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Preston bus station and Alder Hey Hospital shortlisted for architecture awards

Preston bus station Credit: Gareth Gardner
A Restorative Rural Retreat for Sartfell, Isle of Man Credit: Edmund Sumner

11 buildings have been shortlisted for the 2019 Royal Institute of British Architects Awards in the North West.

The shortlist:

  • A Restorative Rural Retreat for Sartfell, Isle of Man by Foster Lomas
  • Alder Hey Hospital – Institute in the Park, Liverpool by Hopkins Architects
  • Farnworth House, Widnes by Smith Young Architects
  • Irwell Riverside, Salford by shedkm
  • Market Hall, Isle of Man by horncastle:thomas with Brinkworth Design
  • Mustard Tree, Manchester by OMI Architects
  • Ordsall Chord, Manchester by - BDP
  • Preston Bus Station refurbishment, Preston by John Puttick Associates with Cassidy + Ashton
  • Roof Gardens, Manchester by Ollier Smurthwaite Architects
  • The Lookout, Pettypool, Cheshire by Walker Simpson Architects
  • Two St Peter’s Square, Manchester by SimpsonHaugh
Alder Hey Hospital – Institute in the Park, Liverpool Credit: Janie Airey

The winners will be announced at an Awards evening at Manchester School of Art on Wednesday 8 May 2019.

Farnworth House, Widnes Credit: Paul McMullin

“The North West region continues to play host to a remarkable array of delightful, carefully-crafted buildings. I congratulate all practices who have been shortlisted in this competitive process."

– Tom Mills - Royal Institute of British Architects

High praise for Liverpool health campaign

Health campaign to tackle obesity and sugar consumption Credit: Liverpool City Council

A public health campaign run by Liverpool City Council has been praised in a new national report.

The "Save kids from sugar" campaign was part of a wider campaign to tackle issues like obesity, alcohol intake and sugar consumption.

The national report from the Local Government Association praises Public Health Liverpool for its "comprehensive approach to creating health campaigns based on insight work, co-development with local people and measuring impact".

Liverpool was the first local authority in 2015 to name and shame manufacturers of fizzy drinks, yogurts and cereals with high sugar content in its 'Save Kids from Sugar' campaign.

The public health team also devised the 'Drink Less Feel Good' campaign which compared the number of calories in alcohol to fast food.

The 'Fit for Me' programme to increase activity rates among adults found 18 percent of the people who were aware of the campaign had taken action as a result of seeing it.

"Liverpool City Council and its partners have made a concerted effort to improve health and wellbeing since public health came back into the council six years ago."

– Councillor Paul Brant


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Liverpool model helps raise awareness on World Down Syndrome Day

Grace has modelled for Disney and Marks and Spencer Credit: Zebedee Management

7 year old Grace Wharton from the Wirral is one of many models celebrating World Down Syndrome Day with her latest photo shoot.

Grace is joining other models with down syndrome from around the world as part of the Radical Beauty Project.

The project celebrates the unique beauty and abilities of the models. It is being supported by Zebedee Management, one of the leading agencies representing talent with disabilities, differences and additional needs.

Being involved in a campaign such as the radical beauty project is important as it shows others that people with Down syndrome can be diverse too."

– Cheryl - Grace's mum.
Models enjoying some down time! Credit: Zebedee Management

It is such a vibrant, colourful campaign and that’s how we want everyone to see our kids, just as we see them"

– Cheryl - Grace's mum.

The models taking part in the project are already being booked by global brands including Benefit cosmetics and Disney.


Liverpool FC legend lends a hand to local charity

Credit: Mike Powell

A food club in Litherland that was ransacked by thieves earlier in the year has been given a helping hand by Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher.

The former footballer's 23 Foundation donated £2440 to the Big Help Project’s Food Club at Carr Meadow Hey. This latest funding will help towards purchasing better storage facilities. It's the second time the charity has stepped in to help the community here.

Food club model gives people an opportunity to access a healthier range of food within a realistic budget, rather than them having to wait until they are in food crisis and need to go to a Food Bank.

‘I’m delighted to be able to help families in the area who need some support. All of us at times need the support of others”

– Jamie Carragher
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