15 May 2018

New work: Canada Water Masterplan

British Land has submitted the planning application for a new urban centre at the heart of southeast London’s Rotherhithe Peninsula. Designed by a team led by Allies and Morrison, the Canada Water masterplan will guide the development of a new piece of city which makes the most of the site’s dockside setting and connections to the rest of London.

21 May 2018

Into the Wild, a collaboration with Dulwich Picture Gallery and Southwark Schools

2018 marks our third year in partnership with Dulwich Picture Gallery's Drawing in Schools programme. This year, students responded to David Milne: Modern Painting, a retrospective held at the Gallery this spring. The exhibition showcased the Canadian painter's oeuvre including a series of works completed during a period of intense experimentation when he immersed himself in nature and lived in the woods painting landscapes with a modernist bent.

14 May 2018

New Tunbridge Wells Theatre and Civic Centre

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has approved plans for a new Theatre and Council Office designed by Allies and Morrison. Located at the heart of Tunbridge Wells, and forming a new entrance to Calverley Grounds, the historic valley first laid out by Decimus Burton, the project aims to reinvigorate the cultural life of the town and wider area, and give the town and Borough Council much needed new office space.

01 May 2018

In Friargate, a new home for Coventry City Council

One Friargate, the first completed building of our Friargate masterplan, has won the Best Corporate Workplace at this year's Midlands and Central England BCO Awards. Facing the new Station Square, the building has an important urban function as a marker in the city, welcoming visitors to Coventry by rail and anchoring its newest urban quarter.

01 May 2018

Urban intensity in Doha

This month’s edition of The Architectural Review explores the theme of Intensity, and highlights Msheireb Downtown Doha as an example of how a growing international city can responsibly plan high density urban development.

01 May 2018

100 Bishopsgate topping out ceremony

After many years of hard work, 100 Bishopsgate topped out last week. The 40 storey, 181 metre tall building's profile is now firmly set on the City skyline. The building's contrasting facade textures and gently twisting form are now clearly in view as the cladding begins to make its way to the top.

23 April 2018

Tomorrow’s workplace: refurbishment, recycling and reinvention

The Westworks has been Highly Commended at this year’s British Council of Offices (BCO) London Awards. Its refurbishment, designed by Allies and Morrison, involved a detailed re-evaluation of the mostly cellularised and unloved ‘White City One’ - the 1980s headquarters, built for the BBC as a single occupier.

18 April 2018

Living and learning: Keybridge House and Wyvil Primary School

Lambeth Council has recently granted planning permission for the second phase of Keybridge House in Vauxhall, London. It incorporates a hybrid of uses with 125 new homes and an expansion to the Wyvil Road Primary School, providing 360 more school places to accommodate the growing community with twelve classrooms, indoor and outdoor playspaces.

01 April 2018

Recently completed: John Lewis White City

On 20th March, John Lewis opened the doors to its newest store, at Westfield White City. The flagship department store anchors the largest expansion since Westfield first opened in Shepherd’s Bush in 2008. Designed by Allies and Morrison, the textured building envelope provides a distinct expression for the John Lewis brand in what is now the largest shopping centre in Europe.

01 April 2018

In Cambridge, a once in a lifetime opportunity for University and city

Allies and Morrison is assisting the University of Cambridge, Pembroke College, Queens College and Darwin College on a masterplan for Old Press/Mill Lane within the heart of the city of Cambridge.

20 March 2018

Integrating new homes into the fabric of Tottenham

The London Borough of Haringey has granted reserved matters approval to a project designed by Allies and Morrison for Newlon Housing Trust that will provide 54 new affordable rent homes in Tottenham Hale. In addition to delivering much needed affordable housing, the scheme is an exemplar for urban intensification in London, making the most of a relatively tight, though well connected, site.

