Gateshead’s landmark shopping development, Trinity Square, has been named Best Large Commercial Building in the 2014 Northern Region LABC Building Excellence Awards.
The achievement marks the end of a successful first year’s trading for Trinity Square, which also picked up the award for top commercial property at the RICS North East Renaissance Awards in April.
The Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Awards celebrate building design and the ways in which construction teams have dealt with technical issues and difficult sites, finding innovative and creative solutions.
Trinity Square was judged as a new development that is sensitive to its local environment, with a design that supports the commercial purpose of the building.
Centre manager Tony Pickering said: “This award is the cherry on top of what has been a fantastic first year for Trinity Square.
“The LABC awards are important as they judge a building on all its elements, including how it fits within its local surroundings.
“The redevelopment was a big change for Gateshead – but I believe that the locals have seen it as a positive move forward and have taken Trinity Square to their hearts.”
Paul Dodsworth of construction and engineering firm, Bowmer and Kirkland, was also named LABC Site Supervisor of the Year for his work on the redevelopment.
More than 3m people have visited Trinity Square in its first year.
The revamp by Spenhill was aimed at changing the face of Gateshead town centre and giving the local community an exciting shopping and social hub with a mix of retail, food and leisure facilities.
Measuring 240,000 sq ft, the scheme - built on the site of the famous Get Carter car park - features a nine-screen cinema, a health centre, and 38 stores including Tesco, Boots, Sports Direct, Poundland, Costa Coffee and Nando’s.
Residential accommodation will also be built there, housing 1,000 Northumbria University students.