Richard Murphy Architects to redevelop Mark House and Park Nightclub site in Cumbria
Edinburgh-based firm Richard Murphy Architects have won the competition to redevelop the Mark House and Park Nightclub site, which lies adjacent to Whitehaven Harbour in the UK. This £10m mixed-use development of luxury residential apartments and high quality office accommodation will continue the dramatic transformation of Whitehaven’s former working port which has taken place over the past decade.
Richard Murphy’s scheme was selected from a strong shortlist which also included design proposals developed by Austin-Smith Lord LLP, Renato Sarno Group Srl and Proginvest Srl, RMJM Scotland Ltd and ShedKM Architects. The five teams having been short-listed from 139 entries submitted from around the globe to the first stage of the competition.
The judging panel felt that Richard Murphy’s scheme presented a very clever working of the plan and the proposed cluster arrangement would generate a rhythm appropriate to the urban grain of Whitehaven and massing of other existing developments on the harbour-side. The former Bath House building was successfully incorporated into the design proposals, which would provide a memorable roofline silhouette against the backdrop of the hills surrounding the town and stunning panoramic views of the harbour from each apartment.
Stephen Hodder, RIBA Architect Adviser, Hodder + Partners commented: “Richard Murphy’s response to a challenging brief is delightful. It is a sophisticated three dimensional solution which addresses the many demanding requirements. The organisation of the proposals is ingenious with flexible office space being surmounted by a considered arrangement of apartments, all of which have sea views, many of which by distinctive ‘lantern windows’. It captures the spirit of this remarkable Georgian town and will reconnect it with the harbourside, adding an appropriate contemporary layer to its fabric”.