City centre student accommodation scoops top design award

Over 200 members of the public voted for the unique student housing development due its stylish, eco-friendly design and quality of build.

The View, part of the Downing Plaza development in the city centre, provides 444 student bedrooms in a mixture of cluster flats and studio rooms. Its sleek design and use of glass and metal and vibrant shades of blue, create an eye-catching contemporary design in the heart of the city.

Lord Mayor Councillor Ian Graham said: “I am very proud to host this award as it celebrates and recognises the very best in architecture and design. The city’s landscape is changing and it’s the high quality and stylish design of these sustainable buildings, which is helping shape our city’s future.

“The View is an exemplary student scheme, which has renewed and transformed a once tired part of the city centre. This is an ambitious build, which certainly sets the benchmark for future student accommodation across the country.”

Jonathan Mallinson, Project architect from Simpson Haugh and Partners who designed the View said: “We are delighted to have received these awards from the Lord Mayor and city of Newcastle in the categories of New Building and People’s Choice. We are immensely proud of the project which is the result of our long standing relationship with our client Downing and also the building of successful relationships with Newcastle City Council. It is an honour to have been recognised by the Lord Mayor for our contribution towards quality architecture in the city and also by the people of Newcastle with receipt of the People’s Choice award”.

The Lord Mayor’s Design Awards is a competition, held every two years, which aims to encourage, promote and publicise the best in architecture and environmental design in the city.

The awards were first launched in 1994 and also celebrate outstanding projects in the fields of planning, urban and landscape design.

Entries are judged by a panel of representatives from local professional and related bodies including the Royal Town Planning Institute, The Royal Institute of British Architects, The Landscape Institute, English Heritage, Newcastle University and Northumbria University. The people of Newcastle were asked for their opinions in the People's Choice award.

Winners

Sustainability: The Core (commended finalist)

Housing: The Rise (award winner)

Refurbishment: Monument Mall (award winner), Newcastle College Parsons Building (commended finalist), Park and Kensington Terrace Student Accommodation (commended finalist)

Conservation: Black Gate (award winner) and Westgate Hill Primary School (award winner)

Lord Mayor’s Special Regeneration Award: The Rise (award winner), Crowne Plaza hotel (commended finalist), Monument Mall (commended finalist)

New Building: The View (award winner), The Core (commended finalist), Discovery School (commended finalist)

Small Scale development: Great Park Community Centre (award winner)

Accessibility: Black Gate (award winner)