Planning success for Silverthorne Lane 06.08.20

Bristol City Council has unanimously granted planning consent for the regeneration plans at Silverthorne Lane in Bristol. Part of the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone, the mixed use masterplan for Feeder Estates will include a new comprehensive school, student accommodation, offices, housing, a university building, and retail space. As part of the masterplan team, AHMM is designing a new academic and research building for the University of Bristol, and with Studio Hive, 371 new homes with improved public realm and direct access to the city’s Feeder Canal. AHMM will also redevelop a recently fire-damaged Grade II listed 1850s warehouse building to create new flexible office space.

Assembly Bristol tops out 06.08.20

The construction of Assembly Bristol, AHMM’s largest Bristol based project, has reached its highest point. Due for completion in early 2021, the 12 storey building close to the city’s Floating Harbour will include 180,000 square feet of flexible office space as well as rooftop amenity space, new landscape, and significant public realm improvements. Two further AHMM-designed buildings forming part of the Assembly development have recently been submitted for planning consent.

Planning approval in Croydon 05.08.20

2 Ruskin Square, a ten storey mixed-use block in Croydon, south London, has been granted planning approval by Croydon Council. The scheme creates over 300,000 sq ft of flexible office space with retail accommodation at the ground floor, and creates a new backdrop to Ruskin Square itself, a vibrant piece of public realm designed by MUF Art Architecture and Jo Gibbons as part of the same overall masterplan for the area. Construction of the project is scheduled to start in November 2020.

AHMM Summer School 04.08.20

AHMM’s digital Summer School took place 27-31 July, with 22 students aged 15-18 from the UK, Uruguay and South Africa responding to a brief to redesign an aspect of their lockdown living space.

Students were mentored by AHMM architects and tasks were set introducing new ways to explore space such as scale, architectural drawing, SketchUp and model making, including models made only from household recycling items. In addition, there were introductions to digital design, career pathways, CDM and sustainability, with 41 people from all parts of AHMM helping to deliver the week.

By the end of the week, students had produced work to add to their portfolios and were armed with information helping to inform whether they want to pursue architecture as a career.

Planning success for Riverside 24.07.20

AHMM’s Riverside masterplan proposal for Workspace Group has been granted planning consent by Wandsworth Council. The new development on the site of the former Airfix model factory will replace the existing Riverside Business Centre with a new mixed use scheme including 402 apartments and homes, and 246,000 sqft of new business flexible space for light industry, start-up businesses and flexible working.

Planning consent for Westminster Bridge Garden and arches 16.07.20

AHMM’s plans for Westminster Bridge Road Garden and Arches have been consented, by unanimous vote, at the London borough of Lambeth’s Planning Committee. The scheme brings the underused railway arches behind AHMM’s Westminster Bridge Road building into use as affordable workspace; the new offices are arranged across ground and mezzanine floor level, and complemented by new landscaping.

RIBA presidential election campaign 13.07.20

The RIBA presidential election campaign ends today (13 July); voting is open from tomorrow until 4 August. You can read Simon Allford’s Nine Ideas Advocating Architecture here.

Arthur Stanley House tops out 09.07.20

Arthur Stanley House, a mixed use scheme in Fitzrovia in central London, has reached its highest point. The building previously occupied by the University College London Hospital Trust has been extended to create new flexible office spaces, and a new building at the rear of the site will accommodate ten new residential units.

Simon Allford announces candidacy for election as RIBA President 01.07.20

AHMM Founding Director Simon Allford has announced his candidacy for election as the next RIBA President. You can read Simon’s statement here, and find out more about his campaign, watch a short film and get in touch here.

RIBA London Awards 08.06.20

Four AHMM projects have been shortlisted for this year’s RIBA London awards: Nottingdale Village phase 3 in west London; The Ray Farringdon and 1 Finsbury Avenue in east London; and Royal Arsenal in south London. Judging has been delayed due to the Coronavirus outbreak, but the RIBA plans to conclude the process and announce regional and national award winners in the autumn. Read more about the RIBA London shortlist here.

