Salford regeneration scheme, Timekeepers Square, is one of just nine projects across the North West shortlisted for a prestigious RIBA Award.
Designed as a contemporary reinterpretation of the area’s existing Georgian houses, the development includes three blocks of 36 two, three and four-bedroom townhouses. Each of the terraces have been set out to re-establish the historic urban grain of the area, focusing on the architectural and urban focal point of the adjacent Grade II* listed St Phillips Church, while also serving to define a new communal courtyard at the heart of the development.
The scheme is the second residential development in the area from the English Cities Fund – a joint venture between Muse Developments, Legal & General and Homes England, and forms part of the wider Salford Central regeneration scheme, which is breathing new life into both the Chapel Street and New Bailey areas of the city.
Andy Avery, director at Buttress said: “With Timekeepers Square, we sought to provide a sensitive, contemporary response to the conservation area’s Georgian architecture. What results is a distinct, modern neighbourhood that represents an important step in providing sustainable family housing in the heart of Salford.”
Phil Mayall, development director at the English Cities Fund, added: “To be shortlisted for yet another prestigious award is testament to the hard work of everyone involved in the development of Timekeepers Square. The scheme has been a huge success and has made a substantial contribution to the ongoing regeneration of Chapel Street.”
Commenting on the shortlisted entries RIBA Regional Director Andrew Ruffler, added: "Once again it seems that the bar in the North West has been raised, and we congratulate all of the shortlisted practices in what was another competitive selection process.
"Each of the shortlisted buildings, which span a range of locations, uses and sizes, have elements which elevate them above the ordinary, and it is fantastic to see that a number of North West-based practices have been involved in their design and delivery."
All shortlisted buildings will now be assessed by a regional jury with the winning buildings announced at an awards ceremony at One Fine Day, Liverpool on 16th May 2018.
If successful, the Regional Award winners will be considered for a highly-coveted RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will be announced in June. The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize, the best new building of the year, will be drawn from the RIBA National Award-winning buildings in July and the Stirling Prize winner will be announced in October.