OMI Architects

OMI Architects has been around since 1993 and the firm is one of the leading design-led practices in the North West. Architect Directors, McCall, James, Berry and O’Dwyer head up the practice’s 16 strong team of architects and graduates, all of whom are based in the former ‘Manchester Baths’, a RIBA Award-winning conversion of a Victorian swimming pool, where OMI has created a number of studios for the creative industries.

After only a few years in practice, OMI featured in the Architecture Foundation’s Publication ‘New Architects – A Guide to Britain’s Best Young Architectural Practices’. OMI has gone on to attract critical acclaim, with much of its work published in the architectural press. The quality of its work has also been recognised with a series of awards for design excellence including 11 national and regional RIBA Awards. OMI is known for a broad range of work including residential, museums and galleries, offices, churches, education, hotels, leisure, community and public buildings, many of which are within sensitive historic settings. In addition to its architecture output, the practice undertakes Feasibility Studies, Masterplanning, Interior Architecture, Design Guides, Graphics and Community Consultation.

The residential work ranges from large-scale city centre apartment schemes to affordable housing in some of the region’s most challenging communities. OMI has also developed expertise in specialist care provision for adults with complex needs. At Hulme, in Manchester, OMI were amongst the first architects to apply dense urban planning strategies to large-scale affordable inner-city residential schemes. Design principles were established at Hulme that have since become recognised as basic good practice for urban residential development throughout the UK. To date, OMI has built nearly 4000 homes and its recently completed Manchester apartment schemes at Greengate, Alto and Wilburn Wharf are now making their mark on the City’s skyline.

OMI cut its teeth on radical conversions of some of Manchester’s most important redundant heritage assets including Duke’s 92 and the Peoples History Museum. OMI has since moved on to complex heritage schemes involving some of the region’s most important Grade I and Grade II* Listed buildings, including All Souls, Bolton, which was named as RICS North West Building of the year in 2015. OMI’s projects have attracted nearly £30m in funding from public bodies such as the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England.

When working with existing buildings, OMI achieve harmony and balance between the new and the old, injecting life into what are often tired structures that have lost their way. OMI combine a real sense of interaction, delight and fun, whilst still respecting the dignity of the buildings and places that they engage with.

In all its work OMI seek out the ingredients that make the difference between a successful building or place that has spirit and life and one that suffers from being soulless and alien to the people that use it.

2017
Lincoln Good Design Outstanding Project Award
Winner
Lincoln Good Design Best Commercial Project Award
Winner
Insider Urban Residential and PRS Development of the Year
Winner
OMI Architects
Insider Architect of the Year
Shortlisted
2016
Phil O'Dwyer
Manchester Society of Architects Fellowship Award
Winner
2015
Civic Voice Conservation Award
Winner
RICS North West Project of the Year
Winner
RICS North West Community Award
Winner
RICS North West Design Through Innovation Award
Winner
RICS North West Conservation Award
Winner
Manchester Society of Architects Client Legacy Award
Winner
Civic Trust Regional Award
Winner
Architects' Journal Retrofit Award
Shortlisted
National Churches Trust Award
Shortlisted
Civic Trust Award
Shortlisted
RIBA North West Award
Shortlisted
Manchester Society of Architects Built Residential Scheme Award
Winner
RIBA Wales Award
Shortlisted
2014
Civic Trust Award
Commendation
BALI National Landscape Restoration & Regeneration Awards
Winner
Manchester Society of Architects Conservation Award
Winner
2013
RIBA North West Award
Winner
Manchester Society of Architects Award
Winner
Housing Design Award
Winner
RIBA East Midlands Award
Shortlisted
2012
First Time Buyer Magazine Best Small Development Award
Winner
Bridge of Discovery - Architects' Journal Small Projects
Commendation
2011
RIBA Award
Winner
2010
RIBA Regional Award
Winner
RIBA East Midlands Low Carbon Award
Winner
Manchester Society of Architects Award
Winner
CABE Building for Life
Gold Standard
Manchester Society of Architects Award
Winner
2009
Manchester Evening News Property Awards Best Apartment of the Year
Winner
2007
Housing Design Award
Winner
2005
RIBA Award
Winner
2004
RIBA Inclusive Design Award
Shortlisted
British Council for Offices Award
Winner
2003
RIBA Award
Winner
RIBA White Rose Design Award
Winner
Roses Design Award
Winner
Manchester Society of Architects Award
Winner
2001
Roses Design Awards
Commendation
Manchester Society of Architects Award
Winner
2000
Civic Trust Awards
Mention
Manchester Society of Architects Award
Winner
1999
1998
RIBA Award
Winner
1995
RIBA Housing Design Award
Winner
1994
RIBA Housing Design Award
Winner
OMI Architects

Jay Mistry

Architect

VCard

Phil O'Dwyer

Consultant

VCard

Adam Gray

Senior Associate Architect

VCard

Erin Towsley

Architect

VCard

Andy James

Director

VCard

Sally Davis

Admin

VCard

Dave McCall

Director

VCard

Stuart McGrath

Associate Architect

VCard

Aaron Coey

Associate Architect, Graphics & Communications

VCard

Philip Etchells

Architect

VCard

Nick Berry

Director

VCard

Heather Davis

Office Manager

VCard

Flora Hodson

Architectural Assistant

VCard

Jonathan Woodward

Architect

VCard

Kathryn Valentine

Part II Architectural Assistant

VCard

Chris Wells

Part II Architectural Assistant

VCard

Subhan Saleem

Part I Architectural Assistant

VCard

Asha Pandit

Part I Architectural Assistant

VCard

CALLING MANCHESTER SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS

We are hosting an Open Studio event on 01/06/17 open to students at the Manchester School of Architecture. It’s a chance to see behind the scenes at a busy architectural practice. If you are interested please book a place by sending an email to openstudio@omiarchitects.com with your name and Atelier. We look forward to seeing you.