21 May 2018

Into the Wild, a collaboration with Dulwich Picture Gallery and Southwark Schools

2018 marks our third year in partnership with Dulwich Picture Gallery's Drawing in Schools programme. This year, students responded to David Milne: Modern Painting, a retrospective held at the Gallery this spring. The exhibition showcased the Canadian painter's oeuvre including a series of works completed during a period of intense experimentation when he immersed himself in nature and lived in the woods painting landscapes with a modernist bent.

14 May 2018

New Tunbridge Wells Theatre and Civic Centre

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has approved plans for a new Theatre and Council Office designed by Allies and Morrison. Located at the heart of Tunbridge Wells, and forming a new entrance to Calverley Grounds, the historic valley first laid out by Decimus Burton, the project aims to reinvigorate the cultural life of the town and wider area, and give the town and Borough Council much needed new office space.

01 May 2018

In Friargate, a new home for Coventry City Council

One Friargate, the first completed building of our Friargate masterplan, has won the Best Corporate Workplace at this year's Midlands and Central England BCO Awards. Facing the new Station Square, the building has an important urban function as a marker in the city, welcoming visitors to Coventry by rail and anchoring its newest urban quarter.

01 May 2018

Urban intensity in Doha

This month’s edition of The Architectural Review explores the theme of Intensity, and highlights Msheireb Downtown Doha as an example of how a growing international city can responsibly plan high density urban development.

01 May 2018

100 Bishopsgate topping out ceremony

After many years of hard work, 100 Bishopsgate topped out last week. The 40 storey, 181 metre tall building's profile is now firmly set on the City skyline. The building's contrasting facade textures and gently twisting form are now clearly in view as the cladding begins to make its way to the top.

23 April 2018

Tomorrow’s workplace: refurbishment, recycling and reinvention

The Westworks has been Highly Commended at this year’s British Council of Offices (BCO) London Awards. Its refurbishment, designed by Allies and Morrison, involved a detailed re-evaluation of the mostly cellularised and unloved ‘White City One’ - the 1980s headquarters, built for the BBC as a single occupier.

18 April 2018

Living and learning: Keybridge House and Wyvil Primary School

Lambeth Council has recently granted planning permission for the second phase of Keybridge House in Vauxhall, London. It incorporates a hybrid of uses with 125 new homes and an expansion to the Wyvil Road Primary School, providing 360 more school places to accommodate the growing community with twelve classrooms, indoor and outdoor playspaces.

01 April 2018

Recently completed: John Lewis White City

On 20th March, John Lewis opened the doors to its newest store, at Westfield White City. The flagship department store anchors the largest expansion since Westfield first opened in Shepherd’s Bush in 2008. Designed by Allies and Morrison, the textured building envelope provides a distinct expression for the John Lewis brand in what is now the largest shopping centre in Europe.

01 April 2018

In Cambridge, a once in a lifetime opportunity for University and city

Allies and Morrison is assisting the University of Cambridge, Pembroke College, Queens College and Darwin College on a masterplan for Old Press/Mill Lane within the heart of the city of Cambridge.

20 March 2018

Integrating new homes into the fabric of Tottenham

The London Borough of Haringey has granted reserved matters approval to a project designed by Allies and Morrison for Newlon Housing Trust that will provide 54 new affordable rent homes in Tottenham Hale. In addition to delivering much needed affordable housing, the scheme is an exemplar for urban intensification in London, making the most of a relatively tight, though well connected, site.

01 March 2018

New forms on the London skyline

Over the last few months, two towers designed by the practice have begun to emerge on the London skyline: Two Fifty One and 100 Bishopsgate. Situated on opposite sides of the river, each responds to the unique conditions of its surroundings.

01 March 2018

Bankside renaissance: Completing Lavington Street

Southwark Council has granted planning permission to 25 Lavington Street, a major redevelopment site just behind our studios. Occupying the current location of Lavington House, our proposals seek to create a compact urban development consisting of three new residential buildings and an office building around a new public space.

