Two of Liverpool’s most prominent cultural venues have been shortlisted for top building awards.
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and Royal Court Liverpool will battle it out for top honours at the 2017 RIBA North West Awards alongside 10 other buildings from across the region.
The prestigious awards have been running nationally since 1966 with his year’s North West ceremony set to take place at the Manchester School of Art on 24 May.
The two Liverpool venues will be up against some strong competition from Greater Manchester, including Manchester City FC’s £200 million ‘City Football Academy’.
In January, Royal Court Liverpool secured £2m Arts Council England funding towards its ongoing refurbishment programme.
The money will be put towards ‘Act III’ of the performing arts venue’s transformation, which will see a new 150-seat studio space added to the theatre’s basement.
Meanwhile, in October 2015, a £14m renovation of Liverpool Philharmonic Hall was completed which included the refurbishment of the main concert hall and auditorium alongside the addition of a new performance space called the ‘Music Room’.
The RIBA North West jury chair says: “There are some wonderfully talented designers working in the North West and 12 very different projects have been shortlisted for the 2017 RIBA North West Awards.
“This is never an easy task but these twelve shortlisted buildings, with differing functions, scales and budgets, are all memorable and each has achieved that unexpectedly special quality that makes them stand out as significant to the architecture of the North West.”