Liverpool Central Library wins ‘Project of the Year’ at 2014 RICS Awards

Liverpool Central Library wins 'Project of the Year' at 2014 RICS Awards

Liverpool’s magnificent Central Library won two awards at the 2014 RICS Awards, held in Manchester on 8th May.

The Austin-Smith:Lord Building was entered into four out of eight categories, winning awards for ‘Community Benefit’ and ‘Travel and Tourism’.

Out of a total of 56 entries, a panel of 17 judges selected and praised the Project of the Year; declaring the Central Library scheme more than satisfied the criteria of a building designed to serve the community.

Jane Lathwood, chair of the awards judging panel, said:

“It absolutely embodies the values that the judges look for in a development. It serves its users in a way that few other projects could, and since opening has proven itself at the heart of the community. The redevelopment of Liverpool Central Library is an object lesson to others on the right way to restore and refresh listed buildings, while making them fit for the future. The incredible reception it has been given by the people of Liverpool shows how valued it is. The redevelopment should see it remain a beacon of knowledge and learning for the next 150 years.”

The Library will now be entered into the National RICS Awards along with the winners of the Building Conservation, Design & Innovation and Regeneration categories which is to be held later on this year.