Phil Griffin

  • The Rotunda bar’s glass chandelier.

    Union North’s Midland Hotel


    Architect Union North eschewed 1930s pastiche in its refurbishment of the Midland Hotel in Morecambe.

  • Illustration by Sandra Howe

    Will Liverpool be known for its architecture or its Ugg boots?


    Architectural commentator Phil Griffin looks at the positives of the city’s newest mega-retail development, Liverpool One

  • The reception area is smart and stylish.
    Building Study

    Yorkshire fast forward


    Bauman Lyons has delivered the showpiece of the Remaking Barnsley masterplan, with a nod to the county’s heritage and even a flavour of Tuscany

  • Building Study

    On the terraces


    Urban Splash assembled a winning team to deliver its Chimney Pot Park in Salford, which turns traditional concepts of terraced housing upside-down

  • The new library is entered via the adjacent gallery building, completed by Pringle Richards Sharratt in 2002.
    Building Study

    Oldham's double bill


    Pringle Richards Sharratt's new library and learning centre joins its four-year-old Gallery Oldham in the city's burgeoning cultural quarter. This phase of the project may be PFI, but the architect has triumphed, creating a striking, highly usable space.