in danger of collapse until it was brought back to life by the £1.35 million building project for the Landmark Trust.

Judges of the prize said the winning design dealt with the ruins with "intelligence and practicality", and adding to them architecture which is "rich, visually beautiful and tactile".