Church Road has been announced as the 2022 Urban Oasis Prize Winner of New London Architecture’s annual competition Don’t Move, Improve!. The collaboration with RUFFARCHITECTS reconfigures and extends a family home in the Highgate conservation area in North London. Set amongst some of the only remaining ancient oaks outside of the Highgate Wood, Kunle Barker, one of the judges, praised the design and said the house was “a true oasis in the middle of North London. The design leaves the outside, out, and inside, in. Intelligently and thoughtfully combining the two.”
Paul Monaghan has been announced as one of the 42 Mayor’s Design Advocates (MDAs). The new cohort of MDAs, appointed by The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, is a group of independent built environment professionals chosen for their skills and expertise to provide advice and expertise on London’s built environment. Their goals include supporting the next phase of the Good Growth by Design programme, setting ambitious design guidelines, carrying out design reviews, and advocating for the creation of quality buildings and public spaces. Find out more here.
The Alder Centre is among the four professional category winners of this year’s AIA UK Excellence in Design Awards. According to the judges, the project 'epitomises that architecture is the materialisation of an idea, sometimes a concept, but also a feeling and a need', and they praised the sensitive design and careful details. Find out more about the awards and winners here.
AHMM’s Head of Sustainability Dr Craig Robertson is interviewed for the latest episode of the AJ’s Climate Champions podcast series. In this episode, Craig talks to Hattie Hartman about AHMM's approach to building performance and shares the findings from a post-occupancy study of the RIBA Stirling Prize-winning Burntwood School. Read more and listen here.
2 Ruskin Square, a new ten-storey office development in east Croydon, has reached its highest point and the construction milestone was celebrated with a topping out ceremony held on site. Paul Monaghan and Hazel Joseph joined the client, Stanhope, and the wider design team on the building’s ninth floor to mark the occasion.
Due to complete in May 2023, 2 Ruskin Square is AHMM’s second building to be delivered in Stanhope and Schroders' masterplan following Ruskin Square, a 22-storey tower next to East Croydon railway station.
The Alder Centre has been shortlisted for the AIA UK Excellence in Design Awards 2022. The awards programme recognises excellence in design and celebrates either projects built in the UK or designed by UK-based architects. Winners will be announced at an awards dinner on 12 May. Find out more about these awards here.
Hawley Wharf, Breakers Place and The Post Building have all been announced as winners of this year’s RIBA London Awards. Judges noted that Hawley Wharf achieves great placemaking ‘by integrating new spaces and buildings that will be useful and delightful for many years.’ At Breakers Place, they felt the building ‘contributes positively to the ongoing rejuvenation of this former industrial area, bringing life through provision of high-quality workspaces, retail units, and housing’. Finally, they praised The Post Building for having ‘successfully reinvigorated a redundant city block, enriching part of the cityscape with a strong sense of place.’ The three projects will now be considered for the RIBA National Awards which will be revealed in June 2022. Read more about the awards here.
AHMM’s proposal for the reinvention and extension of the former Bristol Evening Post Building at One Temple Way in central Bristol has been granted planning permission. The original building was conceived as a ‘machine’ for the creation, printing and dispatch of the newspaper, its stacked asymmetric form a reflection of each step of the process. The locally listed Brutalist building will be sympathetically extended at roof level to create 170,000 square feet of characterful office space, along with a further 22,000 square feet of flexible food and beverage space as part of a renewed street frontage and public realm. A new core and atrium will bring daylight into the centre of the building.
Following initial approval by Bristol City Council in 2020, the Housing Minister Stuart Andrew has granted planning permission for St Vincent Works at Silverthorne Lane, to the east of Bristol Temple Meads station. The 4.2 hectare mixed use urban regeneration scheme reinvents a former industrial site to create 360 new residential apartments; cafes and bars; workspace, research and learning space for the University of Bristol; a secondary school; and generous landscaped areas including a continuous canalside walkway that connects each of the new plots.
