Annalie Riches co-founded Mikhail Riches in 2015 to focus on providing housing and neighbourhoods that are inherently sustainable and joyful places to live.
Prior to establishing Mikhail Riches was founding director of Riches Hawley Mikhail, a practice that set the bar for low-carbon social housing with Clay Field and Goldsmith Street. Annalie has worked for a number of practices including the celebrated engineer Peter Rice, in Paris. Annalie went ‘on the tools’ in 2002, building her own house, Whatcotts Yard.
Annalie contributes across all the scales of architectural practice; she is recognised for her masterplanning and strategic abilities, as well as her ‘hands on’ expertise in architectural design and detailing. Her projects include Park Hill Phase 2 for Urban Splash and Velocity; the winning entry to the 2018 NIC Competition for providing 400,000 new homes between Oxford and Cambridge. She is also leading on Park Hill Phase 4, and the Bridgewater masterplan in the Olympic Park.
Park Hill is a grade 11* listed brutalist housing scheme in Sheffield, containing 1000 homes, it is Europe’s largest listed building. Urban Splash took on its regeneration in 2004. It’s exposed concrete frame: a significant aspect of its listing; is also a cold bridge. Low floor-to-ceiling heights present another challenge to its retrofit. A thermal model created by our consultant Greengauge informed us where to add insulation most effectively. Each room has an insulated floor and ceiling to achieve the best thermal performance. Externally coloured, insulated render panels cover concrete elements. Our approach was to retain as much of the existing fabric as possible and upgrade it to the highest achievable standards. Bricks have been cleaned, mortar retained, and party walls upgraded acoustically.