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The Word Shortlisted in RICS Awards

The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, has been shortlisted in three separate categories of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards North East which recognise the best buildings of 2016.

Whilst 40 projects have been shortlisted in the eight categories, The Word is the only project to be shortlisted in three categories – Community Benefit, Design Through Innovation and Tourism & Leisure – with the winning buildings of the eight categories and the overall Project of The Year chosen at the RICS Awards on April 21 at Newcastle Civic Centre.

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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.

Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, commented, “I’m delighted that The Word has been shortlisted for these prestigious Awards and we all hope it receives due recognition on the night. It was very important that this first phase of South Shields 365, with the construction of The Word and remodelling of the Market Place, captured the public imagination and the feedback we have received since the opening has been overwhelmingly positive. Along with our partners, Muse Developments, we’re grateful to every single member of the team responsible for this building as we work on future phases.”

David Wells, Regional Director at Muse Developments, added, “The recognition the building has received by being shortlisted in the RICS Awards is an accolade 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!”

For more information about the regeneration of South Shields and the 365 Master Plan please go to: www.southshields365progress.com

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