Four projects in Cumbria, Manchester and Liverpool were among the 54 developments to earn the coveted and prestigious honour.
The Royal Institute of British Architects revealed the winners for its National Awards on 9 September. While most of the buildings were located in London, the North West put in a good showing with four earning a spot on the list. No buildings in the East Midlands, Northern Ireland, North Wales or Yorkshire made the cut.
To be named a National Award winner, projects had to first win their regional award. Having passed this next hurdle, the National Award winners are in the running for the Stirling Prize for the best building of the year.
The RIBA National Award winners from the North West are:
The Gables in Liverpool, designed by DK Architects for Musker Developments. ICIS Design Limited was the structural engineer for the scheme, which was built by Formby Point Construction. The project was finished in October 2019.
The Oglesby Centre at Hallé St Peter’s in Manchester, designed by stephenson hamilton risley STUDIO. This building was also named the winner of the RIBA North West Sustainability Award. Work finished on the Hallé Concerts Society scheme in November 2019. HH Smith was the lead contractor. The consultant team included Booth King Partnership as structural engineer, Max Fordham as environmental and M&E engineer, Simon Fenton Partnership as quantity surveyor and cost consultant, and Arup as acoustic engineer. Design Fire Consultants was the fire engineer. Mace handled project management.
Pele Tower House in Cumbria, designed by Woollacott Gilmartin Architects. This private home incorporates a 14th-century Pele tower into its build. The project was completed in July 2019. Adam Carr Building Contractor handled the construction. The consultant team included John Trippier Archaeology, ecological consultant Lucy Gibson Consulting, structural engineer Reid Jones Partnership, environmental energy consultant Doherty Energy, and historical building conservation consultant Jubb Clews.
Windermere Jetty Museum in Cumbria, designed by Carmody Groarke. The Windermere Jetty Museum was also the winner of the North West Building of the Year Award. Construction work finished at the Lakeland Arts project in March 2019. Thomas Armstrong Construction was the lead contractor. Turner & Townsend handled project management and acted as the quantity surveyor and cost consultant. Arup was the structural engineer, as well as environmental and M&E engineer and acoustic engineer for the scheme. Jonathan Cook Landscape Architecture was the landscape architect. Jane Toplis Associates was the access consultant. Lawrence Webster Forrest was the fire engineer. Lucion Services was the health and safety consultant. Other key members of the development team included ecologist Middlemarch Environmental and approved building inspector Butler & Young. Real Studios handled exhibition design. A practice for everyday life was in charge of graphics.