AlecFrenchArchitects are celebrating the practice’s 90th Anniversary throughout 2018.
The 1990s saw the Alec French Partnership build on the new design direction which began in the preceeding decade. A wide range of award winning projects covering an ever broadening number of sectors would help redefine the practice.
Goldney Hall, University of Bristol
Winner of a national limited architectural competition for new and refurbished accommodation. The site is adjacent to the C18th Goldney House and its formal gardens. Winner of a Civic Trust Award.
Main Library, University of Bath
The University of Bath wished to convert their existing library to a “24-hour study centre” providing an additional 550 reading spaces and computer terminals to improve the overall quality of the working environment and to optimise the energy requirements of the whole building. The Library occupies a strategic site at the heart of the University campus and the importance of its function and image are recognised in its open and expressive façade. Winner of Civic Trust & Structural Steel Design Awards.
St. Anne’s College, Oxford University
The Claire Pavey building, commissioned by St. Anne’s College, needed to accommodate 45 en-suite study bedrooms and a 150 seat auditorium suitable for both lectures and performing arts. The building was sited to complete the fourth side of a formal lawned quad. English Heritage commented “The new residential and teaching block is exemplary. The architects have achieved an intelligent response to the subtle challenges of the complex historical environment”. Winner of a RIBA Award.
King Edward’s Junior School, Bath
This 200-pupil Junior School sits on a steeply sloping, south facing site overlooking Bath. A central, top lit library forms the focus, with the upper and lower classrooms directly related to it. The RIBA Awards jury commented: “An excellent and inspiring example of architecture”.