Top award for architect who died in car crash

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Work by a UK architect who died following a car crash has won a national award.

Tributes were paid to Warren Barnett, 52, after he died last month following a collision while driving through Humshaugh, a village in the north of England.

Now the Newcastle-based business – Squires Barnett Architects – has been awarded a National Housing Design award at the prestigious awards, held at the Institute of Engineering and Technology in London.

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The winning design project was for the Ropery in Hexham (pictured), a former Grade II listed building built in the 1800s, which is being converted into maisonettes and a retail unit.

Louise Squires, co-founder of Squires Barnett Architects and Barnett’s sister, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have made the finals of the National Design Awards with these two North East based design projects. To win an award is just the icing on the cake for us.

“Obviously it has been a very sad time for us all since Warren passed away. He would have been so proud to receive such high recognition for his work and it goes without saying this one is for him.

“The Housing Design Awards champion residential development of the highest quality across the country, so it is particularly pleasing and rewarding for our team that these two projects are the only two schemes North of Manchester to be short-listed.

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