Guildford's G Live venue wins architecture award
By mattcollison | Monday, September 10, 2012, 11:29
GUILDFORD'S G Live venue has won an award for its modern design.
G Live has won a RIBA South East Download Award.
The landmark building in High Street, which opened in September last year, impressed Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) judges in a regional competition.
The £25 million venue, which is operated on behalf of Guildford Borough Council by HQ Theatres, was among the winning buildings in the annual RIBA South East Download Awards.
Leader of the council Tony Rooth said: "This has been a fantastic first year for G live and we are very proud of its success.
"Many thousands of local people and visitors have enjoyed the varied entertainment and come to Guildford since last September. It is also a stunning building as the recent RIBA architectural award recognises.
"Bringing together the right team of partners, and careful management by the Council, helped us deliver this new landmark for Guildford on time and under budget.
"Our £25 million investment might have been seen as risky at a time of recession but building G Live is part of our wider vision for the borough and we have a leading role in delivering and enabling key investments. Our economic strategy is about supporting and developing the local economy in difficult times to promote future strength. "
Alvin Hargreaves, G Live director, said: "G Live is a remarkable fusion of contemporary, light and versatile spaces that together create a wonderful new venue for Guildford."
G Live, which replaced the old Guildford Civic Hall, was developed alongside the 183 room four star Radisson Blu Hotel.