May 2022

Emissions must be reduced in the construction of buildings if the UK is to meet net zero, MPs warn
26/05/2022

The Environmental Audit Committee has published its findings from the inquiry into the sustainability of the built environment and makes some important recommendations.

- To reduce the levels of CO2 in construction, EAC recommends that the Government introduce a mandatory requirement for whole-life carbon assessments for buildings. This requirement should be fully incorporated in building regulations and the planning system. 

- Retrofit and reuse of buildings, keeping the carbon locked in, should be prioritised over new build. 

- EAC recommends that a retrofit strategy and upskilling programme be developed and published.

FCBStudio’s Dr Joe Jack Williams was part of the expert panel which gave evidence to the committee, which informed the recommendations.

Read the full report here

Emissions must be reduced in the construction of buildings if the UK is to meet net zero, MPs warn
Jo Gimenez joins PedElle 2022 Charity Ride
25/05/2022

We are pleased to announce that Architect and Associate Jo Gimenez from our London studio will be taking part in ClubPeloton’s PedElle charity ride 2022.

The ambitious cycle ride sets off on the 23rd June from Vienna, arriving in Budapest three days later. That’s a hefty 450km distance and 4136m climbing.

PedElle helps raise the profile of women from across the property industry, providing an opportunity to foster new collaborations and offer new friendships and support networks, whilst at the same time raising money to support the lives of vulnerable young children.

 “Not only does PedElle offer a challenge where I get to spend three days on my bike, but I also get to raise money for some very worthy causes whilst sharing (and laughing) with some truly inspiring women.” said Jo.

Club Peloton charities transform young lives by supporting projects that include recruiting families for 1150 children waiting longer than 18 months to find adoptive homes, awarding 800 bikes, tandems, and adapted trikes to children and young people affected by cancer, and supporting research to illustrate the relationship between physical and mental well-being and physical activity in children surviving cancer.

If you’d like to make a small donation, please join us in supporting Jo here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jogimenez

Jo Gimenez joins PedElle 2022 Charity Ride
Warwick University opens new Faculty of Arts Building
23/05/2022

The new Faculty of Arts Building at the University of Warwick formally opened last week with the inaugural Fabfest. A celebratory event showcasing every aspect of the arts at Warwick University, Fabfest ushered in a new era of collaboration, engagement, and creativity within the faculty.

FCSBStudios design brings together nine academic disciplines and ten research groups in one landmark site at the heart of campus. The celebrations were opened with a flashmob, speeches and a contribution from each of the departments that included a reading from Bacchi from the Classics department, a rendition of Martin Luther Kings’ We are Free speech from History, and a choir from the department of international relations. 

In her speech, Penny Roberts, Vice Provost and Chair of the Faculty of Arts celebrated the importance of humanities, and the new building  - 'in its scale, ambition, and location at the heart of campus', she said it 'shows the University’s commitment to the importance of the arts and the economic value of art and the joy and enrichment art brings to us all'.

The Building, ‘a most glorious environment’, as described by Warwick Alumnus and Filmmaker Laurence Till,  embodies the teamwork inherent in the design and embraces the possibility of collaboration and engagement within and between departments.

Click here to watch our film about how the building was designed. 

Warwick University opens new Faculty of Arts Building
ICE BIM Award goes to Central & East Quad, Grangegorman Campus
20/05/2022

Central and East Quads Projects at TU Dublin’s Grangegorman Campus has been awarded the prize for BIM Excellence at the Irish Construction Excellence Awards.

The two buildings were procured as a pair by the GGDA, NFDA and Eriugena Consortium, and delivered through the largest PPI agreement in Europe. Central Quad was designed by FCBStudios, with East Quad being designed by AHR Architects.

The two buildings were built by Sisk and FCC in consortium. The development was coordinated in a federated BIM model, taking advantage of multi consultant collaboration to achieve an efficient process into construction.

Michael Scullion, Architect at FCBStudios was the BIM lead on Central Quad: “In leading the BIM processes, we are delighted that the Grangegorman project has been recognised for this award.

The successful development and delivery of this highly complex project was only made possible through strong collaboration and coordination in the digital environment across the multi-discipline project team. “

ICE BIM Award goes to Central & East Quad, Grangegorman Campus
Bath Abbey Shortlisted for Renewable Energy Project of the Year
19/05/2022

We are pleased to announce that Bath Abbey Footprint Project has been shortlisted for Renewable Energy Project of the Year in the Business Green Leaders Awards 2022.

The awards celebrate the best of the UK's green economy and burgeoning net-zero transition. This particular category recognises projects that have demonstrated a wide range of environmental and economic benefits associated with clean energy deployment and development.

The £10 million Footprint Project provided a programme of repair and restoration including 2,400 floor stones, conserved and re-laid, with a revolutionary underfloor heating system harnessing energy from Bath’s hot springs. Read more about the heating in  ‘Just add water…!’

The winners will be announced in June at a ceremony at The Brewery in London.

Bath Abbey Shortlisted for Renewable Energy Project of the Year
Bath World Heritage Centre opens
09/05/2022

As a World Heritage Site, Bath sits alongside places like the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China as one of the greatest cultural sites in the world. The new Bath World Heritage Centre celebrates Bath’s unique cultural offering.

The Heritage Centre will be a springboard for visitors to Bath and local people to engage with the city’s culture, history and heritage and explore popular Bath landmarks as well as lesser-known places around the city. The Centre features a host of interactive exhibits and displays designed to inspire, excite and inform. Once established the Centre will attract 100,000 visitors per year.

Located in Georgian former Spa buildings, and looking onto the Roman Baths, the Centre is part of the recently completed Roman Baths Archway Project, bringing a new lease of life to a suite of historic city centre buildings, and providing spaces for education and engagement.

Find out more about the World Heritage Centre here: www.bathworldheritage.org.uk/worldheritagecentre

Bath World Heritage Centre opens
FCBStudios appoints new Partners and Associates
05/05/2022

We are pleased to announce Colin Cobb and George Wilson have joined the partnership at FCBStudios.

Arts and education specialist Colin Cobb joined the practice in 2007. He was the project lead for the multi-award-winning Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, which completed in 2017, and is currently leading three theatre projects, retrofitting and extending existing buildings to deliver sustainable, accessible facilities that can serve local and arts communities into the future.

George Wilson has 16 years of experience with FCBStudios, delivering complex mixed-use developments. He is a champion for the retention of existing structures and infrastructure within new urban development. His current work includes Sheffield’s Heart of the City programme and the Kirklees Cultural Quarter. 

