News

Announcement
01.06.16
After twenty years of successful partnership Renato Benedetti and Jonathan McDowell have decided to pursue separate interests. Their architectural practice McDowell+Benedetti will be wound up from July 2016.

Renato Benedetti has formed a new practice Benedetti Architects and will remain at the same address in Hatton Garden. Jonathan McDowell has formed a new practice, Matter Architecture, in partnership with Roland Karthaus (Karthaus Design). Current projects and staff will continue in these two new practices.

Jonathan and Renato would like to thank all the clients, staff, consultants, builders and other collaborators who have worked with the practice over the years on so many successful award-winning projects. We greatly look forward to continuing those relationships in our new practices and delivering many more successful projects.

Renato Benedetti
renato.benedetti@benedettiarchitects.com
www.benedettiarchitects.com

Jonathan McDowell
jm@matterarchitecture.uk
www.matterarchitecture.uk

Church and reading room opens to the public
24.03.16
Our project for Eleventh Church of Christ, Scientist, London has opened to the public. Situated in the Kings Cross conversation area, the new Church includes a 100-seat auditorium, public reading room, Sunday School, offices and support spaces.

Burgh Island Pool House competition
18.02.16
Jonathan McDowell acted as RIBA Architect Advisor on competition to choose an architect for a new luxury hotel suite in a stunning costal location.

'Most beautiful' and 'most impressive'
29.12.15
Scale Lane Bridge has been named in articles from both Architectural Digest and Popular Mechanics, naming the bridge as one of 'The most beautiful pedestrian bridges around the World' and including it in a list of 'The World's 20 most impressive bridges'.

Jonathan McDowell Appointed to Design South-East DRP
30.11.15
M+B Partner, Jonathan McDowell, has been appointed to Design South-East Design Review Panel.

Ian McMillan's poem on Scale Lane Bridge
09.11.15
Academy of Urbanism poet-in-residence Ian McMillan has written a poem about Scale Lane Bridge as Finalist in 'The Great Place' Urbanism Awards.

World Architecture Festival awards 2015
03.11.15
Jonathan McDowell chairs jury panels for Health and Transport completed buildings awards categories at World Architecture Festival in Singapore 3-6 November.

Planning consent and funding approved for Princes Quay Bridge in Hull
7.10.15
M+B are working with lead desinger Arup and Balfour Beatty on design of new bridge over A63 in Hull city centre. Funded by Highways England and due to open for Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

2016 Great Place Urbanism Award finalist
17.06.15
The Academy of Urbanism has announced Scale Lane Bridge is 1 of 3 finalists for the 2016 Great Place Urbanism Award – winner announced later this year.

R. Benedetti to speak at CDW May 21st
13.05.15
R. Benedetti will be speaking at Clerkenwell Design Week's 'Reclaim the Street: designing the urban commons' next Thursday May 21st in the beautiful Familoe Building. RSVP in advance.

M+B shortlisted for Bath Quays Bridge competition
1.05.15
Thrilled to announce we are 1 of 6 shortlisted teams for the Bath Quays Bridge competition.

Hull Civic Society present Scale Lane Bridge with two awards
30.01.15
Hull Civic Society presents Scale Lane Bridge with two awards: a Good Mark Award and the prestigious Steve Shearsmith Award for outstanding contribution to the city’s built environment.

Brunner Showroom shortlisted for the WAN Adaptive Reuse Award
15.12.14
We are very proud to announce that our Brunner Furniture Showroom has been shortlisted for the WAN Adaptive Reuse Award: historic projects that have found new life.

M+B is Infrastructure Architect of the Year
02.12.14
We got it! In recognition of how our bridge designs have "been more than just a piece of infrastructure and become significant public places", M+B last night received the prestigious BD Architect of the Year award at an event in central London.

Jonathan McDowell judges World Architecture News Adaptive Reuse Awards
30.11.14
M+B Partner Jonathan McDowell was one of three judges for the recent World Architecture News Adaptive Reuse Awards, with John Assael of Assael Architecture, and Sandy Wright of Wright & Wright. Winners will be announced soon.

Renato Benedetti guest speaker at 'Bridging Disciplines' event in Bristol
23.10.14
As part of the architecture centre's 'Bridge 150' festival and exhibition, Renato discusses collaborative approaches to bridge design alongside Alan Baxter Associates and Knight Architects.

