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Last Thursday, Mosedale Gillatt attended the RIBA North East Awards at Tyneside Cinema along with our client The Churches Conservation Trust. 17Nineteen was nominated along with 5 other projects representing the best in architectural design for the region. The event was a fantastic opportunity to catch up with fellow Architects and others, and we attended with the knowledge that we were up against some tough competition and were delighted to have been shortlisted in the first place.

It turned out to be a fantastic evening, with 17Nineteen receiving not only a Regional Award, but also winning the Conservation Award and overall Building of the Year Award for the North East. The project has been a part of our office for over 5 years, and this accolade represents the culmination of the hard work and dedication by the entire project team.

The critique of the RIBA judges can be read in full here 17Nineteen

The thriving 17Nineteen cultural centre is named after the year in which the building that houses it first opened. Built as Holy Trinity Church, the Grade I listed structure stands in a conservation area in Sunderland’s East End, and was on the Heritage at Risk register. Now rescued, restored and sensitively modified for community use, it retains its architectural integrity while providing modern facilities.

… The whole project is an outstanding example of the craft, imagination and perseverance required to work with a structure that was in incredibly poor condition … The jury visited at the end of a long day but they were immediately uplifted by the sense of calm, the understated and rigorous detailing, the passion and commitment of the client and architect team and the sheer beauty of how light, materiality and amenity have been woven together.

We now look forward to representing the North East at the National Awards later in the year. Congratulations again to all the Winners on the night, showcasing the North East and the range of skill and design in the region.

After such a long journey during a global pandemic , we are absolutely delighted to win these RIBA awards for our Sunderland project. Working with the Mosedale Gillatt team was a pleasure, right from the start everyone involved really embraced the CCT’s ethos of sensitive adaption and conservation-led regeneration along with our desire to include an ambitious heritage craft skills programme and have helped us navigate the very difficult regeneration of this very special Grade1 listed Georgian Building that is now saved for future generations as a new cultural space at the heart of the city.

Amanda Gerry, The Churches Conservation Trust

Photo copyright - 1. Mosedale Gillatt Architects, 2. Ben Hines (RIBA), 3-4 Mosedale Gillatt Architects, 6 Mike Veitch

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