Ex-MBLA team wins big in Manchester
A team from now-defunct MBLA Architects has won the £113 million housing-led Brunswick PFI regeneration scheme in Manchester
The architects, who recently found a new home at Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams, were part of the S4B consortium with Gallifords and Mears, which was announced as the preferred bidder for the huge project south of the city centre.
Restarted in late 2010 after a review by the Homes and Communities Agency, the much-delayed scheme will provide more than 500 new homes, refurbish another 653 houses, flats and maisonettes from the 1960s and 1970s and create new community facilities and shops.
The team beat a consortium featuring PRP Architects with Harvest Housing and builder Gleeson to land the job.
Ian Beaumont, a founding director of MBLA and now design director at BFAW, said: ‘This [victory] is the culmination of five years work that was started at MBLA Architects and that we are now carrying forward with BFAW, the S4B consortium, the community of Brunswick, key stakeholders and Manchester City Council.
‘Our proposals build on successful place making regeneration work in Hulme, New Broughton, Bowes Street and other areas of the city region.’
According to BFAW, the masterplan puts ‘people first bringing a new layer of infrastructure to the heart of the community with open parkland and play areas accessed by a new pedestrian friendly green boulevard through the neighbourhood.’