TV presenter McCloud filming for Stirling Prize in Liverpool

Michael Hunt

Channel 4 presenter Kevin McCloud has been filming a documentary on BDP's blueprint for Grosvenor's Liverpool One today, as part of its nomination for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2009.

McCloud, who fronts property television programme Grand Designs, will present the Stirling Prize this year at a ceremony in London's Old Billingsgate, which is being broadcast live on Channel 4 in October.

BDP's masterplan was central to the success of the 42-acre £1bn regeneration project, taking existing street patterns and overlaying them with more than 20 new buildings in a deceptively simple layout of retail, leisure, car parking, hotels and residential on multiple levels.

The plan also set design standards for the new buildings to meet and integrated the scheme into the rest of the city centre, most notably making the once-isolated Albert Dock feel closer to the retail core than it did previously.

It is the first time a masterplan rather than a building has been nominated for the biggest prize in architecture.

The full shortlist of six nominated schemes, drawn from 103 regional RIBA prize winners, is as follows:

  • Liverpoool One Masterplan, BDP
  • Maggie's Centre, London, Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners
  • Bodegas Protos, Spain, Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners
  • Fuglsang Kunstmuseum, Denmark, Tony Fretton Architects
  • 5 Aldermanbury Square' London, Eric Parry Architects
  • Kentish Town Health Centre, London, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

The winner will be announced on 17 October.

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