Brooks Murray win the 2018 Rifat Chadirji Prize

We are really excited to announce that we have won the 2018 Rifat Chadirji Prize – a competition  inviting designs to  transform the currently unused site of the Old Governorate Building, Baghdad, into the Baghdad Design Centre.

“This project offers an example of how urban ruins can be regenerated into new complexes. Its response to the urban and design brief highlights the importance of the original wall, and incorporates it as the main feature of the project. Its transformation into a living function will help create life in the project’s internal space and public plaza, which responds to the traditional local fabric and enriches the urban surroundings.  Covering the façade with trees will also allow the viewer to remember it as an urban ruin. The central courtyard is flexible and adaptable and can be used for many things including events, functions, performances and festivals, while the surrounding indoor activities can also be extended to the courtyard.” 

Find out more about the Rifat Chadirji Prize, and the Tamayouz Excellence Award, here.


Chapelton wins in Aberdeenshire Architectural and Landscape Design Awards

Chapelton has won the  Building Communities for the Future prize at the 2018 Aberdeenshire Architectural and Landscape Design Awards.

Chapelton is an emerging, sustainable mixed-use new town, embedding diverse housing choice, generous green infrastructure, and employment throughout.

The Building Communities for the Future categoy focuses on larger-scale developments. The work at Chapelton delivers well-designed, attractive housing, demonstrating how a considered layout, with landscaping and green open spaces, can create communities as well as deliver on housing need.

Read more about the Awards, here.

Find out more about Chapelton, here.


BMA shortlisted for the Rifat Chadirji Prize 2018

We are excited to have been shortlisted for the 2018 Rifat Chadirji Prize.

The Rifat Chadirji Prize this year asked participants to transform the currently unused site of the Old Governorate Building, Baghdad, into the Baghdad Design Centre whilst integrating the damaged original facades into their ideas for the new building. The facades will be a memorial for an era in Baghdad’s history. The competition welcomed  the participation of 310 firms and individuals from across 54 countries.

The competition is organised by Tamayouz, an excellence awards programme dedicated to supporting aspirational and transformative projects tackling local and global challenges. The Rifat Chadirji Prize is an annual international award that calls for design proposals responding to local challenges in Iraq. Through its various themes, this prize aims to introduce Iraq and its challenges to the world, inviting architects to submit ideas that might address some of the country’s urban problems, whilst establishing an open source of ideas tackling social issues in Iraq through design.

See the shortlist, here.

Planning Approved at Grove Farm, Robertsbridge

Working with Turnberry Planning, Brooks Murray recently received planning and listed building approval for a mixed use development in Robertsbridge, East Sussex.

The sensitive location of the site within the town, and the complex listed building detailing, meant approval had previously been refused. Brooks Murray were engaged to bring exceptional standards to both the masterplanning and  detailed design, and to achieve a successful planning and listed building approval.

The proposal is a mixed use residential and commercial project which will help sensitively to grow the community and create job opportunities for local residents and businesses in Roberstbridge.


Completion at Churchfield Road

Brooks Murray have carefully restored a residential building in Acton, west London.

Whilst the three-storey building, once accommodating six flats, had been approved for demolition and complete new build, the client preferred to retain the existing building and offer it a more modern look. Brooks Murray were therefore asked to work within the existing fabric,  to preserve the character of the area and yet renew the building with simple, contemporary detailing.

Excited to be asked to develop a fitting approach for reusing buildings with such potential, Brooks Murray redesigned the existing layout whilst expanding the rear and adding a mansard roof to accommodate a total of ten flats.

Local feedback has noted the refreshed  frontage enhancing the aspect from the road, and neighbours to the rear – all of whom have a visual connection – have appreciated the discreet improvements to their outlook.


Essendonbury Barns Near Completion in Hertfordshire

Aston Martin specialists, Nicholas Mee & Co, have moved into their new home at Essendonbury Barns, Hertfordshire.

The listed seventeenth and eighteenth century farm buildings have been delicately restored and brought back into use, alongside sympathetic new bespoke workshop and office space.

Our first step reinstated the historic 1896 dual courtyard arrangement by inserting a new-build barn between the two existing barns to match the vernacular.

