Burntwood School, William Street Quarter and 10 New Burlington Street have won RIBA London awards, given at a ceremony at the National Theatre last night (18 May). Describing William Street Quarter as ‘clear and simple’, the judges also highly commended ‘exemplary’ 10 New Burlington Street for the special award for sustainability. The three projects join Alconbury Incubator – an East region award winner – in the shortlist for RIBA National awards, which will be announced in June.
Alconbury Weald Club and Alconbury Weald Primary School have been granted planning permission by Huntingdonshire District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council. The two projects are part of a major new mixed-use development located on a former airfield site in Cambridgeshire, and will join our RIBA award winning Alconbury Incubator on the emerging Enterprise Campus at the centre of the new community.
Utilising the same material palette as the Incubator, the Alconbury Weald Club will offer a base for the project’s developer, as well as a café, meeting hall and gym space, within a flexible and robust design that is able to adapt to new uses as the community continues to grow. The three-form entry Alconbury Weald Primary School will be built as three wings, located within extensive external playspace that converge to create a double-height volume, housing the main school hall that will be accessible to the wider neighbourhood out of school hours.
AHMM’s project to redevelop the University of Amsterdam’s Roeterseiland campus has won the World Architecture News Education Award. According to the jury - which included Danish architect Dorte Mandrup, Malcolm Reading of Malcolm Reading Consultants, Stanton Williams’ Paul Williams and Lucy Homer, head of design at Lend Lease – the ‘unique and extraordinary’ project ‘addressed all key elements of the brief and enhanced the learning environment to its full potential’. Chosen from over 100 entries, the final shortlist of six also included school and university buildings in the UK, Germany, the US and Canada.
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.