GREATER MANCHESTER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AWARD FOR YOUTH INTERVENTION CENTRE, MANCHESTER
Following recent success at the MSA Awards 2012 the 'Space' for 42nd Street has another accolade in its closet with the award of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce 'Building of the Year 2012'. The building, designed by Bradshaw Gass & Hope LLP and Maurice Shapero, has cemented itself into Manchester's urban street scene with this second award in recognition of its contribution to the local community.
The building is being seen by many as a new icon for the City, with architects, students, designers and the general public all visiting and admiring its uncompromising statement.
The building, named the Space, provides support to young people in Manchester with a group of dedicated staff and a board of Trustees that believe passionately in the work that the Charity does. Always looking for support and donations 42nd Street provides a service to young people that is not available through the normal health service providers. If you wish to support their activities their website at www.42ndstreet.org.uk has information about what they do and ways of donating.
The Centre was one of over 20 entries that was shortlisted down to 5 and announced as the winner by Sir Howard Bernstein at the prestigious Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Property & Construction Dinner held at the Midland Hotel in Manchester.
Commenting on the result, Chair of the Chamber of Commerce Phil Cusack, said: “The Property and Construction Committee had an incredibly tough decision this year, as, despite the difficult economic climate still surrounding many firms in our sector, our shortlist alone proved the extent and quality of innovation and design still being delivered by the building industry in Greater Manchester”.
Other shortlisted entries included buildings of architectural and community significance such as the new Coop offices, the new extension to the Chetham’s School of Music and the ESSA Academy in Bolton; it was the combination of a stunningly unique design and a significant contribution to the local community that saw The Space being announced as the overall winner.
The award is the culmination of an extremely successful year for the Bolton firm Bradshaw Gass & Hope LLP, with wins in the Manchester Society of Architects Awards and Wigan Urban Design Awards that have recognised the architectural contribution the Practice is making to Greater Manchester and the North West.
This successful year is doubly significant as Bradshaw Gass & Hope LLP is also celebrating its 150th anniversary in Practice which will culminating in a gala event at Harvey Nichols in Manchester.
David Hamer, Partner at Bradshaw Gass & Hope LLP said “the collaboration and cooperation between all parties involved with the project contributed to the buildings success. Good building design comes from a passionate approach and a deep understanding of the Clients needs”. Bradshaw Gass & Hope LLP has a new vigor and intent to develop architecture of outstanding quality in the North West.