01 March 2018

Plans unveiled for York Central

Plans have been unveiled for York Central, a large brownfield site to the west of York’s Railway Station. The area is the focus of a major redevelopment project which will deliver up to 2,500 new homes, and up to 100,000 sqm of office, leisure, cultural and retail uses. A multidisciplinary team of Arup, Allies and Morrison and Gustafson Porter + Bowman was appointed in 2016 to masterplan the development on behalf of the York Central Partnership (comprising City of York Council, Network Rail, Homes England and the National Railway Museum).

01 February 2018

Recently Completed: One Paved Court

Paved Court is a modest lane of mostly early Georgian shops and houses sites immediately off Richmond Green, in south-west London. One Paved Court, the earliest building in the street and until recently a carpet shop, has now been transformed into a small artists' gallery and studios.

01 February 2018

The Impact of Buildings: Exhibition with Hampstead School of Art

Our first studio exhibition of the year has gone up. Entitled The Impact of Buildings, the exhibition reveals a selection of works from members of Hampstead School of Art. The display marks the school’s first anniversary in its new home, designed by Allies and Morrison.

01 February 2018

Urban picturesque: Keybridge House emerging

Last week, the distinctive rooftop ‘houses’ at Keybridge House came into view, their pitched white forms striking against the sky. Clad in white glazed terracotta they sit atop 6-storey red brick apartment buildings and are the latest addition to the development, which is currently onsite.

18 January 2018

A high performance graduate campus in Cambridge

Planning permission has been granted for two new buildings designed by Allies and Morrison for King's College, Cambridge, as part of a new unified graduate campus on Cranmer Road, a short walk from the College's historic courts. The development will bring together, in one place, all of King's graduate accommodation, transforming a series of individual hostels into a cohesive campus around a shared garden.

09 January 2018

A home for an Architect: The Wood House, Tatsfield

The Architect's house is among the most enduring and appealing of building typologies, offering the designer the opportunity to literally bring their home to work and skills. The Wood House, the recently completed home of Allies and Morrison Partner Jason Syrett and his family, is a new example of this long tradition.

08 January 2018

2018 New Year Promotions

Allies and Morrison is pleased to announce the promotion of four new directors, one new associate director and five new associates from within the practice.

01 January 2018

LONDON-WIDE STUDY WINS RIBA AWARD FOR RESEARCH FOR CITIES & COMMUNITY

A comprehensive study and mapping undertaken by Allies and Morrison for Historic England has won a 2017 RIBA President’s Award for Research.

01 January 2018

Clandon Park has a story to tell…

We are delighted to announce that Allies and Morrison has won the National Trust’s Clandon Park International Design Competition. The Grade I-listed Clandon Park, near Guildford, Surrey, designed by Giacomo Leoni (c1686-1746) was one of Britain’s finest examples of Palladian architecture before it was badly damaged by fire in 2015. In spring 2017 the National Trust launched a design competition for its rebuilding and re-imagination.

04 December 2017

Baubles and Snowflakes on Southwark Street: The 2017 Christmas Window

2017 marks the fourth year of the Allies and Morrison Christmas Window and we're delighted to unveil two new designs that now decorate our studio window at 85 Southwark Street for the festive season.

01 December 2017

A sacred landscape: the Msheireb Prayer Ground

Allies and Morrison’s design for the Eid prayer ground at Msheireb Downtown Doha has won a highly coveted award for religious architecture. The project has received the 2017 Faith & Form International Award for Sacred Landscape. The Sacred Landscape Award is intended to recognise the use of landscape and man-made materials to create outdoor environments conducive to prayer, meditation, or transcendence.

01 December 2017

Camden Goods Yard: A polychrome piece of London

Camden Council granted planning permission to Camden Goods Yard at the end of November, voting unanimously in favour of the scheme. The extensive development reinvents an existing Morrisons supermarket and car park on Chalk Farm Road and in close proximity to the Roundhouse and Camden Locks.

