Wesley College in AJ

Cowper Griffith Architects has completed the redevelopment of Wesley College, rationalising accommodation and reproducing key facilities lost due to a major reduction in the size of the Cambridge College. The scheme accommodates a broad range of new and upgraded high quality facilities including: a new library, a common/dining room, the retained chapel, seminar rooms, administration and staff accommodation as well as new and refurbished student housing.

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Wesley College in AJ

Royal Wharf Pier in Homes & Property

Construction has begun on the Royal Wharf Pier – a new riverboat terminal incorporating a large new public space on the Thames – designed by London-based architects Nex—. The 130m long pier, located in Ballymore and Oxley’s Royal Wharf development in London’s Royal Docks, will be the most distinctive pier on the Thames, offering a unique perspective on the river from a 162m2 viewing platform, and marking the practice’s first major venture into infrastructure.

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Royal Wharf Pier in Homes & Property

Bellenden School in Design Curial

This newly completed primary school and nursery in Peckham Rye provides a series of exciting and stimulating spaces that have allowed Bellenden Primary School to cater for rising pupil numbers. The new school occupies an island site surrounded predominantly by Victorian terraced streets, forming a U-shape that follows the perimeter of the site to enclose a welcoming playground within. The boundary is marked by a grey brick wall that both mimics and contrasts the rear garden walls of neighbouring properties, and opens up to signal the colourful entrance elevations.

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Bellenden School in Design Curial

Ridding Court in Architecture Today

This contemporary housing scheme for Winchester College is sensitively stitched into the historic city of Winchester. Cowper Griffith Architects’ scheme preserves two historic buildings on site, creating 11 terraced houses, removing inappropriate buildings from the 1960s to make way for this high-quality re-development.

This project was featured in Architecture Today in March 2019.

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Ridding Court in Architecture Today

Nomad in Cabinet Maker

Nomad is the inaugural furniture collection designed by revered architect Henning Stummel, designer of the acclaimed and award-winning Tin House project in London. This innovative range is the delivery of a new concept in furniture, constructed of one sheet of birch plywood and easily assembled with no glue, no screws and no tools. Nomad comprises of a two-seater sofa, armchair and coffee table, all geared towards city living and the design-conscious interiors lover.

This project was featured in Cabinet Maker in March 2019.

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Nomad in Cabinet Maker

Machrie in Architecture Today

The Machrie is a major redevelopment and extension of a previously dilapidated hotel on Islay. Hudson Architects’ design has given the hotel a new lease of life, extending the historic building in a way that blends heritage, character and stylish contemporary design. The Machrie now offers 47 bedrooms alongside outstanding facilities for guests and the local community, providing a significant boost for the economically fragile island, and creating jobs and a destination resort of national and international recognition.

This project was featured in Architecture Today in March 2019.

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Machrie in Architecture Today

RICS Awards 2019 shortlist

Congratulations to Knox Bhavan Architects, Studio Partington, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Emrys Architects, Gresford Architects, Cowper Griffith Architects, Bell Phillips Architects, Gort Scott Architects, Finkernagel Ross Architects and David Kohn Architects for being shortlisted in the RICS Awards. Well done!

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RICS Awards 2019 shortlist

RIBA Awards 2019 shortlist

Congratulations to Cowper Griffith Architects and Gort Scott for being shortlisted for the RIBA Awards. Cowper Griffith’s Wesley House has been shortlisted in the East and Ridding Court in the South, while Gort Scott’s The Magistrates was shortlisted in London.

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RIBA Awards 2019 shortlist

BD Architect of the Year Awards 2019 shortlist

Congratulations to BPTW, Knox Bhavan Architects, David Kohn Architects, Finkernagel Ross, Bell Phillips Architects and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates for being shortlisted in the 2019 Architect of the Year Awards. Congratulations!

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BD Architect of the Year Awards 2019 shortlist

V&A Photography Centre in Architecture Today

Designed by David Kohn Architects, phase one of the Photography Centre more than doubles the space dedicated to photography at the V&A, spanning four new galleries. It opens with the major display Collecting Photography: From Daguerreotype to Digital, beginning in the newly named Bern and Ronny Schwartz Gallery (formerly Gallery 100). The show explores photography as a way of ‘collecting the world’, from the medium’s invention in the 19th century to the present day.

