Amendments to the Blossom Street Masterplan have been submitted to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and the GLA. The amended design will see the warehouses at No 12-13 Blossom now retained as a separate building along with the existing roofscape and floor levels. These smaller floor plates are aimed at small to medium enterprises and co-working spaces.
St John Bosco School in Battersea was officially opened today by the Most Rev. Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark and The Very Rev. Martin Coyle SDB, GBR Salesian Provincial on behalf of the Joint Trustees of St John Bosco College. The blessing ceremony was attended by Paul Monaghan and the design team responsible for the Stirling Prize-winning Burntwood School. St John Bosco School is part of a wider masterplan which includes the Community House for the Salesian monastery of Don Bosco, and the AHMM-designed Cobalt Place residential scheme.
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris’ transformation of Burntwood School in south London has won the RIBA Stirling Prize, the UK’s most prestigious award for architecture.
Announced last night in a televised ceremony at RIBA headquarters, the award was a unanimous decision by the judges, who commented ‘Burntwood School is the clear winner of the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize. It is the most accomplished of the six shortlisted buildings because it demonstrates the full range of the skills that architects can offer to society. It encompasses great contemporary design and clever reuse of existing buildings as well as superb integration of artwork, landscaping and engineering. It is a genuine collaborative project. There was a wonderful working relationship between the headteacher and the architect: a true partnership of equals.’
In the run-up to the RIBA Stirling Prize announcement next week the BBC is showing short films about each nominee. You can view the Burntwood School film, which includes interviews with Paul Monaghan and with Helen Dorfman, the school’s principal, here. The announcement will be broadcast live from 8pm next Thursday (15 October) on BBC News.
The Angel Building has won the British Council for Offices Test of Time award, given to previous BCO winners that have proven themselves to live up to their original aspirations and intentions. According to judges, Angel ‘is an established benchmark as to how to successfully re-use and reinvent a tired and outdated building. The astute retention of the original structure saved on energy and materials, yet is fully integrated into the final design.’ Find out more and read the full judges’ citation here.
William Street Quarter and Burntwood School have been nominated for the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award 2015. Drawn from this year’s British Construction Industry Awards finalists, eligible projects are recognised for their excellence in construction, design and delivery of buildings and civil engineering projects. The winner will be announced on 14 October – find out more here.
Last night Paul Monaghan joined Stirling Prize nominees to tell the story of Burntwood School at the RIBA Stirling Stories 2015 event. Chaired by Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum, the event gave each of the nominated architects the opportunity to tell the story of their projects, their inspiration and design process, and what it would mean to win the UK’s most prestigious architecture prize. The winner of the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize will be announced on Thursday 15 October.