OMI has been shortlisted in the Architect of the year category for the 2017 Insider North West Residential Property Awards. The shortlisting has recognised OMI’s extensive experience in creating high quality dwellings and places across both the private residential and affordable housing sectors.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has confirmed £3.9M funding in support of the repair and conversion of the Grade II listed Andrew Carnegie Library in the Tuebrook area of Liverpool. The funding alongside, match funding from Lister Steps and Liverpool City Council, will enable the building, now in a state of disrepair, to be transformed into a new community hub offering childcare, rentable meeting space, hot desking, heritage activities, an events venue and a wide range of training and volunteering opportunities for local people.
A full planning application has now been submitted for our Chester Road development which is situated on the southern boundary of the Castlefield Conservation Area; the largest conservation area in Manchester.
The proposal comprises a total of 188 three, two and one bedroom residential apartments. This is supported by residents facilities incorporating a foyer, residents lounge and meeting rooms, gym facilities, swimming pool and a private terrace overlooking the basin.
but, by helping clients understand their own needs, we bring forward solutions that work for them and the community served by the building.
We distil things down to the key issues and bring clarity to the often complex needs of a project. Commercial demands and time constraints are part and parcel of our world. We rely on our key tool: imagination. Creating beauty within constraints has made our architecture relevant, robust and unpretentious.
We build houses and apartments, museums and galleries, offices and community spaces, for both the public and private sector, in all shapes and sizes. Our identity is a blend of modernity, tradition and craft. We don’t sign up to fashion, style or formula. We prefer to respond to context and to the client’s needs and aspirations.
We produce buildings and spaces that have depth and relevance, that capture beauty and delight. We understand what makes successful, vibrant places and we work hard to deliver them. Experience and creativity help us get to the right solution quicker.
The intriguing journey is a recurring feature of our work. We encourage people to engage and explore our buildings without becoming confused, intimidated or indifferent. The journey is the story of the building.
It doesn’t begin at the threshold, it might begin across the street, or in the adjacent neighbourhood, or in the hills behind the town. It begins, in other words, in a clear and incisive look at the building’s context: historical, philosophical, social and economic. We want our buildings to improve their community in whatever way they can.
Our buildings are an honest response to the times we live in. We recognise that new architecture next to an existing building will be different and distinct. Conversations between the two should amplify the qualities of both and communicate mutual respect. Our buildings are put together to make the most of the skills of the contractors, engineers and craftsmen we work with.
By minimising waste and tackling reductions in the use of fossil fuels in the way we run our business and design our buildings, we are working towards a sustainable future. We think the job we do is important and we take it seriously, but without taking ourselves too seriously.
Relationships are important to us and the people we build for fundamentally influence the solutions we arrive at. Collaboration calls for...