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Central Library wins top buildings 'oscar'

Best project in North West, say RICS

Published on May 9th 2014.

Central Library wins top buildings 'oscar'

Liverpool Central Library has been crowned Project of the Year in a prestigious buildings 'oscars'.

Fifty-six North West property schemes battled it out for top honours last night at the RICS North West Awards 2014.

The event also saw the library named as the scheme with the most community benefit.

Meanwhile, Kensington Neighbourhood Health Centre was judged best regeneration scheme.

The annual contest aims to reward inspirational initiatives in the land, property and construction sectors. The event was hosted by architect George Clarke, presenter of Channel 4’s Restoration Man. 

Kensington Neighbourhood Health Centre, LiverpoolKensington Neighbourhood Health Centre, Liverpool

The title of Project of the Year is presented to the scheme felt by the judges to represent the most outstanding example of the region’s property expertise. Liverpool Central Library triumphed over what the 17-strong panel of judges said was an exceptionally strong field of entries.
The judges felt Liverpool Central Library more than satisfied the criteria of a building designed to serve the community. The newly redeveloped Central Library provides for all ages and backgrounds within a building of scale, confidence, variety and daring that both re-uses listed structures, as well as providing new perspectives on the city with the creation of a new terrace.
The Library, which was first opened in 1860, includes a new Children’s Library, initiatives to widen community access to the Internet, the ‘City of Readers’ Project, a database for family history research, and projects working with asylum seekers. Since reopening to the public in May 2013, Liverpool Central Library has welcomed over 400,000 visitors, more than double the amount of users in the same period prior to the redevelopment.
Commenting on the Project of the year, Jane Lathwood, Chair of the Awards judging panel and Associate, GVA, said:  “Liverpool Central Library is a more than deserving winner of the RICS Awards Project of the Year 2014. It absolutely embodies the values that the judges look for in a development – it serves its users in a way that few other projects could and since opening, has proven itself at the heart of the community.
“The redevelopment of Liverpool Central Library is an object lesson to others on the right way to restore and refresh listed buildings, while making them fit for the future. The incredible reception it has been given by the people of Liverpool shows how valued it is. Since opening, Liverpool Central Library has become one of the city’s top attractions. The redevelopment should see it remain a beacon of knowledge and learning for the next 150 years.”

List of winners


·         Building Conservation: Manchester Town Hall, Manchester
·         Commercial Property: Parcelford Hub, Chorley
·         Community Benefit: Liverpool Central Library, Liverpool
·         Design Through Innovation:  Number One Riverside, Rochdale
·         Infrastructure: Manchester Metrolink Phase 3A, Manchester
·         Regeneration: Kensington Neighbourhood Health Centre, Liverpool
·         Residential Property: Broom Lane, Levenshulme
·         Tourism & Leisure: Liverpool Central Library, Liverpool
Winners in four of the categories (Building Conservation, Community Benefit, Design & Innovation and Regeneration) will now automatically be entered into the national RICS Awards, where they will compete against other leading projects from across the UK later this year.

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11 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousMay 12th 2014.

Baffling, it's fucking horrible.

Phillip LawlerMay 14th 2014.

It's not. It's great.

Sad StoreyMay 15th 2014.

As a shopping 'mall' where people go to muck about on 'Facebook'! Where are the galleries of books and the silent areas to read them? Gone now apart from the Picton Library.

AnonymousMay 15th 2014.

Usual stuck in the past, can't move on, bring back the old days hogwash

4 Responses: Reply To This...
Sad StoreyMay 16th 2014.

It's a LIBRARY. As the name suggests, it's supposed to contain BOOKS and an atmosphere conducive to READING them. If you just want to gawp out of windows at the view, you'd be better off on a bus. And the windows are easier to lick too.

John BradleyMay 16th 2014.

Going ny sad storey's comments he has nwver been in the library.

John BradleyMay 16th 2014.

New rule do not type messages into a phone when font is to small to read and you have forgotten your glasses.

Sad StoreyMay 16th 2014.

I am a member of this library. I used to use this library all the time when I was doing my A Levels - in the days when it was a very impressive library and not just the vainglorious showpiece it is now.

PicadorMay 16th 2014.

It reads: "Since reopening to the public in May 2013, Liverpool Central Library has welcomed over 400,000 visitors, more than double the amount(sic) of users in the same period prior to the redevelopment." So 200,000 were proper library users, or 'readers' as they were known. The other 200,000 are presumably the rubbernecking dolts attracted by new bright shiny things, dragging their knuckles up and down those staircases and talking loudly to drive readers out.

Manny YewscriptMay 16th 2014.

The writing was on the wall a few years ago when the book-burning Lib-Dems under Gauleiter Storey destroyed and disposed of what was widely considered to be the best music library in the country outside London.

Manny YewscriptMay 17th 2014.

It’s a sorry state of affairs that bodes ill for the future when the City Council has declared libraries, books and reading as too élitist to maintain. A couple of years ago there was a (Wirral?) councillor who reckoned that libraries were redundant because we “all have the internet” and there’s a branch of Waterstones nearby – as if either of those facts were somehow true and pertinent with regard to the provision of public libraries. Obviously he never read anything more demanding than the Echo and the celebrity gossip on the Daily Mail website.

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