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A look at the North West RIBA Awards shortlist

Earlier this month, the Royal Institute of British Architecture (RIBA) revealed its shortlist of 15 new regional projects in the running for next year’s Stirling Prize, eight of which are based in Merseyside, including our very own Utility House.

As well as the prestigious Building of the Year Award - which, last year, was awarded to Liverpool’s own Everyman Theatre - the shortlist will also produce a Small Project of the Year Award, which will celebrate those projects that cost less than £500,000 to build.

We take a closer look at some of the buildings that have made the shortlist for this year’s prize.

12 Jordan Street Studios, Liverpool, by Pearson Architect

Designed by Pearson Architects, these modern studios and offices are just a stone’s thrown away from Liverpool Cathedral.

Constellations Bar, Liverpool, by Howard Miller Design

Constellations-Bar Source: H Miller Bros

Based in the heart of the Baltic Triangle, this outdoor venue was designed by British furniture designer Hugh Miller and his brother, architect Howard Miller.

GreenAcres Woodland Burial Parks, St Helens, by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

GreenAcres Woodland Burial Park Source: Anthony McArdle

This woodland burial park, currently known as Emma Wood and Graces Wood, boasts two 19th and 20th century plantations that are both part of the Knowsley Estate.

House in Formby, Merseyside, by shedkm

House in Formby Image source: Jack Hobhouse

This luxurious two-storey residential villa was designed by architects shedkm, who created a modern house that sits comfortably in the leafy setting of Formby.

Maggie’s Merseyside at Clatterbridge, Wirral, by Carmody Groarke

Maggie’s Merseyside Source: Luke Hayes

The project was built as a temporary cancer care centre at Clatterbridge Hospital in Merseyside, commissioned and operated by Maggie’s Cancer Care Trust.

Mann Island, Liverpool, by Broadway Malyan

Mann Island is a striking modern development that sits alongside the waterfront. It’s a building that divides opinion, after being shortlisted for architecture’s booby prize - the Carbuncle Cup - in 2012.

St John Bosco Arts College, Liverpool, by BDP

The school in West Derby is focused on a sculpted landscape at the heart of the school.

Utility House, Liverpool, by Snook Architects

Utility House

And finally, our very own Utility House. Designed by Snook Architect, this luxury residential is made from linear brick and timber.


Do you have a favourite? The winners will be announced at an event in Manchester on Thursday 16 April. Wish us luck!

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