The recently completed redevelopment of the Douglas Market Hall is one of 11 schemes shortlisted for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) 2019 North West Awards. Douglas architects horncastle:thomas submitted the entry for the scheme, which they worked on with London design studio, Brinkworth. The refurbishment of the building, first opened in 1899, was completed in January this year and reopened as the new home to Bikestyle and NOA. The refurbishment has proved incredibly popular and the building has been given a completely new lease of life.

The alterations reveal an amazing space and re-connect the building to its quayside setting. The historic fabric of the building has been repaired and conserved and a new L-shaped mezzanine installed. The new structure has been carefully designed not to dominate the double-height space, or detract from the Victorian structure. Douglas Fir plywood is used to perfectly offset the building’s original ironwork and brickwork.

horncastle:thomas Director, Karen Horncastle, said ’It’s a privilege, and a real achievement, for the project to have been shortlisted for these awards. This is brilliant news for us and for the Isle of Man and we’re delighted to have been selected alongside some excellent projects by some very high calibre architects. It’s been a fantastic project for us to work on; it’s great to have helped bring this building back to life. Market Hall couldn’t have been delivered to the standard that these awards demand without a great team and a client with real vision and a genuine aspiration to build a quality project for Douglas and the Island.’

The team also included Ash Developments (Main Contractor), BB Consulting Engineers (Structural Engineer), Cameron Hall (Quantity Surveyor), Stuart Clague Services (M+E engineer), Erin Building Services (Clerk of Works), SMS (Planning Supervisor) and Capstone (Risk Analysis + Fire Strategy).

Client, Market Hill Properties Director, Bronwen Raatgever said “We are so delighted that the project has been recognised in this way. We always knew that the team could create something excellent and we love the building but to have the RIBA recognise this is really the icing on the cake”.

RIBA North West interim director Tom Mills said: “The North West region continues to play host to a remarkable array of delightful, carefully-crafted buildings. I congratulate all practices who have been shortlisted in this competitive process. The longlist for the 2019 North West Awards was of exceptional high calibre, with entries received from a range of national and international practices. It’s great to see so many North West-based practices in the running, representing the wealth of talent in our region.”

All shortlisted buildings will be assessed by a regional jury. The winners will be announced at an awards evening and reception at Manchester School of Art on Wednesday, May 8. Regional award winners will then be considered for a RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will be announced in June.

horncastle:thomas is a RIBA Chartered Practice formed in February 2011 in Douglas by Karen Horncastle and Martyn Thomas. Both RIBA Chartered Architects: Karen has worked in the Isle of Man for over twenty years; Martyn worked for two leading architectural practices in North West England before returning home in August 2010.

Douglas Market Hall redevelopment shortlisted for RIBA North West Award for Architecture

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