A site visit to the World at Wentworth Project yesterday, gave us first sight of the glasshouse with all internal scaffold removed. The grade II* listed structure has been subject to a significant restoration project in the last year.
The existing structure was tested, dismantled and, where needed, repaired. New elements were cast to the original designs and reconstruction has been ong
Last night saw success for three of our projects in the Manchester Society of Architects Design Awards.
Our project at St Botolph’s Boston, creating café, retail and office space as contemporary individual structures within the church, was commended in the community category. In the conservation and reuse category we had a double win as the category was split to reflect the expertise a
Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams, architects for Galliford and Mears, are part of the S4B consortium announced as the preferred bidder for the £113M Brunswick PFI regeneration scheme in central Manchester.
The programme of new build and refurbishment will provide over 500 new homes, and refurbish 653, as well as new community facilities, an extra care unit and retail space.
Puns aside, we are delighted that several of our `Bros` have been taking up the challenge once more to go razor-free for a month and raise money for Movember. It was fantastic to see so many joining in with their facial hair, but also some of the mo-challenged taking part by baking moustache-shaped cookies instead to raise extra pennies.
After much anticipation, Manchester Museum finally opened its doors to the newly refurbished Ancient Worlds gallery.
Originally installed by Alfred Waterhouse, the gallery has seen little change over its history. Working with Exhibition Designers Opera, we have renovated the gallery to provide a contemporary visitor experience, vastly increasing the opportunity for engagement and int
This year we thought we`d better sample the magic and romance of Venice before it sinks.
With floods either side of our weekend trip we were worried, but we lucked out on a beautiful sunny day for our arrival - and not a puddle in sight! There was plenty to fill our appetites, both for food, drink, and beautiful architecture, and we flew away again stuffed but happy. Several of us are
Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams are delighted to announce that Ian Beaumont and Andy Avery, former Directors of MBLA Architects and Urbanists, are to join them with immediate effect. Ian and Andy have been central to the strategic creative thinking at MBLA, and bring with them a number of key members of staff who will continue to deliver the high standards of contemporary design that MBLA have b
The Harris library, museum and art gallery in Preston was commended by the judges in this year`s MSA design awards.
Entered into the conservation category, the judges made particular comment on the quality of the project. The museum which is grade I listed has undergone a conservation and restoration project to reverse previous intervention and reveal the architecture of the beautiful g
Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams have been listed in the 2012 AJ100.
The AJ100 is a measure of the size of architectural practices across the UK based upon an industry wide survey, which takes into account the number of architects, project values, scope of works and markets, plus attitudes and plans for development within the industry. It not only nominates who the top 100 practices are b
Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams with URS and L&R Consulting have been appointed by London Borough of Harrow to create a vision and masterplan for Headstone Manor.
Headstone Manor is grade I listed and dates to the mediaeval period. It sits together with the adjacent listed tithe barn, small barn and granary on a Scheduled Ancient Monument and houses the current Harrow Museum.
Buttress Fuller Alsop WIlliams will be hosting a talk for the MSA tonight at the RIBA hub in Manchester.
Part of the local heroes series of lectures, we will be presenting the Moat House and also giving an insight into some of the past and present schemes that have formed our approach to architecture and practice, and that keep us evolving and growing.
We are very pleased to announce that Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams are winners of the 3R Awards Best Service Provider in recognition for our work at The Museum of Science and Industry Great Western Warehouse.
The 3R Awards (refurb, rethink, retrofit) “reward and celebrate design, engineering and construction excellence that prolongs the active life of buildings and infrastructure, helping t
We will be taking part in the National Aquarium Workshop Conference and Exhibition from 11th-13 November. This year it will be hosted by Living Coasts in Torquay and is a key exhibition and conference for professionals in the British public aquarium sector.
Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams designed a new aquarium gallery at Living Coasts which was opened in 2008 - Mangroves: The Roots of the Sea
Wentworth Castle and Stainborough Park are shortlisted for the National Lottery Awards 2011 in the Best Heritage Project Category. The results will be announced on the National Lottery Awards on BBC1, Saturday 5th November at 9.30pm. Support the project by voting on http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards/.
