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Mann Island blocks nominated for RIBA award

Constellations, Jordan Street and others in line up for NW architectural prize

Written by . Published on March 4th 2015.


Mann Island blocks nominated for RIBA award
 

THERE are no grey areas when it comes to one of Liverpool’s most controversial modern developments, just solid black on the blocks that comprise Mann Island.

And people either love or loathe them - with one celebrated critic referring to them as Liverpool’s black coffins and nomination for the Carbuncle Cup.

What, then, will the professionals make of Mann Island now it has been shortlisted for a gong in the RIBA’s North West annual awards? Some would have preferred to see a breaker’s ball.

Ignore the fact that Mann Island is earmarked as the new home of RIBA North West with ambitious plans to transform it into an architectural dreamland.

Unforgiving are many Liverpolitans who care about the look of the city. Mann Island and its next door neighbour, the Museum of Liverpool, were replacements on the site for what would have been Will Alsop’s Cloud. That disappeared in a puff of smoke when the plug was pulled.

Mann Island has now surfaced as one of the 15 projects listed by RIBA North West for design honours, the results to be announced  at Halle St Peters in Manchester on April 16.

Last year the top prize, as well as the coveted Stirling Prize, landed in Liverpool when the born-again Everyman Theatre upstaged everything in sight.

RIBA’s judging panel will now be heading out on a North West recce to inspect all of the shortlisted schemes.

Mann Island is up against a number of impressive contenders -  from a new Waitrose store in Chester to the recently re-opened Whitworth Gallery in Manchester.

Closer to home, the shortlist includes12 Jordan Street Studios in the Baltic district, by Pearson Architects; the nearby Constellations Bar, by Howard Miller Design; Maggie’s Merseyside at Clatterbridge, Wirral, by Carmody Groarke; St John Bosco Arts College, Croxteth, by BDP; Westmorland, Liverpool, by Snook Architects, and an architecture-designed house in Formby  by shedkm. 

Up the road in St Helens is GreenAcres Woodland Burial Parks by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.

RIBA North West Awards shortlist: 

12 Jordan Street Studios, Liverpool by Pearson Architects

 Pearson

 

Pearson

All Souls, Bolton, by OMI Architects

OMI

 

OMI

Constellations Bar, Liverpool, by Howard Miller Design

Howard Miller

 

Howard Miller

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

Fielden Clegg Bradley

Fielden Clegg Bradley

Highfield Humanities College, Blackpool by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Feilden Clegg Bradley

Feilden Clegg Bradley

House in Formby, Merseyside by shedkm

shedkm

 

shedkm

Lancaster University Engineering Building, Lancaster by John McAslan + Partners 

John McAslan

 

John McAslan

Maggies Merseyside at Clatterbridge, Wirral by Carmody Groarke 

Carmody Groarke

 

Carmody Groarke

Manchester Metropolitan University Student Union, Manchester by Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios

Mmu Student UnionMMU Student Union

Manchester Town Hall Extension, Manchester by Simpson Haugh and Partners  

Simpson Haugh Partners

 

Simpson Haugh Partners

Mann Island, Liverpool by Broadway Malyan 

Mann-Island-01Mann Island

St John Bosco Arts College, Liverpool by BDP 

BDP

 

BDP

The Whitworth, Manchester by MUMA

MUMA

 

MUMA

Waitrose, Chester by Broadway Malyan 

Broadway Malyan

 

Broadway Malyan

Westmorland, Liverpool by Snook Architects 

Snook Architects

 

Snook Architects

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AnonymousMarch 4th 2015.

I'm off to the bookies to put five bob on the award NOT coming go Liverpool this year. We won it last year and that's sorted for a decade or two, that's providing we have anything worthy accolading.

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AnonymousMarch 4th 2015.

Well there's the winning spirit that will carry us all through. There are certainly no prizes for rotting old derelict ruins which so many of the old farts on here love to see instead of anything different or new

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