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Voting opens in BBC North West Tonight’s ‘People’s Choice Building of the Decade Award’

[B]BC North West Tonight is asking its viewers from today, Monday 16 April, to vote for their favourite modern building constructed in the last 10 years.

NWT, in partnership with the business magazine ‘Insider Media’, is launching an online vote for   ‘People’s Choice – North West Building of the Decade’. The Grandstand at Aintree Racecourse won the coveted title back in 2008, when the competition was first held.

Twenty five unique and eye-catching buildings have been shortlisted for the prize this year including a hospice café in Preston, a bus station in Rochdale and a car park in Warrington – see notes to editors for the full list of nominees.

There are five nominations from each of our five regions.  The first region to showcase its entries on the 18:30 news programme on Monday 16 April is Greater Manchester, followed on consecutive nights by Merseyside, Lancashire, Cheshire and North Derbyshire, with the week culminating in Cumbria and the Isle of Man on Friday 21 April.

Each night viewers can pick their favourite building from the five nominations in that region in an online vote on the BBC North West Tonight website. The vote will close at noon on the following day.

To vote, please visit:

By the end of the week (Saturday 21 April), viewers will have voted for five regional winners to go to compete in the grand final.

NWT reporter Stuart Flinders will then present a bespoke report on each of the five regional finalists to tell the story behind the buildings and what they mean for those who use them.  These reports will be shown on consecutive nights on North West Tonight from Monday 23 April.

At the end of the week, at 18:30 on Friday 27 April, the final online vote will open to allow viewers to choose the building they think deserves to be crowned ‘People’s Choice- North West Building of the Decade’.  This vote will close at 18:30 on Thursday 3 May.

The winner will be announced at the North West Property Awards, organised by Insider Media, on Thursday 17 May.  The following evening, Stuart Flinders will report live from the winning building on North West Tonight’s 18:30 bulletin.

Stuart Flinders said: “Some of the shortlisted buildings have fascinating backstories and are really important to the communities in which they’re located, so it’s not just about aesthetics and architecture.

“Throughout the competition, viewers will get the opportunity to review the reports on each building on the North West Tonight website, News Online and Facebook before voting.”


The 25 buildings included in the competition are as follows:

Greater Manchester:

  • Maggie’s at The Christie
  • NOMA Co-op HQ
  • Oldham Town Hall
  • Rochdale Interchange TFGM
  • Whitworth Gallery Extension


  • Alder Hey Children’s Hospital
  • Everyman Theatre
  • Liverpool One
  • Mann Island
  • Museum of Liverpool


  • Brockholes Nature Reserve, Salmlesbury
  • Rossall Point, Fleetwood
  • St Silas’s Primary School, Blackburn
  • The Mill at St Catherine’s, Preston
  • The Oracle, Blackpool

Cheshire/North Derbyshire:

  • Buxton Natural Mineral Water Factory
  • The Mersey Gateway, Halton
  • Planet Pavillion, Jodrell Bank
  • Storyhouse, Chester
  • Time Square Multi Storey Car Park, Warrington

Cumbria/Isle of Man:

  • The Advanced Manufacturing Centre, Furness College
  • The Barn, University of Cumbria, Ambleside
  • Seascape, Laxley, Isle of Man
  • Thie Sileau Whallian, Isle of Man
  • The Yan, Grizedale

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