A NEW building at Pettypool has been shortlisted for a prestigious regional architecture award.

The Lookout, which opened earlier this year near Sandiway, is a purpose-built residential building catering for 40 people, and incorporating eco-friendly features.

Now, it is in the running for recognition at 2019 RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) North West Awards, with winners announced in May.

‘L’-shaped The Lookout was designed by Walker Simpson Architects, with facilities including an accessible bedroom and activity room while overlooking the old ‘lookout’ campsite.

Cedar-clad, it blends into the woodland landscape and is predominantly used by Girlguiding members.

Also in the 11-strong awards shortlist are Alder Hey Hospital’s Institute in the Park, Two St Peter’s Square in Manchester, and Market Hall on the Isle of Man.

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 that we have in our region.”

All shortlisted buildings will be assessed by a regional jury with the winning buildings announced at the May 8 ceremony at the Manchester School of Art in Cavendish Street.

Regional award winners will be considered for a RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will be announced in June.

The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year will be drawn from the RIBA National Award-winning buildings later in the year.