Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Superb' North East Buildings Best in UK; Awards

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Superb' North East Buildings Best in UK; Awards

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Byline: coreena ford coreena.ford@ncjmedia.co.uk

THREE new buildings in the North East have been singled out amongst the best in the UK at a top industry event.

Live Works, on Newcastle's Quayside, Shawn House in Northumberland and The Word, National Centre for the Written Word in South Shields, were crowned at the 2017 RIBA National Awards.

The triumphant trio had previously been named along with two others at the regional finals of the annual search for the UK's best buildings, run by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in pursuit of their architectural excellence.

Live Works, designed by Flanagan Lawrence, was developed by Live Theatre as part of the theatre's diversification, while also seeking to complete the 'missing gap' in the facade of Newcastle's Quayside.

The PS5.5m scheme, completed last year, includes a four-storey office building which is home to tech firm Zerolight, with the additional income helping the theatre to grow and sustain its work.

The scheme also includes renovation of a converted Grade II listed almshouse as Live Tales, the first creative writing centre of its type for children in the region, and Live Garden, a vibrant, public 'pocket park', which reopens and revitalises the only remaining Georgian courtyard in the city.

Jim Beirne, chief executive at Live Theatre, said: "We were delighted to work with Flanagan Lawrence to bring our ambitious Live Works project to fruition and delighted that it was recognised with three RIBA North East Awards for the building, for our approach to conservation, and for being a 'committed passionate and visionary client'.

"Gaining national recognition is brilliant and compliments the national recognition we achieve with our work, nurturing new writers and bringing their work to the stage."

Meanwhile, the Shawm house in West Woodburn, Northumberland, is much more than a private home. …

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