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McDowell+Benedetti Architects, UK

Contemporary Architecture Practice London: Design Office in England, UK

post updated 30 Jan 2021

McDowell+Benedetti News

2 Jun 2016
McDowell+Benedetti to go separate ways

The two founders are setting up separate firms “to pursue separate interests”, but both outlined a similar vision for the breadth of work they will be pursuing.

Jonathan McDowell likened the split to the end of FAT and both he and Renato Benedetti insisted it was all amicable, reports Building Design today.

Each will take six staff from the existing practice.

– Benedetti

His new firm will be called Benedetti Architects.

He will remain in the Hatton Garden premises.

Projects include Bafta’s headquarters on Piccadilly, social housing in south London and a bridge near Rome.

– McDowell

He is setting up Matter Architecture with former colleague Roland Karthaus of Karthaus Design.

They have sourced an office in Bethnal Green with a combined workforce of nine.

Existing projects include several large housing projects, a special needs nursery and family centre on Clapham Common and Prince’s Quay bridge in Hull.

McDowell+Benedetti to split article in BD

1 Jun 2016

McDowell+Benedetti to go separate ways

McDowell and Benedetti part company after 20 years, reports the Architect’s Journal today.

The co-founders of McDowell+Benedetti, the London-based architecture practice best known for its innovative bridge designs, have decided to launch their own design studios.

There is no mention of this news on the firm’s website.

Castleford Bridge:
Castleford Bridge design by McDowell+Benedetti

According to this architecture practice, “McDowell+Benedetti is a Chartered Practice of the Royal Institute of British Architects. It was formed by Jonathan McDowell and Renato Benedetti in 1996 and has established a reputation for design excellence with an unusually diverse range of projects across different types and scales.

Scale Lane Bridge:
Scale Lane Bridge design by McDowell+Benedetti

The practice has won many prestigious national and international awards and competitions. Our work has been published widely in the UK and abroad – in articles, books, on TV and radio.”

McDowell+Benedetti to split article in the AJ

McDowell+Benedetti News, alphabetical:

19 Nov 2013
Brunner Showroom, Clerkenwell, London, England
Brunner Showroom Clerkenwell
photograph © Paul Riddle
Brunner Showroom Clerkenwell
International high-end furniture company Brunner has opened its new London headquarters to the public. Designed by McDowell+Benedetti, the showroom and offices occupy a large 3-storey Victorian warehouse space on Rosebery Avenue, near Exmouth Market in Clerkenwell. The new home for Brunner UK enables the company to expand its London base from its former cramped premises near Old Street, into a light and spacious gallery showroom in the heart of London’s design quarter.

McDowell+Benedetti – Key Projects

30 Aug 2013
Scale Lane Bridge, Kingston upon Hull, England, UK
Scale Lane Bridge Hull
photo © Timothy Soar
Scale Lane Bridge
An innovative swing bridge over the River Hull has opened to the public, offering pedestrians the unique experience of riding on the bridge as it opens and closes to river traffic, believed to be a World’s first. The black steel bridge has a distinctive robust character and curving form, making it a memorable landmark that is unique to Hull and its industrial and maritime heritage.

13 Aug 2008
Castleford Bridge, Yorkshire, northern England, UK
Castleford Bridge
picture : Tim Soar
Castleford Bridge
Designed by McDowell+Bendetti with Alan Baxter Associates and Arup and constructed by Costain, Castleford Bridge is the most ambitious construction project of eleven interventions in Castleford as part of The Castleford Project, the Worlds first televised regeneration project, which is being filmed by Channel 4.

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Phone: 020 3475 7500

Address: 5/6, 34-35 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8DX, UK

McDowell+Benedetti Architects – Practice Information

McDowell+Benedetti Architects office located in London, England

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McDowell+Benedetti was formed by Jonathan McDowell and Renato Benedetti in 1996. The practice has established a growing reputation for design excellence across an unusually diverse range of projects of different types and scales. We believe this breadth of experience enriches our approach. We highly value our wide range of public and private clients, many of whom we have developed long-standing relationships with over several projects. The practice has won a number of prestigious awards and international competitions, and its work has been published widely in the UK and abroad, in books and periodicals, and on television.

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McDowell+Benedetti Exhibitions – Recent

– Ovaltown Housing Exhibition
London, 2012

– ‘50 Years of London Architecture 1960-2010’
London Festival of Architecture, 2010

– Platform for Architecture
Istanbul, 2010

– ‘Designs of the Year’ Exhibition
Design Museum, London, 2009

– ‘Wonderland’ Exhibition
Vienna, 2009

– RIBA 175 Year Anniversary Competitions Exhibition
London, 2009

McDowell+Benedetti Awards – Key

– New London Award 2014
Brunner Showroom, retail category – winner

– World Architecture Festival Transport Award 2014
Scale Lane Bridge, Hull – winner

– AIA(UK) ‘Excellence in Design Award’ 2014
Scale Lane Bridge, Hull – honourable mention

– World Architecture News Transport Award 2013
Scale Lane Bridge, Hull – winner

– European Prize for Urban Public Space 2010
Castleford Bridge – finalist

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23 Jan 2014
Winner selected for Salford Meadows Bridge
Design: Tonkin Liu with Arup
Salford Meadows Bridge
image by architects
Salford Meadows Bridge Design
Renato Benedetti, McDowell + Benedetti, RIBA Adviser said “Tonkin Liu with Arup are worthy winners – their unique bridge is poetic, innovative and elegantly engineered with sinuous curves seamlessly linking the Meadows with the new public space to be created. Its sculptural qualities ensure it will be a joy to look at and to use, becoming an inspirational new urban marker for Salford.”

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