22 May 2019

Spanish City wins RIBA North East award

The accolades just keep on coming for Spanish City, with our redevelopment project receiving further recognition on the 16thMay, where it was named amongst RIBA’s North East Award winners for 2019 – its 5thaward of the year and the 4thit’s picked up in the past month.

Having previously won two RTPI (Royal Town Planning Institute) awards and a RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) award in April, Spanish City continued to demonstrate the extraordinary impact that it’s making on its local community – the opening of the building last July attracted 10,000 visitors – and in the architecture community by being named as one of four RIBA North East Award-winners for the year.

The RIBA awards have, for 50 years, marked the celebration of the best architecture that the UK, and the world, has to offer, with its regional awards paying particular attention to the impact and importance of architectural projects in specific areas of the country.

The award demonstrates RIBA’s recognition of the way in which Spanish City’s design team approached the North Tyneside Council project, with the panel noting ADP’s attention to retaining and restoring original features whilst providing high-quality facilities and services. The building had been reduced to a state of disrepair over the years, with one of ADP’s key aims at the outset of the project to restore some of the key historical features that had been lost, whilst also conserving as much original material as possible.

The RIBA judges commented: ‘The renaissance of Spanish City symbolises its importance to the local community and its relevance as part of the wider coastal masterplan. The pragmatism of its brief and the design skills brought to bear upon its restoration and regeneration should safeguard its future for years to come.’