We also welcome new Associates: Architects Kossy Nnachetta, Agata Baranowska, Adam Booth, Luke Gilbert, Jo Gimenez, Marcus Rothnie, Charlotte Walker, Paul Warwick, Bid Manager Adam Howarth, and Modelmaker Cassidy Wingrove

FCBStudios appoints new Partners and Associates
'Unbounded delight and joy' Royal Wharf Primary School wins RIBA London Award
05/05/2022

Royal Wharf Primary School has been named as one of 41 buildings to win a RIBA London Award in 2022. 

Completed in 2020, the school is a new-build ‘Free’ school at the heart of the Royal Wharf masterplan for Oxley Holdings. Two-form entry, it will provide accommodation for 420 pupils and 60 nursery pupils.

The judges praised the project: "The brightness and warmth the jury experienced on its visit to this school were not just to do with the sunny weather. Sunshine is expressed in the mellow yellow rubber flooring, reflecting the unbounded delight and joy we encountered as we wandered through the building.

All the spaces are light and airy, radiating a real sense of happiness and freshness throughout. The jury encountered lots of children, surprising them at lunch, in the nursery, the playground and the classrooms. They were engaged and well behaved, and seemed to be enjoying their new surroundings.

The tenacity of the head teacher and the skill and close collaboration of the design team have produced a building to be proud of. The outcome is joyful and inspiring."

Read the full citation here.

'Unbounded delight and joy' Royal Wharf Primary School wins RIBA London Award
April 2022

Bath Abbey shortlisted for Renewable Energy Project of the Year
19/04/2022

Bath Abbey Footprint Project has been shortlisted for Renewable Energy Project of the Year in the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards 2022.

The awards celebrate the best of the UK's green economy and burgeoning net-zero transition. This particular category recognises projects that have demonstrated a wide range of environmental and economic benefits associated with clean energy deployment and development.

The £19.3 million programme of restoration, building works and interpretation will help to secure the Abbey’s physical future. This included repair and restoration of 2,400 floor stones conserved and re-laid, and a revolutionary underfloor heating system harnessing water from Bath’s hot springs.

Winners will be announced in June at a ceremony at The Brewery in London.

Bath Abbey shortlisted for Renewable Energy Project of the Year
Updated masterplan for Brabazon is more connected, more sustainable, with more opportunities
12/04/2022

YTL has submitted a planning application to update the masterplan for Brabazon, the new neighbourhood being built on the former Filton Airfield.

FCBStudios have drawn up a revised masterplan with the YTL Arena Bristol at its heart that responds to the housing crisis and climate emergency, and the imperative to level up the UK Regions. As the largest area of brownfield land in the south west, located along existing public transport routes and at the heart of a world-leading employment cluster less than 5 miles from Bristol city centre, Brabazon is perfectly placed to help Bristol and the wider region tackle the challenges we all face.

The new, higher density, low carbon masterplan provides for 6,500 homes, including 1000+ affordable, three schools, a health centre, community facilities and workplace and retail accommodation, as well as over 35 hectares of new public green spaces.  

The FCBStudios designed first phase of housing is currently under construction. Read the full press release here

Updated masterplan for Brabazon is more connected, more sustainable, with more opportunities
FCBStudios shortlisted for Architects Practice of the Year at the NW Insider Property Awards
06/04/2022

NW Insider Property Awards celebrates the best deals and developments of the past year – and salute the resilience, tenacity and drive of the people who are making them happen.

FCBStudios has excellent working relationships in the Northwest region, working with long term clients including Manchester Metropolitan University and Bruntwood. In 2014 we opened our office in Manchester to enable us to better serve our existing and future clients and their projects.

Over the past year, we have completed The Manchester Metropolitan University School of Digital Arts (SODA) and Circle Square, an exciting new neighbourhood in the heart of Manchester City Centre, and gained planning permission for the Stretford Masterplan: Three major projects for Manchester, that have put us in the running to be named Architects Practice of the Year at the NW Insider Property Awards

The 2022 Awards are to be held at Manchester Central on Thursday, 12 May.

FCBStudios shortlisted for Architects Practice of the Year at the NW Insider Property Awards
March 2022

Unity Place shortlisted in 2022 Housing Design Awards
25/03/2022

Unity Place forms part of the wider South Kilburn Estate Regeneration, the ambitions for which were outlined in a 2004 Masterplan and 2005 Supplementary Planning Document. The regeneration aims to deliver 2,400 new homes, half of which are for existing South Kilburn social rented residents.

One of the schemes shortlisted for the 2022 Housing Design Awards, Unity Place provides 235 social rented homes, a community hub, high-quality landscape amenity, publicly accessible playspace, car parking and an energy centre serving the wider estate.

The 100% affordable development is organised around the reinstatement of historic street patterns and a desire to create high-density housing in low-medium rise buildings that positively engage with their surroundings.

FCBStudios developed the vision for the site, within which they, Alison Brooks Architects and Gort Scott, used a unified approach to deliver individual buildings. The development draws on terrace, mansion block and villa typologies, typical of the area, to create high-quality homes for Brent residents and reinforce the strong sense of local community.

The Housing Design Awards are the only awards to be promoted by all five major professional institutions - RICS, RIBA, RTPI, Landscape Institute and CIAT.

Launched in 1948 in the same sitting of Parliament as the NHS to reward better municipal post-war rebuilding, then opened up to market sale homes in 1960 by Harold Macmillan.

See the full shortlist here.

Unity Place shortlisted in 2022 Housing Design Awards
Plans submitted for Stretford King Street transformation
30/03/2022

The proposals, by FCBStudios and Studio MUTT, include the retrofit of the 1960s Stretford Mall to reinstate the historic King Street as a vibrant high street, where existing businesses will be joined by new shops, cafes and bars, including independent and well-known brands. A new covered market hall is also planned, inhabiting the ground floor of an underused multistorey car park, which will provide a home for retailers and eateries, bar areas and outdoor seating to boost the local evening economy.

With both sustainability and the high street at the heart of the masterplan, the plans centre around creating people-friendly spaces and new pedestrian routes into and around the town centre, to enhance the flow of footfall around the area.

Widespread landscaping, tree-planting and leafy seating areas will improve air-quality and boost wellbeing for residents and visitors, providing spaces for the community to come together. The plans also include significant investment to transform the existing multi-storey car park to make it light, convenient and secure, and to create a new King Street Square to provide outdoor seating areas, market stalls and spaces to host events

The submission of the detailed planning application for King Street follows the planning approval for the Stretford town centre transformation masterplan in March. Both projects are for Bruntwood and Trafford Council, and the design team also includes architects  Exterior Architecture, Avison Young and Civic Engineers.

Plans submitted for Stretford King Street transformation
Myhal Center named as finalist for Ontario Association of Architects Design Excellence Awards
15/03/2022

The Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the University of Toronto opened in 2018 and was designed by FCBStudios in Collaboration with Montgomery Sisam Architects.

