Urban Splash director Jonathan Falkingham sets out why Mikhail Riches won the competition for the latest phase of housing at Park Hill
Mikhail Riches (pictured below) saw off competition from Alma-Nac, Architecture 00, Project Orange, Group Ginger from Leeds and local practice OS31 to win the 200-home second phase in the ongoing redevelopment of Ivor Smith’s Grade II*-listed building.
According to Urban Splash the next phase will differ from the already completed Hawkins\Brown redevelopment of the Brutalist estate.
‘We like the idea we can make more of the historic fabric in this second phase’, said Falkingham.
‘There are 1,000 homes in this collection of buildings and it is not just about rolling out the same thing time after time. The building can take some new solutions.’
For this competition each of the architects was given a flat for two weeks to work on their designs.
Falkingham described the process: ‘Because we have the building here, rather than just do an interview with the practice in a sterile environment, we really wanted to see how the practices would respond to having a flat of their own to treat and deal with. We very much liked the idea that they would invite us into their home and explain to us how they were going to make an amazing new home.’
Speaking about why the developer chose Mikhail Riches, Falkingham said: ‘We were looking for practices that were imaginative and showed flair with difficult budgets and projects.
‘We needed to find a practice that was really going to live and breathe the project.’
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