New builds up for prize

Four building schemes in south east Northumberland have been shortlisted for a prestigious honour.

Fifty seven of the north east’s most impressive schemes are set to battle it out for the coveted Project of the Year title at the 2015 RICS North East Renaissance Awards.

And four of the 57 are in Blyth and Morpeth.

Blyth Workspace and the King Edward VI School sixth-form building in Morpeth have been shortlisted in the Design Through Innovation category, while Morpeth Flooding Alleviation Scheme is in the Infrastructure award and Ark Royal Close, Blyth, is in the Residential category.

Blyth Workspace is currently undergoing finishing touches before opening this spring.

The King Edward VI School project saw its former run-down sixth-form block transformed into a state-of-the-art advanced study centre.

There are eight categories and one of these winners will be Project of the Year.

Phil Spencer, property expert and television presenter will host the RICS North East Renaissance Awards at The Civic Centre, Newcastle, on Friday, April 24.

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