FX Awards 2015: The winners

Mixed Use Development

Winner: Spring Mews
by The Manser Practice Architects + Designers

Mixed Use Development

Image credit: Hufton +Crow & Jim Stephenson

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Spring Mews is a mixed-use development comprising 378 bedrooms of student accommodation, a 93-bed suite hotel, office spaces and new public realm in an old industrial site in the Vauxhall Nine Elms Opportunities Area.

The aim was to create a unique student experience and provide a friendly, creative and safe student hub designed to meet modern student living requirements. The student's ground floor reception, with concierge, has a hotel feel whereas the materials used in the common areas are more industrial and reflect the Victorian heritage of the site. In one communal area is a full-scale model of a London Underground train along with two classic red phone boxes, which are linked to local taxi and fast-food companies.

The suite hotel interior had to comply with brand standards while still achieving a level of individuality. The original Staybridge brand was challenged, moving the brand on to suit contemporary lifestyles and focusing on being more 'Home than Hotel' by providing all the benefits of a hotel with all of the comforts, flexibility and freedom enjoyed at home.

The judges said:
'A well-executed project; money spent wisely meeting the many needs of a modern day student.'

Finalists and judges' comments:

St Dunstan's House & Residents Lounge by 33 Interiors
'Classic, calm look

Songshan Cultural and Creative Park Café & Souvenir Shop by Akuma Design
'Thoughtful and inventive'

Cannington Court by BDG architecture+design
'A complex project, handled brilliantly'

Advocate's Close, Edinburgh by Chris Stewart Group
'Intelligent architectural additions, great public space'

21c Museum Hotel Durham by Deborah Berke Partners
'Exquisite intervention in a beautiful building'

The Nido Collection by Tigg Coll Architects
'Luxurious halls of residence'


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