Review of 2018

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2018 has been a year of continuity for AHMM, our focus remaining on the design and realisation of a very broad range of projects, where large is also beautiful and small can be highly complex, because we work with clients who share our ambition to elevate the everyday and to make buildings which are extraordinary.

Continuity of purpose and ambition seems ever more important in a political environment which is in a constant state of flux, and so our attention during 2018 has remained fixed on those areas where we are able to exert some control and bring our influence to bear, both within and without the practice. Alongside the many projects being worked on over the last 12 months our involvement in educational, cultural and charitable initiatives has continued to grow, and this commitment to the development of our practice and its people, formalised last year in our move to majority employee ownership, was recognised in 2018 by being awarded both the AJ100 Practice of the Year and Building Magazine Architectural Practice of the Year.

As always we thank our many clients, collaborators and friends who have been great supporters of our work and the practice over the past 12 months and we hope you enjoy reading this Review of 2018.

 

Completed projects

This year has seen over a dozen projects completed in the UK and the US, many of them a long time in the making, with Television Centre opening eight years after winning the bid for the site with partners Mitsui Fusodan and Stanhope. This complex mixed-use masterplan has transformed the Grade II listed former home of the BBC into a new piece of city, making a new connection between Wood Lane and Hammersmith Park beyond, while creating 437 new homes, 25,000 sqm of office space, a hotel, shops and restaurants, along with three newly refurbished studios, ensuring the BBC maintains its presence in White City.

Closer to home The Bower, for Helical plc, a mixed-use development facing White Collar Factory across the Old Street Roundabout, has transformed a group of 1960s buildings into a coherent mix of newly-imagined workspace, shops and restaurants, while carving out an entrance portal leading to a new pedestrian route running north from Old Street to Baldwin Street and City Road beyond.

 

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Awards

2018 saw the practice winning a significant number of awards, both for its projects and for the practice itself.

Among these, White Collar Factory for Derwent London has been recognised with 11 awards this year, including three British Council for Offices awards and an RIBA National Award, while Weston Street for developer Solidspace also received an RIBA National Award among eight awards in total.

Outside London, Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre picked up four awards for the latest phase of work, including the AJ Architecture Awards Cultural Project of the Year, while Television Centre collected the AJ Architecture Awards Mixed Use Project of the Year.

Recognition has also come for the practice, as a whole winning both the AJ100 Practice of the Year and Building Magazine Architectural Practice of the Year for its performance in the round, as architects of course, but also as a business in its approach to its people, clients, partners and the environment.

 

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Planning

28 projects were granted planning in 2018 including AHMM’s first major projects in Scotland and Slovakia. Edinburgh Park will create over half a million square feet of office space and related amenity facilities, as part of the extension and re-invention of the existing office campus, masterplanned by Dixon Jones, with construction expected to begin in early 2019. Twin City, a masterplan in the Central Business District of Bratislava, will see the construction of a 30 storey tower and four 11 storey buildings, delivering a new creative office and retail district.

 

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Work in Progress

Camden Lock Village, a very significant masterplan of eight buildings rubbing shoulders with the railways and waterways of its 19th century context, is close to handover, while further south in Camden, the transformation of a Royal Mail sorting office into a contemporary workplace for Brockton Capital and Oxford Properties also nears completion at the Post Building.

Meanwhile in Westminster, Soho Place, one of the practice’s longest running projects prepares to start on site: situated directly above Crossrail at Tottenham Court Road, the site was handed over to client Derwent London earlier this year with work due to start in 2019. South of the Thames in Lendlease’s newly created Elephant Park, three projects creating a total of nearly 2000 homes have begun to take shape: West Grove North includes the tallest building in the masterplan and is set to hand over in early 2019 while Park Central and East Grove are both due to complete in 2020.