01 December 2017

The Triangle to complete Lyric Square

In west London, Hammersmith & Fulham Council has granted planning permission for a new building designed by the practice on the Triangle site facing the northern edge of Lyric Square and across from Hammersmith tube station and the famous Lyric Hammersmith theatre.

01 December 2017

Recently completed: One Friargate, Coventry

The recently completed One Friargate has won the West Midlands Regeneration Project of the Year 2017 at last week's Insider Property Awards. With a generous double height lobby and 12 storeys of flexible office accommodation, the new building occupies a prominent place within a wider masterplan for the area which has also been drawn up by the practice.

14 November 2017

New work: The Gateway, White City Place

The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham has granted permission to a hybrid planning application for The Gateway, a trio of new buildings within White City Place. The project is the last piece of the jigsaw in the exciting new hub for creative businesses and organisations,

08 November 2017

In Worthing, new life for a splendid Edwardian Museum

Proposals for the renovation and expansion of the Worthing Museum and Art Gallery were unveiled last week by Worthing Borough Council. Conceived by Allies and Morrison, the plans will enlarge the Gallery's exhibition spaces through a careful reconfiguration of its Grade II listed Edwardian Home.

06 November 2017

Permission granted at Filton Airfield

South Gloucestershire Council has granted outline planning permission to the redevelopment of Filton Airfield. The masterplan, prepared by a team led by Allies and Morrison, will guide the delivery of more than 2,600 new homes and a whole new town centre with schools, 26 ha of employment space,

01 November 2017

Oxford Westgate opens its doors

The much anticipated renovation and expansion of Oxford's Westgate Centre opened its doors to the public. A retail-led, mixed-use development in Oxford's historic city centre, the project has involved an extensive overhaul and replacement of a 1970s era shopping centre. Now rebranded Oxford Westgate, Allies and Morrison worked collaboratively with masterplanners BDP, to bring new life to the 5.6 ha site.

01 November 2017

Cities for tomorrow: from London to Beijing

Bob Allies has participated in an exchange between London and Beijing as part of Beijing Design Week. Organised by Design Collective London, Bob joined representatives of several different practices and studios from London to take part in the City for Tomorrow Conference.

01 November 2017

The Westworks: extending the life of a building

The Westworks - the latest building at White City Place to be re-imagined by Allies and Morrison opens its doors this month. Originally designed by Scott Brownrigg Turner in the late 1980s as the BBC's administrative headquarters, and now acquired by developers Stanhope and Mitsui Fudosan, The Westworks has been given a new life delivering more than 300,000 square feet of new flexible accommodation.

01 November 2017

Learning from São Paulo and Copenhagen

At the beginning of the year, Allies and Morrison's Alfredo Caraballo and Daniel Elsea joined the Van Alen Institute International Council - reflecting an interest of the practice in the urban work of the institute and its agenda to promote dialogue through architecture and design.

16 October 2017

First Central Park Royal Gets the Go Ahead

The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) has granted planning permission to First Central Park Royal, an exciting housing project being designed by Allies and Morrison for Fairview and L&Q.

10 October 2017

Locating London’s Local Character and Density

Allies and Morrison has been shortlisted in the Cities and Community category for the RIBA President's Award for Research for a groundbreaking study undertaken on London's characterisation and density for Historic England.

01 October 2017

Masterplanning Filton Airfield’s future

Long synonymous with aerospace innovation, Filton Airfield is famously where Concorde and the Corps in the First World War and RAF Spitfires in the Second and had been an important site for aircraft production in the decades following. Yet since the turn of the century, this 142 hectare South Gloucestershire site on the northern fringe of Bristol has sat largely idle. Today, however, it is set for a development of an altogether different kind as one of the UK's largest brownfield regeneration projects with an emerging masterplan that will create a new neighbourhood of 2,675 homes.

