Following a judging visit, our transformational project for Mustard Tree Manchester has been selected as a 2019 Civic Trust Awards Regional Finalist.

OMI has worked closely with the Mustard Tree to reconfigure the charity’s current headquarters within the Ancoats conservation area. The existing 1950’s building has been extensively altered and transformed. A newly created double height entrance foyer is accessed from Bengal Street and gives access to the shop, café and meeting rooms on the ground floor, and exhibition and performance space, breakout space and training rooms on the first floor. The main reception is centrally located to ensure maximum visibility of all key spaces and that each visitor is warmly welcomed upon arrival.

The building continues to be heavily used and the new facilities are enabling the Mustard Tree to extend and improve its range of support for the homeless and marginalised in Greater Manchester.

The Old Library



Our Old Library project will see the Grade II listed Andrew Carnegie Library in the Tuebrook area of Liverpool 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.

OMI are working with Liverpool City Council and Lister Steps to realise the £3M Heritage Lottery Fund supported project. The project is due to start on site in December 2018.




Wilburn Basin has been shortlisted in the ‘Large Scale Residential’ category in the 2019 Brick Development Association Awards. The project is the only housing development project of any scale to be shortlisted in the North West of England.

The materials selected for the scheme have been influenced by the site’s quayside heritage and the desire to create connections to the context of the neighbouring historic brick viaducts, bridges and the Grade 1 listed Liverpool Road Station across the river Irwell.

Key to the success of these connections is brick selection, elevational arrangement and detailing. A relationship between all the blocks is maintained whilst adopting a hierarchy of proportion and scale. The aim has been to convey a family of buildings that are well built, well proportioned and exude solidity, permanence and integrity.

More detail on the project can be found in the ‘Work’ section.

Winning schemes will be announced in November 2018.

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