SPACES Awards 2018


Live Works was yesterday named Highly Commended in the SPACES Awards Civic Building of the Year – Community category. This follows many other awards successes for the scheme, including a RIBA National Award, three RIBA North East Awards, and a Civic Trust National Award.

The SPACES Awards and associated Yearbook aim to showcase the variety of projects that public funding produces, along with the innovation and people involved in delivering them. Through this, they intend to promote the development of high quality public buildings.

Live Works is part of Live Theatre’s evolving cultural quarter in Newcastle, which transforms a century old gap on the Quayside into a place for the community. The project comprises a new centre for children and young people’s writing, in a converted Grade 2 listed almshouse (Live Tales); a vibrant, public ‘pocket park’, which reopens and revitalises the only remaining Grade 2* Georgian courtyard in the city (Live Garden); and new offices where the rental income will fund at least one more play and education project each year for Live Theatre.

The budget was fixed and based on available funds from the City Council, and grants from the ERDF and charitable trusts and foundations.