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14 Feb 2008

Urban Splash Select Architects for Tribeca

Award winning property developer Urban Splash has teamed up with four world class architects to create Tribeca, a whole new place of homes, offices, shops and public space in Liverpool city centre.

Tribeca Liverpool

The four architects for Tribeca Liverpool are:

shedkm based in Liverpool
Alison Brooks Architects based in London
querkraft, Vienna, Austria
Riches Hawley Mikhail, London

“We’ve brought together four very exciting architects to work with us on Tribeca,” said Simon Humphreys, director of development, Urban Splash. “These architects represent some of the best emerging practices in Europe and we think their designs complement one another to create what we hope will be a great new place in Liverpool city centre.”


shedkm and Urban Splash have worked on many projects together including Matchworks on Speke Road, Garston; Vanilla Factory and Tea Factory in the Ropewalks; the Collegiate on Shaw Street; Moho in Manchester and Fort Dunlop in Birmingham all of which have received major awards for their design and innovation.

Tribeca is home turf for shedkm and they are the masterplan architects for Tribeca. They have also designed two new apartment buildings for the project. The two buildings will contain 230 studio, one and two bedroom apartments all with full height glazing and balconies together with a host of business spaces at ground floor level. The building that fronts on to Great George Street will be built as part of the first phase of the scheme.

Alison Brooks Architects

Alison Brooks Architects (ABA) is recognised as one of Britain’s leading “new generation” architects. ABA’s design approach is very site and client specific, drawing from the broader cultural context of each project to produce highly inventive and unique buildings.

Since it was founded in 1996 the practice has won or been a finalist in fourteen architectural competitions and has won fifteen awards for architectural quality. After receiving the Overall Winner Award at the 2006 Housing Design Awards for the Accordia development in Cambridge, ABA has broadened its portfolio to include larger scale housing and urban design.

In 2007 the practice won an English Partnerships competition to design a 250 unit mixed-use development for West End One Central Milton Keynes. In addition to a growing housing portfolio the practice is undertaking major arts projects, winning the 2005 national competition to design the Folkestone Performing Arts and Business Centre. Currently on site, it will form a cornerstone in Folkestone’s arts led regeneration programme.

In 2007 ABA won the RIBA Manser Medal for the Salt House in Essex, described by the Guardian’s Architecture critic Jonathan Glancey as “one of the best new houses in Britain today”

ABA has designed three tall buildings at Tribeca which will act as landmarks at the corner of Great George Street and St James Street. The buildings will be a combination of new homes and commercial space.


Founded in 1998 the three partners at Querkraft based in Vienna Austria were named Young Architects of the Year in 2004 by architectural magazine BD.

querkraft literally translated means the art of lateral thinking and this is at the heart of their creative work. Defining architecture as poetic, inspiring and efficient Querkraft has achieved great success in Europe with projects including the dra-house and an Adidas brand centre in Germany.

Tribeca is the first project in the UK for Querkraft and they have designed a series of buildings which will include apartments, hotel, office and retail space together with a new public square. The querkraft buildings will part of the 2nd phase of building work for Tribeca.

Riches Hawley Mikhail

Riches Hawley Mikhail Architects was set up in 2006 by Annalie Riches, Cathy Hawley and David Mikhail. Their first project on site, an RIBA competition win for 26 affordable houses in Suffolk, is due for completion May 2008, and has won a Housing Design Award. The practice has a number of housing projects, currently in the pipeline and was a finalist for Young Architect of the Year 2007.

Prior to establishing RHMA the three principals enjoyed individual success with a number of projects. Between them they have won two RIBA awards, AJ First Building Award, Bauwelt international ‘Erste Haus’ Prize, a Housing Design Award, a Civic Trust award and the Rome Scholarship.

Riches Hawley Mikhail are working closely with Urban Splash, Maritime Housing Association and the existing residents at Great George Street to create 15 new family homes, the first 10 of which will be built during the first phase of Tribeca.

Tribeca : Phase 1 Great George Street, Liverpool
Design: Alison Brooks Architects

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