WATERMARK WESTQUAY WINS AJ AWARDS11th of December 2017
Watermark Westquay won Leisure Project of the Year at the AJ Architecture Awards. Watermark consists of a large multiplex cinema, 24 restaurants along new promenades and a major new public square for Southampton. The judges singled out the contribution that Watermark makes to Southampton regeneration with a sculptural approach that elevates what is often a conventional building type into a centerpiece, while the new public space has brought civic life back to the historic town walls
SAGE HOTEL COMPLETED7th of December 2017
Our Sage Hotel in Ringwood/ Melbourne has opened its doors. The hotel is the next stage of the ongoing transformation of Eastland into a mixed use town centre, adding new urban building blocks alongside and atop of existing structures around our new Town Square. The hotel has 120 rooms over 6 floors. The simple volume of the rooms is dressed in a glass curtain wall, fritted to give the impression of a pleated curtain falling gently over 6 floors. The podium of the hotel as a flexible workspace members club, building on the success of the start-up office space located in the adjacent library for young tech-entrepreneurs.
CHESTER NORTHGATE27th of November 2017
The fly-through we prepared for Chester Northgate is now online. ACME have worked since 2012 on a new masterplan for parts of Chester, one of the three former capitals of Roman Britain and an important harbour and trading centre during the Middle Age. Northgate, the north-west quarter of the historic core, is intended to rejuvenate Chester’s ailing retail offer and market, and to bring new uses to the city. Constructed in phases, Northgate aspires to create a new piece of urban fabric which is thriving, socially inclusive, sustainable, enjoyable and a model for future urban communities. The proposed mix of uses ranging from a major department store to smaller specialist shops, a relocated market, a hotel, a new 6 screen cinema, apartments, town houses and offices. Old streets are re-opened and a major new street extends westwards from the main Cathedral doors. The streets and new public spaces define a quarter of 14 urban blocks that are expressed in a variety of materials, each interpreting the historic language of Chester anew for the 21st century.
CREATIVITY IN CONCRETE AWARD24th of November 2017
Catherine Hennessy and Friedrich Ludewig attended the Concrete Awards 2017 to receive the Creativity in Concrete Award 2017 on behalf of everyone at ACME for our work in precast concrete on Victoria Gate in Leeds, Watermark Southampton, the Realm Library in Melbourne and our public realm work for the Doha Corniche.
The rather amazing award plaque has been cast using fibre reinforced concrete against a textured polymer mould.
VICTORIA GATE AND WATERMARK SHORTLISTED20th of November 2017
Watermark Westquay and Victoria Gate are among the fifteen finalists of the ICSC European Shopping Centers Awards as Best Refurbishment and Expansions and Best New Development. Since 1975, the International Council of Shopping Centers has presented awards for the most outstanding new and refurbished shopping centers in Europe. The jury will announce the winners at the ICSC Conference on the 26th of April 2018 in Barcelona.
VICTORIA GATE WINS AT WAF17th of November 2017
Victoria Gate has won the award for best retail project worldwide at the 2017 WAF - World Architecture Festival in Berlin.
The judges singled out the project's contributions to the wider urban fabric of Leeds and its beautiful interior spaces in their validation to award Victoria Gate against strong international competition.
THE CRAFT OF CONCRETE FACADES16th of November 2017
The Cafe Concrete talk at the Building Centre is now available online, a 20 minute talk about the development of Victoria Gate and the facades for the arcade and the department store as brick and polished concrete composites.
MAPIC AWARD FOR VICTORIA GATE16th of November 2017
Victoria Gate has won the award for Best New Shopping Centre in Cannes at MAPIC, the international property conference. We are delighted that the scheme is recognized in this way by the professional development community.
VICTORIA GATE WINS BRICK AWARDS13th of November 2017
Delighted that Victoria Gate has won the award for Best Commercial Building and Best Innovative Use of Brick and Clay Products at the Brick Awards 2017.
We enjoyed working with Ketley Brick and Thorp Precast to design the external façade.
ACME AT CHESTER CONFERENCE10th of November 2017
Catherine Hennesy from ACME will speak on the 15th of November at The Chester conference, an exploration of how Conservation Areas can add value to the quality of life in our cities, towns and villages.
Chester is famous for its historic Rows- recessed walkways set above street level which line the two main routes through the city. These streets subdivide the centre into quarters, one of which is the site of ACME’s masterplan to rejuvenate Chester's ailing retail offer and the Market. The new Northgate scheme will feature a sequence of new public spaces, a new department store, hotel, market and cinema, to bring renewed footfall and activity to this ancient heritage quarter.
Tickets available here.