LIVERPOOL 1: STIRLING PRIZE

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We were delighted to hear that the Liverpool 1 masterplan has been nominated for the Stirling Prize. After having been commissioned by BDP to produce some landscape visualisations we were then asked to combine and collate all the existing data for a unique aerial image. Following consultation with Pelli Clarke Pelli, and Phil Moss at BDP we then went on to create these images for Rod Holmes at Grosvenor Estates.

The masterplan’s nomination follows in the footsteps of Rummey Design and MJP. Their masterplan and public realm scheme for six public spaces known as the Coventry Phoenix Initiative was shortlisted in 2004 – narrowly losing out to the Swiss Re building.

Stirling judges said of the BDP scheme: “The plan set down generous public space networks and rigorous yet flexible design briefs and have worked with a broad range of architects to evolve the plan and deliver buildings of a very high quality.”

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The 17ha site consists of 130,000m2 of retail space, a 14-screen multiplex cinema and 21,000m2 of restaurants, cafes and bars in addition to 600 new apartments, two hotels, offices, a five-acre park and a transport interchange.

BDP’s challenge was integrating all these features, including the harmonious linking of nearly 40 new buildings designed by more than 20 different architects.

It also needed to link Liverpool One’s new boundaries with existing districts such as the Ropewalks area and the world famous Mersey waterfront without compromising the individual character of these places.

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(This image shows a glass dome that was designed into the scheme at an earlier stage. Looks pretty cool…)

Terry Davenport, head of BDP’s northern retail team and the man behind the Liverpool One masterplan, said: “The fact that the RIBA judges have chosen to put a masterplan on a par with some of the world’s most impressive new buildings also reflects that great architectural design isn’t solely about physical structures. Masterplanning takes in a broad range of disciplines and plays a key role in the delivery of sustainable urban regeneration.”

From other sources: Sunand Prasad, RIBA President said: “This year’s shortlist really embodies the wide ranging spirit of the RIBA Stirling Prize: from a winery to health centres, from an art museum in open country to major transformations of dense inner city areas. This is a fascinating set of schemes; the judges have a hard but eagerly anticipated decision to make.”

The RIBA Stirling Prize jury, which will visit all six shortlisted buildings and then meet for a final time on the day of the presentation to pick the winner, this year includes: Benedetta Tagliabue – architect, Sir John Sorrell – Chair of CABE and Thomas Heatherwick – designer.

The winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize in association with The Architects’ Journal and Crystal CG will be announced at Old Billingsgate, London on Saturday 17 October 2009, and broadcast live on Channel 4.

The six buildings competing for this year’s title are:

Fuglsang Kunstmuseum, Denmark by Tony Fretton Architects
Maggie’s Centre, London by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Bodegas Protos, Spain by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partner
Liverpoool One Masterplan, Liverpool by BDP
5 Aldermanbury Square, London by Eric Parry Architects
Kentish Town Health Centre , London by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

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