The Farrell Centre Wins Conservation Category Award at the Lord Mayor's Design Awards

Since 1994, the Lord Mayor's Design Awards have been honoring exceptional achievements in architectural and environmental design, and last night, SPACE Architect's project, the Farrell Centre, won the coveted Conservation Category award.

For this creative re-use project on behalf of Newcastle University, we collaborated with Elliott Architects. Together, we revitalised the Farrell Centre, a historic Grade II-listed building formerly known as the Claremont Buildings. This recognisable structure, nestled in the heart of Newcastle, had stood vacant for several years before undergoing a remarkable transformation.

Inspired by the work of Sir Terry Farrell himself, our executed vision for the Farrell Centre was to establish an Urban Room, a vibrant communal space that would serve as a hub for the region and its communities, encouraging dialogue and fostering a deeper understanding of our built environment.

The Farrell Centre project exemplifies SPACE Architects' dedication to preserving and innovatively repurposing listed structures. Through our collaboration with Elliott Architects, we illustrate the unique potential of retrofitting, demonstrating how buildings can honour their historical significance while evolving to meet the needs of a new generation of users.

The Farrell Centre continues to be a vibrant hub for the region, and we at SPACE Architects are proud to have contributed to its award-winning design.

We are truly grateful to have received this award and would like to thank the judges and the organisers for a wonderful evening of celebrations.