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British Buildings : Architecture in Great Britain

Key Contemporary Buildings in England, Great Britain

post updated 7 October 2021

England + Scotland + Wales

Buildings in Great Britain

We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of British Buildings. We cover completed British buildings, new building designs, architectural exhibitions and architecture competitions across Britain. The focus is on contemporary buildings in Great Brtiain but information on traditional buildings is also welcome.

We have 4 pages of British Architecture selections.

British Architecture : cities – A-K

British Architecture Designs : cities – L

British Buildings : cities – M (this page)

British Building Developments : cities – N-Z

London Architecture - New British Buildings
photograph © Adrian Welch

Buildings in Key British Cities

British Architecture by City, M:

Manchester Architecture

Middlesbrough Buildings

Featured buildings included in this Guide to British Architecture:

British Buildings in Manchester

Beetham Tower
Design: Ian Simpson Architects
Manchester building design
image © Adrian Welch
The tallest building in Northern Britain (England and Scotland) at the time of writing, a huge slither of structure rising into the sky from the south end of Deansgate, one of the city’s principal thoroughfares.

Deansgate apartments
Design: Ian Simpson Architects
Manchester Deansgate - British Buildings
building photo © AW
An interesting angular building, close to the hotel tower that used to be the Ramada. The property is located at the north end of Deansgate, on the east side, adjacent to the new Marks & Spencers store.

Imperial War Museum Manchester
Design: Daniel Libeskind Architects
Imperial War Museum building
photo © Isabelle Lomholt
The Museum tells the story of how war has affected the lives of British and Commonwealth citizens since 1914. It is the 5th branch of the Imperial War Museum and the first outside the Southeast of England.

Lowry Centre Salford
Lowry Centre building
photo © AW
A Postmodern building sitting in Salford’s docks designed by the office of the late James Stirling, a celebrated British architect who was once part of the Big Three UK architects alongside Richard Rogers and Norman Foster.

Manchester Law Courts Building
Design: Denton Corker Marshall
Manchester Law Courts Building
photo from DCM
The Manchester Civic Justice Centre is the United Kingdom’s largest civil and family court to be built for more than 100 years. It has been honoured with over 20 awards including a Royal Institute of British Architects’ National Award for Architecture and the Australian Institute of Architects’ Jørn Utzon Award for Most Outstanding Work of International Architecture.

Manchester United Stadium
Design: Miller Partnership Architects
Manchester stadium - British Buildings
image from Miller Partnership
A stadium design for one of the most famous football teams in the world, the Premier League’s Man Utd.

New Islington Manchester Buildings
Design: Will Alsop Architects
New Islington architecture
building image © Matt Ansell
An unusual project in Ancoats on the down-at-heel Eastern perimeters of the city centre, an area undergoing rapid gentrification after the demolition of the Cardroom Estate.

Owen Street Manchester
Design: Ian Simpson Architects
Owen Street Manchester - British Buildings
picture from FDT
The 64 storey tower which would create the second tallest building in the UK – just nine floors lower than the 309m (1013ft) Shard in London, excluding the spire of the latter building.

Piccadilly Gardens
Design: EDAW + Tadao Ando Architect
Piccadilly Gardens
photograph © webbaviation
Tadao Ando’s 130-metre-long curved concrete wall currently stretches across the area, shielding the green space from a transport interchange. On one side a cover shelters a coffee shop.

Urbis Manchester
Ian Simpson Architects
Manchester Urbis British Buildings
building photo © Adrian Welch
Urbis is an exhibition and museum venue in Manchester, England, designed by Ian Simpson and completed in 2002. From 2002 to 2010, the centre hosted changing exhibits on popular-culture themes including urban living, art, music, fashion, photography and videogames alongside talks, gigs and special events

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