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RIBA North West Awards shortlist revealed

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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.

The shortlist

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.

Blackburnbusstation nickguttridge pressimage 1

Blackburnbusstation nickguttridge pressimage 1

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.

Cambridgestreet petercook pressimage 1

Cambridgestreet petercook pressimage 1

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.

Cityfootballacademy willpryce pressimage 4

Cityfootballacademy willpryce pressimage 4

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. 

Finlayswarehouse andrewwall pressimage 3

Finlayswarehouse andrewwall pressimage 3

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. 

Foundry bendraguisky pressimage 5

Foundry bendraguisky pressimage 5

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

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.

Liverpool'sroyalcourt tim soar pressimage 3

Liverpool’sroyalcourt tim soar pressimage 3

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.

Maggie'sattherobertparfettbuilding nigelyoung pressimage 1

Maggie’sattherobertparfettbuilding nigelyoung pressimage 1

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.

Oldhamtownhall nickcaville pressimage 2

Oldhamtownhall nickcaville pressimage 2

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.

Stollerhallatchetham's danielhopkinson pressimage 1

Stollerhallatchetham’s danielhopkinson pressimage 1

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.

Stubbsmill jasonbyrne pressimage 5

Stubbsmill jasonbyrne pressimage 5

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.

Xyz hufton+crow pressimage 2

Xyz hufton+crow pressimage 2

Source: Hufton + Crow

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