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Hodder's St Clare's college wins top prize at Manchester Architects Awards

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A ‘sensitive and refined’ student accommodation block by Hodder + Partners has won the top honours at this year’s Manchester Architects Awards

Despite being overlooked for both regional and national RIBA awards, the building designed by the Manchester-based practice for St Clare’s private sixth-form college in Oxford won both the Building of the Year and Best Built Residential Development titles.

There were also victories for Stephenson Studio’s competition-winning proposals for Hallé St Peter’s music studio (see AJ 25.02.16) in the best unbuilt community category, and Annabelle Tugby Architects for a planned Eddisbury Barns house.

Phil O’Dwyer, who founded OMI Architects in 1992, was recognised with the annual Fellowship Award in recognition of his lifetime achievement at the ceremony held in Urban Splash’s soon-to-complete renovation of Stubbs Mill scheme, New Islington.

The judges praised O’Dwyer for his eclectic breadth of work, ranging from ‘intricate adaptations of historic structures to large–scale regeneration initiatives’ and acknowledged his roles as RIBA Awards chairman and his membership of Manchester Council’s Conservation Areas and Historic Buildings Panel.

Formerly the Manchester Society of Architects awards, the accolades aim to showcase the best architectural talent in the region, including the next generation of designers.

The jury picked out Kristian James, who has just finished his masters at MMU, as the Future Architect of the Year 2016, describing his concept for the Museo Galleggiante di Cose Milano as ‘delightful’.

James took home a cheque for £1,000.

Winners in full

Commercial Development/unbuilt

Winner: SixTwo Architects – Stubbs Mill
Runners-up: Bridge Architects – NEO; Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios – Circel Square

Commercial Development/built 

Winner: SixTwo Architects – Foundry 
Runners-up: GA Studio – Yard & Coop; Six Two Architects – Tempest

Residential scheme/unbuilt

Winner: Ollier Smurthwaite – City Gardens & St Georges Gardens 
Runners-up: GA Studio – Castlefield;  Ollier Smurthwaites & SixTwo Architects – Toast Rack

Residential scheme/built 

Winner: Hodder + Partners – St Clare’s college, Oxford (+ Building of the Year)
Runners-up: OMI – Alto Apartments; Tim Groom Architects – Primus Place

One-off house/unbuilt

Winner: Annabelle Tugby Architects – Eddisbury Barns
Runners-up: Andrew Wallace – House 164; Andrew Wallace – House 148

One-off house/built

Winner: Andrew Wallace – House 141
Runners-up: ReForm – The Thatched cottage; Andrew Wallace – House 134


Winner: Stephenson Studio – Halle St Peters 
Runners-up: Re-Bourne – Calderpeel: LOTCC – Green Alleys of Trafford


Winner: BDP – Alder Hay Children’s Hospital
Runners-up: Sheppard Robson – Brymor Jones Library;  GA Studio – Ashton Sixth Form Student Centre

Small Project of the Year

Winner: GA Studio – Yard and Coop 

President’s Choice/Unbuilt 

Winner: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios – Circle Square
Runners-up: GA Studio – Castlefield; Ollier Smurthwaite & SixTwo Architects – The Toastrack

President’s Choice/built

Winner: Tim Groom Architects – Primus  
Runners-up: Sheppard Robson – Brymor Jones Library; GA Studio – Ashton Sixth Form Student Centre   

Future Architect of the Year 2016

Winner: Museo Galleggiante di Cose Milano by Kristian James (Master of Architecture MArch at MMU)

Fellowship Awards 2016 

Philip O’Dwyer – OMI Architects

Building of the Year 2016

Hodder + Partners – St Clare’s College, Oxford

Winner:  Hodder + Partners - St Clare’s College, Oxford

Winner: Hodder + Partners - St Clare’s College, Oxford

Winner: Hodder + Partners - St Clare’s College, OxfordJudges’ comments: ‘The project demonstrates a real sensitivity to the site and a refined clarity of detail.’



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