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AJ Exclusive: Images of final two in Seifert's Gateway House contest

The AJ can reveal the first images of Stephan Reinke Architects’ and Hodder + Partners’ proposals for the redevelopment of Richard Seifert’s 1965 Gateway House in Manchester

Selected from a seven-strong shortlist, the pair have both been asked by developer Realty Estates to draw up separate but alternative schemes for the unlisted, landmark building next to Piccadilly station.

According to Realty, the teams will be asked to ‘test the viability and feasibility’ of their options ‘in dialogue with the many stakeholders in the Manchester Piccadilly area’ for the site, now known as No 1 London Road.

The shortlisting is the first major ‘victory’ for Reinke – the founding partner of Woods Bagot’s London practice – since he decided to set up his own outfit earlier this year.

Of the two proposals, Reinke is the more radical and would see much of the existing building pulled down. Describing his approach, Reinke said: ‘The site has incredible potential and immense historical flavour; from the dawn of the Industrial age and the adjacent canal system, through the steam age, to the jet age and now to the early part of the 21st Century.

‘This includes the urban design contribution of “Colonel” Richard Seifert … we now look forward to building on this rich heritage with an urban design composition that draws together the threads of all these influences.’

It is understood Hodder’s scheme will retain much of the original block, which would house a hotel, offices, shops and a new public plaza.

A winner will be announced next year.

The full shortlist:

  • Hodder + Partners
  • Stephenson Bell
  • Sheppard Robson
  • Aedas
  • Calderpeel
  • BDP
  • Stephan Reinke Architects

Readers' comments (5)

  • It has got to be the Hodder scheme. It's got a hint of the Chipperfield's about it. A hint.

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  • David Hingamp - Archic architects, is your architecture progressive? Don't think so n'that. I like the massive picture of yourself on your homepage though....

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  • Despite it being in desperate need of repair for many years, I love this building. I think it's curved glass façade has a lot of charm. Therefore I think I prefer the Hodder scheme because it still retains some of the character, whereas the Reinke proposal seems a little overbearing.

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  • The Seifert Scheme takes my vote.

    If it ain't broke...

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  • This potentially vibrant hub should incorporate similarly grand and inspiring architecture...
    ...........Seifert's proposal captures the essence!

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