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North West buildings honoured at RIBA National Awards

Four buildings in the North West have been honoured by the Royal Institute of British Architects at this year’s RIBA National Awards.

The grass-roofed Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool and Wirral Metropolitan College joined Manchester projects HOME and the National Graphene Institute on a 46-strong list of the UK’s best buildings.

Architects BDP’s work on the new Alder Hey, which was officially declared open by the Queen this week, was also recognised at RIBA’s regional awards for the North West in April.

Benedict Zucchi, architect director with BDP, tells Move Commercial: “We are delighted to have won an RIBA National Award. The building looked terrific yesterday filled with people for the royal opening by the Queen.

“The landscaped parkland setting is lush and full of atmosphere, a perfect complement to the architecture. The client team is over the moon about all the positive publicity and say that the building has transformed the experience of families and staff.”

The list of 46 winners will be whittled down to a shortlist of six for the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Stirling prize later this year.

A full list of this year’s winners can be found at