William Street Quarter and Burntwood School have been nominated for the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award 2015. Drawn from this year’s British Construction Industry Awards finalists, eligible projects are recognised for their excellence in construction, design and delivery of buildings and civil engineering projects. The winner will be announced on 14 October – find out more here.
Last night Paul Monaghan joined Stirling Prize nominees to tell the story of Burntwood School at the RIBA Stirling Stories 2015 event. Chaired by Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum, the event gave each of the nominated architects the opportunity to tell the story of their projects, their inspiration and design process, and what it would mean to win the UK’s most prestigious architecture prize. The winner of the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize will be announced on Thursday 15 October.
The Library at Willesden Green has celebrated its official opening and was one of the seven AHMM projects to feature in Open House London last weekend. The Library is a new cultural and educational hub for Brent – in addition to new library facilities it also provides training, arts, education and events spaces and a new home for the Brent Museum and Archive. Find out more about visiting the Library here.
Following the planning refusal of the proposed Blossom Street scheme, the design team – led by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris - issued a letter to the Architects’ Journal in an attempt to address the myths surrounding the scheme. You can read it here.
Work is now underway on site at Alconbury Weald Phase 1 Primary school, AHMM’s second intervention at the Alconbury site near Huntingdon. Using a Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) structure, the three wing design spans out to capture three distinct play spaces, with a double height, top lit assembly hall at its heart. The school will be clad with white polished pre-cast concrete and vertically aligned metal cladding, playfully punctured with porthole openings. The school for Cambridgeshire County Council will be a key part of the developing Alconbury Weald community and is due to open in September 2016.
Burntwood School has been shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize, the UK’s most prestigious award for architecture. The school has been chosen by judges from the 37 RIBA National Award winners to be part of the final shortlist for the prize, which is presented to the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture over the past year. The winner will be announced on 15 October. Completed in 2014, Burntwood is the fourth AHMM project to make the Stirling shortlist, following Kentish Town Health Centre in 2009, Westminster Academy in 2008 and the Angel Building in 2011.
The Blossom Street project team has created a short film about the architectural, social and economic aspirations behind the masterplan for the area. Featuring interviews with Paul Monaghan and Laura Stephenson, the film explores how the development will provide much-needed space for the tech and creative sectors, particularly for SMEs, while bringing vacant and underused buildings back into active use. Watch the film and find out more here.