Foster + Partners’ Manchester Maggie’s Centre and Liverpool Philharmonic by Caruso St John are among the 12 projects shortlisted for this year’s RIBA North West Awards
Also on the list is AHMM’s Royal Court theatre in Liverpool, which was named Retrofit of the Year at last year’s AJ Retrofit Awards. Mancunian practices Stephenson Studio and Sixtwo Architects each have two projects nominated.
Caruso St John’s Liverpool Philharmonic has been shortlisted for the second time, after failing to win a regional gong last year.
The shortlisted buildings will be assessed by a regional jury with the winners announced at the RIBA North West Awards on 24 May at Manchester School of Art.
Regional winners will be put forward for the RIBA National Awards, with the lucky recipients announced in June. Those collecting national awards will then be considered for the RIBA Stirling Prize.
Blackburn Bus Station, Blackburn by Capita
The Cathedral Quarter redevelopment prompted the relocation of Blackburn’s bus station. The composition of the canopy draws inspiration from Blackburn’s historic weaving looms.
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Source: Nick Guttridge
Cambridge Street, Manchester by Hodder + Partners
Built on a derelict horseshoe-shaped plot, the development contains 282 PRS apartments split into two blocks of 19 and 28 storeys.
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Source: Peter Cook
City Football Academy, Manchester by Rafael Viñoly Architects
This project consolidates Manchester City Football Club’s existing training facilities and reinforces its connection to East Manchester – one of the 14 training pitches is dedicated for use by the local community.
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Source: Will Pryce
Finlays Warehouse, Manchester by Stephenson Studio
Finlays Warehouse is a Grade-II listed building in the Northern Quarter. It had been empty for several years before the practice was approached to convert the building into 27 one, two and three bedroom luxury apartments.
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Source: Andrew Wall
Foundry, Salford by Sixtwo Architects
A key aspect of the design was to create a new public boulevard to connect Grade-I listed Ordsall Hall to the Ship Canal towpath. Foundry - an industrial warehouse complex - has opened up the surrounding area to further regeneration.
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Source: Ben Draguisky
Liverpool Philharmonic, Liverpool by Caruso St John
Caruso St John has refurbished and extended the Grade-II listed Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, originally designed by Herbert Rowse and built in 1939.
RIBA North West Awards shortlist
Source: Helene Binet
Liverpool’s Royal Court, Liverpool by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
The Royal Court has been at the heart of Liverpool’s cultural and social life for nearly 200 years. Phases one and two, of a planned five, have seen the refurbishment of the original 1,186-seat auditorium and the exposure of the theatre’s original brickwork.
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Source: Tim Soar
Maggie’s at the Robert Parfett Building, Manchester by Foster + Partners
Foster + Partners worked closely with Christie Hospital to create a holistic masterplan for the future, with a new Maggie’s Centre as its centerpiece. It combines the architect’s fundamental design philosophies: prefabrication and dry construction.
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Source: Nigel Young
Oldham Town Hall, Oldham by BDP
The Grade-II listed Town Hall was vacated over 30 years ago, and attempts to reinvigorate the building failed partly because of its complex internal layout. BDP designed a new extension – ‘the light box’ – which resolved all circulation, level changes and access issues.
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Source: Nick Caville
Stoller Hall at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester by Stephenson Studio
The concert hall is the second phase of Chetham’s School of Music, which was completed in 2012 by Stephenson Studio. The concert hall is a complex, acoustically isolated ‘box within a box’ retrofitted into the voluminous form of the existing building.
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Source: Daniel Hopkinson
Stubbs Mill, Manchester by Sixtwo Architects
Stubbs Mill is the transformation of a former machine works into creative workspaces, located in New Islington, along the Ashton Canal. The conversion, set over three storeys, creates flexible offices split by a central atrium and core.
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Source: Jason Byrne
XYZ, Manchester by Cartwright Pickard
The brief was to create commercial workspace, supporting corporate, creative and emerging businesses with innovative, dynamic ‘Grade A’ accommodation, premium hospitality and design-led spaces.
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Source: Hufton + Crow