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 East 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.
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.
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...