In Liverpool, work will soon begin on the Alder Centre to provide a home for child bereavement counselling as well as a national telephone helpline and counselling services for hospital staff.
Further afield still, in Oklahoma City, AHMM continues to create lively mixed use developments with existing and new buildings, with several due to complete in 2019. These include Uptown Theater, a collection of projects built around a historic Midtown cinema, including new offices and a microbrewery, Elk Valley Brewing; Central Exchange, another historic rehabilitation creating offices, a restaurant and retail hub; The Bower OKC, a mix of condominiums and townhouses in downtown Oklahoma City; and Social Capital, a former transmission shop transformed into a community focused craft beer hall close to a newly-created park.

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FifthMan

AHMM’s in-house publishing initiative, FifthMan, is now in its third year, and much of that has been spent developing content for our living monograph, Atlas. In June we published Collected Volumes, a short book of essays and photographs telling the story of the Weston Street project with developers Solidspace. A minigraph charting a decade of work at the University of Amsterdam’s Roeterseiland campus will appear imminently, while the first printed outputs from Atlas will be published during 2019. FifthMan’s new website and online shop will go live shortly. 

 

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Practice and people

In January Paul Monaghan was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by the University of Sheffield, where he completed his BSc at the university’s School of Architecture in 1983, and he has been a Visiting Practice Professor since 2011. In October, he was appointed as a trustee of the Design Council and the following month was appointed by Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, as the city region’s first Design Champion. The role of Liverpool City Region Design Champion will be to promote good design and kick start a conversation about the importance of design throughout the city region.

Meanwhile, Simon Allford was appointed as a visiting professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design; and Peter Morris became Chair of the Old Street Partnership, a business-led initiative promoting employment, better public realm, community development and engagement in the area. A number of the Directors and Associate Directors were invited to judge awards this year including the AJ Architecture Awards, AJ Retrofit Awards, and the World Architecture Festival, while continuing thepractice's close involvement in teaching and mentoring the next generation of architects at the London School of Architecture among others.

Rounding off the year, we were delighted to announce the creation of 11 new Associates, together with 17 promotions to Senior Architect.

 

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Partnerships

AHMM’s 2018 Charity of the Year was the Alder Centre and, with the help of our project partners, we have raised an incredible £84,000. The Alder Centre Cycle Classic in July was our main fundraising event , raising £51,000 alone, saw 30 staff and friends of the practice taking part in a 360km charity ride from London to Liverpool over two days. In addition, Velux, VitrA, Dornbracht, RB12 and Caro Communications greatly helped us secure much needed items for the centre through in-kind sponsorship.

AHMM’s Partnerships Group has continued its work engaging with community, humanitarian and education charities, through fund-raising, sponsorship and by organising volunteering opportunities. Migrateful held Nigerian and Ethiopian cookery classes in the offices, with their refugee chefs showing us how to make some amazing recipes, while the Partnerships Group funded equipment and training for 16 new refugee chefs.

In September, working through the Stephen Lawrence Trust, the practice employed its first two Architecture Apprentices, who will receive their academic training at London South Bank University while working in the practice part-time. Other education initiatives included our continuing work with Swanlea Secondary School in Tower Hamlets, collaboration with the Architecture Association’s Little Architect for primary-age children, and local older people’s architecture group Islington Eyes.

 

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AHMM Social

AHMM’s social calendar has continued to expand and diversify this year; as well the annual conference, research trip, family picnic and Christmas party, AHMM staff have had the opportunity to learn new skills with in-house calligraphy, macramé, botanical drawing and origami workshops. The inter-office (now inter-floor) football tournament is still going strong and weekly pilates classes and running club continue to grow in popularity. This year the AHMM Sketch Club held a night of live music life drawing when they invited a jazz band to perform at our office. AHMM staff were also given the opportunity to attend concerts and performances at the Barbican and St Luke’s as well as exhibitions at Tate Modern, The Hayward Gallery, the Barbican, the Royal Academy and the Venice Biennale.

 

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