The existing grade II listed timber barns were then sensitively restored preserving the historic material and guaranteeing their survival for the next hundred years.

This unique heritage asset now hosts a classic car showroom, customer reception, an  upholstery workshop, office space, four mechanic bays with hydraulic lifts and two separate oblique bays, and hosts thirty specialist jobs.

Brooks Murray have moved!

After more than 20 years based in Shoreditch, Brooks Murray have moved to Finsbury Park!

Over the years, we have grown and we have now burst our seams at New North Place.  Our new physical address is  The Arts Building, Morris Place, N4 3JG, the home of John Jones, and other creative industries. This new space will allow us to grow even more.

The phone number and e-mail addresses will  stay the same. Parking will be similar to the situation in Shoreditch – nearby metered spaces.

Sadigura Synagogue Approved! August 2017

Sadigura Synagogue received Planning Permission in August.  Brooks Murray Architects have been asked to design a new building for the Sadigura Synagogue at 269 Golders Green Road and to coordinate both extensions for the houses on both sides, designed by Studio 25 Architects. The purpose of the redevelopment is to increase the capacity and improve the quality of the shul and its ancillary services. The proposal is to replace the existing synagogue with a larger synagogue to include a multi-purpose space for the community on the top floor. The new building has been designed to work in a harmonious way with the extensions of the adjoining houses and vice versa.

Queens Parade Approved! March 2017

The Queens Parade received planning permission. This scheme was a refurbishment of a 1970’s block. Brooks Murray revitalised the facade by  creating a similar but modern extension of the existing building. Intricate brick and Moroccan fish tile paneling breaks up the long Elevation and  adds colour to the street.  The Culver Road elevation will be treated in the same way as the first floor, with the addition of profiled brick string coursing as a subtle detail that extends to the rear elevation for visual interest.


Brooks Murray famous once again!

Three Barns Farm restoration project and landscaping was featured in the November 2016 issue of another one of Britain’s leading magazines, House and Garden. The article showcases the grounds and the estate in superior photographic quality focusing on the quality of the heritage architecture, interior design and craftsmanship.

Gingerbread city

Brooks Murray were invited by Ecoled lighting manufacturer for festive drinks, to launch their   lighting range  at the Museum of architecture in Kensington, amonst the festive setting of Gingerbread city. Ecoled have a stunning minimalist range of lighting types and systems which illuminated the exhibition beautifully

Gingerbread City is an exhibition and series of workshops that make up the museum’s annual winter fundraiser, masterplanned and sponsored by Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design. Architecture practices such as Foster and partners and Hopkins architects submitted gingerbread buidings to fit their allocated plots. The city was divided into areas such as the historical district and industrial area. The designs reflected the urban typology.

St Paul’s Trip

Brooks Murray architects were generously invited by one of our clients to have a private tour of St Pauls Cathedral. The Brooks Murray contingent was  split into two groups and allowed access into the areas not generally accessible to the  public. We had a tour of the whispering gallery, the archive room replete with the original hand drawn sections and elevations of the original cathedral as well as all the restorative and renewed designs. Finally, we were given  a tour of the library and archive detailing the stone works which have taken place over the years.

Times Article

We are excited to find our work at Chapleton of Elsick featured in The Times.  Find out more about it here.

Homes and Gardens

A Brooks Murray Architects restoration project, the “Three Barns Farm”, was featured in the Christmas issue of Homes and Gardens.

Chapelton of Elsick Approved
Chapelton of Elsick Approved

The full planning application for the first Phase of the new town was approved by Aberdeen Council.

Outline planning for the full masterplan was also approved.

Wolfson Economics Prize 2014
Wolfson Economics Prize 2014 – Brooks Murray Architects Highly Commended

How would you deliver a new Garden City which is visionary, economically viable, and popular?

The 2014 Wolfson Prize posed this question. In response, Brooks Murray submitted a joint entry to the competition, alongside Dr. Susan Parham from the University of Hertfordshire and Anthony Downs of  Gascoyne Cecil Estates, which received High Commendation. Architects involved from Brooks Murray’s team were Pablo Fernanadez and Gavin Murray.

Click here to view Wolfson Prize website