AHMM named AJ100 Practice of the Year

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris was named Practice of the Year at the AJ100 Awards ceremony last night (13 June), having been placed fourth in the AJ100 rankings. The Architect’s Journal compiles its annual list of the top 100 practices from a survey of numbers of qualified architects, practice turnover and project work, while award winners are decided by a panel of judges. AHMM was also shortlisted for Clients’ Choice and Building of the Year (for White Collar Factory), and the practice’s four founding directors were nominated for the Contribution to the Profession Award. Find out more about the AJ100 list and award winners here.


The Alder Centre Cycle Classic


The Alder Centre Cycle Classic

This July, more than 30 AHMM staff, members of the Alder Centre project team, and friends of the practice are taking part in the Alder Centre Cycle Classic, a 360km charity ride from London to Liverpool over two days. The group of cyclists will leave from AHMM’s London office on the morning of Thursday 5 July and be welcomed at the NHS Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool the following afternoon. This challenging ride will raise much needed funds for the Alder Centre, a new building at Alder Hey that will provide counselling and support for anyone affected by the death of a child. To enhance the building, the team wants to go the extra mile to ensure that the interiors and surrounding natural environment are also the best quality they can be. While funds for the building itself are in place, funding for these additional elements will have to be raised to create a calm and tranquil place surrounded by a beautiful garden space. You can find out more and support our fundraising here.


Grand Lake Poolhouse wins AIA Small Project Award


Grand Lake Poolhouse wins AIA Small Project Award

Grand Lake Poolhouse has won an American Institute of Architects (AIA) Small Project Award. One of 11 projects from across the United States to be honoured this year, the Poolhouse – a pair of glazed and timber-clad pavilions containing a pool and spa – overlooks the Grand Lake o’The Cherokees in north eastern Oklahoma. Judges praised the ‘functional and beautiful’ project’s ‘crystal clear diagrammatic solution.’ The national Small Project Awards are open to all sizes of practice but recognise and promote excellence in small project design, raising public awareness of the value that architects bring to projects regardless of size and scope. Find out more about the awards and this year’s winners here.



RIBA Regional Awards announced

Weston Street, White Collar Factory, Upper Richmond Road and Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre have all won 2018 RIBA Regional Awards, announced this week in London and Liverpool.

Judges described Upper Richmond Road as ‘a fine example of how to create a place that responds to its city context, brings life to the street, offers commercial activity where suitable and creates a place to live at density that is delightful,’ and White Collar Factory as ‘an exemplary development full of quality materials, finishes, details and playfulness; alongside public and community spirited generosity, innovation and experimentation’. Weston Street, meanwhile, was praised for its ‘exquisitely crafted modern homes’ and ‘tactile choice of materials coupled with beautiful interior detailing.’ Choosing Liverpool’s Royal Court as one of its regional winners, RIBA North West judges noted AHMM’s ‘sustained and intelligent commitment to the project’; and in recognition of the ‘astute conservation, in keeping with the spirit of the building... achieved on a low budget’ they also gave the project the region’s Conservation Award.

A Regional Award recognises a building’s regional importance as a piece of architecture, and winners are considered for RIBA National Awards, announced in June. Find out more about this year’s regional winners here.




On site in Salford

Work has begun on site at 2 New Bailey Square in Salford. The new 11-storey office building is part of the English Cities Fund regeneration of over 50 acres of Salford’s civic and historic centre. When complete 2 New Bailey will offer 17,300 square metres of office space within an elegantly fabricated, externally exposed steel structure. The building is scheduled to be completed by June 2020. 




AJ100 Awards shortlist

 AHMM has been shortlisted for the AJ100 Practice of the Year as part of the Architects’ Journal’s annual AJ100 survey and ranking. White Collar Factory has also been shortlisted for Building of the Year, while the practice’s four founding directors have been nominated for the Contribution to the Profession Award. Winners will be announced at the AJ100 dinner on 13 June. 



University of Amsterdam wins RIBA Award for International Excellence


University of Amsterdam wins RIBA Award for International Excellence

AHMM’s redevelopment of the University of Amsterdam’s Roeterseiland Campus has been given an RIBA Award for International Excellence, one of just 20 new buildings in 16 countries around the world to have been recognised with the award this year.

With the recent completion of its second phase, the Roeterseiland Campus is now home to the Amsterdam Law School and the University’s Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, its original 1960s buildings having been completely transformed and set within a new and revitalised public realm focused on its canalside location. The award judges praised the scheme’s ‘purpose and conviction... both bold and at times restrained’ and noted that the reinvention of the campus into ‘a fully functional university for the 21st century, over 11 years, two construction phases, over three connected buildings, with five generations of client representation – is a huge achievement.’

Winners of the RIBA Awards for International Excellence have been chosen from the RIBA International List of the world’s best new buildings. Find out more about the RIBA’s international awards here