Located at the heart of the University Campus, the Myhal Center has been designed to encourage collaboration and group work, providing flexible environments that break down barriers between people to encourage active learning and accelerate innovation.

Selected from more than 80 eligible submissions, the 17 Finalists were judged on criteria such as creativity, context, sustainability, good design/good business, and legacy. The shortlist for the biennial awards includes libraries and learning institutions to striking residences and performing arts venues in Southwestern Ontario and Northwestern Texas.

“I am pleased to be able to share these incredible projects,” says OAA President Susan Speigel. “Individually, they highlight the innovation and skill of their design teams; collectively, they show Ontario’s architecture profession has such incredible talent, able to create beautiful, thoughtful, and effective buildings that inspire.”

Chosen by a jury of design experts, the projects serve as the shortlist for the OAA’s Design Excellence Winners, which will be announced next month and celebrated at the OAA Conference in Toronto this May.

Myhal Center named as finalist for Ontario Association of Architects Design Excellence Awards
Transformational Birkenhead 2040 plan approved
14/03/2022

Wirral Council's Economy, Regeneration and Development Committee have approved a document outlining plans to build 21,000 homes and create 6,000 jobs, to capitalise on the town’s fantastic setting, built heritage and support its ongoing cultural and economic renaissance.

Of the nine neighbourhoods that make up the Birkenhead Regeneration Framework, FCBStudios have been working with OPEN, Wirral Council and Avison Young on the Waterfront neighbourhood framework. The waterfront represents an opportunity to connect the people of Birkenhead and Wirral with this stretch of the Mersey in an urban environment for the first time in a comprehensive and high-quality way.

Ernst ter Horst said “Birkenhead’s history, evolution and unique economy are completely entwined with its waterfront location, including both the full Mersey frontage and the Dock frontage, It was through the port and its associated industries that Wirral experienced its industrial revolution. Over the next 20 years, we aim to create a greener, more active waterfront environment that celebrates the views across to Liverpool and encourages vibrancy and life along this historically closed-off environment. It will become a unique place to live, spend time and do business with a nationally recognised cultural offer within a world-class setting.”

The 2040 framework sets out a bold vision for change but also, critically, a series of sustainable projects that can and are being taken forward.

Transformational Birkenhead 2040 plan approved
Approval given for ambitious FCBStudios town centre regeneration project in Stretford
11/03/2022

Bruntwood and Trafford Council have been given the green light at planning committee for a masterplan to transform Stretford Town Centre.

The approved plans will set the parameters for future redevelopment, which will provide places to play, work, eat, shop and live in Stretford town centre as part of the wider Stretford Masterplan and the Area Action Plan (AAP). There are further proposals to provide up to 800 homes around Stretford Mall, which will include affordable housing and bring much-needed new homes to the area.

With both sustainability and the high street at the heart of the masterplan, the plans centre around creating people-friendly spaces and new pedestrian routes into and around the town centre, to enhance the flow of footfall around the area.

More green meeting areas will be created with public squares and open spaces, including a green biodiversity corridor and ‘Central Park’ at the heart of the town centre through to a much improved Bridgewater Canal waterside experience. 

This outline planning approval will be followed in due course by a series of Reserved Matters applications for each stage of development. The first will be for the detailed King Street proposals, which is expected to be submitted shortly. It includes proposals for the historic King Street to be reinstated to provide a thriving high street, as well as improved transport links, pedestrianised streets, more greenery and open spaces, and a reconfigured town centre.

A new covered market hall is also planned, which will create a home for retailers and eateries, bar areas and outdoor seating to boost the local evening economy, spilling out into a new south-facing community space, which will feature a covered shopping area aimed at local independent businesses.

Approval given for ambitious FCBStudios town centre regeneration project in Stretford
International Women’s day
08/03/2022

Today is International Women’s day. We are marking the day by sharing a few of the many, many successes and achievements from just a few of the talented and inspirational women who work at FCBStudios. Through their dedication and skill, we continue to deliver award winning buildings and initiatives. And collectively we work to create a world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.  

#breakthebias #iwd2022

International Women’s day
Major office building at heart of Leeds Temple Quarter, tops out
07/03/2022

Globe Point, a new office building developed by CEG in Leeds, designed by FCBStudios and currently under construction by BAM has reached its tallest point, ahead of completion this summer. 

Providing ‘next generation’ workspace for over 400 people, the seven-storey building on Globe Road is striking, with its flat iron design providing spectacular views across the city from the roof terrace gardens. It sits within CEG and FCBStudios' Masterplan for the Temple District. 

Councillor James Lewis, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “This is a really exciting milestone, not only for the Globe Point development but also for the regeneration of Leeds’ Temple district and the wider South Bank area."

Amanda Whittington, partner at architect FCBStudios, added: “Alongside the wider Leeds' Temple District, FCBStudios have designed two office buildings, to provide 22,727m² of new Grade A office space. On the historical east of the area, Globe Point is an expressive flat-iron building that marks the approach from the city centre via key routes."

"Designed to Breeam Excellent, the internal workspaces allow plenty of natural daylight to provide healthy and flexible workspaces able to cater to an ever-changing office environment. A co-working and café space on the ground floor and rooftop terraces provide social and amenity space with commanding views. The interiors have been developed with designers Ekho Studio to provide an exciting new destination for the area.

Globe Point will be the first new-build office to complete in Leeds city-centre this summer and is the first of CEG’s developments to complete within the four million sqft Temple District of the city, which has Temple Works at its heart as a cultural centrepiece.

 

Major office building at heart of Leeds Temple Quarter, tops out
A University within a Building: The Catalyst Building Launches
07/03/2022

FCBStudios celebrates the launch of The Catalyst Building at the University of Staffordshire.

Catalyst is a university hub providing world-class services and settings to support students through their education and towards their employment. Officially launched on 5 March, the Catalyst became home for a week to a packed programme of events and creativity, aimed at welcoming students, businesses and locals into the building. 

Located at the entrance to the Leek Road Stoke Campus, The Catalyst is a gateway to the University and a hub for social learning, complete with a modern library, food court, and flexible event facilities. The vision for the building is that it is all things to all students, is relevant to all students, and fosters a busy student and visitor occupancy that supports the University’s objective of a ‘sticky campus’.

It is a single home to all these facets of academic life under a single roof, but it is also distinctive in that it emulates real-world working environments and opportunities for physical and digital engagement with industry settings beyond academic life. Likewise, it draws influence from broader and familiar social constructs in the way the building behaves, whether this is the ‘shopfront’ in the Gallery or opportunities for soap-box delivery in the Learning Market. It aspires to be a more universal building than simply a university building.

Martin Jones, vice-chancellor and chief executive of Staffordshire University said "This 8,800 sqm four-storey building brings together the delivery of apprenticeships and digital skills, to meet and stimulate employer demand, in flexible, high-quality, digitally-enabled spaces. A university hub providing world-class services and settings to support students through their education and towards their employment, this building also welcomes current and future students, staff and employers."

