The Bluecoat is shortlisted for a World Architecture Award

The Bluecoat is shortlisted for a World Architecture Award

The shortlist for the first ever World Architecture Awards Festival has now been announced, and the Bluecoat could pick up the inaugural World Building of the Year award when the festival takes place in Barcelona between 22 – 24 October 2008.

224 buildings from 43 countries will be competing across 17 categories. The Bluecoat has been nominated in the ‘New and Old’ category which will be judged on the second day of the festival. On the final day, an overall winner of the World Building of the Year Award will be decided by a panel of judges headed by Lord Norman Foster.

This international short-listing comes just two months after the building was awarded a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Northwest Award 2008. Both of these highly esteemed acknowledgements add to the wide critical acclaim that the Bluecoat has enjoyed since reopening in March following completion of its £12.5 million redevelopment, once again making its stamp as a major landmark on the map of contemporary culture.

Alastair Upton comments “We always said that the Bluecoat redevelopment was going to be one of the highlights and lasting legacies of 2008. It is fantastic to see this being recognized on an international stage.”

Hans van der Heijden of the Dutch architects Biq who designed the redevelopment of the Bluecoat comments “It feels very good to get a pat on the back for this work. The Bluecoat is an extremely important project for us as it has now positioned us in an international discourse. The building is our showcase piece and has proved a milestone in our professional career.”

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