National Civic Trust award for Blackpool building

Number One Bickerstaffe Square, the five-storey office building within Blackpool’s Talbot Gateway Central Business District, has scooped a further accolade after winning a national Civic Trust Award.

Number One Bickerstaffe SquareThe event, held recently in London, praised the building for the admirable handling of all architectural aspects, the provision of excellent space for occupants and for helping to transform a neglected and under-utilised area of the town.

Designers were also judged to have gone to extreme lengths to make the building accessible for users, whilst incorporating visual themes into a modern office setting that tastefully tie in to the heritage of Blackpool.

Designed by AHR Architects and built by Eric Wright Construction, Number One Bickerstaffe Square forms part of the overall redevelopment of the Talbot Gateway area of Blackpool, a civic and cultural quarter set within a large, mixed-use, pedestrian friendly development.

British architect and TV presenter, George Clarke, presented the award to Andy Barton, project manager at Muse Developments, who said: “This national Civic Trust Award reflects our commitment to ensuring that the development brought positive benefits to the local community.

“We are delighted to have received such levels of recognition for the successful delivery of the building and we are hopeful of receiving further awards in the future.” Number One Bickerstaffe Square is home to Blackpool Council, as well as Subway and Gateway Fitness in the ground floor retail and leisure units. Having received four awards in 2014, the scheme is also shortlisted in the 2015 RICS North West Awards, Placemaking Awards, Construction News Awards and the North West British Council for Offices Awards.