A University within a Building: The Catalyst Building Launches
New Podcast: ADF Building Insights, with Alina White
03/03/2022

The latest Building Insights Podcast, from ADF Datafile magazine, responds to the ADF white paper: Sustainability and Wellness in Commercial Buildings, which aims to find out architects’ views on the factors and methods which are helping to drive designs for wellbeing.

In it, Alina White, Associate at FCBStudios talks with ADF editor James Parker about how workplaces are attracting people back into the office, of synergies between sustainable design and designing for workplace wellbeing, the balance between embodied carbon and operational carbon in design, and her experience of designing buildings post covid that will have the flexibility and adaptability to remain great workplaces into the future.

Alina explains “If you want a building that will have a long lifetime, be loved and valued,  it has to support its occupants.  In an office context, that is one that people are happy and healthy in and want to come to, to connect and collaborate and to be inspired. That has a lot to do with the joy and beauty in a building. That’s not figures and pure environmental aspects (though it’s important to get the airflow, light levels, and the acoustic environment correct) a building has to have a presence and a pleasure to it. It has to be loved. An office has to want to be adapted and be flexible to be adapted to suit whatever future needs we can’t predict right at this moment.

Alina has a strong interest and background in environmental design, and has recently been working on Three Chamberlain Square, a new speculative commercial building in Birmingham’s Paradise development.

Listen to the podcast here

New Podcast: ADF Building Insights, with Alina White
400 homes approved for Hackney
02/03/2022

The second phase of The Britannia Project has been unanimously approved by Hackney Council paving the way for the further transformation of this part of East London. 

Detailed planning consent has been given for the four buildings which will provide hundreds of new homes – including those for genuinely affordable social rent and shared ownership – near Shoreditch Park.  

The plans include blocks at 20 and 25 storeys, as well as two smaller ones at 10 storeys and 4 storeys which together will deliver 387 homes, 93 of which will be affordable, as well as ground floor commercial space and gardens.

The first phase of the Masterplan was completed in 2021, providing a new six form entry secondary school, City of London Academy, by FCBStudios, and reproviding a new leisure centre by FaulknerBrowns.

Planners at Hackney Council recommended the reserved matters application for approval, saying that the ‘detailed design of [the towers] has created two robust, vertically proportioned towers with well-integrated facades and high-quality materials that complement the family of buildings within the masterplan. The internal layouts for all of the plots have been designed in accordance with the design principles; single-aspect units have been minimised and corner aspects incorporated to all living areas. All residential units incorporate private amenity space.’

400 homes approved for Hackney
February 2022

Royal Wharf Primary School shortlisted in RIBA London Awards
28/02/2022

Royal Wharf Primary School is one of 68 projects shortlisted for the RIBA London Regional Awards.

The School is a new-build ‘Free’ school at the heart of the Royal Wharf masterplan. The school was completed in September 2020 and welcomed the school’s first intake for reception and year one children. The school’s pupils will grow with each new year intake to provide accommodation for 420 pupils and 60 nursery pupils.

RIBA London Regional Director, Dian Small, welcomed the news: “Despite the challenges of the past two years, we are delighted that the shortlist includes a wide variety of buildings - all are a true testament to the high standard of architecture that London has to offer.

The jury discussions were focused on assessing how environmentally and socially conscious the projects were – and particularly how they have and will positively shape the community they are in.”

All shortlisted projects will be assessed by a regional jury with the winning projects announced later this Spring.

Royal Wharf Primary School shortlisted in RIBA London Awards
Bath Abbey's ambitious repair and interpretation programme delivers an Abbey fit for the future.
18/02/2022

The site of Bath Abbey has been the centre for Christian faith in the UNESCO City of Bath for more than 1300 years. The recently completed Footprint Project ensures that it remains so for generations to come, through repair and conservation work and much-needed new spaces and amenities.

The £19.3 million programme of restoration, building works and interpretation will help to secure the Abbey’s physical future and improve its accessibility, hospitality, and service to the city, as well as providing flexibility for worship

Within the Abbey, the main focus was the repair and conservation of the historic floor. The works have revealed large parts for the first time in 150 years and allowed archaeology to take place that has added to the story of the church and the city.  An environmentally-friendly underfloor heating system uses waste heat from the City’s thermal springs providing improved thermal comfort and a welcoming environment inside the Abbey.

New spaces have been created in the adjacent buildings that will serve the Abbey and those who work in it, repairing the Georgian buildings, but also creating unexpected spaces within them for learning, administration and for the 60-strong Abbey choir.

Now that the works are complete, it is possible to experience the full volume of the glorious space of the Abbey as it was during the Georgian period: from the lofty fan vaulting, and the descriptive and poignant wall memorials, to the magnificent historic floor below. The Church, supported by its new amenities will provide a beautiful, functional space for traditional and contemporary worship and community use. 

Bath Abbey's ambitious repair and interpretation programme delivers an Abbey fit for the future.
FCBStudios shortlisted for LSE Lincoln’s Inn Fields Building.
17/02/2022

FCBStudios are one of six teams shortlisted by The London School of Economics and Political Science to design the £100m-plus development of a new academic building on Lincoln’s Inn Fields.

FCBStudios and Danish practice Lendager have submitted a joint bid for a 12,540m2 academic building which will house conference facilities, executive education, a data science institute and associated academic departments and the Firoz Lalji Africa Institute. The project is expected to be LSE’s first net-zero carbon building.

RIBA’s architect adviser to LSE Cindy Walters said “The shortlist is a rich and balanced mix of extraordinary architectural talent, who have all placed environmental sustainability front and centre of their aspirations for the project. The selection process has been rigorous and inclusive and reflects the ambition of the exceptional client that the LSE has become.”

Shortlisted teams are due to present their proposals to the project jury panel in mid-May. See more of our Higher Education portfolio here. 

FCBStudios shortlisted for LSE Lincoln’s Inn Fields Building.
In the saddle to MIPIM 2022
10/02/2022

This year Manchester Partner Simon Branson will be traveling to the real estate event MIPIM in the South of France by pedal power.

7 Days | 1438km | 17,498m ascent 

Back in 2020 Simon was all set to go, having trained through the winter months before the Cycle to MIPIM team ride was sadly cancelled. However, with renewed spirit, he's excited to take part and represent FCBStudios en route to Cannes next month.

Cycle to Cannes takes place on 9th - 15th March 2022 to raise lots of money to support Club Peloton's charity beneficiaries: CoramCyclists Fighting CancerMSA Trust, and Tom's Trust.

If you’d like to meet up with Simon in Cannes during MIPIM please contact Simon via events@fcbstudios.com.

