As part of our 60th Anniversary celebrations, we are delighted to announce that Sir Robert McAlpine will be the lead sponsor for the 2019 Civic Trust Awards Ceremony. The event will take place at the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester on Friday 1st March.
The iconic venue is one of five branches of the Imperial War Museum and occupies a site overlooking the Manchester Ship Canal in Trafford Park, an area which during the Second World War was a key industrial centre and consequently heavily bombed during the Manchester Blitz in 1940. The area is now home to the Lowry cultural centre and the MediaCityUK development, which stand opposite the museum at Salford Quays.
The museum building was designed by architect Daniel Libeskind and opened in July 2002, receiving 470,000 visitors in its first year of opening. A prime example of Deconstructivist architecture, the aluminium-clad building with jutting angles was recognised with numerous awards or prize nominations for its design quality, including a Civic Trust Award in 2004.
2019 will also coincide with the 150th year anniversary of Sir Robert McAlpine, who were Principal Contractor during the construction of the Imperial War Museum.
Paul Hamer, CEO of Sir Robert McAlpine said “We are utterly thrilled to be lead sponsor of the Civic Trust Awards 2019. Delivering iconic projects that create Britain's future heritage has been our lifeblood for what will be 150 years in 2019. We are delighted to support an event that recognises design and architectural excellence in the built environment.”
Malcolm Hankey, Executive Director of the Civic Trust Awards said “we are delighted to partner with Sir Robert McAlpine to help deliver a truly memorable 60th anniversary awards event. There were a number of obvious synergies, with both organisations celebrating a significant anniversary, but moreover, their links to an extremely suitable and poignant venue in the north of England that will provide a truly unique experience to everyone in attendance.”
The event will include an arrival drinks reception under a Harrier Jump Jet followed by the IWMN Big Picture Show - projected onto the 27-foot-high walls of the Main Exhibition Space which brings to life people’s experiences of war, creating a complete sensory experience which is totally involving and often very moving. The whole building was designed to enhance the stories within and give visitors a multisensory experience.
Tickets to the Awards Ceremony are now available to purchase online here