Hexham schemes shortlisted for building excellence awards

Two flagship building regeneration schemes in Hexham have reached the finals of the  Northern Building Excellence Awards.

The recently renovated Hexham House and the newly constructed Hexham Bus Station, both funded by Northumberland County Council,  have been shortlisted in the prestigious awards that celebrate excellence in the construction industry.

Hexham House has been nominated in three categories:  best public service building, best change of use of existing building and best small commercial project.

The Grade II* listed building underwent a  major £1.5m restoration scheme last year to convert it into a wedding venue.  The interior of the building was fully refurbished and under the watchful eye of project architects Ainsworth Spark, every effort made to ensure that the work was in-keeping with the heritage of the 18th Century house.

The building now provides a beautiful wedding complex for the town, with a new register office, two wedding ceremony rooms and seven luxury self-catering holiday apartments.

The new Hexham Bus Station has also been nominated in the best public service building category.

The station provides modern facilities for passengers including an enclosed waiting area, toilets, refreshments and travel information.  It was designed by ‘GT 3 architecture’ to reflect the past, present and future of Hexham as a thriving market town and features natural sandstone, glass windows with stained panelling and wooden seating.

Northumberland County Councillor Richard Wearmouth, cabinet member with responsibility for economic development, said:

“We’re very proud to be shortlisted in these prestigious awards and it is fitting recognition of the hard work of our building control and project design and management teams as well as for the contractors and architects who delivered such impressive developments.”
The result of the awards will be announced on Friday 15 June, 2018.
 
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