AJ exclusive: Allies and Morrison celebrates Worsley New Hall victory
Allies and Morrison has been unanimously chosen as the winner in the RIBA-backed competition to design a five-star hotel on the site of the demolished Worsley New Hall in Greater Manchester
The practice saw off Ian Simpson Architects, Hopkins, Edward Cullinan Architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Henning Larsen Architects, to land the scheme on the site of an 1840s Gothic-style country house.
David Morley, the RIBA architectural adviser on the contest said: ‘This was a closely fought competition for a potentially amazing hotel.
‘The setting embraces a formerly grand, but now derelict, Victorian garden on south facing steeply terraced slopes looking across a lake and the site for a future championship golf course straddling the Bridgewater Canal.
He added: ‘There were some fantastic features in all six of the schemes presented but in the end the jury agreed unanimously that Allies and Morrison had made the most of the garden setting and struck a unique balance between an efficient hotel layout and the intimate feel of a luxurious country house.’
Earlier this year archaeology students from the University of Salford discovered ‘significant remains of the basement’ beneath the Edward Blore-designed house, once described as ‘comparable with any of the mansions of the nobility in the north of England’.