You can follow Simon’s training via Strava and Instagram, or donate a few pounds via his JustGiving page.

In the saddle to MIPIM 2022
South Kilburn Social Housing scheme delivers high quality, high density housing
10/02/2022

Unity Place is part of an FCBStudios masterplan for the South Kilburn estate regeneration initiative. Developed, in collaboration with Alison Brooks Architects and Gort Scott the five mid-rise apartment blocks provide 235 homes for existing Brent residents, a community hub, and energy centre.

With the aim to address economic, physical and social issues that existed in the neighbourhood, the brief asked for the scheme to improve the environment and integrate the site with wider estate regeneration projects to enhance the strong sense of community within South Kilburn.

The scheme reinstates a historic route to the Grade I Listed St Augustine’s Church and re-establishes the historic street plan. A series of connected communal and public gardens create a green sequence of spaces from Cambridge Gardens to Carlton Vale, which includes a new public play space.

Within the FCBStudios vision for the site, a unified approach, and materials palette, was used by the three practices to deliver individual buildings. The development draws on terrace, mansion block and villa typologies, typical of the local area, to create high quality homes. By creating a coherent urban block, strongly defined streetscapes and frequent doors onto the street Unity Place is able to reinforce a sense of urban domesticity and a strong sense of local community.

South Kilburn Social Housing scheme delivers high quality, high density housing
January 2022

Two FCBStudios buildings on Manchester Chamber of Commerce Building of the Year shortlist
31/01/2022

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce has announced six buildings on their Building of the Year Shortlist, including two designed by FCBStudios.

Circle Square, a mixed-use development, around a brand new public park, and SODA, the new film school for Manchester Metropolitan University have both been completed in 2021.

Diane Elebert-Morgan, Property & Construction Group Manager at Greater Manchester Chamber, said” “We have impressive shortlists for both years which reflect the quality and diversity of projects across Greater Manchester. This will not only be a celebration of the winning buildings but also the Property & Construction sector in our area.”

The award winners will be announced on 3 March at a ceremony in Manchester

 

Two FCBStudios buildings on Manchester Chamber of Commerce Building of the Year shortlist
Learn about architecture and the climate crisis in RIBA's latest education film
27/01/2022

The latest film from the RIBA National Schools Programme, aimed at Key Stage 3 & 4 students, provides inspiration as to how we can tackle the climate crisis through design and innovation.

Introduced by Poet and honorary fellow of the RIBA, Lionheart, three architecture professionals, including FCBStudios partner Anja Grossmann talk about sustainable, adaptable design, and the role of the built environment in tackling the climate crisis.

Anja introduces the practice’s work on the Temple Quarter Campus for the University of Bristol. She describes how the design has responded to issues such as building on brownfield land, flooding, green transport, carbon emissions created by concrete and how to design for future adaptability, reducing energy consumption and social sustainability. Ideas that can be applied to any project – large or small.

Together, we can build a better, more sustainable future for us all. Find out more about RIBA's Building the Future film.

Learn about architecture and the climate crisis in RIBA's latest education film
It’s not just about the carbon
19/01/2022

In a Royal Society report from 2018, it was estimated that reforestation could remove three billion to 18 billion tonnes of CO2 per year from the atmosphere. Tree planting has become a byword for carbon offsetting, but not all trees are equal.

Last year, FCBStudios pledged a quarter of an acre towards the first coforest – a Bath / Bristol-based charity whose mission is to use local collective action to engage people to plant their own forest legacy.  This week, we visited Acorn Forest to plant roughly half an acre of mixed deciduous woodland.

FCBStudios measures our carbon footprint annually. It has been steadily decreasing year on year, and, in order to close the carbon loop, we offset. With this local initiative, we are confident that it is more than a line in a spreadsheet. It is a new native forest being planted as a legacy project, carbon offset scheme and initiative to improve biodiversity and wildlife habitat.

Our little forest joins up clumps of existing established trees and woodland. It is local to the businesses that have invested in it, and those investors have planted the bulk of the trees. Forests are not just carbon sequestration machines – they protect plant and animal life, contribute to flood prevention, provide a place for reflection and interaction with nature and many things beyond.

It’s not just about the carbon
Shortlisted in Barbican Centre renewal contest
11/01/2022

FCBS are one of five collaborative design teams shortlisted in the contest to deliver a major renewal of the iconic Barbican Centre.

The Barbican Centre, a leading global arts and learning institution, is one of London’s most ambitious architectural achievements and an icon of brutalism.

The Barbican Renewal project, first announced in February last year, will preserve and respect the complex’s original architectural vision, while adapting it to respond to the creative opportunities and challenges of today.

This will include upgrading venues, bringing underused spaces back to life, and improving the welcome, wayfinding and digital technology at the site, reflecting the energy of London’s many communities and the Barbican Centre’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The five shortlisted teams will propose design options for the project, which would be deliverable within a construction cost budget of £50m to £150m.

We are working with Bureau de Change, Schulze+Grassov, and Thinc Design alongside AKT II, James Hitchmough, WJE, Max Fordham, Momentum, Nigel Dunnett, Ramboll. 

The winner is due to be announced in April.

Shortlisted in Barbican Centre renewal contest
December 2021

FCBStudios plans for St Mary le Port, Bristol approved
22/12/2021

St Mary le Port, a key site in the heart of Bristol has received planning permission for the redevelopment of the area. The scheme will reconnect it to the city centre, reinstate street patterns from before the second world war, and create a healthy, sustainable, and vibrant piece of city.

The scheme proposes a mixed-use development that draws on the past, embraces the present, and looks to the future, respecting the historic importance of St Mary le Port tower and ruins, the nearby High Street Vaults, Castle Park, and the wider City Centre.

There are currently three vacant 1960’s bank buildings on the site on the western edge of Castle Park. In their place, three new buildings of office space and flexible commercial units for independent retailers, cafés, restaurants, and bars are proposed to enhance the central Bristol working and shopping experience. Each design has been carefully considered to respond to their immediate context creating a cohesive and interesting family of new structures for the City, and designed to include the latest sustainable building design thinking with the aim of achieving net carbon zero in operation.

The historic ruins of the church and vaults on the site are to carefully be repaired enabling free access to the public, bringing two historical gems to life whilst creating additional outdoor space that extends into Castle Park.
 
Keith Bradley, Senior Partner FCBStudios said “We have worked closely with our client, Bristol City Council, and the local community groups to develop a scheme that reinstates the historic streets, with a focus around the restored ruin of St Mary le Port Church, reconnecting the City to an enhanced Castle Park. The scheme embraces the future needs for sustainable and healthy, post-Covid workspace, above a public face of small-scale independent shops and cafes linking through to the historic St Nicholas Market and the wider heart of Bristol City Centre. St Mary le Port is an important part of the current transformation of the Bristol City Centre and we are delighted to receive planning permission”.

