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.
Burntwood School, 10 New Burlington Street and Camley Street have won New London Awards, given each year by New London Architecture to the best new and proposed architecture, planning and development in the capital. Chosen by an international jury, over 130 projects across 16 categories were shortlisted for the awards, which were announced at the Guildhall this week.
Burntwood School has won an RIBA National Award, given to buildings across the UK recognised as significant contributions to architecture. Announced this morning (18 June), Burntwood is the only secondary school in London to win a national award this year. The RIBA judges noted the building’s ‘quality, openness, confidence and solidity’ and were particularly impressed by the relationship between the new pre-cast concrete buildings and the 1950s buildings retained on the campus. As a national award winner the project will now be part of the longlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize, which will be announced in October.
For the second year in a row, AHMM has been ranked third in the AJ100 Awards (called the AJ120 Awards this year in celebration of Architects’ Journal’s 120th year). The list of the top 120 architecture practices in the UK, based on the number of fully qualified architects employed, was announced at last night’s ceremony at which the practice also picked up the Clients’ Choice Award.
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris has won the AJ120 Clients' Choice award for 2015. The Clients' Choice Award is given to practices nominated by more than 300 clients asked who they would most like to work with again or would like to work with in the future.