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Union North's Morecambe hotel scoops RIBA conservation award

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The restoration of the Midland Hotel in Morecambe by Union North has won the RIBA Crown Estate Conservation Award.

The £5,000 prize, handed to the ‘best work of conservation demonstrating the successful restoration and/or adaptation of an architecturally significant building’, was presented at the RIBA Stirling Prize ceremony this weekend.

Chief executive of the Crown Estate Roger Bright said: ‘The specialist conservation judges were particularly impressed by the adoption of a creative and intelligent approach to the conservation of a major modern movement building, reflected in the retention and reinstatement of the most significant qualities and features of the original building.’Save

Backed by developer Urban Splash, the scheme marks the first phase of a larger masterplan to transform the Lancashire resort’s seafront which is currently being drawn up by FLACQ.

The award was judged by Richard Griffiths, conservation architect; Paul Velluet, conservation architect at HOK; Roger Bright, chief executive of the Crown Estate; and Tony Chapman, RIBA head of awards.

Other buildings shortlisted were:

  • St Martin-in-the-Fields, Eric Parry Architects and Caroe & Partners
  • No 12 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Julian Harrap Architects
  • Tyneside Cinema, Fletcher Priest Architects and Cyril Winskell Architects
  • Midland Hotel, Morecambe, Union North and Avanti Architects
  • Bofors tower, private house, Allies and Morrison
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