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The glasshouse and potting shed at Felton Park prior to the restoration.
The glasshouse and potting shed at Felton Park prior to the restoration.

The restoration of a historic structure in north Northumberland, which had fallen into disrepair, has been shortlisted for an architecture prize in the North East.

As reported by the Gazette last year, the grade II*-listed glasshouse and potting shed, at Felton Park, had long been on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk register. But much-needed work took place, after funding was secured from Historic England, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Country Houses Foundation and Northumberland County Council.

And today, it was announced that the project, by Spence and Dower LLP, is in the running for the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) North East 2016 Awards, alongside 10 other schemes, including Blyth Workspace and the new Ashington Leisure Centre.

Narrowed down from 23 entries, the judges will now be visiting the shortlisted buildings. As well as the prestigious Building of the Year Award, the shortlist will also produce a Small Project of the Year Award for those schemes costing less than £500,000.

The RIBA North East award-winners will be announced at an evening event at As You Like It in Newcastle, on Friday, April 22. For further information or to book tickets, contact Amy Tomlinson on amy.tomlinson@riba.org

The full shortlist is:

1. Acomb High House – Mosedale Gillatt Architects

2. Ashington Community and Leisure Centre - Ryder Architecture

3. Blyth Workspace – xsite architecture LLP

4. Boho 5 - xsite architecture LLP

5. Crook Hall Visitor Centre - Elliott Architects

6. Durham Community Fire Station - Napper Architects Ltd

7. Edge Hill – Sutherland Hussey Harris

8. Felton Park Glasshouse and Potting Shed - Spence and Dower LLP

9. Gibside Carriage House Café - Elliott Architects

10. Hebburn Central - FaulknerBrowns Architects

11. The Paise - Newton Architects