Two New Bailey Square has won the British Council for Offices Northern region Commercial Workspace award announced at an awards dinner in Manchester last night (28 April). Judges described the building, which is part of the New Bailey masterplan in Salford, as ‘the very best in architectural achievement’ and ‘a build of distinction’. Two New Bailey Square will now be considered for the BCO National awards which will be revealed at a ceremony on 4 October. Read more about the BCO Awards here.
The shortlist for the Building London Planning Awards 2022 has been announced. Park Central West and East has been shortlisted for the Best New Place to Live category; Hawley Wharf for the Best Mixed-Use Scheme; and The Post Building for the Best New Place to Work. The Building London Planning Awards, organised by London First, in partnership with the Mayor of London, recognise outstanding town planning and creative development from across London’s built environment sector. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 20 June 2022 – read more about the awards and shortlist here.
Keith House Eastern Site has been unanimously approved by the Hillingdon Planning Committee. The Eastern Site scheme forms the second part of a masterplan proposal for the wider Keith House site, following the success of the Keith House Western Site, which received planning permission in March of last year.
Keith House Eastern Site will replace a 1980s warehouse with a single L-shaped block of 376 shared living units and a suite of communal amenity areas, and it represents Hillingdon’s first shared living development.
The Western site will create 150 homes across two new buildings with ground level commercial space.
Together, both the Eastern and Western sites will provide new areas of public realm and enhanced landscaping, facilitating access for residents and occupants, and new pedestrian links for the local area.
Work has completed at 1 New Park Square, a five-storey mixed-use building at Edinburgh Park. It is the first completed building in the Dixon Jones-led masterplan for Parabola, located to the west of the city of Edinburgh.
1 New Park Square is one of several, all-electric office buildings on the site, powered solely by renewable energy part of Parabola’s wider environmental ambitions for Edinburgh Park. The completed building offers 87,500 square feet of office space over four floors, with a conference and events space, restaurant and public facilities at ground floor. A new café and bakery, Patina, is due to open soon. The building overlooks a new public square designed by Gross Max Architects, which is home to the specially commissioned bronze sculpture ‘Dancer after Degas II’ by William Tucker RA. The work is part of a wider arts trail that includes the recently installed ‘Vulcan’ by Eduardo Paolozzi.
Meta has announced the opening of its new London offices at King’s Cross, including AHMM’s 10 Lewis Cubitt Square and Bennetts Associates’ 11-21 Canal Reach, which was inaugurated by Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. 10 Lewis Cubitt Square offers nine floors of office space, a fifth-floor wraparound terrace and retail space at ground level, providing flexible workspaces while ensuring users’ wellbeing. Large floorplates of generous height create flexible working environments and are connected by characterful common parts that are defined through a strategic use of robust linings and exposed concrete elements. The building is a key piece of the King’s Cross Central masterplan and acts as a civic backdrop to the public Lewis Cubitt Square.
A topping out ceremony has been held at the Rowe, AHMM’s refurbishment and extension of the former Cass School of Art and Architecture in Whitechapel. AHMM director Paul Monaghan and the project team attended the celebration today to mark the project reaching its highest point of construction.
On completion the Rowe will offer 150,00 square feet of office space across 12 floors, the upper six of which have been designed as a reflection of the original building below. These two components, old and new, are separated by an external terrace that will feature artwork by Yinka Ilori.
Three AHMM projects have been shortlisted for this year’s Housing Design Awards. Bute Street and Riverside are two Community Living Schemes developed for Cardiff Council as part of their Older People’s Housing Strategy. Each mixed-use scheme offers residential units designed with the core principles established by HAPPI (Housing our Ageing Population Panel for Innovation) as a guide. Bute Street includes a community gym, while Riverside offers a community garden and multi-use games area. Leinster Avenue, the third project shortlisted, is a 100% affordable residential scheme designed for Bristol City Council that includes two supported living homes for the neighbouring Knowle DGE specialist Academy. Read more about the schemes and the full shortlist here.
