A NEW school and an 18th-century barn conversion in Barnsley have been shortlisted for the region's most prestigious architecture award.

Holy Trinity School in Athersley and grade II listed Cat Hill Barn at Hoylandswaine are through to the finals of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Yorkshire award.

The awards are designed to recognise good, innovative architecture and Barnsley has got two of the top eight designs in the county.

Holy Trinity has been built on the site of the old St Michael's, St Dominic's and Edward Sheerien site and has 1,100 pupils from the age of three to 16 years and 125 staff.

Cat Hill Barn was crumbling when it was bought by its present owners.

"Because of the perilous state of the barn it was no exaggeration to say that the roof could have collapsed in at any moment," said Neil Dawson, an architect who worked closely with Cat Hill Barn's owners.

He says the architecture of the five-bedroomed home, which features a striking internal glass bridge, is a combination of conservation work with a contemporary twist.

"All the architecture and construction team and the owners of the barn are obviously really excited and proud to have been shortlisted for this prestigious RIBA award," Neil added.