Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, will today announce the appointment of Stirling Prize-winning architect Paul Monaghan as the City Region’s first Design Champion.
Originally from West Derby, Paul Monaghan is a founding director of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, which was recently named Building Magazine Architectural Practice of the Year 2018.
Paul’s announcement as Design Champion will be made at an event today (14/11/18), hosted in collaboration with RIBA North West, which works closely with the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority on a programme of activities to improve the quality of design in the city region.
Steve Rotheram said:
“It is impossible to overstate the importance of the quality of the buildings we live, work in and see every day, for our wellbeing and quality of life. That is why, when I was elected, I promised to promote good design and support action to improve the quality and attractiveness of neighbourhoods across the city region.
“The appointment of Paul Monaghan, a local lad who has become one of the country’s leading architects, as our first Design Champion, is a huge step towards putting the issue of good design higher up the agenda. I am very pleased he has accepted the role and I look forward to working closely with him.”
The role of Liverpool City Region Design Champion will be to promote good design and kick start a conversation about the importance of design throughout the city region.
Paul Monaghan said:
“It’s an enormous honour to take on this role in the city region where I grew up and continue to work. Liverpool has some of the finest public buildings and spaces in Europe and I hope my role as Design Champion will help to ensure that new development supports and builds on that legacy across the city region. I’m looking forward to working with Steve and his team to celebrate and maintain Liverpool city region’s history of design quality.”
President of the RIBA, Ben Derbyshire, says:
“I am delighted that the Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has been working with my colleagues at RIBA North West to develop initiatives for the built environment and we are confident that his appointment of Paul Monaghan as the City Region’s Design Champion will be hugely positive. Good design is about building the houses, workspaces and public places that people want to live, work and socialise in. We look forward to continuing our positive relationship together to promote sustainable, long-lasting development that will inspire a new generation of architects.”
Paul Monaghan’s appointment is the latest development in the Liverpool City Region’s work to improve design quality. Work is ongoing to develop a Spatial Development Strategy and the Combined Authority recently secured £100,000 funding to deliver nearly 50 design review panels for major developments in the City region, which will enable the Combined Authority to work together with RIBA, developers and local authorities to secure good design.