Kingswear Road, a residential development in the Knowle area of south Bristol, has been granted planning permission through delegated powers, receiving high praise from the city’s planners. The project is the latest in a series of residential schemes for Bristol City Council to be granted planning permission, following the award-winning Bonnington Walk in north Bristol and Leinster Avenue, also in Knowle.
The scheme will create 34 affordable homes, with the tenure split between social rent and shared ownership. The bespoke dwelling types respond to the steeply sloping site, and take full advantage of expansive hilltop views across Bristol’s cityscape.
Director Wade Scaramucci has been appointed to the Board of Governors of the Licensed Architects, Landscape Architects and Registered Commercial Interior Designers of Oklahoma. Created in 1925, the board’s mission is to safeguard citizens of the State of Oklahoma by regulating the professions to promote quality practice, and is composed of six architects, two landscape architects, two interior designers and one lay member. Regulating around 3000 licensed professionals and almost 300 firms across the state, it establishes standards for professional qualifications, ensures competence through education, experience, and examinations, sets practice standards, and enforces the Architectural and Registered Commercial Interior Designers Act.
The Alder Centre was highly commended in this year’s Civic Trust Awards, which were announced yesterday (7 March). This year, from 160 entries, 45 projects have been recognised with a Civic Trust Award or been Highly Commended. The Civic Trust Awards were created in 1959 to reward projects that offer a positive cultural, social, economic or environmental benefit to their local communities. Find out more about these awards and read the full list of winners here.
Six AHMM projects have been shortlisted for this year’s RIBA Regional Awards. The Post Building, Hawley Wharf, Breakers Place and Wimbledon House are among the 68 buildings shortlisted in the London region, while The Vincent has been shortlisted in the South West region and Two New Bailey Square in the North West region. Shortlisted projects will be assessed by regional juries and winning projects will be announced in April. RIBA Regional Awards celebrate the best architecture across the UK; winners are considered for RIBA National Awards, announced in June. Find out more about the RIBA Awards and see past winners here.
AHMM has been appointed as masterplanning architect for the next phase of redevelopment planning work for St Mary’s Hospital in London.
With the support of the government’s New Hospital Programme, Imperial College Healthcare is beginning the next phase of redevelopment planning work at St Mary’s, which involves appointing a team to undertake the first stages of design brief and planning work, including feasibility studies for various options and phasing and a high-level masterplan for the whole site (RIBA 0-1 stages). For the design brief and planning stages, AHMM will be subcontracted to lead architect HOK; other appointed companies are Ramboll (civil and structural engineering); AECOM (mechanical and electrical engineering, BREEAM and cost management); ETL (healthcare planning); and Gardiner & Theobald (project management).
Read more about the redevelopment here.
A group of academics including AHMM’s head of sustainability Dr Craig Robertson has won the CIBSE Barker Silver Medal for a paper on an integrated building performance evaluation of Burntwood School. The Barker Silver Medal is awarded for the most cited and impactful paper published in the Building Services Research and Technology (BSER&T) Journal each year.
Titled ‘Balancing energy and indoor environmental quality in a UK school’, the paper was published in BSER&T in 2020. It was authored by a multi-disciplinary team of researchers in energy, thermal comfort, indoor air quality, lighting, and acoustics at UCL’s Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering: Dr Nishesh Jain (lead author), Dr Esfand Burman, Dr Craig Robertson, Dr Samuel Stamp, Dr Clive Shrubsole, Dr Francesco Aletta, Dr Edward Barrett, Dr Tin Oberman, Prof Jian Kang, Prof Peter Raynham, Prof Dejan Mumovic and Prof Mike Davies.
The paper reported on a holistic building performance evaluation of Burntwood as a recently built school campus in London. It assessed the performance issues and inter-relationships between energy and Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ). Analysing metering and monitoring data along with feedback from the stakeholders, the study showed that if building design focuses primarily on energy, it may lead to unintended consequences for IEQ. An integrated design approach to energy and environmental performance is required to balance the intricate, and sometimes conflicting, relation between these performance objectives.
