Former Sunderland orphanage in running for property Oscars

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A FORMER orphanage is in the running for an award at the region’s property Oscars.

Two years ago, work began to transform The Old Orphanage in Hendon into specialist accommodation for older people suffering with dementia.

The £4.5million transformation means the former derelict building now provides 38 apartments, with facilities including a hair salon, restaurant and spa bathing suite.

In keeping with the Grade II Listed building’s history – it was opened in 1861, providing sons of seafarers with beds, clothes and a nautical education – it’s been re-opened under the name Seafarers Way.

Now it’s been shortlisted for the Building Conservation award, as well as the Regeneration accolade, in the 2015 RICS North East Renaissance Awards.

RICS received entries from all areas of the region, from pioneering small-scale schemes, through to multi-million pound developments. The shortlist of 57 built projects are now in with a chance of winning one of eight prestigious accolades and the Project of the Year title.

Chairman of the RICS North East Renaissance Awards judging panel, Adam Serfontein, said: “Each shortlisted project is of quality design and is hugely beneficial to their local community and wider areas.

“I look forward to joining our region’s property professionals in celebrating and rewarding the talented teams behind the winning schemes at the awards ceremony.”

Phil Spencer, property expert and television presenter, will host the awards in Newcastle on April 24.