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17 Mar 2017

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Madinat Al Irfan, Muscat – Big Urban Project Winner at the Architectural Review MIPIM Future Projects Awards
Madinat Al Irfan Oman buildings
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MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Awards 2017

26 Jan 2017
Worthing Seafront neighbourhood secures permission, West Sussex, South East England, UK

January 25, 2017 – The architecture practice’s design for a new seaside neighbourhood on the former site of the derelict Worthing Aquarena has been approved by Worthing Borough Council.

15-storey tower building on the Sussex town’s seafront:
Aquarena, Worthing by Allies and Morrison

The new project will deliver 140 new homes of mixed tenure across a signature 15 storey tower and lower blocks of 2-6 storeys. The scheme also includes a beachfront pool and a further 640m2 of retail and a 140m2 beachfront pavilion cafe.

Aquarena Worthing tower by Allies and Morrison

The new development replaces a disused 1960s building that was closed off from the street. In its place will be a new compact neighbourhood with active street-facing places for living and leisure. The tallest part of the proposal is a distinctive, fifteen storey counterpoint to the horizontal massing of the adjacent Splashpoint Leisure Centre, which acts as a marker of the start of the esplanade and the town beach. The initial simple idea of a garden square and beach pavilion has produced a lantern-like structure with generous and curvaceous balconies.

Worthing Seafront neighbourhood by Allies and Morrison

Partner Paul Appleton says, ‘We hope that it builds on Worthing’s seaside character by being direct yet having just the right amount of seaside playfulness. We have drawn on the rich history of this fine Regency resort, updating it here to meet the cultural context of the twenty-first century’.

Allies and Morrison has designed the scheme for Roffey Homes, a local family-run developer that has roots in Worthing going back more than half a century.

Aquarena, Worthing, West Sussex, South East England, UK

Allies and Morrison Urban Practitioners was commissioned by Worthing Borough Council, to draft an investment prospectus for the town centre which sets out a spatial blueprint to showcase and guide future development opportunities in Worthing.

Aquarena Worthing building design

At the heart of the Prospectus is a portfolio of strategic projects to help transform Worthing as a place to live, work and visit, while maintaining the town’s unique personality and distinctiveness. The prospectus sets out a series of strategic principles to ensure that a wider vision for the town centre supports new investment.

Aquarena Worthing building by Allies and Morrison

Client: Worthing Borough Council ; West Sussex County Council

Aquarena Worthing by Allies and Morrison

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8 Jun 2016
Holland Green Housing, Kensington and Chelsea, South West London
Design: OMA with Allies and Morrison
Holland Green Housing
image : Sebastian van Damme

Holland Green Housing in London
The sales of its 54 residential units have helped save an important part of English architectural heritage: the former Commonwealth Institute, designed by Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall & Partners, completed in 1962, empty since 2002.

27 May 2016
Elephant & Castle Masterplan, South London, UK
Elephant & Castle Allies & Morrison Masterplan
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Elephant & Castle Masterplan by Allies & Morrison

The scheme includes 1,000 flats and a new campus for the UAL’s London College of Communication along with a 1,000-seat multi-screen cinema and a music venue for an audience of 500, reports Building Design.

The design for the redevelopment of the Elephant and Castle shopping centre and London College of Communication sites is for Delancey’s client fund DV4 and APG, Europe’s largest pension fund asset manager.

31 Dec 2015

Graham Morrison and Bob Allies recognised in the 2016 New Year’s Honours list.

4 May 2011

Allies & Morrison – Studio News

ALLIES AND MORRISON : URBAN PRACTITIONERS – A NEW CHAPTER

Urban Practitioners are joining Allies and Morrison Architects to form a new, integrated, urbanism practice. The new practice – Allies and Morrison:Urban Practitioners – will be based at Allies and Morrison’s studios in Southwark.

Over the last eight years the two practices have worked in collaboration on a wide range of urban projects. From May 2011, the specialist skills of the two practices will be combined to create a uniquely effective professional service covering planning, masterplanning, consultation and urban design. In bringing together the various disciplines represented by the two practices, the aim is to establish an organisation that is fully equipped to address the complex, contemporary challenges faced by towns and cities not only in this country but around the world.

Allies and Morrison: Urban Practitioners will continue to undertake projects suited to Urban Practitioners’ specialisms and experience in planning and regeneration, sustainability, community engagement and conservation. Allies and Morrison will likewise continue its architecture practice.

Key design by Allies and Morrison: St Paul’s Place – Sheffield car park building, UK:
Sheffield Car Park
photo © Adrian Welch

The new practice will be led Helen Hayes, Antony Rifkin and the partners of Allies and Morrison. Its first joint project will be Letchworth Garden City where Urban Practitioners and Allies and Morrison have been appointed by the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation as masterplanners for the town centre implementation plan and The Wynd redevelopment.

Graham Morrison, partner at Allies and Morrison said: “This is about both practices doing what we do already, but doing it better because of the cross-fertilisation of ideas. This is the best way, we think, of responding to the complexity of the urban context we work in”.

Antony Rifkin, managing director of Urban Practitioners said: “We have enjoyed working with Allies and Morrison for many years and our commitment to involving communities at the heart of regeneration and development will form the focus of our new team”.

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Allies and Morrison Win Four RIBA Awards
21 May 2009
Four projects by architects Allies and Morrison were today announced as winners of the 2009 RIBA Awards:
Charles Street Car Park, Sheffield; One Vine Street, London; 13b Paradise Street, Liverpool and a private house in Dunkirk, Kent.

Charles Street Car Park is an important part of Allies and Morrison’s masterplan for the regeneration of St Paul’s Place in Sheffield and is distinctive for its visually striking cladding system.
Part of the Crown Estate’s Regent Street Vision, One Vine Street is a mixed-used development at the south end of Regent Street and comprises the considered regeneration of a Grade II listed building and forms the first phase of Allies and Morrison’s masterplan for The Quadrant.
The private house in Dunkirk, Kent, involves the transformation of an abandoned gun-tower into a beautiful contemporary private residence.
13b Paradise Street, a centrepiece within the Liverpool One retail development, completes Allies and Morrison’s achievement of four awards.

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Allies & Morrison Architects Practice Information

Allies and Morrison Architects are based in Southwark, south London, UK.

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Bob Allies and Graham Morrison set up the office in 1984, founded following its success in the competition for designing a new public square in front of Edinburgh’s National Gallery of Scotland. Recently the practice has taken a stance against ubiquitous ‘iconic architecture’ (alongside Deyan Sudjic and myself). The studio produces good quality buildings with elegant detailing, often in brick. In an age where anything seems to go Allies & Morrison produce excellent buildings that seem to please both Clients and their architect peers.

Allies and Morrison is one of the country’s leading architectural and masterplanning practices. Operating from studios in Southwark, designed by the practice for its own use, Allies and Morrison employs a total of 270 staff led by ten partners, including Graham Morrison and Bob Allies, and eight directors. The current portfolio covers a range of project types including healthcare, offices, student housing, mixed-use, residential, education and arts buildings throughout the UK and abroad.

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Allies and Morrison Architects – Awards

Allies & Morrison : BD Architect of the Year Award Winner 2007
Allies and Morrison office, London: RIBA Award winner 2004
Architectural Practice Of The Year: Building Awards 2004
Allies and Morrison : “Up and Coming Practice of the Year” Building Awards 1997

Allies & Morrison : Paternoster Square building, London

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