Allford Hall Monaghan Morris joined Angela Graham – the Mayor of Wandsworth and School Governor – and local MP Sadiq Khan to officially open Burntwood School’s new Performing Arts Building last week. The new building sits adjacent to school’s refurbished Assembly Hall to define the new Flag Lawn at the centre of the school. Over the past few years, AHMM and Lend Lease have been reinventing the entire educational campus with a series of built interventions and outdoor spaces that respect the modernist principles of the original 1950s buildings designed by Sir Leslie Martin. The overall project is due for completion in summer 2014.
Chobham Academy is one of the Regional Finalists at the 2014 Civic Trust Awards. The longest standing built environment awards scheme in Europe, the Civic Trust Awards were established in 1959 to recognise the very best in architecture, design, planning, landscape and public art. The 55th annual Civic Trust Awards Ceremony will be held at The Winter Gardens in Blackpool on 7 March 2014.
Director Simon Allford has been appointed as the new Chair of The Architecture Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Simon’s looking forward to continuing the excellent work of outgoing Chair Brian Clarke, and aims to broaden the future audience of the Foundation. Building upon The AF's independent position, Simon has plans to engage London and beyond in a constructive and international debate, providing a focus for interest in both architecture and our dynamic city. Allford is The Architecture Foundation’s fourth Chair since its establishment in 1991.
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris was invited to design a dolls’ house for a child with a disability as part of an initiative organised by Cathedral Group. Our design, titled Compass House, is inspired by a full-size residence that we developed for Living Architecture. The dolls’ house will be presented this evening in an auction at Bonhams in aid of KIDS – a UK charity supporting disabled children, young people and their families. More information about the event, the other invited architects and the charity can be found here.
North London Hospice won the Grand Prix at 2013's Building Better Healthcare Awards today. About the building the judges said: "it is simple in that it is basically three materials – brick, white plaster and wood – but it is very impressive. This raises the bar and shows what can be done." The hospice was also awarded Best Community Healthcare Design and was highly commended in the Best Primary Care category.
The Hart Building – a mixed-use project on Oklahoma’s historic film row – won two AIA Central Stages Region Design Awards last week, taking out the Citation Award for Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse as well as the Honor Award for Restoration/Rehabilitation Adaptive Reuse. More information can be found at the AIA Central Oklahoma Chapter website.
The Wandsworth Borough Council granted planning permission for the combined Saint John Bosco development in Battersea. The scheme will deliver a new home for Saint John Bosco College at the centre of the site, a Community House for the Salesians of Don Bosco to the east (designed by MSMR) and two residential blocks to the west. The College will accommodate 1300 pupils and 110 staff members, and include Special Educational Needs facilities and an Autistic Spectrum Disorder Unit. The residential blocks, comprising two town house units and 102 apartments over five to six storeys, will be constructed with a Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) frame.