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Ancoats Dispensary in Manchester. Image by Pete Birkinshaw

Architects sought for Ancoats Dispensary rescue plan

The Ancoats Dispensary Trust is on the hunt for an architect to restore its Grade II-listed hospital building which was recently threatened with demolition

Artform Architects

New practices: Artform Architects

The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone

John McManus of BDP

BDP loses more staff but relaunches profit share

BDP’s workforce has shrunk again but the AJ100 giant has restarted its profit-sharing for staff, according to its latest company accounts

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RIBA solo practitioners demand withdrawal of Israeli motion

The Solo Practitioners Group (SPG) has demanded Portland Place abandon its controversial motion against Israeli architects

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RIBA president Hodder warns of HS2 planning blight in Manchester

RIBA president Stephen Hodder has warned that uncertainty surrounding phase two of High Speed 2 (HS2) could blight Manchester city centre and leave it peppered with ‘unrealised opportunities’

Buildings

Ollier Smurthwaite's 167-home Churchgate in Manchester

Ollier Smurthwaite to lodge Churchgate Manchester plans

The first phase of Ollier Smurthwaite Architects’ housing-led Churchgate scheme is set to be submitted to Manchester City Council for planning permission

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Ollier Smurthwaite reveals plans for church-to-flat conversion

[FIRST LOOK + PLANS + PROJECT DATA]  Manchester-based Ollier Smurthwaite has submitted plans to convert a Grade II-listed church to apartments

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Ryder's Liverpool Science Park Innovation Centre opens doors

Ryder Architecture has completed this £7m innovation centre next to Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

OMI Architects' Greengates scheme in Salford

OMI wins planning for huge Salford housing scheme

Manchester-based OMI Architects has won planning for this 497-home scheme in Salford’s Exchange Greengate quarter

Metropolitan Workshop New Islington

Metropolitan Workshop scoops planning for New Islington housing scheme

Metropolitan Workshop has won planning permission for a second phase of homes on a site within Manchester’s New Islington regeneration area

Artform Architects

New practices: Artform Architects

The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone

Daniels Thiede Architects

New practices: Daniels Thiede Architects

The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone either through choice or redundancy

DAY Architectural

New practices: DAY Architectural

The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone either through choice or redundancy

Founder of Studio KMA (Kiss My Architecture), Andrew Titterton

New practices: Studio KMA

The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone either through choice or redundancy

Everyman Theatre by Haworth Tompkins

Revealed: Winners of RIBA North West Regional Awards

Haworth Tompkins, BDP, and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios are among the architects who have picked up RIBA North West Regional Awards

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Crowd pleaser: Everyman Theatre by Haworth Tompkins

Haworth Tompkins’ master performance at the Everyman Theatre has given Liverpool a satisfyingly schizophrenic landmark, writes Jay Merrick. Photography by Philip Vile

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Enterprise South Liverpool Academy by BDP

Class of 2014: Enterprise South Liverpool Academy, Liverpool by BDP

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Realigning Rochdale

FaulknerBrowns Architects’ £42.5 million new council HQ is a worthy addition to the civic architecture of Rochdale, writes Richard Waite. Photography by Hufton + Crow

Students

Slovenia Pavilion

Manchester students scoop Slovenia pavilion comp

Two Manchester students have won an international competition to design a pavilion in Slovenia

Liverpool School of Architecture and Building Engineering degree show

Student Shows 2012: University of Liverpool School of Architecture

Hayley Chivers surveys nuclear waste disposal sites and rehabilitations of Eastern European concentration camps

Steven Anton

Student Shows 2012: Liverpool John Moores University School of Art and Design

Dan Gibson discovers an LJMU show balanced between theoretical and practical thinking

Carrie Bayley’s ‘Infrascraper 2’

Student Shows 2012: Manchester School of Architecture

James Jones, Design Director of Sheppard Robson, finds a BA lost in space and a BArch squeezed and confused

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