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.
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.