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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’.

Allies and Morrison's victorious New Worsley hotel contest

Allies and Morrison’s victorious Worsley New Hall hotel contest - plan

Readers' comments (3)

  • I am in favour of modern, forward-looking, original and beautiful architecture, examples of which can be seen everywhere and have been illustrated in AJ.

    This looks like a factory, which no amount of clever graphics can disguise. Worsley deserves better than this hideous joke.

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  • This monstrosity looks hideous.
    It's as though the architect forgot that the plans for the competition had to be in on a certain date.
    Panicking the deadline would be missed, he or she went for a walk in Swinton for inspiration. Unfortunately for everyone living in our grade one Heritage site, the birthplace of the Industrial revolution. The designers Eureka moment came when viewing the Lancastrian Hall.
    The whole development looks like some 60s Comprehensive.
    If you listen carefully you can hear Lord Francis Egerton and George Gilbert Scott revolving rapidly in the crypt.

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  • If this was a closely fought competition for a potentially amazing hotel, why was it won by something that looks like a three year old's first try with a set of Lego?
    Did it not occur to the judges that something that fitted in with the surroundings might be an idea? Instead we get something that looks like a third world airport. Good grief! If this is the best modern architecture can do you may as well all pack it in.

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