Our current appointment by the Wentworth Castle and Stainborough Park Heritage Tr
The Independent School Bursars Association Conference was held in May this year at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport. We had an exhibition stand where our approachable and highly knowledgeable staff had a very productive and enjoyable conference meeting the delegates and discussing with them their Schools and future plans. We were also very pleased to be able to meet up with our recent and cur
Last night saw three of our projects receiving industry awards:
The Moat House was crowned winner in the residential category of the Manchester Society of Architecture Awards 2011. Judges described the scheme as an "intelligent development of accomplished detail and composition"
Clitheroe Castle Museum was highly commended in the conserva
A number of our gents have been growing (to various degrees of success) moustaches this month to raise awareness of, and some money in support of, the prostate cancer charity. The Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams ‘tash force’ is supporting the Movember movement which “challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache.
Gavin Sorby, MD of Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams has completed the challenge to climb Kilimanjaro, raising money for charity Scope.
Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and considered the highest free standing mountain in the world; the Uhuru Peak rises to an altitude of 4,600m from base to summit, with an overall height of 5895m.
Winter 2009 was particularly hard, with intense frosts, snow and a prolonged period of sub-zero temperatures. The effects are often felt on historic buildings, but at Lincoln Cathedral it was the catalyst to a new layer of the building’s history being uncovered. At the West Front of the cathedral the freezing temperatures caused some of the external paving to lift, creating an uneven surface at
We are pleased to announce that Gavin Sorby has taken the role of Managing Director at Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams Ltd, succeeding Geoff Alsop who, in the last five years, has seen the company develop and grow into a strong and respected national practice. Geoff continues in the role of Director concentrating on the practice’s public sector work and, deservedly, this year will be Chairman of
We are delighted to have been appointed to the Wentworth Castle and Stainborough Park Heritage Trust for the development of the ‘World at Wentworth’ Project.
The latest project for our cultural and historic buildings team, we shall be restoring the grade II* listed Victorian conservatory and helping create a visitor gateway for the Castle and Gardens within the Grade I listed parkland.
Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams shall be presenting development options for Greenbridge Works at next week`s National Mills Conference in Accrington, Lancashire.
Outlining our approach to the project, we shall discuss how to turn the site constraints and issues into potential, who to involve and, looking to the wider business and recreational potential in the area, illustrate a number o
Stockport Covered Market last night was awarded an RICS NW Award, winning the regeneration category.
The award calls for projects that have made exceptional improvements to urban, rural or coastal areas and that have improved the built or natural environment in a way that has contributed to the viability of the area.
Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams completed a project that restor
The third edition of A Positive View, a museum scale exhibition of 130 photographic works in support of Crisis, the charity supporting single homeless people is currently showing at Somerset House, London.
Richard Williams, Director at Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams, has worked with the curator to design the exhibition layout; taking viewers on a provocative and unsettling journey. <
Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams have been appointed as architects for the redevelopment and amalgamation of the Cecil Higgins Arts Gallery, Bedford Museum and Bedford Galleries into a single attraction. The Bedford Museum housed in an old brewery, and adjacent Cecil Higgins Gallery have come together under a single management and are to be joined into a single attraction, along with the recently
Work has started on site at MOSI in Manchester to redevelop the grade II listed Lower Byrom Street Warehouse as the new entrance building for the museum.
Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams have worked with the museum to open the building up, removing the current ramps that dominate the space, and create a new exhibiton gallery (Revolution Manchester) to welcome and orient visitors.
Stockport Victorian Market Hall, has been named a winner in the conservation category of the Stockport Conservation and Design Awards 2009. The grade II listed Covered Market has undergone a major transformation and was chosen by a prestigious judging panel with representatives from Places Matter! the RTPI, RIBA North West, and the council.
Blackburn College University Centre received a fantastic compliment at its opening party this week: it was created as a cake. The cake was complete with details crafted from icing, such as the solar shading panels and signage.
The striking new building by Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams architects, was completed in August on a D+B contract with Bardsley Construction; and has been widely w
The Manor House Library in Lewisham, London has reopened to the public after being closed for restoration and adaptation for over a year.
The grade II* listed building has had one wing rebuilt; internally access has been addressed by the insertion of a glazed lift into the heart of the building; and the once gaudily painted interior has been restored to a sensitive and high quality fini
Last year we completed two very successful museum projects and they opened their doors to an expectant public: Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton and The Rotunda William Smith Museum of Geology, Scarborough.
