Best new buildings crowned at Lord Mayor’s Design Awards

Community hubs, school buildings and office developments were among the winners.
One Strawberry Lane, headquarters of the Home Group, in Newcastle. The glass, brick and wood-clad building took home the prize for the best new building (large scale) at the 2024 Lord Mayor's Design Awards.

A “fun and vibrant” office next to St James’ Park has been named Newcastle’s best new building at the city’s biennial celebration of top architecture and environmental design.

The Lord Mayor’s Design Awards shine a light on new buildings and developments that make an outstanding contribution to the quality and appearance of their communities.

The eight winners and the runners-up were recognised at a glittering awards ceremony held at the Mansion House in Jesmond on March 21.

Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Cllr Veronica Dunn, said: “I would like to say a big congratulations to all the winners and commended finalists.

“It was inspiring to see such a wide range of projects being recognised for their creative and innovative designs and for the positive contributions they have made in our communities.

“The judges were extremely impressed with the high calibre of entries and the talented teams behind these projects should be very proud of their achievements.”

One Strawberry Lane, headquarters of the Home Group, took home the prize for the best New Building (large scale).

The “welcoming and well-used” building provides corporate workspaces alongside spaces for the public, which were described as “fun, vibrant and playful” by the judging panel.

Lower Steenberg’s Yard was highly commended and the project team was praised for developing the “sensitive project” on such a constrained site.

The regeneration of Blackfriars Restaurant’s medieval Cloister Garden to create an exciting al fresco dining and drinking space took the Landscape and Outdoor Space award.

Meanwhile, the Council’s transformation of Ridley Place, which has given the city centre street a new lease of life, and NE1’s project to create fun and dramatic seating and structures on Newcastle Quayside were both highly commended.

In the Conservation category, the Farrell Centre was crowned the winner after the judges were impressed by how welcoming the new entrance space is, and how the centre encourages people to engage with the built environment.

12A Adderstone Crescent scooped the New Building (small scale) prize, with the "beautiful and contemporary new courtyard home" impressing the judges.

The Newbridge Project took the Adaptive Reuse award following the redevelopment of the 1960s Shieldfield Centre into a community hub.

But they were not the only ones to walk away happy as the project led by contractor Aspire Group Holdings Ltd to transform a derelict building on 226 Chillingham Road into five commercial units and six residential apartments was also highly commended.

In the Education category, Simonside Primary School and Havannah First School were both crowned winners for their new innovative buildings.

The judges said Simonside School’s new “bright, open and stimulating” building had transformed the learning environment for its pupils, while the panel all agreed that Havannah School would be “a lovely place to learn”.

The final award of the evening, the Lord Mayor’s Special Award, went to NUCASTLE – the home of the Newcastle United Foundation.

The judges said the building was a “safe and attractive space” and had impressive facilities such as the rooftop football pitch and gaming room.

They also praised the Foundation for improving the lives of young people and their families in the local area, helping them to become more active and learn new skills.