RIBA announces its regional winners

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has chosen the eight winners of its North West Regional Awards for 2015.

This year, 15 projects made the shortlist, with the region’s Building of the Year Award going to the reworking of Manchester’s Whitworth Gallery, which had a glass and brick extension installed. The judges praised the work, saying that the project was of an “international standard”.

There were winning projects from across the North West, but three of the successful buildings were in Liverpool. These consisted of Westmorland, which is a private house, St John Bosco Arts College and Mann Island. The last is a development containing offices, conference space, a café, and a shop.

This year, architects on the Wirral did not win any of the major prizes, but a London-based firm did receive an award for Maggie’s Merseyside Cancer Centre, which is located on the peninsula. The fact that there is so much new development going on in the area opens up the chance that architects in the Wirral area will make the shortlist next year, with some of them hopefully going on to win.

Many of the new development schemes on the Wirral are taking place in the large town of Birkenhead. Currently, there are two major projects in progress, Wirral Waters and the Wirral Chamber of Commerce’s Business Improvement District (BID), which are both keeping architects in the region busy. The former is preparing to make major changes to the town’s dockland area, while the latter is designed to provide enterprises with commercial support.

Posted by Mark
April 23, 2015

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