Whitworth Gallery

GM building of the year finalists announced

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce has revealed the finalists for this year’s building of the year award, which includes the Whitworth Art Gallery and the controversial Library Walk link in St Peter’s Square.

Judged by the Chamber’s property and construction committee, the final six buildings and developments are:

  • Manchester Cancer Research Centre in Withington, developed by the University of Manchester, Cancer Research UK and The Christie
  • Soapworks in Salford Quays by the Carlyle Group and joint venture partners Nikal and Abstract Securities
  • The National Graphene Institute in Manchester, by the University of Manchester
  • Victoria Station redevelopment in Manchester by Network Rail
  • The Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester by the University of Manchester
  • The link building in Manchester by Manchester City Council

The committee, which consists of 12 professionals from a range of businesses in the property and construction sector, will be undertaking site visits over the next few weeks before making its final decision. The winning building will be announced at the Chamber’s property and construction annual dinner at The Hilton Deansgate in Manchester on 12 November.

Steve Burne, chairman of the committee and managing director at AEW Architects, said: “Each year the Chamber invites nominations for the Building of the Year Award from everyone in the property and construction sector and once again, we have received some phenomenal entries to the competition, highlighting the high standards that are being achieved in construction and design across Greater Manchester.

“This competition aims to celebrate not only the new, innovative and inspirational buildings that are constructed in our region, but also the successful collaborations that take place between talented project teams in our industry and their clients. The final six buildings also make a significant contribution to our city region and I look forward to our site visits and choosing a winner.”

Last year’s winning building was Manchester Central Library.

Now in its eleventh year, previous winners of the competition have included Number One Riverside in Rochdale and Ashton Market in Tameside.

The Construction Apprentice of the Year award will also be presented at the property and construction annual dinner to an apprentice working on a full apprenticeship framework. The winner will be presented with the award and a prize to the value of £1,000.

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