01 October 2017

Madinat al Irfan, an Urban Centre in Oman

Omran, Oman’s master developer of major tourism, heritage and urban developments, appointed a team led by Allies and Morrison following an invited competition held by the Royal Institute of

01 October 2017

Lecture at Knowlton School of Architecture, Ohio State University

Allies and Morrison’s managing partner, Jo Bacon, will be delivering the lecture – Home to City: the Architecture and Urbanism of Allies and Morrison – at the Knowlton School of Architecture, Ohio State University in Columbus, USA. The lecture will take place on 4 October 2017.

01 October 2017

Retrofitting a great British building

In converting the Commonwealth Institute into the new home of the Design Museum, a team of architects, engineers and conservation specialists were enlisted to bring back to life a listed work of Johnson-Marshall and Partners, an early 1960s Modernist landmark which had long stood empty. Their work was recognised last month with an AJ Retrofit Award, taking the prize in the Cultural Buildings category.

21 September 2017

Studio trip 2017: Allies and Morrison goes to Oxford

The destination for this year's annual Office outing was Oxford, city of honey coloured stone, university spires and notable architecture from all eras.

11 September 2017

Project Prospero: introducing new architecture at Shakespeare’s Globe

Allies and Morrison can reveal that we have been working as architect on Project Prospero, an exciting expansion of Shakespeare's Globe. The project's ambition is for the Globe to become an international Shakespeare hub, involving the redevelopment of its library and archive into a world-class research centre and creating a new exhibition centre for its unique collection, serving students, researchers and collaborators from around the world, along with new education studios, a production centre and reinvigorated backstage facilities.

01 September 2017

Upcoming exhibition: Madinat al Irfan, an Urban Centre in Oman

Our next studio exhibition will open on 20 September, held in association with Bankside Design District at the London Design Festival. Entitled Madinat al Irfan, an Urban Centre in Oman, it will explore the design ideas behind our masterplan for a new city in Oman. It will feature drawings, sketches and models and places the project within the context of the New Urban Agenda, the framework for more liveable cities recently adopted by the United Nations.

01 September 2017

Passivtower: how tall can we go?

Over the last several months, a team within the practice has been researching the potential of tall Passivhaus buildings. Especially within the context of London, we asked ourselves the question – could high density residential offer an opportunity to upscale Passivhaus?

01 September 2017

Architecture Tours at Open House London 2017

Architects from Allies and Morrison will be giving architecture tours at three buildings at this year’s Open House London, on 16-17 September. Tours will be on offer at our own studios and at two recently completed office buildings designed by the practice – White City Place and Four Kingdom Street.

03 August 2017

New appointment: Future Shoreditch

Allies and Morrison Urban Practitioners has recently been appointed by the London Borough of Hackney to help formulate a new planning strategy for Shoreditch. The practice will support the council’s development of an Area Action Plan (AAP) – Future Shoreditch --- which will guide and manage development and investment in the neighbourhood. The work will set out a vision of what Shoreditch will look like in 2034.

01 August 2017

Brick Awards 2017: tall brick buildings

The practice’s work on two tall buildings at Aldgate Place, at the western gateway of the Whitechapel Road, has been shortlisted for this year’s Brick Awards. Selected for the Tall Buildings category, the project’s first two buildings, 26 and 22 storeys tall respectively, opened earlier this year. The towers read as part of the same family, sharing an architectural palette of dusty grey black brick.

01 August 2017

Summer 2017 Promotions

Allies and Morrison is pleased to announce the promotion of three new associate directors and eleven new associates from within the practice.

01 August 2017

Allies and Morrison debuts on Instagram

We are delighted to announce our new Instagram account. In the weeks and months ahead, we will post photographs of the buildings and places we have helped to shape and design. Images will be curated according to themes which will change every few weeks. We’ve debuted with the theme of Facade.

19 July 2017

Ying Yang: Three architects design housing system for new arrivals

A team of three designers, two of whom are with Allies and Morrison, has designed a prototype for temporary housing for homeless migrants. Our Sofia de los Rios and Constantino Baranda teamed up with Adrian Feige of Populous to devise an ingenious system that provides dignity and comfort for residents. Their entry, Ying Yang!, came in second place out of 21 entries.

