Will Alsop Architect Designer, UK design office, Barnsley architecture project, West Yorkshire property

Alsop & Partners : Architecture

Alsop Architects Barnsley at ASTIS, Yorkshire, northern England, UK

post updated 29 October 2023

This article features British architect Will Alsop of Alsop Architects, an award-winning design practice based in southern England, UK.

Office address (correct at time of writing): 41 Parkgate Rd, London SW11, United Kingdom.

Alsop Architects: Background

Will Alsop was born in 1947.

The principal studio is in London. Alsop Architects have satellite studios in Shanghai, Toronto and Sheringham and previously Hamburg, Rotterdam.

Alsop Architects were renamed Alsop Design (though some Press stated Alsop & Partners and the ‘Alsop Architects’ website is still going and top of the google rankings when checked in Jul 2005) in 2004

Will Alsop Architect Designer,
photo : JasonParis from Toronto, Canada, CC BY 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

This architecture practice won a RIBA Design Award in 2000 for Peckham Library & Media Centre, south London, England.

Will Alsop has become famous over the years for his audacious proposals and his bold paintings. He shot to fame with his Grand Bleu in Marseilles, France and has latterly held the limelight with his TV programme suggesting multiple megacity axis across England. The abandonment of his Fourth Grace in Liverpool has also guaranteed column inches.

Alsop Architects Key Buildings / Projects

Fourth Grace Liverpool
Will Alsop’s wacky Fourth Grace on the Liverpool waterfront was the centre piece of the Liverpool’s winning bid to become European capital of culture in 2008. The project appears to be cancelled at time of writing.

Peckham Library, London
In 2000 this building won the Stirling Prize. Designed when this architects studio was known as Alsop & Stormer it drew attention for helping regenerate a down-at-heel area but was criticised for the concept of being an show-off icon rather than an overall regeneration strategy.

New Islington, Manchester
Developers Urban Splash commissioned Will Alsop to plan New Islington in Ancoats, Manchester. New Islington will replace the decrepit Cardroom estate and is the UK government’s third millennium community.

Bradford Bowl
Will Alsop has proposed an urban park with a large lake outside the Bradford’s Victorian town hall.

New Barnsley, Yorkshire
The architect’s masterplan Barnsley includes a colourful walkable wall around Barnsley and an illuminated halo above. Alsop Architects stated a desire to create a contemporary Tuscan hill village.

Goldsmiths College, London
The architecture office’s £10m arts complex for Goldsmiths College in south-east London. Work on this architectural project began in 2004.

Stonebridge, London
A £14m health and community centre for Stonebridge Housing Action Trust. The design practice was asked to reduce costs.

Walsall Waterfront
The masterplan by this British architecture studio to regenerate Walsall canal area includes a leather-clad hotel.

Will Alsop Lecture

Will Alsop Lecture: Association for Small Towns in Scotland
3rd Annual Conference
Linlithgow, 29 Nov 2002

Speakers include:
• Alsop Architects (Will Alsop) on their vision for Barnsley
• English Market Towns Association
• West Lothian 20/20 Vision Settlement
• Development Trust Association – Scotland & England
Forms to ASTIS, 11 Holm St, Carluke

ASTIS 3rd Annual Conference
Opening Remarks – Mike Russell MSP
Mary Mulligan MSP
Martin Blackwell Chief Executive – Action for Market Towns
Barnsley – David West, Alsop Architects
West Lothian – 20/20 Vision – New Settlement

Alsop Architects went into receivership late 2004 – renamed Alsop & Partners

Edinburgh Building Designs

Contemporary Edinburgh Architectural Designs – recent selection from this website:


Scottish Parliament

Hotel Missoni Edinburgh

Greenside Place – omni edinburgh
Calton Square
building picture from architect office

Duguld Stewart Monument
Calton Hill Edinburgh
building photo © Adrian Welch

Rick’s Bar
Rick's Bar
architecture picture from architect studio

Mansfield Traquair Centre, central Edinburgh
Mansfield Traquair
building photo from Mansfield Traquair Centre

Comments / photos for the Will Alsop Architect – key new British building designs page welcome.