We have had our pride in the projects recognised this year with a great success in a number of regional and national awards. Stockwood Discovery Centre has received a hat trick of aw
Abingdon School Sports Centre last night won the Manchester Society of Architects Award for the Sports and Leisure Category. The only project awarded in this category the sports centre with its curved timber ceiling in the striking pool area was a clear winner.
We shall be exhibiting at a number of leading industry conferences this year: coming up in May are the ISBA Annual Conference 09 (Torquay 13/14 May) and the Museums and Heritage Show 09 (Earls Court 13/14 May).
At each, you will find us in the exhibition hall showcasing some of our most relevant work and offering insight into how our approach and expertise benefits projects.
An official opening was today attended by pupils. past and present. of Monmouth School for the new £2.3M sports Pavilion designed by Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams architects.
The new pavilion incorporates a double height, fully glazed entrance leading through to changing facilities on the ground floor; and dining and reception facilities on the first. The first floor is crowned by a
The outstanding new Sports Centre at Abingdon School is now complete. We held a successful event for representatives of local schools and a number of current clients, with a tour of the new facilities and presentation of the project development. The School, the Contractor (Beard) and Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams described their different perspectives on briefing, designing, constructing and
This year`s staff trip has seen the largest ever take-up with 38 of us off to Madrid for the weekend.
Perhaps it`s the lonely planet description that attracted them: If you could distil the city to its essence, it would be this: Madrid is a rebellious ex-convent schoolgirl who grew up, got sophisticated but never forgot how to have a good time.
Stockwood Park Museum in Luton reopened to the public today as Stockwood Discovery Centre after a £6m redevelopment involving a year’s extensive refurbishment and building.
Architects Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams met a brief that asked to improve visitor facilities at the museum, re-displaying and re-interpreting the collections; plus integrating the museum and landscaped gardens to
Construction work was halted in one area last week at Stockport’s historic market hall, as archaeologists moved in to investigate a mystery structure uncovered on the ground floor.
Architects Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams who are leading the restoration of the market hall, have kept a close eye on progress and are working closely with the council and specialists to understand what t
Planning permission has been granted for development work at Rhodesia House in Manchester.
The remodelling project is the latest in a strong portfolio of commercial projects by Buttress Fuller Alsop WiIliams that involve listed buildings. Rhodesia House is to be stripped back of varous layers of interior additions to reveal its original features, creating a character office space for
Our congratulations go to Donald Buttress, who has been awarded the OBE for services to the conservation of cathedrals in the 2008 New Year Honours List.
Donald, who is one of the original founders of what is now Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams Ltd, has played an important role in conservation architecture and is widely recognised for his outstanding work at a number of the country’s c
It was champers and canapés on Thursday evening as we celebrated the opening of our Liverpool offices. With the local ‘delifonseca’ providing a range of fancy nibbles and the magic circle’s Jamie Raven bending our minds a little with his tricks, it was smiles all round for a really enjoyable evening, marking our developing relationship with the Liverpool property scene.
Each year all staff from Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams are invited on a weekend city break, to taste the delights of a new city. This year, Copenhagen was the destination of choice with an array of arts and architecture and of course a strong dose of café culture, bars and restaurants to keep everyone entertained.
Highlights and lowlights: a dizzying trip up the Round Tower with
The new Menorah Synagogue in South Manchester has received full planning permission and goes on site in autumn 2007.
The new building is a significant development for the Cheshire reform congregation who have worshipped at the site for over forty years; but in a non specific and underperforming building. The development of a new purpose built synagogue has been an opportunity to rev
A Planning Application has been submitted for a new Higher Education facility at Blackburn College.
Designed by Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams, the proposed HE building is sited on a prominent position on the perimeter of the College Campus and comprises three distinct elements – a five-storey white-rendered teaching block which is curved to mimic the line of the inner ring-road adjac
Concept designs have been created for a new aquarium in Mexico. This is a major new destination aquarium and, based upon previous experience at Blue Planet, UK and Blue Zoo, China; looks set to be a key driver for the development of tourism in the area.
The concept for the aquarium is to showcase local flora and fauna with extensive marine tanks that represent the local coastline habit
The Horniman Aquarium, designed by Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams, is one of just ten museums and galleries, long-listed for the prestigious Gulbenkian Prize; at £100,000, Britain`s largest single arts prize awarded each year to a museum or gallery.
Richard Williams, Director, is a specialist in the design of aquaria and has an international reputation for the delivery of these comple
A 39 unit housing development on the site of an old mill in the hills above Waterfoot in the Rosendale Valley, Lancashire, has been awarded planning permission and is progressing through detailed design.
