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Kielder Observatory, Northumberland
Architect: Charles Barclay Architects
Client: Peter Sharpe on behalf of the Kielder Partnership
Led by curator Peter Sharpe, The Kielder Partnership has a proven track record of finding little-known architects and artists and commissioning adventurous works of art and architecture, set in the unique landscape of Kielder Water and Forest Park. The recently completed Observatory by Charles Barclay Architects, is the latest in a long line which includes Softroom’s Belvedere and James Turrell’s Skyscape.
KentishTown Health Centre, LondonNW5
Architect: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Client: Dr Roy Macgregor on behalf of Camden & Islington Community Solutions
KTHC sets a new standard for the NHS. Dr Roy Macgregor has championed a building where new thinking on holistic healthcare, connectivity, flexibility and transparency were harnessed and worked on collaboratively by his team. Through its fusion of health practice, architecture and art the resulting building is uplifting for both staff and patients.
Kings Place, LondonN1
Client: Peter Millican on behalf of Parabola Land
Architect: Dixon Jones
Kings Placefulfils the personal dream of Peter Millican, ophthalmologist turned client and now arts administrator. This is a genuinely mixed-use building which brings a vibrant public environment into the heart of the building. As well as a restaurant, bar, shops and gallery there are and two concert halls good enough to offer residencies to national orchestras.
Liverpool One Masterplan, Liverpool
Client: Rod Holmes on behalf of Grosvenor
Architect: BDP + 25 other architects
The one billion pound Liverpool One is recognized as one of the most significant city regeneration projects in Europe. Rod Holmes, aided and succeeded by Guy Butler, has led Grosvenor’s drive for quality and guided all aspects of the design and construction process. To engage three major architects might be deemed brave, to employ 25 is sheer but brilliantly successful madness.
Maggie's Centre, London Charing CrossHospital, London W6
Client: Laura Lee on behalf of Maggie's
Architect: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
As a cancer-care nurse Laura Lee promised her patient Maggie Jencks that she would carry out her dying wish: to see cancer sufferers and their families and friends offered humane facilities in which they could learn about the illness and receive support. Six centres by the world’s leading architects are now open, with eight more planned or under construction.
St Martin-in-the-Fields Trafalgar Square, LondonWC2
Client: Rev Nicholas Holtam for St Martin’s-in-the-Fields
Architects: Eric Parry Architects and Caroe & Partners (Conservation Architect)
Eric Parry Architects’ design for St Martin-in-the-Fields has breathed new life into this London landmark church. It has been painstakingly delivered with great consideration and sensitivity at all levels of design from masterplan to detail, all completely endorsed and supported by an enlightened client the Vicar, the Reverend Nicholas Holtam, supported by Chief Executive Hugh Player.
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