Winners of the Merseyside Civic Society’s Quentin Hughes Awards, from left to right, Canon Anthony O’Brien, Dean of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Chris Bliss, Liverpool ONE Estate director at Grosvenor, and David Roscoe, chairman of the Albert Dock Residents Assocation
Three of Liverpool’s greatest landmarks from different eras were celebrated with special civic awards.
The restored Albert Dock, the Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral and Liverpool One shopping centre were each presented with the Quentin Hughes Award as part of the Merseyside Civic Society 75th Anniversary Awards.
These three spectacular properties were recognised for their outstanding architecture and significance in Liverpool’s history, said Society chairman Dr Peter Brown.
They were each chosen as the exemplary project for the period of the three successive quarter centuries of the society’s existence. It was formed in 1938.
The awards celebrate the contribution of Dr Brown’s predecessor, Prof Quentin Hughes, Military Cross and bar, as society chairman from 1995 to 2000.
Prof Hughes, born in Newsham Park, was an SAS founder member, lectured at Liverpool University School of Architecture, set up the Royal School of Architecture in Malta, helped secure Liverpool’s World Heritage Site status and wrote Seaport, the definitive Liverpool architecture book.
Dr Brown said: “The Society judges unanimously believe that all of three award winners exemplify their period’s positive contribution to the city’s evolution and attractiveness.
“They also add to the city’s history, tourism, retail and business sectors, plus look forward to the future of the city.”
For the building period 1938-63, Canon Anthony O’Brien accepted the award for the RC Metropolitan Cathedral, and said: “This recognises the bravery of those who chose to abandon the traditional cathedral plans and with a very modern design, very much of its time, but in spite of criticism back then it has become a timeless piece.”
The 1964-88 period award for the Albert Dock restoration marked the revival by public investment and private development of a very large building threatened with demolition.
David Roscoe, Albert Dock residents’ association chairman, said: “It’s now truly integrated into Liverpool and is a key part of a magnificent city.”
Liverpool One, representing the 1989-2013 period, was praised for departing from the modern shopping centre template and instead reconnects with the historic street pattern.
Chris Bliss, Liverpool One estates chief, said: “It’s a huge honour.
“A great number of people have been involved behind the scheme and we’re still in the delivery phase. I’m glad Liverpool One is recognised as somewhere which takes people back to the grass roots of the city as well as its appeal as a modern shopping centre.”