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Bluecoat and Arena up for award

Bluecoat arts centre
The Bluecoat opened this year after a 12.5m refit

Two Liverpool buildings have made the shortlist for the first ever World Architecture Festival Awards.

The Bluecoat and Arena and Convention Centre have been shortlisted for the global award, which looks at buildings completed within the past 18 months.

A public toilet in Texas and a Christian church in Beijing are among the shortlisted projects.

The Liverpool buildings have won Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) North West awards this year.

The Grade I-listed Bluecoat building houses an art gallery, performance space, a coffee shop, bar and restaurant and creative industry studios.

It reopened in March after a 12.5m refurbishment, but was damaged by fire two months later.

The international judging panel, headed by Lord Norman Foster, will announce the winner during the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona at the end of October.

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