Albany Building wins award

Albany Building, Old Hall Street The historic Albany Building on Old Hall Street won the prestigious Best Residential Development at last night's Liverpool Daily Post and Echo Regional Property Awards ceremony. The building is a fine example of how Liverpool's regeneration programme can breathe new life into its rich architectural heritage. It's an eye-catching and sympathetic renovation, down to the pastel-painted stone lintels about the windows. According to the icLiverpool website, Chris Nisbet of Albany Assets, the developer of the project, said: "It's been more than five years since I started working on the building, so it's been a long slog. This is the third award we've won, and it's the biggest, so it means a lot." The winner of the Best Commercial Developer was Urban Splash. The awards were presented by designer Wayne Hemingway at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Commenting on Liverpool's regeneration, Hemingway noted that while Liverpool's city centre population had grown by 40% over a decade, Manchester's had quadrupled. "Our city can be a place to bring up families. We are now seeing different sorts of mixed use development and that can only be a good thing." The Albany was built in 1856. Designed by JK Colling, it was built for Richard Naylor, a wealthy banker. It combined office and warehousing space, a specific requirement of the cotton trade at the time of construction. The building provided a meeting place for cotton merchants. More details about The Albany and other historic Liverpool buildings can be found at http://www.liverpoolarchitecture.com/

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