Best Manchester Buildings

ONE GREENGATE MAKES THE LIST OF THE 10 BEST MANCHESTER BUILDINGS IN THE LAST 10 YEARS

“One Greengate is a considered and carefully crafted proposal, with clarity of design when it comes to the use of massing, optimisation of light and space for the apartments. On cleared ground this scheme doesn’t try to talk to the past … and nor should it. Instead it is forthright and positive reboot for the area with a decent profile at the cap, good communal areas and even room for a riverside walk.”

Jonathan Schofield, Manchester Confidential

Full Top 10 list here:
http://bit.ly/2pbwGIm

Wirral Waters

OMI WIN WIRRAL WATERS ‘POP UP’ VILLAGE COMPETITION

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.

Booth Street

31 Booth Street Office Transformation

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.

Danesgate House

Our transformation and refurbishment of Danesgate House offices to student accommodation is the Outstanding Project Winner and Winner of the Best Commercial Project at the 2017 Lincoln Good Design Awards.

2-4 Chester Road

Manchester City Council has today granted planning approval for this high quality development within the historic Castlefield area close to Manchester City Centre.The development will provide 188 apartments across two buildings.

The buildings range in height from 10 storeys to 21 storeys stepping up in height towards the city centre acknowledging the site’s nature as gateway point and mediating between Castlefield and the tall buildings beyond. The dynamic forms of the buildings retain key views into the canal basin and cantilevering elements frame the view of the Grade II listed Castlefield Chapel when approached along Chester Road. The Chapel was transformed into offices by OMI in 2010.

Construction is due to commence in 2017 with completion scheduled for 2019.

One Greengate, Salford

INSIDER PROPERTY AWARDS 2017

One Greengate has won Urban Residential and PRS Development of the Year at the 2017 Insider Residential Property Awards.

The judging panel said the 500 apartment scheme in the Greengate area of Salford was a strong example of PRS delivery which demonstrated commercial success alongside additional benefits that make the project stand out from its competitors.

INSIDER NORTH WEST RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY AWARDS

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 CARNEGIE COMMUNITY HUB

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.

2-4 CHESTER ROAD

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.

SADDLEWORTH MUSEUM, UPPERMILL

Construction has completed on our reorganisation and extension of Saddleworth Museum and Art Gallery.

The Museum and Art Gallery is located on the edge of the picturesque Pennine village of Uppermill, in Saddleworth. Its mission is to inspire and foster interest in the history of Saddleworth through the display and interpretation of its collections. The Art Gallery also acts as a multi-purpose community resource, used by a range of charities and local groups.

CARNEGIE COMMUNITY HUB, LIVERPOOL

Liverpool City Council has today granted Planning Approval and Listed Building Consent for the repair and conversion of the Grade II listed Andrew Carnegie Library in the Tuebrook area of Liverpool. The £3M Heritage Lottery Fund supported project will see the building, now in a state of disrepair, 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.

CHESTER ROAD

The first images of our scheme at 2-4 Chester Road have been made public. The development comprises two apartment buildings of eight and twenty one storeys, made up of a mix of one, two and three-bedroom flats and penthouses. The buildings include underground parking, communal landscaped terrace, leisure facilities and concierge services. A planning application will be submitted later this month.

PUBLIC CONSULTATION

We have gone public with our plans for the repair, remodelling and extension of the Grade I Listed Library in Hawarden, Flintshire.

BRITISH COMMERCIAL VEHICLE MUSEUM

We have been selected to oversee the future development of the British Commercial Vehicle Museum. The museum has been situated in a 1930s Leyland factory building since 1983 an the future vision for the museum is to create a rich multi-sensory experience charting the story of the development of British commercial vehicles since the 1900s. The project will bring to life the people, passion and energy behind invention and innovation.

OMI Job

Opportunities with OMI

We are always interested in meeting talented architects at all stages of development. If you believe you have the right qualities, please contact us.

The studio is an attractive and supportive working environment providing excellent opportunities for professional advancement. The practice is Mac-based using Vectorworks software.

We are an equal opportunities employer and committed to a policy of treating all its employees and applicants equally.

To Apply

Please email: info@omiarchitects.com attaching your CV and examples of your work.

OMI Architects

Vist Manchester [06.2015]

All Souls Bolton

SPAB [01.2015]

All Souls Bolton

RIBA Journal [01.2015]

All Souls Bolton

Architecture Today [01.2015]

All Souls Bolton

PRS [2015]

One Greengate

AJ Specification [11.2014]

2 Commercial Street

Architecture Today [08.2013]

Blackshale & Silverstone House

Architects' Journal - RIBA Awards [2011]

Creswell Crags Museum

AJ Small Projects [2010]

Creswell Crags Museum

Grand Designs Handbook [2006]

Private House

City Life [06.2005]

OMI Studio

Architects' Journal - RIBA Awards [2005]

OMI Studio

Architects' Journal [09.2004]

Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

Prospect [09.2003]

Private House

Architects' Journal [04.2001]

The National Football Museum

Church Building [02/03.2000]

Fourth Church of Christ Scientist

Manchester: Pevsner City Guide [2000]

Fourth Church of Christ Scientist

Manchester: A Guide to Recent Architecture

RIBA Book of 20th Century British Housing

Boundary Lane

New Architects [1998]

Boundary Lane

RIBA Journal [02.1996]

Boundary Lane

Museums Journal [04.1995]

Architects' Journal [08.1994]

Architects' Journal [04.1994]

Boundary Lane