61 Oxford Street has taken a step closer to completion today with the opening of Zara’s flagship store in the building. The fashion retailer will occupy four floors, with offices and apartments in the upper four floors. Final work on the building, which features an undulating glass façade inspired by London’s historic shopfronts and arcades, continues toward completion in May.
Alconbury Incubator received an RIBA East Region award at a ceremony at Robinson College, Cambridge last night. The project, which provides flexible workspaces for local businesses, has acted as a catalyst for the development of the wider masterplan for Alconbury, a former airfield in Cambridgeshire, where AHMM is currently working on a primary school and club. The Incubator – described by judges as ‘unique and brilliant’ – will now be considered for an RIBA National Award.
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris has been enjoying more awards acclaim in both the UK and the US in recent weeks. The practice has been awarded the Solomon Andrew Layton Prize by the Central Oklahoma chapter of the American Institute of Architects; given every two years, the award recognises an architectural firm that has distinguished itself over the past five years to the betterment of the profession and community through leadership, vision and design, and will be presented at a ceremony in Oklahoma City on 13 April. Meanwhile, AHMM's work has also been recognised in Property Week's annual awards - the Tea Building has reached the final shortlist of five for 'Most Innovative Development of the Past 20 Years' following a public vote. The winner will be announced on 21 April.
21-31 New Oxford Street, AHMM’s scheme for the redevelopment of the former WC1 mail sorting office in central London for Brockton Capital has been granted planning permission. Prominently located between the districts of Bloomsbury and Covent Garden, the sorting office was built in the 1960s and has been derelict for the last 20 years. Drawing on the industrial scale and character of the building, the proposals for its reinvention include office and retail space, all of the required affordable housing, a new GP surgery and a range of public open spaces including a new publicly accessible roof terrace.
Six of AHMM’s projects have been shortlisted for this year’s RIBA Awards. 10 New Burlington Street, William Street Quarter, Burntwood School, Ark All Saints Academy and Highshore School, and Scape Greenwich have been selected by RIBA London region, while RIBA East has shortlisted Alconbury Incubator. National award winners will be announced in June and considered for the Stirling Prize, for which AHMM has been shortlisted three times.
Burntwood School, Ark All Saints Academy and Waverley School were amongst the projects to be honoured by the longest standing architectural and built environment awards scheme in Europe last week. Burntwood won a National Award while ARK All Saints Academy and Waverley School received commendations at the awards ceremony held on Friday at the Globe Theatre in London. Now in their 56th year, the Civic Trust Awards are given to projects that demonstrate high quality architecture or design, have demonstrated sustainability, are accessible to all users and have made a positive cultural, social or economic contribution to the local community. See the full list of winning and commended projects here.
Morelands Rooftop, home to AHMM’s London office, picked up the BREEAM Award for Office Refurbishment and Fit Out this week. The judges highlighted the team’s approach and commitment to post-occupancy monitoring and its focus on energy and internal environmental data, as well as operational and capital cost information. The Rooftop project received a BREEAM Outstanding accreditation last autumn, one of the highest scoring buildings in London. BREEAM Award winners represent the leading examples of construction projects assessed and certified in the last calendar year, each demonstrating a holistic approach to the environmental aspects of their specification, design, construction and management. 10 New Burlington Street, AHMM’s central London office and retail project for The Crown Estate, was also highly commended.