Trafford Town Hall’s architectural and ‘green’ credentials recognised

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TRAFFORD Council chiefs are celebrating after the borough’s revamped town hall scooped three prestigious awards.

The recognition comes a year after the building, on Talbot Road, Stretford, re-opened last May after a £29m redevelopment.

The work on the 1930s Grade II listed building involved the demolition of a 1980s extension which was replaced by a new two-storey extension.

The first accolade is a North West Regional Award, presented for architectural excellence, from the Royal Institute of British Architects.

To secure this, one of just six awards presented, the town hall beat off stiff opposition, with 33 entries originally submitted.

However, the RIBA judges were so impressed with the building, designed by Architects 5plus, they also announced it as the winner of this year’s ‘Sustainable Building’ award.

The town hall has now been shortlisted for a national award.

It has also secured a Green Apple Environment Award for the Built Environment and Architectural Heritage.

These are organised by the Green Organisation, an independent environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world.

Trafford Council chief executive, Theresa Grant, said: “The council is delighted that the town hall has been recognised as an architecturally and aesthetically pleasing building as well as being environmentally sustainable.

“We are proud to have a modern, community accessible landmark fit for the 21st century, which incorporates as many energy saving efficiencies as possible including high quality ventilation, heating and lighting, making it a truly green complex.

“We are also pleased to have achieved our aim of creating a building which, over the coming years, will not be a burden on the public purse.”

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