Project is up for architecture gong

Build: Lancaster Cohousing
Build: Lancaster Cohousing
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A housing project has been shortlisted for a top design award.

Lancaster Cohousing Project in Lancaster designed by Eco Arc Ltd has been shortlisted for RIBA Regional (Royal Institute of British Architects) Awards in 2014.

Cohousing is a housing development that balances the advantages of home ownership with the benefits of shared common facilities.

It is one of 12 buildings from across the North West from a total of 33 buildings entered in the region.

It will go head to head with buildings including the Liverpool Central Library, the Manchester School of Art and Rochdale Council’s new offices Number One Riverside.

Eco Arc Ltd based in Kendal has won a number of awards in recent years for his projects across the country.

Andrew Ruffler, Regional Director of RIBA North West, welcomed the news: “Once again the North West region has produced an incredibly strong and varied shortlist of buildings and practices.

“The regional jury had an extremely difficult task this year, particularly as the North West had the highest amount of projects of value £20m+ outside of London, so it is encouraging that regional practices and smaller schemes have also been recognised by the jury.”

All shortlisted buildings will be assessed by a regional jury with the winners of an RIBA Regional Award announced on the evening of Thursday April 17 from 7pm at ‘OH ME OH MY’ in Liverpool.

Regional winners will also be considered for a highly-coveted RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, which will be announced at a London event in June.

The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year will be drawn later in the year.

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