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Mayor and Stirling Prize winning Design Champion unveil bigger and better 2nd Liverpool Architecture Festival

MAYOR Steve Rotheram and award inning design champion Paul Monaghan have joined forces to support a bigger and better festival showcasing the Liverpool City Region's architectural heritage and working to improve the buildings and public spaces of the future.

The Liverpool Architecture Festival; also supported by the Liverpool Architecture Foundation, and RIBA; was launched in 2021.

It brought together the architectural community to highlight outstanding work, share ideas and ultimately raise design and building quality standards.

The successful event saw more than 600 architectural and built environment professionals join walking and building tours, symposiums, open studios, socials and design charettes, championing the diverse range of design talent across the City Region.

The festival has expanded for 2022, doubling the number of activities and extending to run from Monday, 6 June 2022 to Friday, 1 July 2022.

Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said:- "From Port Sunlight on the Wirral to Lord Street in Southport, our Region is fortunate to be home to some of the country's and the world's greatest architectural triumphs. We're building on enviable foundations, however, it's important that we also focus on what comes next. I want to make sure that we continue to innovate and advance our building design to create spaces that will not only enhance our skyline; but that improve the communities they are in. The buildings where we live, work, and socialise can have a massive impact on our livelihoods, and that's why it's so important that we strive to be the very best. Last year's festival was a massive success and gave us the opportunity to celebrate our world renowned architectural heritage. I want this year's showcase to go even further and stimulate the debate around what good design is and how we can best use our public spaces. That's why I appointed Paul Monaghan, a local lad who has become 1 of the country's leading architects, as our first design champion. I know that like me, Paul has big ambitions for the future of the Liverpool City Region; and I can't wait to see that creativity and passion on full display!"

The Liverpool Architecture Festival will be launched on 6 June 2022, with a walking tour of Liverpool's 2 cathedrals followed by a presentation from festival directors Mathew Giles and Lizzie Edge.

This will be followed by a presentation and Q&A with Paul Monaghan, a Stirling Prize winning Architect and Director at Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, and Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Chief Executive Katherine Fairclough.

Paul Monaghan, Liverpool City Region Design Champion, said:- "Mayor Steve Rotheram appointed me as the Liverpool City Region Design Champion because he recognised that the bar for design needed to be raised for new developments. This festival galvanises the extensive architectural community and is an important driver for change. I was brought up in Liverpool and have been lucky enough to design several buildings there including the Alder Centre for the Children's Hospital and the refurbishment of the Royal Court Theatre. My experiences are that the City welcomes good design. Liverpool also has a thriving emerging architectural scene which I have been keen to promote. I am delighted that last year's inaugural Liverpool Architecture Festival was such a success that it has now become an important annual fixture complimenting the successful Art Biennale. I can't wait to come back and get involved."

A comprehensive 4 week programme will present a series of lectures, workshops, walking and building tours, open studios, and a symposium on the potential listed buildings of the future.

Walking tours will highlight the work of celebrated architects, such as Herbert Rowse, famous for designing prominent buildings including Hope Street's Philharmonic Hall as well as the India Buildings and Martins Bank, on Water Street.

Modernist architecture, ranging from the University of Liverpool campus to the historic business district, will be celebrated with tours hosted by Dominic Wilkinson, of the Modernist Society.

Building tours by the Liverpool Architecture Society will see architects present their work to other architects, exchanging ideas and sparking debate.

Among the guided tours are explorations of Liverpool's Bluecoat, Birkenhead Priory, and award winning The Bunker, which was designed to breathe fresh life into a Littlewoods storage building.

A Future Listings event will see 6 presenters, including conservation officers and private practitioners, make the case for adding a currently unlisted building to the protected register.

The festival will also include architecture studios opening their doors, allowing for a behind the curtain look into how practices undertake their work.

Mathew Giles, Founder, and co-Director of the Liverpool Architecture Festival, said:- "LAF22 will build on the sell-out success of the launch festival in October 2021. This summer's festival is free for everyone from across the Liverpool City Region, and beyond. We have already sold out a number of events evidencing the thirst and enthusiasm that people in the Region have for their built environment. This is echoed in the key themes of the festival with events focussed on community, climate and inclusion, all important topics in everyday life. LAF22 is working with organisations such as the Lego Store in Liverpool ONE, local charities, and the City's 2 architectural Schools to make sure the festival evolves into an inclusive, celebratory learning vehicle to ultimately improve everyone's experience of the architecture, and wider built environment of the Liverpool City Region."

The R&A announces a ticket ballot for the 151st Open at Royal Liverpool

THE R&A has announced that the ballot for tickets for The 151st Open at Royal Liverpool will open next month and run until after the conclusion of this year's Championship at St Andrews.

Following the success of the ballot for The 150th Open, The R&A decided to retain the process to try to ensure as many fans as possible have the chance to attend when the Championship returns to the historic Wirral links from 16 July to 23 July 2023.

The ballot will open for 1 month from Tuesday, 21 June 2022, and will close on Wednesday, 20 July 2022, with the results being announced by the end of September. It will only be open to members of The 1 Club, the free to join membership programme. Fans can sign up to The 1 Club any time at:- and will be among the first to be notified when the ballot is open.

This follows the unprecedented demand to attend The 150th Open, taking place in St Andrews next month. More than 1.3 million applications were received for tickets and this led to the highest ever number of general admission tickets being issued to fans from across the world, with a record breaking 290,000 fans set to attend the milestone Championship.

The Open will be played at Royal Liverpool for the 13th time and the first since 2014, when Rory McIlroy lifted the famous Claret Jug.

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said:- "We introduced a ticket ballot for the first time in the history of The Open for St Andrews to give as many people as possible the chance to attend the Championship and it proved to be very successful. We know the demand is growing and that the ballot is the fairest and most equitable way to give fans around the world the chance to secure tickets. We greatly appreciate the enthusiasm that fans have for The Open and look forward to welcoming as many of them as we can to Royal Liverpool next year."

Ticket prices for The 151st Open will start from £95 for an adult on Championship days and from £25 on practice days. The R&A reinvests the revenues generated by The Open in growing golf around the world and is currently investing £200 million over a ten-year period.

The R&A is fully committed to encouraging more children and young people to attend The Open and free tickets will be available, through the ballot, to children as part of the successful and long running:- "Kids go Free" programme, with half-price youth tickets also available for:- 16 to 24 year olds. The 150th Open saw 20% of the general admission tickets going to people aged under 25, while 20,000 kids will gain free entry to the event.

Fans can also guarantee their place at The 151st Open by choosing from a variety of fully inclusive, premium experiences. Visit:- for further details.


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