RIBA March 2017 Blackburn Bus Station Nick Guttridge Press Image 4

RIBA picks best new buildings in North West

A dozen buildings have been shortlisted for the 2017 RIBA North West Awards. Stephenson Studio and Sixtwo Architects each have two buildings in the running for the prizes, due to be awarded in May.

The buildings shortlisted are:

  • Blackburn Bus Station, Blackburn by Capita, pictured above
  • Cambridge Street, Manchester by Hodder + Partners
  • City Football Academy, Manchester by Rafael Viñoly Architects
  • Finlays Warehouse, Manchester by Stephenson Studio
  • Foundry, Salford by Sixtwo Architects
  • Liverpool Philharmonic, Liverpool by Caruso St John
  • Liverpool’s Royal Court, Liverpool by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
  • Maggie’s at the Robert Parfett Building, Manchester by Foster + Partners
  • Oldham Town Hall, Oldham by BDP
  • Stoller Hall at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester by Stephenson Studio
  • Stubbs Mill, Manchester by Sixtwo Architects
  • XYZ, Manchester by Cartwright Pickard

The winners will be named at an awards dinner on Wednesday 24 May at Manchester Art School.

Full list including architects’ own descriptions of their work:

Blackburn Bus Station, Blackburn | Architect: Capita

The Cathedral Quarter redevelopment in Blackburn prompted relocation for the old bus station which comprised of small windswept utilitarian shelters opposite Blackburn railway station. Capita was appointed to design a landmark that would promote a step-change in quality and perceptions of public transport. The composition of the canopy draws inspiration from Blackburn’s historic weaving looms which through a series of slots, allow daylight to penetrate onto the concourse. The concourse is lined in stone which absorbs solar gains and is conceived as an extension of the public realm, which itself has strengthened pedestrian links and improved connectivity.

Images by Nick Guttridge

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