By opening up and improving public access to Castle Park, reinstating the historic streets and routes which were lost after the war, a vibrant new sustainable place will be established. 

FCBStudios plans for St Mary le Port, Bristol approved
Happy Holidays from FCBStudios
20/12/2021

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios will be closed for the holidays from 12.30 on Friday 24 December until 9.00 on Tuesday 4 January. 

Looking ahead to 2022, we are greatly looking forward to opening a collection of new buildings in the first part of the year, collaborating on a host of new projects and focussing all our efforts on developing architecture that serves our planet and our communities to its best ability. 

Until then, Merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy, healthy, sustainable New Year!

Happy Holidays from FCBStudios
Senate House shortlisted in AJ Retrofit Awards 2022
15/12/2021

We are pleased to announce that the University of Bristol Senate House has been shortlisted for an AJ Retrofit Award under the Higher Education and Campus category.

The refurbishment and extension of Senate House bring together student social and support services, providing a hub at the centre of the campus precinct which has become the new ‘front door’ to the University.

Refurbishment works to the existing building involved an extensive strip out, in which a number of layers of intervention and expired services were removed, improving the envelope fabric and enabling the life of the building to be extended. The building has achieved BREEAM Excellent standard at both design and construction stages.

A new double-height extension to the entrance and courtyard adds significant floor area to the building, housing a large dining space and student bar, both of which are open to the public and attract footfall to the local area.

The project addresses modern learning and support needs by setting a new design precedent for student wellbeing, providing spaces for study, socialising and collaboration, that accommodate and support the changing needs of the students.

The University of Bristol reports that around 90% of students who have participated in activities there say it’s helped them meet new people, has improved their sense of community, and enhanced their sense of positive wellbeing.

Congratulations to everyone shortlisted, and we look forward to the winner’s announcement on 24 February 2022.

Senate House shortlisted in AJ Retrofit Awards 2022
‘Exceptional’ University of Portsmouth Building granted Planning Permission
15/12/2021

The Victoria Park Building for the University of Portsmouth has been granted Planning Permission by unanimous decision, after councillors praised the building's "exceptional design".

Set on the edge of Victoria Park, the new academic Building houses 12-storeys of general and specialist teaching spaces.  It will become the permanent home for the Faculties of Business & Law and Humanities and Social Sciences and is the centerpiece of the University’s Estates Masterplan. Academic workspaces are focused around two triple-height atria with fantastic views of the city, park and sea. New facilities include a 500 seat lecture theatre, two 250 seat collaborative lecture theatres, general and specialist teaching spaces, academic offices, administrative offices and a rooftop restaurant and terrace which will be open to the public.

Professor Graham Galbraith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth, said: “This is fantastic news for our city and for the University. This new building will become a landmark in Portsmouth and a symbol of our city's commitment to learning and teaching. I couldn't be more excited and would like to thank Portsmouth city councillors for their support.”

Andy Theobald, Partner FCBStudios, said “The new Victoria Park Academic Building aims to deliver inspirational teaching and learning for the University of Portsmouth, that will enable innovative working, collaboration and creativity across the two faculties as well as greater links with the city. Located centrally, it links the southern and northern campus together with a new landmark building for the University and forms a new gateway into Portsmouth. With planning now achieved, we are looking forward to building an environmentally sustainable, future flexible new building that will be a focal point of Portsmouth’s academic and city culture.”

This progressive, sustainable building aims to be net zero carbon ready and is currently on course to achieve BREEAM Outstanding under the 2018 criteria. Designed to be environmentally responsible, it will be a smart energy building that will maximise natural light levels by allowing daylight deep into its heart. Photovoltaic panels cover the angled roof, producing renewable power and the high performing façade will manage heat and light.  The perimeter landscaping will be sown with wildflowers to develop biodiversity.

‘Exceptional’ University of Portsmouth Building granted Planning Permission
Watford's landmark historic buildings to be transformed as part of Town Hall Quarter programme
09/12/2021

Plans that will secure the long-term future of two of Watford’s landmark historic buildings and transform them for greater community use were approved by Watford Borough Council’s Cabinet this week.

The proposals for Watford Colosseum and the Town Hall, both outstanding Grade II listed buildings, are part of the council’s ambitious 10-year Town Hall Quarter programme. 

Through the programme, Watford and the local community will benefit from significant investment over the next decade that will create jobs, enhance the town’s heritage, boost creative opportunities for entertainment and live performances and contribute to achieving a greener, more sustainable town.

Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, said: “Now, more than ever, it is vital that we remain ambitious for our town and keep investing in Watford. These plans not only protect two wonderful Grade II listed buildings but they will also deliver a real boost to our local economy, making Watford a fantastic centre for new and growing businesses as well as culture, arts and entertainment.

“Transforming the Town Hall into a lively community and business hub as well as a new home for the Museum not only makes better use of the building, it makes sound financial sense for the council, cutting the cost of our office space and delivering a good deal for council taxpayers.

“This opportunity also supports the town’s ambitions to achieve carbon zero by 2030, with a major programme of work to make both the Town Hall and the Colosseum greener and more energy-efficient currently underway.”

FCBStudios are acting as Lead Designer for the Colosseum and Town Hall project for Watford Borough Council.

Click here to read the full press release.

Watford's landmark historic buildings to be transformed as part of Town Hall Quarter programme
Collaboration and Engagement at the heart of University of Warwick’s ‘Cultural Quarter’
06/12/2021

The University of Warwick opens the doors of its new Faculty of Arts Building to its students, research and teaching staff and the general public.

The building is intended not only as an outstanding new centre for teaching and research, but also an interactive hub for engagement with the wider community. With the principles of collaboration, creativity, inspiration and innovation embedded at its core, it spans 15,000m2 of floor space with four distinct clusters set around a grand central staircase within a full-height atrium.

In addition to teaching and learning spaces, the building offers an antiquities room, new cinema and screening rooms, theatre studios and rehearsal rooms, collaboration spaces, a media lab and edit suite along with multi-purpose events and exhibition spaces.

Andy Theobald, Partner FCBStudios said "Our shared vision for the new Faculty of Arts Building was one of providing a platform for engagement and interaction at the heart of the University Campus. The clusters of academic studios and teaching spaces are arranged around a dramatic sculptural central stair that physically and visually brings together all the faculty departments in an inspiring environment. Spaces for performative, teaching, learning and research opportunities throughout the building provide an appropriate vantage point for the study of human interaction."

Collaboration and Engagement at the heart of University of Warwick’s ‘Cultural Quarter’
Shoreditch Park Academy officially opens its doors
03/12/2021

On 29 November, Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville, cut the ribbon, officially opening the new City of London Academy, Shoreditch Park.