M+B shortlisted for BD Infrastructure Architect of the Year Award
15.10.14
We are one of six firms to be shortlisted for the prestigious award, which recognises practices with a consistent track record in a particular sector.

World Architecture Festival Transport Award 2014 awarded to Scale Lane Bridge
02.10.14
M+B Partners Jonathan McDowell and Renato Benedetti presented the project to the WAF jury in Singapore, where it was selected as Transport winner.

M+B has two projects shortlisted for the Blueprint Awards 2014
29.09.14
Brunner Showroom for Best Interior Project, Scale Lane Bridge for Best Public Use.

Living Waterways Award for Scale Lane Bridge
24.09.14
The River Hull footbridge has been awarded the 'Contribution to the Built Environment' Award by the Canal & River Trust, at an awards ceremony in Leeds.

Royal visit to Castleford Mill
18.09.14
Renato Benedetti showed HRH Duke of the Gloucester around Castleford Mill, and introduced him to the mixed-use scheme we are currently developing for clients Castleford Heritage Trust.

Renato Benedetti on WAN Façade Award Jury
05.08.14
M+B Partner Renato Benedetti was invited to help judge the winning and commended entries in the World Architecture News Façade Awards 2014, following our win of the WAN Transport Award 2013.

Brunner shortlisted for World Interiors News Award
25.07.14
The Clerkenwell furniture showroom has been shortlisted in the Retail Interiors category for this international design award.

Terni footbridge and station project starts on site
15.07.14
Comune di Terni's contractors have now started construction of M+B's competition winning new footbridge and station improvement scheme. The project is expected to be completed in 2015.

Claremont Fan Court School masterplan wins consent
11.07.14
Elmbridge Borough Council unanimously approves hybrid application for development plan and detailed design of Phase 1, including new Science/Technology Faculty and extension to listed Stable Court.

Brunner Showroom wins New London Award
10.07.14
M+B's refurbishment of a Victorian warehouse building in Clerkenwell, for clients Brunner UK, has been named winner in the Retail category at the NLA's Annual Lunch and awards ceremony.

Structural Steel Design Awards commendation
08.07.14
Awarded to Scale Lane Bridge at tonight's awards event at Madame Tussauds in London.

Scale Lane Bridge on WAF Awards shortlist
04.07.14
The only UK project to make the Transport category shortlist of five. Winners will be announced in October at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore.

RIBA Award for Scale Lane Bridge
02.05.14
Announced last night at a ceremony in Leeds: Hull footbridge has won a RIBA Yorkshire Award.

M+B wins BAFTA
04.04.14
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts have appointed M+B to undertake a strategic masterplan of their grade II listed headquarters at 195 Piccadilly.

M+B one of 6 firms to receive an AIA 'Excellence in Design' Award
28.03.14
The American Institute of Architects (UK Chapter) has awarded Scale Lane Bridge an honourable mention award at their awards gala event in central London.

Scale Lane Bridge wins two Civic Trust Awards
10.03.14
M+B are proud winners of two more awards for Scale Lane Bridge: Civic Trust Award + Special Award for Community Impact and Engagement.

Scale Lane Bridge announced as Winner of the World Architecture News Transport Awards 2013
13.01.14
Hull Footbridge wins 'completed' category in international transport awards.

Planning permission granted for tailor's shop and flats
09.12.13
M+B's current refurbishment project on historic Lamb's Conduit Street in Bloomsbury gets the go-ahead.

New video showing Hull footbridge in action
20.11.13

Now open: Brunner furniture showroom
01.10.13
Luxury furniture showroom breathes new life into historic Clerkenwell warehouse.

St Chad Street church starts on site
20.08.13
M+B’s new church for the 11th Church of Christ Scientist, to include a 100-seat auditorium, reading room, Sunday school, offices and support spaces in Kings Cross conservation area.

Scale Lane Bridge reviewed in The Observer
28.07.13
Rowan Moore’s review of M+B’s new opening footbridge in Kingston-upon-Hull.

Felix Mara reviews M+B's new Scale Lane Bridge over the River Hull.
18.07.13
Architect's Journal covers Scale Lane Bridge opening

First wave of Hull footbridge coverage hits the trade press
12.07.13
M+B's Scale Lane Bridge in Hull made the front cover of Building Design magazine today, as well as a great review in Building magazine.

River Hull Footbridge official opening today
28.06.13
At a public ceremony presided over by the Lord Mayor of Kingston upon Hull and the Admiral of the Humber.

