In the context of a challenging year in construction, and even more importantly in the wider world, our talented teams continue to design and support the delivery of excellent architecture in the UK, Europe, the United States, and beyond. We look to the future from a place of greater resilience at the end of our 34th year, while celebrating many achievements over the past 12 months. We have completed 11 buildings and places that are diverse in type and scale, won 15 national and international awards, and continued to work on more than 150 live projects, including more than 15 which have achieved planning permission.
Indeed, being resilient is a feature of our Review of 2023. Three of our long-completed projects, White Collar Factory, Burntwood School, and the University of Amsterdam, received ‘Test of Time‘ awards this year, a sign of the enduring impact of carefully considered, well-made architecture. Equally, it’s been a great pleasure to see the rebirth of a much older yet robust building with the opening of Tower Hamlets Town Hall, the complex, painstaking remaking of one kind of public building – a former hospital – to create a new one fit for the future of one of London’s most diverse boroughs. Our work on this project included a significant social value programme that recently won the Thornton Education Trust Inspiring Future Generations Award for Social Value.
We’re also looking forward to working on a broad range of new projects beyond London including in Sheffield, Manchester, and Newcastle, while enjoying acclaim for One New Park Square, our first project to be completed in Scotland.
Wider geographic reach plays an important part in building a resilient business. Our Bristol studio continues to consolidate its presence in the city and the wider region from its base in the award-winning Portwall Square.Our studio in Oklahoma City, now in its twelfth year, has extended its reach within and beyond its home state, while The Citizen, our biggest and most significant project in Oklahoma City to date, is taking shape downtown.
Likewise, our studio in Madrid has been busy developing its local presence, and further afield we are excited to have set up a new studio in Sydney, where we are forging new relationships and developing opportunities including being runners-up in our very first design competition in Melbourne.
Meanwhile, following the publication of their Delivering Net Zero in Use: a guide for architects last year, our Building Performance team recently launched a companion piece, the Delivering Net Zero Toolkit, a carbon reporting tool freely available to support design teams across the wider profession and industry in meeting their own carbon reduction targets.
At the end of a busy and challenging year we extend our thanks, as always, to our clients, who trust us with their projects, and to our many collaborators in their making, but most of all we thank our colleagues, past and present, whose skill and commitment have made AHMM what it is and will be in the future.
This year fifteen AHMM projects have received recognition from an assortment of architectural, urban and specialist award bodies, including the RIBA, BCO and Civic Trust.
Fourteen exciting new projects received planning through out 2023, from the regeneration of a grade II listed manor house to an intelligent and sustainable office building in Cambridge.
Twelve AHMM projects have reached significant milestones within their construction process this year.
AHMM has been appointed by Stanhope PLC and Mitubishi Estates London for the development of 1 Victoria Street a significant 1960s office building on an island within Westminster.
Urban splash has been selected as preferred bidder for the redevelopment of Sheffield's former Cole Brothers building, with AHMM working as part of the team on the proposals.
AHMM has been appointed as part of the expert team, led by Prior + Partners, to help develop proposals for the transformation of Bristol Temple Quarter.
AHMM was named as one of the five finalists competing to redevelop a site on Midland Road in the Bristol's Old Market Quarter.
AHMM was named the runners-up for the Illumanate Living Building Challenge (LBC) Design Competition by Living Future Institute of Australia (LFIA) in partnership with Development Victoria.
AHMM is working with Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust on proposals for a world class clinical research facility, as part of the St Mary’s Hospital Masterplan.
AHMM were finalists in a two-stage open international competition which sought proposals to convert the 1981 Riga Congress Centre into a new concert hall.
AHMM has been appointed by Aberystwyth University to refurbish the Arts Centre on the Penglais Campus in Aberystwyth, West Wales.
In November, AHMM launched a new toolkit which enables users to coordinate and visualise a project's carbon data across all disciplines and over its full life cycle, allowing teams to mitigate environmental impact as early as possible and set realistic targets.
On June 07, AHMM's Paul Monaghan and Susie LeGood shared their insights and key findings from our Delivering Net Zero in Use - A Guide for Architects in their presentation Architecture, Re-Use and Net-Zero Carbon at the FOOTPRINT+ conference.
Dr Craig Robertson, AHMM’s Head of Sustainability, has been made an Honorary Associate Professor at UCL’s Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources (BSEER).
Throughout 2023 staff from across our offices have been involved in a number of events, from running marathons to cycling hundreds of kilometers across different countries to making a Sea Turtle Heritage Centre from gingerbread.
Our Partnerships work throughout 2023 continued to engage with our communities, local, global and architectural, through donations, fundraising and volunteering.