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World Architecture Award Shortlist for The Word

waf17_weblogo_0The Word will be flying the flag for the North East region at the prestigious World Architecture Festival Awards, held in Berlin in November.


The scheme is shortlisted in the Culture Completed Buildings category, competing against developments from as far away as Lisbon, the UAE, China, New Zealand and Vietnam. More than 3,000 people are expected to attend the event, where awards will be given for both completed projects and future schemes and an awards gallery will exhibit all the finalists’ entries.

It’s actually the second year that Tyneside architects FaulknerBrowns have been named on the list of the best building designers in the world, after making the finals of the World Architecture Festival Awards 2017.


FaulknerBrowns Partner, Steve McIntyre, commented. “It is fantastic for The Word to be shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival and for the building to sit alongside some really exceptional pieces of architecture from around the world.”

“At the outset of the project we set out to redefine the community library building typology and to create a destination for South Shields of national and international significance.”

“The building’s recent award success coupled with the amazing feedback we’ve received from the people that use the building, suggests that we have been able to achieve that, and we are delighted.”

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.

The Word will need to install a new trophy cabinet if it triumphs, having already totted up 11 awards, including a national award at the RIBA National Awards 2017, the building of the year at the RIBA North East Awards 2017, project of the year at the RICS North East Awards 2017, and the Mixology North Awards 2016 public sector interiors project of the year trophy.

Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, added, “To be shortlisted among the best buildings in the world is a tremendous accolade. We have always said that The Word would be a cultural venue of regional and national significance – and now it seems that we can add international significance to that list.

“The Word has exceeded all our expectations and is proving a phenomenal success. To win this award would be the icing on the cake.”

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