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Nottingham venue shortlisted for international design award

Nottingham venue shortlisted for international design award

Home to Binks Yard, Cleaver & Wake and the Binks Terrace, 1 The Island Quarter has been shortlisted for a World Architecture News (WAN) Award in the category of commercial projects for the EMEA region.

The canalside hospitality venue, which opened in September 2022, has quickly become one of Nottingham’s most popular spots for drinking, dining and events.

Now the building, which was designed by London-based architect Jestico + Whiles, has gained international recognition for its design quality and its contribution to the area.

Christopher Ware, property director at Conygar, said:

“When working on 1TIQ we were focused on ensuring the design reflected the site’s history and surroundings as much as we were on making it a modern space. This took more time, investment and care but was really important to us as the developers to get it right.

“It’s incredibly rewarding to be recognised internationally for the architecture of the space, and for ensuring we went beyond the standard requirements to make it a truly stunning building. Since opening, the venues within 1TIQ have been hugely popular with those in Nottingham and beyond and it’s amazing to see it full and thriving.”

The wider site has an extraordinary heritage and was, notably the original Boots site alongside other notable names of Nottingham’s past. 1TIQ makes oblique reference to this industrial and canalside heritage through its selection of materials and motifs, including its signature red brick elevations with looping arches.

Similarly, the designers took influence from buildings designed by the Victorian architect T C Hine, including the adjacent former Nottingham London Road railway station, now Virgin Active, to ensure 1TIQ complements and activates its surroundings.

The WAN awards have been showcasing the very best projects and practices across the globe in architecture and interior design for the last 16 years. The winners will be announced on 12 June.

James Dilley, director at Jestico + Whiles, said:

“Designing the inaugural phase of The Island Quarter was a significant responsibility as it set the tone for the rest of the 36-acre site. Having worked closely with Conygar and other project partners to deliver the quality building that we have was an achievement in itself but being named among other globally recognised architectural schemes truly reflects the passion and commitment we had for this project.”

Alongside the WAN Awards, 1TIQ has also been short-listed for a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Award with the winners being announced later this month. 

For more information on The Island Quarter masterplan, visit

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