The Bluecoat shortlisted for an Innovation & Design Award

The Bluecoat is shortlisted for an Innovation & Design Award. Voting is open to the public until Friday 23 April.

The Bluecoat has been shortlisted for an Innovation & Design Award, and the public are invited to choose their favourite designs in ten different categories until voting closes on Friday 23 April. Shortlisted in the ‘Culture’ category, the Bluecoat faces stiff competition from 17 other cultural centres across the globe, from New York to Madrid, and Tel Aviv to Stockholm. Hans van der Heijden, who designed the new wing of the Bluecoat with his architectural firm Biq, stands in good company, with other buildings on the shortlist having been designed by the likes of Renzo Piano, Herzog & de Meuron, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, and I.M. Pei.

Votes can be made on the Condé Nast Traveller website, and the awards ceremony will take place on Monday 27 April 2009.

Previously the Bluecoat was Highly Commended by a panel of judges headed by Lord Norman Foster, following its nomination in the ‘New Old’ category of the first ever World Architecture Awards Festival, which was hosted in Barcelona in October 2008.
This in turn came just a couple of 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 2008 following completion of its £14.5 million redevelopment, once again making its stamp as a major landmark on the map of contemporary culture.
Alastair Upton, Chief Executive at the Bluecoat, 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.”