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BDP's Milan showstopper wins Manchester Architects awards

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The UK Pavilion at this year’s Milan Expo, delivered by BDP’s Manchester office, has won the top prize at the relaunched Manchester Architects Awards

Designed with artist Wolfgang Buttress, the ‘impressive, playful and intriguing project’ scooped both the Building of the Year and Best Completed Community Building titles at a packed ceremony in the People’s History Museum last Thursday (4 June).

There were also wins for AHR’s Blackpool Council Offices (AJ 04.12.14), which was named the best built commercial development, and Buttress’ unbuilt residential scheme in Chapel Street, Salford (AJ 31.03.15) at the rebadged accolades - formerly the Manchester Society of Architect awards.

Newcomers Aboda Living - founded by former stephenson:ISA architect partner Justin Risley - took home the prize for the best one-off house [unbuilt] while GA Studio Architects’ Passivhaus 1109 won a trio of gongs including the sustainability prize.

Roger Stephenson, who was described as having been ‘intimately involved in the urban regeneration of Manchester’ for more than four decades, was recognised with the Fellowship Award.

The annual awards were given a new lease of life - and ‘made more relevant’ - by locally based Sixtwo Architects. They received 30 per cent more entries than in 2014.

Winners in full

Commercial Development / built
Winner: AHR – Blackpool Council Offices
Runners-up: PRP – The Space Project; IBI Group – Bolton Engineering Workshops

Commercial Development / unbuilt
Winner: DLA Design – 90 Duke Street
Runners-up: Fletcher Rae – Regatta; Sixtwo Architects – Digital village

Residential Scheme / built
Winner: OMI Architects – Ty Anwen
Runners-up: PRP – Smithy Croft; DLA Design – Dunning Road Student Residence

Residential Scheme / unbuilt
Winner: Buttress - Chapel Street, Salford
Runners-up: Tim Groom Architects – Seel Street; SimpsonHaugh and Partners – Tariff Street

One-off House/ built
Winner: GA Studio Architects – Passivhaus 1109
Runners-up: Stephenson Studio – Cefn Castell; Ollier Smurthwaite – Queens Road

One-off House/ unbuilt
Winner: Aboda Living – North Road
Runners-up: Ollier Smurthwaite – Lawnhurst; Sixtwo Architects – Harrop Road

Community / built
Winner: BDP (with Wolfgang Buttress) – UK Pavilion Milan Expo
Runners-up: OMI Architects – All Souls Bolton; FCBS – The Union, Manchester Metropolitan University

Community / unbuilt
Winner: AFL – Learning and Development Centre
Runners-up: PRP – Shrewsbury Street Community Hub; Halliday Meecham Architects – Spire Manchester Hospital

Small Project of the Year
Winner: Hive Architects – Wood Room
Runners-up: Fasciato Architects – Newlands Garden Room; Walker Simpson Architects – MOSI Gates

Sustainability prize
Winner: GA Studio Architects – Passivhaus 1109
Runners-up: John McAslan + Partners – Lancaster University Engineering Building; AFL Architects – Moat Infill, Chelsea FC

Contractor of the Year
Winner: DLA Design – Regional Automotive Technology Hub

Client Legacy of the Year
Winner: OMI Architects – All Souls Bolton
Runners-up: SimpsonHaugh and Partners – town hall extension; John McAslan + Partners – Lancaster University Engineering Building

Young Practice Award
Winner: GA Studio Architects – Passivhaus 1109
Runners-up: Hive Architects – Wood Room; Tim Groom Architects – Seel Street

Future Architect of the Year
Winner: Finbar Charleson(The University of Manchester) – Waste Water Works
Runners-up: Stephen Lovejoy – Home is Where The Hearth Is; Krisitan James – Colwn Bay Conservatorium

MA Fellowship Award
Winner: Roger Stephenson

Building of the Year
Winner: BDP (with Wolfgang Buttress) – UK Pavilion Milan Expo
Runners-up: AHR – Blackpool Council Offices; OMI Architects – All Souls Bolton

The Manchester office of BDP's UK pavilion at Milan with Wolfgang Buttress

The Manchester office of BDP’s UK pavilion at Milan with Wolfgang Buttress


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  • Disappointing though that at the Awards and also in the Award Winners 2015 booklet handed out at the awards the artist Wolfgang Buttress was not mentioned in relation to the scheme. Ironic given Jacob Kurek's openness towards his firm's collaboration with the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson at the Awards launch and interesting now to see the change in 'Winner' title [BDP (with Wolfgang Buttress) – UK Pavilion Milan Expo] from it's original billing as "BDP - UK Pavilion Milan Expo".

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