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V&A Photography Centre in Architecture Today

Marklake Court in RIBA Journal

Marklake Court is a new, genuinely community-led development of 27 council rent homes on the Kipling Estate near London Bridge, which embodies a trailblazing solution to the UK housing crisis. Empowered by a uniquely collaborative design process with Bell Phillips Architects, the project represents an entirely ground-up approach to providing housing for social rent and featured in the RIBA Journal in September 2018.

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Marklake Court in RIBA Journal

Streatham and Clapham High School in Architecture Today

The aim of this three phase project: the creation of a new sixth form centre; the demolition of the caretakers accommodation in favour of a new dining hall, school reception and entrance facilities; and the repurpose of the original sixth form centre; was to celebrate the school’s contemporary approach to education, while remaining sympathetic to the original 1930’s building. This project was featured in Architecture Today in September 2018.

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Streatham and Clapham High School in Architecture Today

Hasselt on Building Design

As well as housing the University of Hasselt’s impressive architecture faculty, this remodelled 18th century beguinage in Hasselt provides a new public space. With the focus of the project being to refurbish the existing buildings, the renovation seeks to reposition the complex as a point of interest for a broad range of users, from students to tourists. BD published the project, which was won in an international design competition, in September 2018.

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Hasselt on Building Design

RAF Museum in ICON

In celebration of the RAF centenary, the redevelopment of the RAF Museum draws on the site’s airfield history to open up the museum to the local community and bring the RAF story to new audiences. In addition to a transformational landscape strategy, a repurposed hangar now welcomes visitors to the site, and offers flexible visitor facilities in a central pavilion, while across the site, a previously derelict building has been brought back to life as a contemporary new restaurant. 

This project was featured in ICON in October 2018.

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RAF Museum in ICON

Sunday Times BHA 2018 shortlist

Congratulations to Guttfield Architecture, Belsize Architects, Gresford Architects and Proctor and Matthews Architects for being shortlisted in the Sunday Times British Homes Awards, well done!

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Sunday Times BHA 2018 shortlist

RIBA Award winners 2018

Well done to Gresford Architects for winning a regional RIBA award for the Deerings, and to Knox Bhavan Architects for winning a national RIBA award for their beautiful studio!

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RIBA Award winners 2018

Hunstanton Bungalow in AJ

Phillips Tracey Architects’ has obtained planning permission for a contemporary extension to an existing bungalow in traditional Old Hunstanton, Norfolk. In response to this, Phillips Tracey Architects aimed to maximise the potential of the site by increasing accommodation and improving the property’s presence. A new rear extension will replace the existing conservatory; this will be vaulted to provide a generous kitchen/dining room, which opens out to the re-landscaped garden. Carefully positioned rooflights and large glazed sliding doors will allow the new spaces to be bathed with natural light as well as providing for passive ventilation throughout the property.

The sustainably sourced materials will echo the modest alterations with a simple palette that reference the local area. The existing walls are re-clad in timber weatherboarding, which also provides the opportunity to improve the home’s thermal performance.

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Hunstanton Bungalow in AJ

The Deerings in Grand Designs

The Deerings, a new build modernist certified Passivhaus, is a brave addition to a traditional suburban street scene in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. This striking five-bedroom home, built by Passivhaus experts Gresford Architects, acts as a sympathetic response to its urban setting and sits unobtrusively alongside its more traditional neighbouring properties. This simple two storey rectangular form is on the cutting edge of sustainable design, constructed utilising modern and innovative methods and built with family living in mind.

This project was featured in Grand Designs in February 2018.

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The Deerings in Grand Designs

Magna in Architecture Today

Lining the railway leading into Cambridge, bptw partnership’s development, Magna, comprises 95 high-quality units on a site that was once home to Rattee & Kett stone masons – an icon of local craftsmanship. The scheme celebrates a collaborative approach to the site’s heritage, resulting in a development which can be enjoyed by both new residents and the existing community.The six storey apartment pavilions buffer the railway noise, but step down towards the townhouses, engaging in a familiar visual dialogue. Each house features a private garden that connects to a communal green at the centre of the scheme, enhancing accessibility to create an enjoyable living environment for all.

This project was featured in Architecture Today’s print magazine in May 2018 and online in June 2018.

