Buildings make award shortlist

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Two buildings in south east Northumberland have been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

RIBA North East shortlisted 11 projects, stretching from Hexham to Middlesbrough, for its Building of the Year title.

The shortlist includes the first phase of the redevelopment of the Commissioner’s Quay site Blyth Workspace, by xsite architecture LLP, and the new Ashington Community and Leisure Centre, by Ryder Architecture, which forms the centre piece of Ashington town centre’s strategic regeneration.

The shortlist will also produce a Small Project of the Year Award for those projects costing less than £500,000.

North East-based practices Mosedale Gillatt Architects, Spence and Dower, and Elliott Architects are vying for this prize.

Entries range from Felton Park glasshouse, a rare 1830 building and contemporary potting shed (both Listed Grade II*), to Acomb High House in Northumberland, a Grade II listed building which also sits within the local conservation area.

Alongside these practices is Edinburgh-based Sutherland Hussey Harris with its scheme Edge Hill, a private family home set in a deep linear plot at the periphery of the Darras Hall Estate in Ponteland.

The RIBA North East award winners will be announced at an evening event at As You Like It in Newcastle, on Friday, April 22.

For further information about the awards, or to book tickets contact Amy Tomlinson by emailing, amy.tomlinson@riba.org