The Word Shortlisted in RIBA North East Awards
The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, is one of only nine buildings shortlisted for the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) North East 2017 Awards.
The shortlisted buildings will be assessed by a regional jury with the winners announced at the RIBA North East Awards on 19 May in Newcastle. The RIBA shortlisting follows close on the heels of similar success in the RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) Awards North East where The Word was shortlisted in three separate categories.
Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, said, “The Word has become one of the Borough’s greatest assets and is a superb public space. To be shortlisted in the RIBA awards is an acknowledgement by the architectural profession that we now have a truly world class and iconic building. We knew we had to capture the public imagination with this phase of our South Shields 365 masterplan, and recognition by both the RICS and RIBA is certainly an acknowledgement by construction specialists that we have achieved that aim!”
David Wells, Regional Director at Muse Developments, added, “Whilst awards don’t mean everything, it’s a tremendous accolade to FaulknerBrowns as architects, Bowmer & Kirkland as builders and the whole 365 team by fellow building and development professionals and an acknowledgement to the work that not only went into this, the first phase of the 365 regeneration project, but also continues to be carried out for future phases. We’re delighted to be shortlisted on this exciting partnership with South Tyneside Council!”
Opening to national acclaim in October and welcoming over 150,000 visitors in its first four months, The Word was designed by FaulknerBrown Architects and constructed by lead contractor, Bowmer & Kirkland, as a library for the 21st century. The building incorporates a library, exhibition space, FabLab with 3D printers and vinyl and laser cutters, television and radio studio, children’s immersive storytelling area, OpenZone IT suite, café, and a rooftop viewing terrace with views out over the River Tyne.
The iconic building is also the first phase of South Tyneside Council and developer Muse Developments’ ambitious £100m South Shields 365 regeneration masterplan to transform the town centre and has already helped to transform an area of South Shields in addition to providing a vital community resource.