Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and Royal Court on shortlist for top architectural awards

City centre refurbishments are two of 12 projects shortlisted across the North West in the Royal Institute of British Architects 2017 North West Awards. Tony McDonough reports.

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall following its £13.8m refurbishment. Picture by Helene Binet

Multi-million pound refurbishments of Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall and Royal Court Theatre have both been shortlisted in the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) 2017 North West Awards.

They are two of 12 projects shortlisted across the North West with the winners being announced t the Manchester School of Art on Wednesday, May 24.

The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall refurbishment is up for a RIBA award. Pictures by Helene Binet

Located in Hope Street, Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall underwent a £13.8m refurbishment project which included the creation of a new venue called The Music Room.

The Royal Court, which has become the go-to venue to see work by local writers, has undergone a four-stage renovation programme costing £11.9m.

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund the scheme was first substantial renovation work in the theatre for almost 75 years.

The four stage-refurbishment of Liverpools Royal Court Theatre has cost £11.9m. Top picture by Rob Parrish, picture, above, by Tim Soar

The full RIBA North West shortlist is:

  • Blackburn Bus Station, Blackburn by Capita
  • Cambridge Street, Manchester by Hodder + Partners
  • City Football Academy, Manchester by Rafael Viñoly Architects
  • Finlays Warehouse, Manchester by Stephenson Studio
  • Foundry, Salford by Sixtwo Architects
  • Liverpool Philharmonic, Liverpool by Caruso St John
  • Liverpool’s Royal Court, Liverpool by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
  • Maggie’s at the Robert Parfett Building, Manchester by Foster + Partners
  • Oldham Town Hall, Oldham by BDP
  • Stoller Hall at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester by Stephenson Studio
  • Stubbs Mill, Manchester by Sixtwo Architects
  • XYZ, Manchester by Cartwright Pickard
  • RIBA said:  “There are some wonderfully talented designers working in the North West.

“This is never an easy task but these 12 shortlisted buildings, with differing functions, scales and budgets, are all memorable and each has achieved that unexpectedly special quality that makes them stand out as significant to the architecture of the North West.”

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