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.
AHMM’s reinvention of the University of Amsterdam’s Roeterseiland campus has been nominated for the prestigious Amsterdamse Architectuur Prijs, given annually to the best new buildings in the Dutch capital by Arcam, the city’s centre for architecture. The winner will be announced on 20 May – see the full shortlist here.
AHMM team members joined the project team and client TIAA Henderson today to celebrate the launch of the Steward Building, following its completion last week. The building at Bishop’s Court, in the historic east London district of Spitalfields, marks the transition between the distinct streetscapes of the square in front and the fine grain of the surrounding Artillery Lane Conservation Area, and provides a mix of flexible office space on upper floors and smaller-scale retail units at ground.
Earlier this month the Library at Willesden Green celebrated a key milestone in its construction. The AHMM design team along with building contractors Galliford Try joined the Leader and Deputy Mayor of Brent Council at the topping out ceremony. Due for completion this summer, the Library will act as a local landmark and cultural cornerstone within the borough of Brent. The scheme incorporates a much-loved Victorian library building and retained London Plane tree. Once complete, the project will accommodate a library, café, training facilities, arts and function spaces, as well as the Brent Archive and Brent Museum.