‘Rehousing Manchester’ wins AT Student Prize
We’re very pleased to announce that dRMM Architectural Assistant Elle Thompson and her classmate, Alexandra Francis from Bennetts Associates, have won the Student Prize at the Architecture Today Awards.
‘Rehousing Manchester – The Carbon Conscious Collective’, submitted while they were both studying at the University of Sheffield proposes the creative reuse of the UMIST Campus (Manchester’s former home of innovation) into an environmentally-conscious inner-city community. The campus masterplan includes the repurposing of 1960s teaching buildings into housing co-operatives, with community functions – operated by the Carbon Conscious Collective – on the lower floors to activate the surrounding public realm.
The project also won the AJ Student Prize Sustainability Award in 2022. Read more about it here.
We were bowled over by the deft interweaving of an ambitious social agenda and a sophisticated understanding of the practicalities of construction. A serious project, executed with the playfulness and ingenuity we expect – and need – from the emerging generation of practitioners. Judges Citation