Chancellors Conference and Teaching Centre, Manchester
The practice won the competition in 1994 against stiff national and international competition, Europe wide. The scheme makes a new 100-seat conference hall, eight seminar rooms and seventy-five bedrooms with parking for 100 cars within a very precious botanical garden, the home of Sir Joseph Whitworth, 150 years ago.
Its original 1849 villa and stable buildings are restored and have become boardrooms and a restaurant for 100 people. Two conservatories are added, possibly replacing one of Sir Joseph Paxton's first "conservation walls". He and Sir Joseph project managed the Crystal Palace exhibition of 1851 and were good friends.