WINCHESTER Theatre Royal is one of four Hampshire buildings nominated for a national accolade.

It is in the running for this year's SPACES (Society for Public Architecture, Construction, Engineering and Surveying) Awards.

The campaign recognises building projects across the country.

The theatre in Jewry Street recently underwent a large redevelopment, which involved remodelling the front of house areas with a contemporary new interior, designed to improve the flow of people through the building, create a more flexible space for different types of activities as well as creating a Cafe Bar.

This project was supported by a Hampshire County Council grant of £375,000.

Leader of the council, Cllr Keith Mans, said: "Our Property Services team continues its excellent standing in the architectural and property sectors for its award-winning designs and constructions.

“We want our buildings to be the very best spaces in which our residents can thrive when they learn, meet and collaborate. We take great care not only to ensure the buildings are sustainable and efficient to run, but also of high quality."

Also up for the awards is Endeavour Primary School Kirk Campus in Andover, the Queen Elizabeth Country Park Visitor Centre near Petersfield and the Royal Victoria Chapel in Netley.

Each have benefitted from county council grants.

The 2020 winners will now be announced in 2021 due to Coronavirus pandemic.