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Britain’s Best Architects - A Round Up

There is a huge array of architectural talent in this country. British architects have been responsible for some magnificent buildings, both in Britain and across the world. Here, the Anderselite team looks at a few of the best and some of their most notable projects.

Norman Foster
Foster has been responsible for some key developments within London, including the redevelopment of the central quadrangle at the Queen Elizabeth II Great Court at the London Museum, Canary Wharf Underground Station and the Millennium Bridge. He has also worked on buildings such as the Reichstag in Germany, Hong Kong's Check Lap Kok Airport and Spaceport America in the US.
At 300 metres long, Canary Wharf Station appears a simple design at first glance. However, it features a number of technological innovations within the complex, which is created from a hollow within a former dock. The outside of the development has been turned into a landscaped park, with glass canopy entrances to help bring natural light into the station.

Jonathan Woolf
His work includes a number of private residencies and apartments which have won a selection of architectural awards. Brick Leaf House in Hampstead, London was awarded the RIBA Award and a Civic Trust Award. His other work includes apartments in Mayfair and Bloomsbury and the Monkey Puzzle Pavilion in Aberdeen.

Ian Simpson
Based in Manchester, Simpson has been involved in some of the city's most iconic modern developments, such as Beetham Tower, No 1 Deansgate, Urbis and Merchants Warehouse. He was also instrumental in the Holloway Circus Tower Development in Birmingham.
Beetham Tower has 47 storeys and is 168m tall. It's the tallest building in Manchester and the ninth tallest in the UK. The mixed-use development includes a hotel, bar and apartments. It's an extremely thin tower and features a blade structure on one side which accentuates the building and also acts as a lightning rod.

Nicholas Grimshaw
Grimshaw has been responsible for some of the most notable developments in the country, including London Waterloo Station, the Eden Project in Cornwall, the Cutty Sark Conservation Project, the National Space Centre in Leicester and Terminal 3 at Heathrow. Other projects include Pulkevo Airport in Russia and Bilbao Bus Station in Spain.
The second phase of the Eden Project featured the iconic biomes. These eight inter-linked transparent domes are spread across 2.2 hectares of the development and are synonymous with the visitor attraction. They were created to blend in with the landscape and to be energy-efficient, while enabling visitors to experience the various different climates.

Peter Clegg
Over the years, Clegg has won many awards for his buildings and developments, which include the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the National Trust's Central Office in Swindon, Broadcasting Tower in Leeds, the QUAD in Derby, St Mary Magdalene Academy in London and Accordia in Cambridge.
Broadcasting Tower is a student and university complex in Leeds. The contemporary interiors contrast with the rust-like exterior, which was created using COR-TEN weathering steel cladding. The building was awarded the Best Tall Building in the World award by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

Jonathan Adams
Adams is a renowned Welsh architect who has been responsible for some of the country's best designs, including the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, the Sherman Theatre refurbishment and the Welsh Joint Education Committee Headquarters in Llandaff.
The Wales Millennium Centre covers a 4.7-acre site and Adams wanted to create a building that encompassed everything that was good about Wales and one that was also instantly recognisable. It was constructed using Welsh materials, including slate, metal, wood and glass. The building's exterior was designed to create the impression of layers of stone in the coastal cliffs, as well as to stand up to the extreme weather conditions in Cardiff Bay.
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