Design Awards: 2018

101 The Embankment, Salford

© Hufton + Crow

Architect
Flanagan Lawrence

Structural Engineer
Ramboll

Steelwork Contractor
Elland Steel Structures Ltd

Client
Ask Real Estate

This project is situated on a plot once occupied by Exchange Station that closed in 1969. The Grade II listed sandstone façade viaduct that once supported the station has been retained to form a grand base for a new office building, which sits at plinth level 9m above a significant new area of public realm.

In contrast to the viaduct, the modern steel and glass office building appears as a lightweight, highly polished jewel offering over 165,000ft2 of Grade A offices on 10 floors above a 442-space car park podium over three floors.

Judges’ Comment

This steel and glass 11-storey office building contains a substantial high-spec multi-storey car park, together with retail and workspace units, tied together with an innovative ‘hub’ circulation building. This is a complex structure, but the judges were impressed with the overall economy of the building, taking into account the need to incorporate existing façades, together with the complexities of the transition between the car park and office levels.

Walkway Bridges, London Wall Place

Architect
make

Structural Engineer
WSP UK Ltd

Steelwork Contractor
William Hare

Main Contractor
Multiplex Construction Europe

Client
London Wall Place Limited Partnership

During the construction of London Wall Place, some of the existing heavy 1960s Barbican Highwalks had to be removed as part of the demolition and enabling works. These have now been reinstated by stylish walkways fabricated in weathering steel.

The six new footbridges suspended from the new buildings are an aesthetic and functional response to the problem of pedestrian movement in an overcrowded urban realm. In terms of their slimmer, more sculptural form, material and colour, they provide a vivid contrast with the surrounding buildings and enhance the contemporary styling of London Wall Place.

Judges’ Comment

Individually the six bridges that form this walkway may not catch the eye. However, even though structurally different, through uniform language they cleverly work as one. The weathered steel gives a warmth, which combined with the different structural forms, creates an urban landscape that works with the surroundings to produce lovely public spaces above and below.