Our apartment buildings at Baker Place for One Manchester are beginning to appear from behind the site hoarding.
The site sits in the Hulme area of Manchester, to the South Western edge of the city, and approximately one mile from the city centre. To the east of the site sits the edges of the ‘Hulme City Challenge’ neighbourhood, promoted in the 1990s by Michael Hessletine in response to the demolition of the 1960s system built estate that previously occupied this area. OMI played a significant role in bringing family housing back to Hulme as part of City Challenge and many of the design principles established by OMI back then have since become best practice for urban masterplanning.
The development consists of a total of 67no. 2 bedroom apartments arranged around a communal landscaped courtyard and parking area. The accommodation is split into three individual blocks of 4 and 3 storeys, with a main development concierge entrance at the base of block one.
The project has protected and retained a high number of mature trees, which form a great backdrop to the new development.
Plans to redevelop Rochdale’s Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum are moving ahead as the National Lottery has now approved a £1.7m grant to transform the space.
The success of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) bid, means the museum, which is currently located in a workshop in the grounds of Rochdale’s old fire station in Maclure Road, can now move into the fire station itself, a 1930s art deco building, which will be restored and turned into a major visitor attraction.
The proposals include an exhibition space, new café and education centre with the council also looking to create office space in the building to support small businesses, in a move which could create 100 jobs and be worth £40m to the local economy over the next ten years.
Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: “I’m very pleased to support the development of this fantastic project in Rochdale. The revitalised Rochdale Fire Station will breathe new life into this important town centre gateway and be a catalyst, along with other projects like the Heritage Action Zone, for the borough’s on-going regeneration and development.”
Our arts and retail space Egerton Village at Wirral Waters is in for planning.
The ‘Village’ features a dockside restaurant, gallery, artists’ studios, workspace, retail, and events space.
Richard Mawdsley, director of development at Peel Land & Property, said: “Our plans for Egerton Village focus on providing the facilities which lie at the heart of a thriving community. It is designed to serve new and existing residents, students and local businesses as well as visitors.”
Modular construction techniques are to be employed and Peel will work with the nearby college to provide apprenticeship opportunities throughout the build.
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.
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