25th April 2010
Two Patrick Parsons projects have won prestigious industry awards.
The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) annual North East Renaissance Awards which took place on 23 April 2010 proved a winning night for Patrick Parsons with North Shields’ iconic Irvin Building featuring in the Building Conservation and Residential categories, while recently opened office block Quay West won in the Regeneration category.
Peter Stienlet, managing director said: “The North East Renaissance Awards are not only an opportunity to showcase our own work but also to highlight the calibre of work being carried out in our region.
“Being shortlisted for a RICS award is particularly exciting because they are voted for by our peers reinforcing our position as one of the leading consulting engineering practices in the North East.”
Originally designed as a bespoke facility for fishing business Irvin and Sons in 1913, the Irvin Building has since become an iconic landmark synonymous with the North Shields coastline. When plans for a transformation began in 2005, Reid Jubb Brown Architecture was charged with the task of creating a contemporary living space while preserving the character and heritage of the building.
Officially opened in February 2009, the Gentoo-owned Irvin Building now boasts 26 luxury apartments, a dental surgery and a restaurant.
Hakon Mannsaker, senior architect at Reid Jubb Brown said: “Working on this project was a welcome challenge. Having worked with Patrick Parsons on several projects before, we know the company has unrivalled expertise in conservation so drafted the team in to oversee the structural engineering of the project.
“Combining restoration works and period pieces with modern designs and fixtures and fittings we created a fashionable and spacious living environment whilst also restoring the external appearance of this much loved building to its former glory.”
Opened last month by Kenneth Clarke, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Quay West is an £10m office block development on the Sunderland waterfront.
Owned by property developer Adderstone Group, the development was built on the site of one of the region’s oldest shipyards, Austin Pickersgill, and incorporates 24 units of 1,200sq ft and five units of 5,000 sq ft. The design includes additional mezzanine levels and features a gym within a new lowered basement.