Hodder Collaboration

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Hodder + Partners have agreed to set up a special collaboration with the Continuity in Architecture BArch Studio.

On 8 December Steven Hodder, Principal of the practice and Stirling Prize winner, will give a lecture about his work at St Catherine’s College, Oxford with particular emphasis on the integration of the scheme with Arne Jacobsen’s original plan. This will be followed in the coming months by Studio Workshops featuring architects from Hodder + Partners.

CiA/Steven Hodder Lecture: 2pm, Wednesday 8 December, Lecture Room 3, Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University

All students are welcome. Further details available from Sally Stone: s.stone@mmu.ac.uk

Hodder + Partners

St Wilfrid remains in Hulme

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A flying visit to St Wilfrid’s RC Church in Hulme, Manchester designed by A.W.N. Pugin.

Pevsner writes: By Pugin, 1842, and memorable as a very early case of the archeologically convincing church … The exterior of the church is red brick, with lancet windows. It all had to be done cheaply – Pugin’s bane. But he allowed himself the touch of archeological fun of laying his bricks English bond, not Flemish like the hated Georgians.

The church was subsumed in the redevelopment of the 1970s and lost its relationship with low-rise terraced streets. The New Hulme has reinstated something of the original scale of the surrounding buildings.

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The building was deconsecrated in the early ‘nineties and converted for use as workshop and business start-up units. The nave has been filled with a utilitarian free-standing structure – in theory the insertion can be removed and the single axial space would be revealed. The chancel and high-altar house a cafe.

Millions have been spent on the adjacent award-winning park and bridges but the exterior of this pre-existing monument continues to deteriorate and repair is probably beyond the resources of the present occupiers.

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English Heritage inspectors continue to visit the Grade ll-listed building and are, in general, pleased that the building is heated and used.

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