AHMM wins funding for net-zero carbon research partnership with UCL 12.05.20

AHMM has won match-funding from Innovate UK for a new Knowledge Transfer Partnership with The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources at UCL. Supported and informed by teams and clients across the practice’s projects, the research will include a real world, large scale complex project with existing ambitious targets, ambitions and requirements for British Land at Canada Water as the basis for a comparative study to develop additional design solutions, management strategies and adaptation plans to meet net-zero carbon targets. Exploring what a net-zero carbon building could look like in the context of a complex, mixed use, densely developed and commercially driven project, it will also explore the implications for the development process, for commercial viability, and for architecture more generally. Outcomes will include a design guide, publications and communications to promote developing legislation and policy. Find out more about the project here.

London Square Bermondsey tops out 21.04.20

Phase 1 of the London Square Bermondsey masterplan has reached its highest point. This first phase of the redevelopment of the Rich Industrial Estate site in south London will provide new commercial, retail and residential uses, and on completion the wider masterplan will include more than 400 new homes, 35% of which will be affordable and social housing, with a new commercial hub of approximately 20,000 sqm dedicated to small and medium-sized enterprises. Phase 1 has recently been shortlisted for a Housing Design Award and is due to complete in early 2021.

Housing Design Awards shortlist 16.04.20

Four AHMM projects have been shortlisted for this year’s Housing Design Awards: Royal Arsenal, the redevelopment of a Grade II listed former barracks building in Woolwich; The Fitzroy, a seafront housing scheme for Pegasus Life in Cornwall; the mixed use redevelopment of the Rich Industrial Estate in Bermondsey, south London; and Frestonia Apartments, part of the third phase of Nottingdale Village in west London. The Housing Design Awards have recognised excellence in public and private sector housing design since 1948 - read more about the schemes and the full shortlist here.

Working together 19.03.20

The world faces a complex and dynamic set of circumstances, the duration of which is yet unclear, and the long-term impact even more so.

Given this context, our focus at Allford Hall Monaghan Morris remains on controlling the things we can, and mitigating the impact of those we cannot.

To that end we have now trialled, and adopted, a policy of working from home for all of our people, with everyone in our London, Bristol and OKC offices able to get on with business, more or less as usual, from home.

This has been achieved by making a secure VPN connection available to all staff, giving them full access to data and software functionality, as though located within the office.

Face to face contact between project teams has been replaced by widespread communication via Microsoft Teams, whether by voice, through video conferencing, or simply via group messaging.

The majority of external meetings will also take place via Teams, but where attendance in person is essential – for example on an active construction site – members of our team will continue to attend.

For some of our people this way of working will be new territory, but many are already well-versed in effective remote working using this technology.

The considerable infrastructure AHMM has in place to support the design and delivery of architecture, as well as its business operations, remains fully functional and adapted to suit these new circumstances. This includes our Finance, IT, Digital Design, Practice Operations, HR, Legal & Appointments, Communications, Building Performance and Technical teams.

Our Business Continuity Team continues to meet each day, to review and assess the latest situation, to put in place any new measures as appropriate, and to communicate these to the wider practice (and externally) when necessary.

Our offices in London and Bristol remain open for the time being, with a skeleton crew of support staff in place, along with a self-selecting number whose preference it is not to work from home while working in the office remains a viable alternative.

Despite the challenging context we remain determined, and fully capable, of working together to serve the needs of our clients and to collaborate effectively with our construction team colleagues, while also minimising the risks to our many talented people.

On site at Edinburgh Park 21.02.20

On the fringe of Edinburgh city centre, building works have started on site at No.1 New Park Square, Edinburgh Park. The first of two AHMM designed buildings in the Dixon Jones masterplan, No.1 New Park Square will become a new landmark and gateway to the development. The mixed use building will create four floors of office space, with a 200 seat conference centre, a restaurant and two cafés at ground floor. The building will face on to a new public square featuring a specially commissioned original work by artist William Tucker. No.1 New Park Square is due for completion in August 2021.

Scott House granted planning permission 12.02.20

The London borough of Lewisham’s Planning Committee has resolved to grant planning permission for the transformation of Scott House, an Edwardian warehouse in Deptford, into a 27 storey mixed use tower. The partially retained facade wraps the newly created office and cafe space, with a mix of residential units above, while the surrounding public realm is improved with planting and the introduction of a pocket park and play space. The design for client Buxton Group will be progressed later this year.

ULI Oklahoma Impact Awards 06.02.20

Central Exchange and Social Capital have both won ULI Oklahoma Impact Awards, announced by the Urban Land Institute’s Oklahoma chapter last week. Now in their sixth year, the awards recognise projects that exemplify best practice in the responsible use of land and their contribution to the built environment and the public realm. Central Exchange picked up the award for Large Scale Rehabilitation and Restoration, while Social Capital was joint winner (alongside The Collective Food Hall) of the Small Scale Developments Award.

Planning approval for Taxi House 05.02.20

Westminster City Council has made the unanimous decision to grant planning permission for a new development on the site of the former Taxi House in Westbourne Park. The mixed use scheme for The Collective includes 286 short stay co-living rooms with a residents’ gym and cinema screening room, alongside 25,000 sq ft of office space with provision for small start-up businesses and craftspeople, and affordable workspace dedicated to creative industries and community-led projects. The scheme also creates a new piazza adjacent to the Grand Union Canal, enabling public access to this part of the waterside for the first time.

National Apprenticeship Week 03.02.20

Monday 3 February marks the start of National Apprenticeship Week 2020. AHMM has been a member of the Apprenticeships in Architecture Trailblazer Group since it was founded in 2016, and offers apprenticeships at level 6 (equivalent to bachelor's degree) and level 7 (equivalent to master's degree). Our current apprentices and their mentors will be presenting their experiences to the practice during National Apprenticeship Week. 

If you are interested in an apprenticeship in architecture and you would like to know more about AHMM's scheme, please contact our HR team

Cycle to MIPIM 2020 31.01.20

This year four cyclists from AHMM will be taking part in the Club Pelothon Cycle to MIPIM ride. Associate Director Cormac Farrelly is taking part for the second time, and will be joined by Senior Architectural Assistant Rebecca Nixon, Senior Architect Andrew Morrison and Senior Model Maker Max Cotgrave. Cycle to MIPIM has been organised by Club Peloton since 2006 with Coram as it main fundraising beneficiary, and this year will raise money for Coram, Tom ap Rhys Pryce Memorial Trust, Cyclists Fighting Cancer and the Multiple System Atrophy Trust. Cyclists will leave London on Thursday 5 March and ride a total of 1500km over six days, reaching their destination in time for the MIPIM property conference. As in previous years, AHMM will also be sponsoring snacks and refreshments for all cyclists along the route.

You can sponsor Cormac, Rebecca, Andrew and Max on their JustGiving team page.

Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission 31.01.20

‘Living with Beauty’, the final report of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission has been published. Paul Monaghan has been an advisor to the Commission since its inception, and the report sets out a new framework for development and planning that promotes health, wellbeing and sustainable growth. Read the report here.

The Ray named Best New Place to Work 29.01.20

The Ray Farringdon has been named Best New Place to Work at the Building London Planning Awards, announced last night (28 January). Occupying the site of the former Guardian headquarters on Farringdon Road, The Ray is clad in a distinctive brick palette informed by its neighbours, and terraces and planting animate its stepped form; award judges noted its ‘outstanding sustainability and incorporation of green spaces.’ The awards are organised by London First in partnership with the Mayor of London, London Councils, the Planning Officers Society London, and the Royal Town Planning Institute - find out more here.

Happy New Year 09.01.20

We’d like to wish everyone a very happy New Year and, in case you missed it, here’s our review of 2019, in which we look back on our 30th year in practice.

Classen 16 tops out 08.01.20

Classen 16 in Oklahoma has reached its highest point this week. The timber frame mixed use building in the Plaza district of Oklahoma City will provide 48 residential units of one and two bedrooms, with a 3,800 square foot retail space. Cladding has also begun on site with almost half the building covered in its distinctive aluminium shake, a playful nod to the locally-renowned seafood restaurant that once occupied the site, and to the utilitarian farm buildings common throughout the region.

The Officers’ Quarters, Royal Arsenal, saved from Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register 07.01.20

Following the completion of AHMM’s residential scheme, Historic England have confirmed that the Officers’ Quarters at Royal Arsenal are no longer considered to be at risk, and have removed the building from its Heritage at Risk Register, as of 16 December 2019. Originally built to house the Royal Regiment of the Artillery over 280 years ago, the newly converted and extended building provides 34 new homes.