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AHMM founder lands Liverpool design role

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Architect Paul Monaghan has secured a role promoting good architecture across Merseyside

The founding director of Stirling Prize-winning practice Allford Hall Monaghan Morris was named Liverpool City Region Design Champion by the city’s mayor, Steve Rotheram.

Born in the Liverpool suburb of West Derby, Monaghan co-founded AHMM in 1989. The practice scooped the Stirling Prize in 2015 for its Burntwood School project in London.

Liverpool City Region is working on a spatial development strategy and recently secured £100,000 to deliver nearly 50 design review panels for major developments.

His new role will see Monaghan ‘kickstart a conversation about the importance of design throughout the city region’.

Rotheram said: ‘It is impossible to overstate the importance of the quality of the buildings we live, work in and see every day, for our wellbeing and quality of life.

‘The appointment of Paul Monaghan – a local lad who has become one of the country’s leading architects – as our first design champion is a huge step towards putting the issue of good design higher up the agenda.’

Monaghan described the appopintment as ‘an enormous honour’.

’Liverpool has some of the finest public buildings and spaces in Europe and I hope my role as design champion will help to ensure that new development supports and builds on that legacy across the city region.

‘I’m looking forward to working with Steve and his team to celebrate and maintain Liverpool city region’s history of design quality.’

RIBA president Ben Derbyshire said he was confident the appointment would be ‘hugely positive’.

AHMM has itself worked on a number of schemes in the city, including the new bereavement counselling centre at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital which the practice won in competition in 2017.

Monaghan was among a raft of big name architects to sign a letter last month warning prime minister Theresa May of the risks to the profession from Brexit.

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Allford Hall Monaghan Morris’s competition-winning design for a new bereavement counselling centre at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris’s competition-winning design for a new bereavement counselling centre at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool

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