Civic Trust Regional Finalist Award for The Word
We may be needing an extra shelf on The Word’s trophy cabinet soon following last night’s announcement by the Civic Trust Awards that the innovative building has been named both a Regional Finalist and nominated for the Selwyn Goldsmith Award for Universal Design in their 2018 Awards, to be decided on December 14th.
The Civic Trust Awards scheme was established in 1959 to recognise outstanding architecture, planning and design in the built environment and is now the longest standing built environment awards scheme in Europe recognising projects that have made a positive contribution to the local communities they serve.
Designed by FaulknerBrowns Architects, The Word has attracted over 400,000 visitors since opening in October last year in addition to winning 14 top industry awards including the region’s Best Public Service Building, Project of the Year and a RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) National Award. In addition, The Word has held two major exhibitions, welcomed award-winning authors and writers, sold over 5,000 tickets for 300 other events and been responsible for a huge increase in library memberships and numbers of people using the library’s facilities.
The iconic building is the first phase of South Tyneside Council and developer Muse Developments’ ambitious £100m South Shields 365 regeneration masterplan to transform the town centre and has already helped to transform an area of South Shields in addition to providing a vital community resource.
Cllr Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, commented, “We’ve just marked The Word’s first birthday and what a remarkable first year it had. There has been so much to celebrate, not least the staggering number of awards it has clinched. You only need look at the visitor numbers to know how well received the venue has been but the recognition that it has received from prestigious industry professionals is further endorsement of what a superb asset to the Borough it is.”
David Wells, Regional Director at Muse Developments, added, “The whole development team are absolutely delighted with the success of The Word – it’s an incredible building that has already become an attraction in its own right. The next stage of the regeneration scheme will see the construction of the Transport Interchange beginning early next year.”