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AJ ARCHITECTURE AWARDS

AHMM’s One King William Street offices wins Refurb of the Year

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Allford Hall Monaghan Morris’s ‘intelligently restrained’ City offices have triumphed in the refurbishment category at the AJ Architecture Awards

This intervention in a 1920s Grade II-listed structure and an adjacent building is perfectly detailed and intelligently restrained, setting a new standard for the refurbishment of City of London office buildings.  

An additional storey and roof terrace are discreetly introduced, and the elevational treatment is well-considered, with varied window reveals, stepping planes and subtle changes of brickwork that relate well to neighbouring properties. The clever introduction of a double order, which frames the four lower floors, aligns with the cornice of the adjacent Neoclassical building. Contemporary detailing of hand-thrown bricks and bronze-toned metals relates well to the heritage context.

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Most dramatic is the introduction of a level change in the lobby as well as a terrazzo floor and a spectacular bespoke light fitting, which add grandeur while retaining the qualities of the original space. The restructuring of the interiors of the upper floors with a new core unifies the internal floorplates and maximises net lettable area. 

This is a thoroughly well-designed and executed piece of architecture, which transforms a heritage building and its neighbour into an appealing and efficient 21st-century workplace. ‘The lobby is full of delight and the exteriors reward study as an exemplar for new City offices,’ said the judges.

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Highly commended: The Grim House by Checa Romero Architects 

This retrofit of an undistinguished east London two-bedroom 1980s house by an architect-client has transformed a constrained characterless house into a light-filled, flexible family home.

The Grim House by Checa Romero Architects

The Grim House by Checa Romero Architects

Finalist: 234 Bath Road by Flanagan Lawrence

234 Bath Road by Flanagan Lawrence

234 Bath Road by Flanagan Lawrence

Source: Hufton + Crow

Finalist: Main Site Tower and Peter Froggatt Centre Refurbishment, Queen’s University Belfast by TODD Architects

Main Site Tower and Peter Froggatt Centre Refurbishment, Queen’s University Belfast by TODD Architects

Main Site Tower and Peter Froggatt Centre Refurbishment, Queen’s University Belfast by TODD Architects

Finalist: Murray Road by Giles Pike Architects

Murray Road by Giles Pike Architects

Murray Road by Giles Pike Architects

Finalist: The David Attenborough Building by Nicholas Hare Architects 

The David Attenborough Building by Nicholas Hare Architects

The David Attenborough Building by Nicholas Hare Architects

Finalist: The Loom by Duggan Morris Architects

The Loom by Duggan Morris Architects

The Loom by Duggan Morris Architects

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