Transformation of Oldham's historic Town Hall steals the show

Kim Bailey

PR & Communications Manager (North) (RICS)

The transformation of Oldham’s grade II listed Town Hall into a quality family entertainment and dining destination scooped three accolades at the 2017 RICS Awards, North West including the overall 'Project of the Year' title.

Oldham Town Hall

The £37 million scheme to convert Oldham's Grade II listed Town Hall into an eight-screen Odeon cinema and cotemporary destintaion for many popular eateries, won the Design through Innovation award, as well as the Regeneration accolade before being crowned the North West’s 'Project of the Year'.

Winners | 2017 RICS Awards, North West

  • Building Conservation: Birkenhead Priory Conservation Repairs, Birkenhead
  • Commercial: One Cathedral Square, Blackburn
  • Community Benefit: Crewe Lifestyle Centre, Crewe
  • Design through Innovation: Oldham Town Hall, Oldham
  • Infrastructure: Ordsall Chord (Northern Hub), Manchester
  • Regeneration: Oldham Town Hall, Oldham
  • Residential: Hayescroft, Manchester
  • Tourism & Leisure: Workington Leisure Centre, Workington

2017 RICS Project of the Year, North West

The highly acclaimed Project of the Year accolade is presented to the scheme which demonstrates overall outstanding best practice and an exemplary commitment to adding value to its local area.

RICS judges said the redevelopment of Oldham Town Hall — which had fallen into disrepair and was named in Britain’s top ten most endangered buildings in 2009 — is a highly deserving winner. The judges praised the project team, BDP Architects, Mace Cost Consultancy and Morgan Sindall, for creating what they described as an "attractive and valuable community gem", whilst painstakingly restoring as much of the building’s original features as possible, which has safeguarded its long-term future.

The rebirth of Oldham Town Hall has not only created a state-of-the-art family entertainment and dining destination, it’s also incorporated public realm improvements and helped to regenerate and breathe new life into the town centre. Overall, the project is an exemplar public/private sector partnership with an innovative and quality approach to property regeneration. The team behind it should rightly be very proud.

Highly Commended projects

A number of Highly Commended certificates were awarded to projects which impressed the judges but were just pipped to the post by the winners:

  • Building Conservation: St Cuthbert’s, Kentmere
  • Design through Innovation: Dean Trust Ardwick School, Manchester
  • Regeneration: Pendleton Together, Salford

2017 RICS Awards Grand Final

All category winners will go on to compete against other regional winners at the national 2017 RICS Awards Grand Final on 2 November 2017 in London, for the chance to be crowned the overall UK winner in their respective category.

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