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Manchester Society of Architects – The 2012 Winners

Jill Burdett on a shape Shapero success and other stories

Published on May 18th 2012.

Manchester Society of Architects – The 2012 Winners

MAURICE Shapero’s extraordinarily wonderful building in Ancoats for the 42nd Street charity has been named Building of the Year by the Manchester Society of Architects.

Quite right too.

I would say that as I was on the judging panel but I hope it gets the public vote too.

The Space was the stand out entry amongst contenders in seven categories and a striking addition to the city. if you have not seen it in the flesh take a stroll up to Great Ancoats Street and be transported to Wonderland.

The fact that it was built for a charity gives it extra cachet.

Shapero was also lead designer for CUBE -Centre for the Understanding of the Built Environment – on Portland Street where the MSA 2012 Award entries are currently on show and where the awards were handed out last night.

You can see them all, including some thought provoking wok by Manchester based architecture students until May 22nd.

And you can get yourself a good cup of coffee in the RIBA Hub next door. CUBE itself is available to hire should you want to stage your own exhibition, conference, meeting, lecture or whatever.

Click here for info.

And click here for the Manchester Society of Architects.

The full list of winners:

C= Commendation W= Winner

Overall Winner/ Building of the Year: Bradshaw Gass and Hope with Maurice Shapero

Peeping out in the rain: the magnificent winnerPeeping out in the rain: the magnificent winner

1. Residential

W Architecture M: 18 Regent Road

C AEW: Forge Lane Water Tower

C MBLA: Bowes Street Regeneration

2. Leisure

W Arca Design Ltd: Park Keepers Hut

C BDP: Music Box Installation

PKH ArcaPKH Arca

3. Commercial

W Bradshaw Gass and Hope with Maurice Shapero

C Aedas: North Manchester Police Divisional Headquarters

C Roger Stephenson Architects: Riverside Manchester

4. Community

W Taylor Young: Kendal College Technical Studio

C PRP Architects: Project Core

C MBLA: Mere Lane Neighbourhood Health Centre, Everton

Kendal College Technical StudioKendal College Technical Studio

5. Un-built

W Roger Stephenson Architects: Dale Street Hotel

C Roger Stephenson Architects: Hanover Building

Dale Street HotelDale Street Hotel

6. Conservation, Re-use and Conversion

W PRP Architects: The Sharp Project:

C ShedKM: Boiler House

C Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams: The Harris Museum

C Roger Stephenson Architects: The Greenhouse

The Sharp ProjectThe Sharp Project

7. Student Projects

W Mark Ferguson and Ben Danks: Cocoon: An Emergent Learning Network

C Charlie Kentish: East Croydon Pedestrian and Rail Bridge

C Edward Robertson:: Print Foundry

Mark_Ferguson_And_Ben_DanksCocoon An EmergentCocoon: An Emergent Learning Network

Andy Robson Prize: Jack O'Reilly: The Phoenix Effect

Small Projects: Ollier Smurthwaite: Fisher Residence 


Fisher ResidenceFisher Residence


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9 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Ghostly TomMay 18th 2012.

I spotted this wonderful little building for the first time last year. It's a well deserved winner. I like the way something so modern fits in with the older, surrounding buildings with such comfortable ease. It's a little gem and a great addition to Manchester's architectural history. More like this would make it mundane but more with this confidence and quality please.

Dan O'tooleMay 21st 2012.

I couldn't agree more with the winner here. Well deserved and congratulations.

Karen StringerMay 22nd 2012.

The winner gets a WOW from me
Karen Stringer

Phil MurphyMay 22nd 2012.

Agreed, a worthy winner, stunning.

Calum McGJune 1st 2012.

This building is, simply, stunning.

AnonymousJuly 6th 2012.

Manchester city council
Environmental Services
Ancoats conservation Area
Improvement and enhancement

"Much of the areas character derives from the size, mass and construction of the older buildings. Generally these are built in red brick between two and six storeys high with pitched slate roofs; windows are vertically proportioned and simply divided."

"Although new buildings are to be encouraged, they must relate to the existing context in form, scale and materials.
They should neither be diluted nor superficial reflections Of historic buildings lacking original vitality. Such blandness makes no positive contribution, but simply devalues the historic character of the conservation area."

So regardless of how stunning or not it is, why was it built in such an historically important conservation area such as
Ancoats? It clearly doesn't fit in or contribute to the surrounding area, not unlike that foot bridge at the bottom end of Redhill st. which looks like fretworked tread plate.

Shapero's building isn't particularly offensive, but it would have looked more appropriate in a field surround by tall trees

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