Burntwood School won the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2015. Working with UCL to understand the performance of such an important building has proved to be invaluable; the work has provided AHMM with lessons that can be applied across all future projects in design, construction and use, as well as the basis for future research.
7 February marks the start of National Apprenticeships Week 2022. AHMM has been a member of the RIBA Apprenticeships in Architecture Trailblazer Group since it was founded in 2016 and since then has continued to support apprenticeships with new intakes each year. The practice currently employs eight architectural apprentices at a mix of level 6 (equivalent to bachelor's degree) and level 7 (equivalent to master's degree), and since 2021 has employed two level 3 apprentices in support roles, one in Finance and another in IT.
Dublin City Council has granted planning permission for Boland’s Bakery, a new office for Google in the Irish capital.
AHMM’s proposal for the renovation of the existing Treasury building strips back recent additions to re-enhance the original 1950s structural form, while at the same time updating the building as a low-carbon, flexible workplace for the 21st century. The proposal has been influenced by the historic industrial character of the wider context, the history of the site and the existing building, with a considered approach to massing, proportions and materials.
On completion the new workspace will accommodate 1,100 employees across around 170,000sqft of floor space, and benefit from a rooftop garden and outdoor terraces.
The scheme proposes to set the standard for future workplaces by providing a sustainable, contemporary, future-proofed design.
Paul Monaghan has been announced as one of the judges for this year’s Davidson Prize. The award was launched in 2020 by the Alan Davidson Foundation and aims to celebrate the transformative architecture of the home. The theme of this year’s award is ‘Co-Living – A New Future?’.
The judging panel also includes artist Yinka Illori, journalist Amy Frearson, the Architectural Association’s Head of Public Engagement Manijeh Verghese, founder of Mary Duggan Architects Mary Duggan, and Agnieszka Glowacka, Associate Director at Haptic.
The Alan Davidson Foundation was created by Alan Davidson, founding partner of architectural visualisers Hayes Davidson, to support a wide range of causes relating to Motor Neurone Disease and associated neurological conditions, as well as architectural initiatives. Read more about the Davidson Prize here.
Cardiff Council has made the unanimous decision to grant planning permission for a community living scheme on Bute Street in Cardiff. The new five storey building will create 45 one- and two-bedroom independent living apartments, accessed via a shared atrium alongside community facilities that include a boxing gym. Bute Street is one of three community and older persons’ developments designed by AHMM for the city, and the second to be granted planning permission following the recent success of Riverside Community Living.
This year four cyclists from AHMM will be taking part in the Club Peloton Cycle to MIPIM ride. Architect Rebecca Nixon and Associates Andrew Morrison, James Thomas and Paul Jones will leave London with their fellow cyclists on Thursday 5 March and ride a total of 1438km over seven days to the MIPIM property fair in Cannes.
Cycle to MIPIM is organised by Club Peloton and raises money for Coram, Tom Ap Rhys Pryce Memorial Trust, Cyclists Fighting Cancer and the Multiple System Atrophy Trust. As in previous years AHMM will be sponsoring the event providing snacks and refreshments for all cyclists along the route. Find out more about the event here and support Rebecca, Andrew, James and Paul via JustGiving.
This week the Alder Centre has been announced as a winner in the Civic Trust Awards and also as one of 12 projects shortlisted for this year’s RIBA Journal MacEwen Award. The Alder Centre, part of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, provides a dedicated place for people who are affected by the loss of a child to meet, talk, and access specialist counselling services, and also houses a national child bereavement helpline and counselling services for hospital staff.
The MacEwen Award aims to highlight responsible architecture recognising built projects which are of demonstrable and wide social benefit. Kathy MacEwen of the judging panel commented that the Centre is ‘a beautiful, well-considered project providing a tranquil, safe space to be … the intricacies and fundraising efforts were admirable’. Read more about the MacEwen award and the shortlist here – winners will be announced on 1 February. The following month, the Alder Centre will be confirmed as the recipient of either a Civic Trust Award or a High Commendation – find out more about this year’s Civic Trust Award winners here.