£20m offices in award hope

Blackpool is not usually renowned for modern architecture - but one of its newest buildings has been shortlisted for a global award.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 15th July 2015, 6:00 am
Bickerstaffe House
Bickerstaffe House

The resort’s £20m new council offices Bickerstaffe House is one of just 47 projects on the shortlist for recognition at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) 2015 Awards.

Winners will be announced in November at a ceremony being held in Singapore.

The building, developed by Muse as part of the £220m Talbot Gateway regeneration scheme, is competing in the ‘office – completed buildings’ category.

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Designed by AHR, one of Europe’s longest standing architecture and building consultancy practices, the building has already received a number of accolades, including Best Corporate Workplace in the BCO Awards Northern Region and Energy Efficient Building Project of the Year at the 2014 Energy Awards.

Andy Barton, project manager at Muse Developments, said: “We have worked with AHR for a number of projects and they have always impressed us with their flair and utilisation of products and finishes.

“We’ve been overwhelmed with the accolades this project has received within the built environment and I’m so proud that it’s now getting the recognition it deserves on a global scale.”

Dominic Manfredi, director at AHR, added: “We are passionate about design and the positive effects that it can have on an environment when done correctly and are absolutely ecstatic that one of our projects has been shortlisted in this year’s WAF Awards.”