Hartlepool grade II listed former Post Office building scoops further award

A GRADE II listed former Post Office building converted into a centre for creative industries in Hartlepool has scooped a further top award and been shortlisted for two others.

The BIS in Whitby Street which houses 28 units of various sizes, has been named as the winner of the Best Change of Use of an Existing Building category in the LABC (Local Authority Building Control) Northern Building Excellence Awards 2020.

It is also one of six projects, plans and policies shortlisted for the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) North East Award for Planning Excellence, the winner of which will be announced in November.

In addition, it had been shortlisted in the RIBA North East Awards 2020. These awards have now been cancelled due to Covid-19, but The BIS’s shortlisting is to be automatically rolled over and included in the 2021 awards.

All three accolades come just a few months after the building won the Heritage Award at the RICS Social Impact Awards 2020, North East.

Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, Chair of Hartlepool Borough Council’s Regeneration Services Committee who officially opened The BIS in May 2019, said: “This is further well-deserved recognition for an outstanding project that has turned a run-down, derelict building into a vibrant and dynamic centre for small businesses.

“I would like to congratulate all involved, especially the staff in the Council’s Economic Growth and Regeneration Team. It has been a privilege to work alongside them to bring this historic building back to life.”

Councillor Shane Moore, Leader of Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “Congratulations to everyone who has played a part in bringing this superb multi-million pound project to fruition. The BIS success story continues apace!”

The Council, the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority and The Northern School of Art have all worked in partnership on The BIS project as part of a wider on-going Council initiative to develop an Innovation and Skills Quarter around Church Street.

Open to both new and existing businesses in the creative sector, The BIS houses a comprehensive range of facilities, including, 28 units of various sizes – a mix of studios, workshops and office space, two fully-equipped meeting/conference rooms, which are also available for hire.

High-speed internet connectivity and WIFI and a range of flexible easy in-easy out terms.

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