The new six-form entry high school in East London features a dedicated sixth form centre, state-of-the-art science laboratories, music, theatre facilities and a sports pitch on its roof. It has been designed by FCBStudios and along with the new leisure Centre by FaulknerBrowns is part of the first phase of The Britannia Project to be delivered.  

The Mayor said: “The new Shoreditch Park Academy represents our continuing ambition for education in Hackney, seeing over £40m of investment not just into one of the finest school buildings in the country, but even more importantly the future of our young people."

Project partner Sara Grohmann and the team also attended the opening ceremony.

Shoreditch Park Academy officially opens its doors
Latest NLA Local London
01/12/2021

Despite current uncertainties around the longer-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on London, it is undeniable that town centres and high streets can play a pivotal role in recovery and resilience.

Local London, this latest research paper from NLA explores new ways to create compact, liveable and sustainable neighbourhoods to build urban resilience. The research is supported by a showcase of projects that demonstrate how our high streets and town centres can integrate a new mix of uses, enhance public realm, improve infrastructure, and ultimately strengthen the capital’s polycentricity, advocating for a balanced recovery of London as a whole.

FCBStudios’ Battersea Exchange Masterplan and Phase Two of the Great Eastern Quays development are two of the case studies that showcase how London’s High Streets and town centres have shown great resilience in the way in which they have responded in swift, agile and innovative ways to the pandemic. 

Latest NLA Local London
November 2021

Hayle Harbour Regeneration highly commended at WAF Awards
26/11/2021

Hayle Harbour Regeneration has been awarded Highly Commended at this year’s WAF Awards in the ‘Masterplanning – Future Projects’ category - the only UK shortlisted project (out of 16 on the global shortlist).

Our work to date on the £350m regeneration of Hayle Harbour includes over 500 dwellings, arts centre, retail, creative workspace, watersports centre, hotel, community centre, improved maritime facilities with a wide range of new public spaces and landscapes.

The World Architecture Festival category winners will present to the Super Jury on 3 December 2021 live-streamed via the WAF App.  All category presentations will be available to view on-demand via the app from 29 November, and all the live streamed Keynotes from 1-3 December. 

Hayle Harbour Regeneration highly commended at WAF Awards
FCBStudios appointed to create ‘cultural heart’ for Huddersfield
26/11/2021

Huddersfield council have assembled a world-class team to deliver the £210m regeneration vision for Huddersfield town centre. Working with the council the project team will transform Huddersfield’s Queensgate area into an inclusive, vibrant hub and ‘Cultural Heart’ for the town.

The plans include; a new entertainment venue (1,200-2,500 capacity), an art gallery, a new library, a food hall, a museum and a multi-storey car park. There will be potential future additional commercial uses including hotels, restaurants, bars, offices and residential.

FCBStudios will work alongside Turner and Townsend as Strategic Delivery Partner and Arup on the engineering aspects.

The Huddersfield Blueprint is a ten-year vision to create a thriving, modern-day town centre that will be accessible, busy, inclusive, family-friendly, sustainable and a safe environment that will stay open longer.

It focuses on regenerating six key areas of Huddersfield Town Centre: Station Gateway, St Peter’s, Kingsgate and King Street, New Street, the Civic Quarter and a new Cultural Heart in the Queensgate and Piazza area.

Peter Clegg, Senior Partner at FCBStudios commented “We’re excited to have been appointed to work on the development of the Cultural Heart of Kirklees. The combination of a new art gallery and library together with a museum and music venue provides a unique project where Huddersfield will be leading the way in town centre regeneration.”   

FCBStudios appointed to create ‘cultural heart’ for Huddersfield
Planning approved for Sheffield's historic Leah's Yard
15/11/2021
An application to transform historic Leah’s Yard on Sheffield's Cambridge Street into a creative hub for independent businesses has been approved by Sheffield Council and Queensberry as part of our work on the Heart of the City project. The project aims to breathe new life into the building by transforming it into a new 14,500 sq ft destination for local independent businesses and retailers, socialising and enterprise.

It will see the existing Leah’s Yard complex refurbished largely in its current form, bringing the building - which has long been listed on Historic England’s ‘Building at Risk’ register - back into a viable and sustainable use.

A bustling central public courtyard will be surrounded by small boutique shops, while the first and second floors will host around 20 independent working studios. New-build structures will adjoin the southern side of the development, behind the retained 24-26 Cambridge Street frontage.

George Wilson, Associate at FCBStudios said: "By celebrating and working with the existing fabric of the Listed building, we plan to create a place that is distinctly 'of Sheffield' and truly unique in its character and setting. It will also reflect the city’s bold ambitions and responds to the future of city centres as experience-led destinations."

Leah’s Yard will sit alongside the upcoming Cambridge Street Collective and Bethel Chapel developments – both currently under construction – that will feature a contemporary food hall, cookery school, fine dining experience and live entertainment spaces. If the application is approved, construction work is expected to begin later this year with a target completion and public opening date of Christmas 2022. 

Planning approved for Sheffield's historic Leah's Yard
University of Kent selects architects FCBStudios for new creative space in Medway
05/11/2021

The University of Kent’s Institute of Cultural and Creative Industries (iCCi) has announced FCBStudios as architects for The Docking Station, its new creative industries’ accelerator space on Medway’s Historic Dockyard Chatham.

The project will involve the conversion of the Homes England-owned Police Section House – a Grade II listed Scheduled Ancient Monument at The Historic Dockyard – into a flagship building designed to inspire future development in the region and beyond. 

John Southall, Partner from FCBStudios, said: ‘The Docking Station at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, is a project with the potential to make an enormous and catalytic contribution to the development of the emerging cultural quarter, and we are very excited to contribute our skills and experience. The essence of the project will be to imbue a sense of the history and permanence of Chatham Dockyard, contrasted with the evolving digital technologies and creations. This contrast will be linked to, and surrounded by, nature and the human interaction with it. We are committed to net zero carbon and will give this a clear sense of design priority.’

University of Kent selects architects FCBStudios for new creative space in Medway
October 2021

Peter Clegg introduces the Architects Declare Practice Guide
29/10/2021

Firstly, this guide has been put together by many practitioners coordinated by members of the Architects Declare steering group. It is intended as a live document, providing an introduction to the issues we all face having signed up to the declaration. As such we would welcome your feedback at any time and will ensure that your comments and contributions feed into the development of this document

 Secondly, Architects Declare is part of a wider group of professionals in Construction and Environmental Design (CED) and as such we are part of a global and local collective of signatories. CED in the UK has ten regional groups which meet regularly to share problems and solutions. Join the group in your region, and get to know what is happening locally, or if you are working internationally join the AD global network which meets every 3 months and which currently has representatives in 25 countries around the world and more than 6000 practices.

