News Archive

A new home in the Surrey Hills

31/07/2017

A new home in the Surrey Hills

Hillside, a new house for a private client, has been granted planning approval by Guildford Borough Council. The two storey family home replaces an existing single storey house on a steeply sloping triangular site in the Surrey Hills. Influenced by the architecture found in the nearby villages, the simple material palette consists of a flint retaining structure with charred timber facades providing solar shading to the south facing windows, and will go on to influence the material finishes for the internal spaces. Hillside is due to start on site in spring 2018.

 



 

31/07/2017

Building Awards shortlist

AHMM’s work and practice have been shortlisted for three Building Magazine awards. New Scotland Yard is a finalist for Building of the Year and Barns Road for Housing Project of the Year, while AHMM is shortlisted for Architectural Practice of the Year. Winners will be announced in London on 9 November.
 



 

Shoreditch Village Phase ll granted planning

28/07/2017

Shoreditch Village Phase ll granted planning

Shoreditch Village Phase ll has been granted full planning and listed building consent by Hackney Council. The project - just across the road from the Tea Building – proposes two new flexible office and retail buildings with a glazed connection, and also includes the renovation of a Grade II listed terrace building on Shoreditch High Street, a new two-storey warehouse building on Anning Street and a new two-storey building on New Inn Yard. The development will create a new street market for Shoreditch under the East London Line extension viaduct, reinstating a historic passageway that once ran through the site.
 



 

Planning win for Project Nash

21/07/2017

Planning win for Project Nash

The redevelopment of 1-4 Marble Arch, known as Project Nash, has been unanimously granted planning consent by Westminster City Council. The existing building sits at the corner of Great Cumberland Place and Marble Arch, and together with the Cumberland Hotel forms the backdrop to the Marble Arch designed by John Nash. The proposals, designed for The Portman Estate, will see wholesale redevelopment of the building behind a retained façade. New floor plates will create flexible retail and office space, implementing current and future office standards and sustainability targets, whilst sensitive façade alterations and the addition of a rooftop extension aim to establish a new identity for the building.
 



 

New Scotland Yard officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen

17/07/2017

New Scotland Yard officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen

Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, opened New Scotland Yard on 13 July. Though the Metropolitan Police have been working in their new home on the Embankment since the beginning of this year, the event marked the official opening of the new headquarters with the unveiling of a special plaque and new coat of arms, and was attended by the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Cressida Dick, and other members of the Met and London’s emergency services, as well as Paul Monaghan on behalf of the AHMM project team. New Scotland Yard has won a RIBA National Award and is currently shortlisted for BCI, AJ Retrofit and World Architecture Festival awards.
 



 

Buildings and Art

11/07/2017

Buildings and Art

Simon Allford has contributed to a film made by Derwent London about the importance of art in their buildings. The film also features the Tea Building, Angel Building and White Collar Factory, all of which feature specially-commissioned works by artists including Thomas J Price, Teresita Fernandez, Sachiyo Nishimura and Ian McChesney. You can watch the video here.
 



 

Housing Design Award for The Vincent

11/07/2017

Housing Design Award for The Vincent

The Vincent, a residential project in Bristol, has been given the HAPPI Award at the Housing Design Awards 2017. The HAPPI (Housing our Ageing Population Panel for Innovation) award celebrates innovative approaches to the design of older people’s housing, with a specific focus on the user’s living experience. The scheme for Pegasus Life, which is currently on site, will provide 65 retirement apartments and communal facilities in the refurbished Queen Victoria House and two new blocks.
 



 

05/07/2017

New London Awards 2017

AHMM’s proposals for Stour Wharf, a residential scheme in the Olympic Park, have won the New London Award for unbuilt homes. New Scotland Yard and Google Pancras Square also received commendations at the NLA Annual Lunch held at the Guildhall today (5 July). Find out more about the New London Awards here.

 



 

05/07/2017

Simon Allford talks about Extra Ordinary architecture for FX

Simon Allford recently explored AHMM’s ideas around Extra Ordinary architecture as part of FX Magazine’s series of talks by leading designers, writers and thinkers including Joan Bakewell and Jonathon Porritt. You can watch Simon’s talk along with others in the series here.
 



 

04/07/2017

AHMM wins Outstanding Achievement award at Norwood Property Awards

AHMM has been awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Norwood Property Lunch, an annual property event organised by Norwood, a leading UK charity supporting vulnerable children and families, children with special educational needs and people with learning disabilities. AHMM is the first architecture practice to win the accolade in the 18 years of the awards, and White Collar Factory also picked up the Commercial Development Award, presented to client Derwent London.
 



 

Architecture and the Art of the Extra Ordinary at the British School at Rome

03/07/2017

Architecture and the Art of the Extra Ordinary at the British School at Rome

AHMM’s new exhibition and accompanying talk by Simon Allford at the British School at Rome explores the idea of the essential architecture of the Universal Building. The exhibition focuses principally on how this approach is manifested in six projects in the very diverse physical, political, cultural and incidental contexts of London, Amsterdam, the United States and India: New Scotland Yard, AEP Fitness Center, Burntwood School, Chobham Academy, the University of Amsterdam, and proposals for a headquarters campus in India. An accompanying set of images sets the six projects in the context of AHMM’s built work over the last 28 years, from the early Poolhouse project in rural England to the groundbreaking White Collar Factory. The importance of the art of an Extra Ordinary Architecture to AHMM’s four founding partners was established in The Fifth Man, their joint diploma thesis at The Bartlett School of Architecture in 1986, in which they stated that ‘function alone is not sufficient means to generate architecture; and that it is in the field of everyday buildings that architecture has failed the city’. AHMM’s work since then has explored how Extra Ordinary architecture is made from the ordinary, making the generic specific to current use without in any way precluding further uses in an unknowable future.

Simon Allford will be giving a lecture this evening (3 July) and the exhibition continues until 21 July at the British School at Rome, via Antonio Gramsci 61, 00197 Rome. Find out more here.