19 July 2017

Healing the city: Sheffield’s ‘project of the decade’

Recently named 'Development of the Decade' at the Sheffield City Region Insider Property Awards, the Heart of the City project in Sheffield has over the last several years made an important contribution to the city and the region. Our involvement began in 1994 when we were appointed by the City of Sheffield to develop a masterplan to revitalise the city centre.

10 July 2017

AJ Retrofit 2017: Oxford Quads and a Modernist landmark

Two recent Allies and Morrison projects have been shortlisted for this year’s AJ Retrofit Awards, which celebrate work that prolongs the life of the built environment.

01 July 2017

Manchester City Council approves MMU Arts building

Manchester City Council has granted planning permission and listed building consent for the new Arts and Humanities Building at Manchester Metropolitan University. The project is about creating an inspirational venue of cultural encounter, which will open the University to the public and showcase its creative strengths and cultural artefacts.

01 July 2017

Goodluck Hope: a new riverside neighbourhood

Taking shape within the docklands riverside in east London is Goodluck Hope, a new neighbourhood which will provide more than 800 new homes within the setting of the Leamouth and North Greenwich peninsulas. Once an area of intense industrial activity, this site in particular had been an important location for ship building and remnants of this industrial past remain in place, leaving a distinctly maritime legacy. It is adjacent to the eclectic Trinity Bouy Wharf which includes London’s only lighthouse. This rich heritage has shaped the architectural response today.

01 July 2017

RIBA International Week: Can we find a model for the new urban agenda?

This week marks RIBA International Week, an exploration of global architecture. Our work on the Madinat al Irfan masterplan, an urban extension for the Omani capital Muscat, will be featured in an exhibition entitled ‘Delivering the New Urban Agenda through Competitions’ held at the RIBA over the course of the week. The display shares winning entries from international design contests which have been organised by RIBA Competitions.

01 July 2017

In Aldgate, a new neighbourhood of contextual tall buildings

With medieval origins as an eastern gateway into the City of London, Aldgate and Whitechapel have for centuries been a place of settlement for new arrivals in London. Today the area is rapidly changing and it is seeing yet another influx of new residents.

22 June 2017

RIBA National Award for King’s College School

Allies and Morrison's work on a new building for a school in Wimbledon, south London has been awarded a coveted RIBA National Award. The project is one of 49 buildings to receive such a distinction in 2017. The new carefully detailed building at King's College School provides new classrooms and a dramatic new great hall for the School, as well as new administrative accommodation. It also helps to complete a quad, taking an important place in its late Victorian campus.

06 June 2017

100 Bishopsgate at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

We are delighted to reveal that a drawing of 100 Bishopsgate has been selected for the Architecture Gallery at this year’s Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts.

01 June 2017

Recently completed: Glasshouse Gardens, Stratford

Stratford is rising. With the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park firmly anchored in its burgeoning east London context, the development at the Park’s edges is now taking shape. Among these are two new residential towers, Glasshouse Gardens, which the practice has designed for Lendlease. Set within the International Quarter masterplanned by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, the residential buildings are located at the head of the new neighbourhood and help to form a southern gateway for the Olympic Park. The towers articulate an early legacy concept of ‘buildings within a park’ relating to and very much being embraced by the new park landscape.

01 June 2017

RIBA London Awards: King’s College School and Hollandgreen

In a ceremony last night at the RIBA, Portland Place, two Allies and Morrison projects were honoured with RIBA London Awards: King’s College School in Wimbledon and Hollandgreen, incorporating the Design Museum.

01 June 2017

In Paddington, echoes of Brunel, Prouvé and Chareau

British Land has submitted the planning application for a new urban centre at the heart of southeast London’s Rotherhithe Peninsula. Designed by a team led by Allies and Morrison, the Canada Water masterplan will guide the development of a new piece of city which makes the most of the site’s dockside setting and connections to the rest of London.