Partner Renato Benedetti to judge international RIBA design competition
25.06.13
The competition is for the Salford Meadows Bridge in Greater Manchester.

Terni Bridge, Italy
01.06.13
A model of M+B’s Terni Bridge design underwent successful wind testing in Florence University laboratory.

New Church project gets go-ahead from Camden
14.03.13
M+B St Chad Street Church, Reading Room and Bookshop project, in Kings Cross conservation area, has received planning permission.

Brunner Showroom starts on site
22.02.13
M+B’s Rosebery Avenue furniture showroom project for clients Brunner UK Ltd started on site today. Expected to be completed Autumn 2013.

M+B has moved
07.01.13
McDowell+Benedetti has now moved to a newly refurbished office space in Clerkenwell. Our new address is 34-35 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8DX, new telephone number: 020 3475 7500.

M+B Partner appointed to new CABE Panel
13.07.12
Renato Benedetti has been made a Design Council CABE Built Environment Expert (BEE)

M+B wins Italian bridge and station design competition
17.08.12
M+B have won an international design competition for new footbridge in Terni, Italy (100km from Rome), and to refurbish Terni railway station.

River Hull Footbridge taking shape
25.02.12
The cantilever section of M+B’s new River Hull Footbridge was dramatically craned into place today.

Castleford Bridge wins 15th major award
08.07.11
Winner of the ‘Footbridge Award’ at the International Footbridge 2011 Conference in Wroclaw, Poland.

Holburne Museum, Bath
01.05.11
RIBA Journal May issue features critique of Eric Parry’s Holburne Museum extension in Bath by panel including Jonathan McDowell.

Dolomite Bridge competition shortlist
26.04.11
M+B shortlisted in international design competition for new foot bridge over the River Piave at Ponte nelle Alpi, Italy.

Uttoxeter masterplan gets outline consent
11.04.11
Outline consent granted for masterplan of 22-acre former JCB factory site in centre of Uttoxeter, including new park, 260 new homes and retail development.

Shoreditch development gets planning
21.10.10
Planning consent granted for mixed-use development of 70 new private flats and affordable family homes plus commercial space in Shoreditch, Hackney.

Rhode Island bridge competition finalists
27.09.10
M+B shortlisted as finalist in Providence River Pedestrian Bridge design competition (Rhode Island, USA), the only UK practice to make the shortlist.

LFA 2010 exhibition
19.06.10
Olivers Wharf penthouse featured in '50 Years of London architecture 1960-2010' at London Festival of Architecture.

M+B Partner featured in BD
04.06.10
Article by Renato Benedetti in Building Design on his inspiration from the Pantheon in Rome.

Deutsche Bank bridge competition shortlist
10.05.10
M+B short-listed in design competition for Deutsche Bank link bridge in City of London.

Castleford in Turkey
08.04.10
Castleford Bridge features in 'Platform for Architecture' exhibition in Istanbul.

Renato Benedetti judges Scottish Design Awards
17.02.10

Yorkshire DRP
05.01.10
Jonathan McDowell appointed to new Yorkshire & Humber Regional Design Review Panel.

Public Space Award for Castleford
24.11.09
Castleford Bridge wins its 12th major award - for Public Space at FX International Design Awards.

Stirling Prize awards ceremony
14.10.09
Castleford Bridge wins CABE/RIBA Public Space Award 2009 at Stirling prize ceremony.

R&R Awards 2009 – two wins for M+B
23.09.09
Castleford Bridge wins 'Grand Prix' and 'Best-Designed Development' at Regeneration & Renewal Awards 2009.

Abbey Green competition shortlist
04.09.09
M+B design for Abbey Green Park in Barking shortlisted for AJ/Design For London competition.

Lewisham almshouses competition
01.09.09
M+B shortlisted for competition to design new Almshouses in Lewisham for The Merchant Taylors’ Company.

M+B projects in RIBA anniversary exhibition
10.07.09
Competition-winning designs for Uttoxeter Masterplan and Springboard Centre feature in RIBA 175 Years anniversary exhibition.

Rosebery Avenue gets planning
08.07.09
Planning consent granted for Rosebery Avenue redevelopment project.

Exhibition in Vienna
17.06.09
Springboard Centre project featured in 'Wonderland' exhibition at Architekturzentrum Vienna

Civic Trust Awards
17.03.09
Castleford Bridge wins Civic Trust Award as well as Special Award for Partnership.