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Magna in Architecture Today

Albyn Road in Real Homes

Gresford Architects’ Albyn Road is an imaginative and expressive contemporary addition to an 1850s house in a south London conservation area. A rear extension and side return infill has created a bright and interesting new kitchen and dining room, and enhanced connections between the house and its garden. The key feature of the extension is its angular zinc-clad roof, which is a series of pitched roofs at different angles.

This project was featured in Real Homes in June 2018.

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Albyn Road in Real Homes

Muswell Hill in Architecture Today

Muswell Hill is an elegant example of cohesive design, linking traditional and contemporary architecture. Alongside a faithful reconstruction of a Victorian villa that stood on the site, Mulroy Architects have added a striking contemporary companion volume to form a unique three bedroom family home. The large entrance opens towards an impressive glazed light-well directly above the visual focus for the property, the bright yellow steel staircase. Polished concrete flooring continues through to the open plan living and kitchen space forming the heart of the home.

Arched windows softly frame each room, showcasing the clients’ strong decorative style. The contemporary element adds two large bedrooms and adjacent bathrooms, which echo the entrance sky light, allowing natural light to flow in easily.

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Muswell Hill in Architecture Today

Interview with Catherine Finkernagel in Grand Designs

This piece in Grand Designs takes a look at the thinking behind Finkernagel Ross Architects’ stunning project Wedderburn Road. Exquisitely detailed this contemporary extension and alteration to a Grade II listed detached Victorian property in Hampstead is built almost entirely of glass. Topped with a crisp marble clad canopy, which appears to float, allows for a clear view of the rear of the original Arts and Crafts house.

 

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Interview with Catherine Finkernagel in Grand Designs

Newham Housing in AJ

Bell Phillips Architects’ Newham Housing projects at Florence Road and Pitchford Street are part of a new residential development across 17 locations in the London Borough of Newham, of which they are designing six. The scheme illustrates Newham’s commitment to providing high quality and sustainable affordable housing, with the aim to accommodate large families, maximise daylight, connecting the outdoors and create secure homes. Each are driven by adaptability, allowing easy reconfiguration to suit the settings of other sites across the borough.

This project was featured in The Architects’ Journal in November 2017.

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Newham Housing in AJ

Stahlwerk Augustfehn on Wallpaper*

The project is the result of a decade of regeneration at Stahlwerk Augustfehn, a small steel factory in rural North Germany, where beautiful rare survivals of Germany’s industrial past are now accompanied by crisp contemporary architecture. Alongside new production facilities, Finkernagel Ross has captured the unique industrial heritage of Stahlwerk Augustfehn by restoring and displaying industrial artefacts in the new buildings. These unearthed artefacts of a bygone era include a painstakingly restored former factory clock, a listed steam engine dating from 1902 (the only one of its kind still in operation) and several old original steel hammers. Wallpaper* covered the story in February 2018.

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Stahlwerk Augustfehn on Wallpaper*

Southwick Yard on dezeen

Southwick Yard is an intimate four-double bedroom house by Belsize Architects, nestled in a secluded gated mews at the heart of Connaught Village in the Hyde Park Estate. Previously, a small, drab one-bedroom mews cottage in Southwick Yard offered limited opportunities for occupancy. In developing the site for the Church Commissioners, Belsize Architects advised that demolishing and replacing the existing building – rather than extending or remodelling it – and adding a basement would maximise the site’s potential, both spatially and financially. Southwick Yard was covered by dezeen in February 2018.

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Southwick Yard on dezeen

The Berkshire Twins in The Evening Standard

The Berkshire Twins are identical contemporary rear extensions to a pair of 1870’s townhouses in a conservation area in the village of Twyford. The first extension was carried out by architect homeowner Fred Guttfield of Guttfield Architects and his wife. Once the project was competed, the neighbours asked for an identical copy. The Evening Standard covered this story on 21 February 2018.

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The Berkshire Twins in The Evening Standard

Three clients in The Times

This piece in The Times’ Bricks & Mortar takes a look at solutions to the housing crisis with quotes from Bell Phillips Architects, bptw partnership and Proctor & Matthews Architects.

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Three clients in The Times

Aperture Works in Inside Housing

Aperture Works by bptw partnership – the ambitious first phase of a multi-use regeneration of the historic Kodak factory site in Harrow for L&Q – appeared as Development of the Week in 12 January’s edition of Inside Housing.

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Aperture Works in Inside Housing

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