OMI have been selected to advance their competition winning designs for a ‘Pop Up’ village at Egerton Square adjacent to Wirral Metropolitan College. The project will incorporate a restaurant, food hub, retail space, gallery, workshop spaces and outdoor entertainment space, centred around a new public square. The scheme will provide local amenities for the emerging Four Bridges quarter of Peel Holdings’ Wirral Waters Masterplan.
The winning solution places a collection of modular prefabricated dwelling like forms around a new public square. The gable fronted ‘house shaped’ modules can be arranged in single or double storey configuration to provide a range of different sized spaces and are designed to reinforce the idea of a village.
The competition winning scheme is currently being tested with potential occupiers and will be submitted for planning approval later in 2017.
31 Booth Street is a Grade 2 listed office building in the upper King Street Conservation area, which forms part of the traditional commercial centre of Manchester
The transformation of the building re-orientates the main entrance and provides a large welcoming lobby and reception area. The office accommodation has been fully refurbished and improved through maximising light into the office spaces, achieved by increasing ceiling heights and opening up previously obscured arched window heads. The offices are supported by upgraded facilities including full air conditioning, new WC layouts, shower and cycle storage.
The building comprises 25,000 sq. ft of commercial office space and 3,500 sq. ft of A3 restaurant / café space.
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...