Awards news


Awards news

AHMM has celebrated five awards wins this week. On Monday, Housing Design Awards were given to Weston Street and Signal Townhouses. The Housing Design Awards were launched in 1948 to reward better municipal post-war rebuilding and now aim to identify exemplars across both public and market housing; you can see all of this year’s winners here. At the New London Awards on Wednesday, White Collar Factory was announced the winner of the Wellbeing category, while 1 Finsbury Avenue won the Offices (Unbuilt) category; find out more about the New London Awards and winning projects here. Later that evening, One King William Street was named the City of London’s Best Retrofit by the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects.



Benjamin Street tops out

The 1-5 Benjamin Street team celebrated the building reaching its highest point with a ceremony on site this week. The design for Benjamin Street is a modern interpretation of a Victorian brick warehouse replacing two existing buildings on a site that has been owned by the Worshipful Company of Girdlers for more than 400 years. Located in the Clerkenwell Conservation Area and very close to the new Crossrail hub at Farringdon, the new building will include a mix of offices, retail and apartments, and is due to complete later this year.




RIBA National Awards announced

Weston Street, White Collar Factory, and Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre have won 2018 RIBA National Awards, announced today

RIBA judges commented that White Collar Factory’s ‘ambition and level of innovation of the brief and concept development is high’, and they noted ‘the confidence that the client had in trusting their own instincts and their architect's ideas’. Weston Street, meanwhile, was praised for its use of board-marked concrete and timber but also its ‘sense of fun providing an alternative model for the modern home.’ Highlighting the architects’ ‘sustained commitment, skill and ingenuity’ in addressing the physical and economic constraints at Liverpool’s Royal Court they commented that ‘a real sense of welcome, delight and even theatrical grandeur have been achieved... a difficult urban site has been made more civic and welcoming.’

RIBA National Awards are given to buildings across the UK recognised as significant contributions to architecture, and may be considered for the Stirling Prize shortlist. Find out more about this year’s winners here.  




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.