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.