OMI Architects


RIBA MacEwen Award


We’re delighted to announce that our transformational project for Mustard Tree Manchester has been shortlisted for the RIBA Journal MacEwen Award 2019. The award recognises architecture for ‘the common good’ which has a demonstrable benefit to society.

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.

RIBA Journal article here: