Tenderstream member wins RIBA National Award
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Hawley Wharf masterplan recognised for transforming Camden market site
Tenderstream member Allford Hall Monaghan Morris has been announced as one of the 29 winners of the 2022 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) National Awards for architecture. The awards, which have been presented since 1966, recognise the UK’s best new buildings and provide an insight into the UK’s latest design and economic trends. Allford Hall Monaghan Morris received the award for the firm’s design for Hawley Wharf on the north bank of the Regent’s Canal in London, a masterplan-led redevelopment of an under-utilised, neglected part of the ever-popular Camden Market.
The client’s long-term vision was to transform the large site into a lively mixed-use development, which suffered a setback when a failed planning application prompted a rethink. The challenge was to regain the trust of the local community and smooth the way for a development that would balance the needs of residents against those of visitors attracted to the market.
The resulting masterplan transforms a neglected site into a vibrant new destination whilst enhancing the inherent identity of the area. Eight new buildings – set amongst the existing railway viaducts – and two refurbished buildings, including the Grade II Listed 1 Hawley Road, are arranged around three major new public spaces and several new pedestrian routes which reconnect the site with its neighbourhood, balancing the needs of both residents and visitors.
The lively mix of uses includes 170 affordable and private homes, a primary school for 210 pupils with a 26 pupil nursery, incubator workplace units, artisanal and industrial workshops, a local cinema, a variety of local retail opportunities and a flexible and open market building that addresses the Regent’s Canal to create a revitalised sense of place. The scheme achieved planning consent in just seven months from appointment.
The competition jury wrote: “Although the development’s energy efficiency measures go beyond the requirements of the applicable Building Regulations, the scheme’s real strength is in its harmonious variety. Great placemaking has been achieved by integrating new spaces and buildings that will be useful and delightfulfor many years.”
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