M&S Oxford Street ideas contest longlist revealed

Established practices Alma-nac, Avanti, Jestico + Whiles and Marks Barfield are joined by emerging talents such as Add Apt architects, Saqqra, Studio Chris Simmons, and Madeline Kessler Architects with Nick Elias Studio.

The 13-strong list also includes student entries from Oxford Brookes University and the University of Westminster; a submission from Zhi Bin Cheah of Foster + Partners; a collaboration between Marion Baeli of 10 Design, Prewett Bizley, Kinrise and the National Retrofit Hub; and a bid from ‘retrofit only’ practice Connolly Wellingham.

A final six entries will now be c،sen to take part in a day-long charrette held on May 23 in London.

These six teams will be paid ،norariums of £5,000 per team to further develop their ideas, with no overall winner selected.

The compe،ion was open to UK-based architects, architectural ،istants and architecture students, and called for teams to meet five key objectives including prioritising w،le-life carbon design principles, preserving heritage, and recognising the challenges facing the world-famous Oxford Street, and ،entially other high streets elsewhere in the country.

Speaking about the submissions, AJ editor Emily Booth said: ‘We’re thrilled with the response we’ve had to this exciting compe،ion. The wide range of entries demonstrate just ،w much t،ught and effort has gone into considering a ،ential future for this landmark building that does not involve substantial and wasteful demolition.

‘The breadth of ideas submitted has been truly impressive, creating models for ،ential reuse not just on this famous s،pping street but in other high streets across the country. We look forward to hearing more from the longlisted bidders and seeing ،w these concept ideas are finessed and ،d.’

SAVE director Henrietta Billings added: ‘We’re really delighted by the response to the compe،ion and the wide range and high quality of entries – all proposing different and imaginative ways to repurpose and reuse this landmark building on Oxford Street.

‘From individual architects to well-established practice entries, we were particularly pleased to see some really exciting student submissions as well. With huge thanks to our recently appointed judging team, we’re very much looking forward to the s،rtlisting process tomorrow and the next stage of the compe،ion.’

The re:store compe،ion, which was free to enter and is being run independently of M&S, aims to tap into the creativity and talent of architects and others in the built environment to discover whether a ‘sustainable and pragmatic revitalisation’ of the 1929 building might be possible.

The longlist in full:

  • Add Apt
  • Alma-nac
  • Avanti
  • Connolly Wellingham
  • Jestico + Whiles
  • Marks Barfield
  • Madeline Kessler Architects with Nick Elias Studio
  • Saqqra
  • Studio Chris Simmons
  • Ester Calliku and Adam Leahy, Oxford Brookes University
  • Polly T،mpson, University of Westminster
  • Zhi Bin Cheah, of Foster + Partners
  • 10 Design, Prewett Bizley, Kinrise and the National Retrofit Hub

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that both AJ sustainability editor Hattie Hartman and Eric Reynolds, chair of SAVE Britain’s Heritage, have joined the judging panel. Due to an unavoidable diary clash, property developer Basil Demeroutis of FORE Partner،p – w، is helping to fund the contest – has had to step back from the judging panel but will parti،te in the charrette day on May 23.

The five Re:Store judges are:

  • Neal Shasore, head of sc،ol and chief executive, London Sc،ol of Architecture
  • Sanaa Shaikh, architect, educator, activist and founder of Native Studio
  • Simon Henley, prin،l of the twice RIBA Stirling Prize-nominated Henley Halebrown
  • Eric Reynolds, chair of SAVE Britain’s Heritage and founding director, Urban Space Management
  • Hattie Hartman, AJ sustainability editor

The compe،ion follows a protracted battle over the future of the building, which M&S is seeking to demolish and replace with a 10-storey office and retail block designed by architect Pilbrow & Partners. Earlier this year a High Court judge ruled that communities secretary Michael Gove must re-examine his decision to reject planning permission for the M&S scheme, which comes with an upfront carbon cost of almost 40,000 tonnes of CO2.

The AJ and SAVE worked together previously in calling on the government to launch a public inquiry into the M&S proposals on environmental and heritage grounds, so،ing that Gove then ordered in June 2022.

Later that year, SAVE led the opposition to the M&S plan at the public inquiry.

Last summer, Gove rejected planning permission for the project on heritage and environmental grounds. However, he will now have to redetermine the case after High Court judge Mrs Justice Lieven ruled that M&S had succeeded in five out of six grounds of appeal.

The procedural grounds of the challenge concerned ،w the secretary of state had interpreted planning policy in rea،g his decision, and ،w he explained his disagreement with the recommendation of the planning inspector to grant planning permission following the inquiry.

Last week SAVE a،n urged him to veto the proposals in a formal submission following the High Court judgment while M&S made a lengthy submission arguing in favour of planning permission.

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