LSA Lecturer and Graduate's Success in Sefton Design Award

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Traditional Victorian corner building in Southport, with a glass fronted shop facade on the ground floor.

LSA Lecturer and graduate, Julien Denis, has recently won two categories in the recent Sefton Design Awards.

Julien graduated from the LSA with a First-Class MArch Degree in 2008. He was awarded the Reilly Medal for his thesis design project, and the project was submitted as the School’s entry for the RIBA Silver Medal that year. He is currently running his own practice in Liverpool and is a member of the teaching team of Studio 5 in BA3, having previously taught studio design in BA3 and BA2 from 2008 to 2017.

Sefton Design Awards 2023 was Sefton Council’s inaugural design awards competition, celebrating the many examples of good design built within the borough over the past 10-years. Our conversion project at 509-515 Lord Street, Southport won both the Best Heritage Scheme and Best Overall Scheme categories of the awards.

509-515 Lord Street consisted of the sensitive internal remodelling and careful restoration of the external envelope elements and glass canopy of a prominent, Grade-2 listed, corner building in Southport. The project, which received grant funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, aimed to restore the fabric of this majestic old building, to preserve it for future generations whilst securing its long-term occupation by converting the upper floors into housing. The new apartments will contribute towards the re-activation of the shopping street and the work carried out to restore the exterior of the building will consolidate its visual appearance, reinforcing Lord Street’s significance as a testimony of Southport’s strong history as a traditional resort town.

Text courtesy of Julien Denis and Torsten Schmiedeknecht, Photo courtesy of Julien Denis.