Live Works – RIBA National Award Winner 2017

Flanagan Lawrence’s quayside scheme in Newcastle Upon Tyne honoured with a RIBA National Award.

22nd Jun 2017

Live Works – a Live Theatre initiative developing cultural quarter on Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK’s waterfront – has been recognised with a RIBA National Award 2017.

The news follows the project’s recent triple scoop at the RIBA North East Regional Awards, where Live Works received a RIBA North East Regional Award, the RIBA North East Conservation Award and the RIBA North East Client of the Year Award.

Live Works was named as a Civic Trust Awards National Winner in March and has been nominated for a British Construction Industry Award 2017. The project has also been shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival, RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Awards North East, and Constructing Excellence North East.

Flanagan Lawrence’s Live Works has transformed a century-old gap on the Newcastle Quayside into a vibrant public place. The project comprises a new centre for children and young people’s writing in a converted Grade 2 listed almshouse; a vibrant, public ‘pocket park’, which reopens and revitalises the only remaining Georgian courtyard in the city; and a new office building generating rental income that will fund at least one play and education project each year for Live Theatre.

The RIBA describes how the project “…secures the commercial future of a nationally significant theatre company in an impressively controlled and coherent mixed use city centre development. It preserves the historic quayside grain while providing a new type of engaging, informal and inhabited public space.”

Jason Flanagan, Creative Director at Flanagan Lawrence, adds: “The Live Works project has provided us with a remarkable architectural opportunity to create a new courtyard for Live with the Children’s Writing Centre and a new outdoor performance space for Live Theatre. The new building links the Quayside and the Public Square with an arcade along Trinity Chare. The sandstone façade completes the gap in the river frontage which has been empty for more than a hundred years.”

Jim Beirne, Chief Executive Live Theatre says: “We were delighted to work with Flanagan Lawrence to bring our ambitious Live Works project to fruition and delighted that it was recognised with three RIBA North East Awards for the building, for our approach to conservation, and for being a ‘committed passionate and visionary client’. Gaining national recognition is brilliant and compliments the national recognition we achieve with our work nurturing new writers and bringing their work to the stage.”

All of the national award winners will now be considered for the 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize, with the ceremony to be held at the RIBA headquarters in London later this year.

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