The development maximises the re-use of the original mill buildings plus reclaimed materials from those buildings not retained. New insertions and interventions on the site interpret
The Grade II* Cathedral Church of St Anne’s in Leeds re-opened to the public and worshippers in mid November 2006, a month ahead of schedule, following a period of closure of over a year during which it has undergone the most extensive internal restoration and reordering in its history.
The Cathedral is relatively modern building, completed in 1904 to a design by John Eastwood. Altho
A new £6.5M Police Station has opened this month in Newark, Nottinghamshire replacing older facilities that were no longer fit for purpose. The new two storey station has over 2000m2 floor space, and comprises of front of house facilities for the public, office space, a state of the art custody suite. A separate victim support unit is housed in a smaller building to the rear so centralising th
Manchester Climbing Centre picked up the Roses Design Award last night for best re-use of a Listed Building.
An imaginative and sensitive adaptation of a Grade II* Listed church in Ardwick Manchester, the centre is proving a huge success. The scheme utilises the vast spaces within the church creating a variety of zones and a unique character that has won the centre and its design a great
Our staff trip to Berlin in October is packed with good credentials: good architecture; a bit of culture; great entertainment; plus low environmental impact!
A little unusual perhaps – how can a staff trip boast good environmental credentials? Well this year we’ve taken the initiative to offset the carbon dioxide that our flights will create by investing in the development of alterna
So Dragon Boat Racing – what’s that all about? We sent 17 of our finest to Salford Quays on August 20th to find out.
The weather was awful, and I mean awful, but a full complement turned out to raise money for the British Red Cross by racing up and down the Quays in low canoes urged on by the rhythm of the drummer. The secret behind the racing is all about synchronising everyone’s str
Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams have been appointed as architects to the Stockwood Discovery Centre Project in Luton. This £1.8M project improves access to the existing Stockwood Park Museum, uniting it with the Mossman Collection of Horse Drawn Carriages, through a new gateway building that houses visitor facilities and extended gallery spaces.
The new entrance building, with café and visitor
One of the country’s most technical conservation projects gained the royal seal of approval in May as Prince Charles ‘opened’ the Dean’s Eye Window at Lincoln Cathedral.
The rose window is one of Europe’s most important examples of mediaeval stained glass dating as it does from 1235. Nicholas Rank, Architect and Surveyor of the Fabric to Lincoln Cathedral, has overseen its careful re
Planning permission has been granted for a new sports centre at Abingdon School in Oxfordshire. The new centre with 25m, 8 lane swimming pool, fitness suite and ergo room, judo hall and climbing zone is designed to sit alongside the existing listed school buildings in a conservation area.
Understanding the design and planning implications of working alongside sensitive historic estates is a p
January 2006 saw MANCAT’s redeveloped Openshaw Campus fully open to students. MANCAT renowned for their range, flexibility and availability of courses took the decision in 1999 to move their central Manchester campus out of town and site the facilities nearer to the communities that they provide for. The campus at Openshaw has been extended by Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams with the major refurbi
We are delighted to announce that David Shatwell has taken a new position as Director with Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams.
David has over twenty five years post-qualification experience and specialises in, and leads the Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams’ team active in the restoration, conservation and maintenance of historic buildings of all grades across the country.
He manages a number of te
Barcelona, home of modernista masterpieces lining broad leafy avenues; gothic monuments and mediaeval quarters; mime artists and café culture on las ramblas, fantastical creatures in Parc Guell, and for one weekend in October 2005, host to 23 of the Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams staff. Yes we sampled the seafood in La Bocqueria, marvelled at Gaudi’s - well just about everything, paid homage to N
Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams are urging us to ‘pull up a chair’ and visit the new exhibition opening at CUBE on February 18th.
‘100 years - 100 chairs’ is a touring exhibition of the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rheim, and showcases the development of industrial design in the 20th century.
From the sublime to the ridiculous, this is one of the most comprehensive collections in existe
Prague was the venue for this year’s Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams staff trip in November. 23 people went for a weekend to take in the sights and enjoy the atmosphere of this beautiful and historical city.
From a quick waltz around Gehry’s dancing building to crowd mingling at the mediaeval castle and Charles Bridge, the trip was a great success; with the only question now remaining where to nex