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RIBA Northern Network contenders revealed

Eleven projects from across the North West, including Artingstalls Chapel, Manchester and Blencow Hall, Cumbria have been short-listed for the RIBA's Northern Network Awards.

The short-listed entries in the North West Region are:

Northern Network Awards

  • Artingstalls Chapel, Manchester, OMI Architects
  • Blencow Hall, Cumbria, Donald Insall Associates
  • Food Hub, Birkenhead, Studio Three Architects
  • Green Yew, Windermere, Haigh Architects
  • High Crag Barn, Kendal, Haigh Architects
  • Private House, Stockport, Prue Chiles Architects
  • Terrace Canopy, Cheshire, Ollier Smurthwaite Architects

Interior Design Category

  • Office fit-out, Albert Mill, Manchester, Ollier Smurthwaite Architects

Landscape Category

  • Angel Field, Liverpool, BCA Landscape
  • Eye Hospital, Manchester, Jane Parker Landscape Architect
  • Media City UK, Salford, Gillespies LLP

The short-list was drawn up from 66 entries across the North. The judges were looking for schemes that worked well and impressed members of the public, the RIBA said, but they were also keen to examine the client's supporting statement for the awards application and will be keen to also speak with users throughout the short-listing visits. The short listing judges were:

  • Satwinder Samra of saucearchitecture representing RIBA Yorkshire
  • John Orell of DLA Design Group representing RIBA Yorkshire
  • Alison MacKinder of RIBA North West, Part 3 Course Director representing RIBA North West
  • Dominic Wilkinson of Austin-Smith:Lord representing RIBA North West
  • Eric Carter formerly of Napper Architects representing RIBA North East
  • Kirsteen Thomson of Urban Tapestry representing RIBA North East
  • Jon Eachus of Colour Urban Design representing the Landscape Institute
  • Bob Monaghan, lay assessor

Belinda Irlam-Mowbray, director of RIBA North West, said: "All of the judges were particularly impressed with the quality of the entries received and were pleased with the diversity of projects from across both the public and private sectors encompassing buildings, landscapes and interiors."

All short-listed projects are featured on . The judging panel will be visiting all short-listed entries in September and the awards will be formally presented at a gala dinner at Newcastle Civic Centre on 4 November 2011.

This year's awards are being supported by Ibstock Brick, principal sponsor, alongside associate sponsors, Buro Happold, the Rooflight Company and the Northern Architectural Association.

Irlam-Mowbray added: "Whilst many schemes can look their best in glossy photographs which are taken immediately after their completion, it is those projects which can demonstrate that they can stand the test of time which we are particularly interested in. The judges were also keen to examine what can be achieved when there is only a limited budget and potentially difficult circumstances."

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