Thirdly, the next decade is going to be crucial to the survival of the planet, and because as designers we are at the front end of carbon expenditure on the built environment we need to change our approach now to designing projects that may take several years to reach completion. It is worth developing a practice road map to zero carbon in line with or exceeding the Architecture 2030 targets, and a skills development process to guarantee we can deliver projects that help us find our way out of the climate and biodiversity crisis

In summary, it is worth planning your own and your own practice’s trajectory towards becoming, as Mike Berners-Lee has said, ‘Carbon-fit’. His seven-point plan reads as follows:

 1 Understand your carbon footprint
That of your practice, and the wider footprint of your projects you deliver 

2 Cut your company’s carbon
In your own workplace, transport and equipment as well as that of your suppliers and collaborators

3 Develop a whole company carbon culture
Go for collective and cultural immersion with strong collaborative leadership

4 Develop a business strategy for a low carbon world
Anticipate the future and be ahead of the game in developing a practice responsive to the emergency

5 Create a communications strategy around it
Tell everyone what you stand for and share with people how you deliver it

6 Aspire to become Carbon negative
Go beyond sustainability: commit to regenerative design

7 Be part of the bigger picture
Changing our practice and our lifestyle is part of a process of changing the world

And finally, remember that those of us working in the built environment have a much greater responsibility than most for the climate and biodiversity crises because of the long-term impact of the buildings we design. Our legacy can make a real difference.

Download the AD Practice Guide here

Peter Clegg introduces the Architects Declare Practice Guide
Refurbishment Architect of the Year Win!
15/10/2021

FCBStudios have been awarded the Building Design Award for Refurbishment Architect of the Year.

As we face the climate emergency, the retrofit of existing buildings is more important than ever. Reusing the buildings in our cities, either as a simple refurbishment or retaining the structure or façade not only reuses valuable resources and their embodied carbon, but also preserves the history and character of a place.

The award focussed on four case studies that represent the breadth of our current refurbishment work: The adaptation and extension of the 1960s Senate House for the University of Bristol to deliver a high quality and flexible student commons; a light touch, but high impact refurbishment of the V&A’s Raphael Gallery; the refurbishment of the Grade II Listed Mountbatten House , an exemplar environmental office known as the Hanging Gardens of Basingstoke, to become a flexible, sustainable and healthy workplace; and a section of Sheffield’s Heart of the City development which includes a listed building, retention of the historic building fronts and a new build office.

Using FCBS CARBON, our whole life carbon review tool, we have been able to assess the carbon cost of new and replacement elements in our refurbishment projects, informing material choices and layout decisions and preparing for future improvements. In tandem with a fabric first approach, to minimise on operational carbon, we are cutting the carbon footprint of all projects.

FCBStudios were also shortlisted for Sustainability Architect of the Year and Higher Education Architect of the Year. 

Refurbishment Architect of the Year Win!
New gallery dedicated to art of the Spanish Golden Age opens at The Auckland Project
20/10/2021

The first gallery in the UK dedicated to the art, history and culture of Spain, the Spanish Gallery has been conceived to contextualise Francisco de Zurbarán’s paintings Jacob and His Twelve Sons, which have hung in nearby Auckland Castle for over 250 years.

Having acquired the paintings to preserve them for the nation, The Auckland Project’s Founder Jonathan Ruffer began to collect other artworks from the Spanish Golden Age which form the Gallery’s permanent collection.

FCBStudios have transformed two previously vacant historic buildings in Bishop Auckland’s Market Place into the new Gallery. The building features ten galleries spread over three floors, including a dramatic double-height space in an extension to the Backhouse building created to accommodate larger works. Each gallery has been designed by Edinburgh-based exhibition designers Studio MB to stage a particular story of Spanish art and evoke a sense of theatre.

Jonathan Ruffer, Founder of The Auckland Project, says: “Perhaps the most ambitious of all The Auckland Project’s initiatives, the Spanish Gallery has required the formation of a permanent collection as well as the transformation of two historic and previously vacant buildings. It has been a long journey, but my hope, which is pipe dream country, is that in 10 years’ time, anybody who wants to study Spanish art of this period, comes to do it in Bishop Auckland.”

This is the fourth destination to open as part of The Auckland Project, a visitor destination founded in the market town of Bishop Auckland in 2012 by investor, philanthropist and art collector Jonathan Ruffer with the purpose of revitalising the historic region through art, faith and heritage.

New gallery dedicated to art of the Spanish Golden Age opens at The Auckland Project
Corn Exchange restoration reveals its magnificent timber frame
13/10/2021

The latest stage in the refurbishment of Brighton Dome Corn Exchange has seen the completion of extensive repairs to keep the 200 year-old Grade I listed building safe, and preserved as part of the city’s history.

An internal ‘birdcage’ scaffold was installed to allow architects and contractors to inspect the deterioration and implement strengthening solutions to protect and conserve the widest single span timber frame building in the country. Following 18 months of works, the scaffold has been removed to reveal the original wooden beams, restored to the designs by architect William Porden for the Prince Regent as his riding house in the early 1800s.  

Architect Tim Healy, from FCBStudios, said “The Corn Exchange is a unique historic building dating back to the Regency period, and to some extent we didn’t know what to expect when first investigating the18-metre structural timber frame. Once the layers of paint were removed, we could better understand the condition of the original structure. We were able to find an engineering solution that meant the frame could be repaired and strengthened to make it structurally sound, as well as housing essential production equipment such as the lighting and audio rigs. Seeing the repairs completed and the building restored to Porden’s designs has been really truly rewarding.”

During the restoration, Roman numerals were found carved into the wood by carpenters who would have had the skilled task of assembling the heavy beams into the roof. The numbers enabled the workers to interpret the architect’s plans, with each timber identified in the correct order before being fitted into position.

Corn Exchange restoration reveals its magnificent timber frame
Feilden Foundation 2021 Newsletter
11/10/2021

The Feilden Foundation was set up in memory of Richard Feilden - an indefatigable ‘can do’ architect and champion of education for all. The Feilden Foundation seeks to use its resources to empower communities. It aims to improve both the educational infrastructure and the teaching and learning opportunities that are available for children and young people in Africa, which will serve as exemplar models of practice to others.

The annual newsletter includes a new Zecobricks project in Zanzibar, the new Outdoor Learning Toolkit online publication and a link to view the Climate Responsive Design event hosted jointly by FCBStudios and The Feilden Foundation.

Looking forward we plan to work on a new Ugandan School Design Guide and continue our Community of Practice project, funding an initiative to provide the 11 schools in the programme with new handwashing stations and water sanitation systems.

You can read the whole newsletter here, sign up to the Feilden Foundation mailing list here and visit the website here

Feilden Foundation 2021 Newsletter
New Roman Gym opens at the Roman Baths, Bath
07/10/2021

Newly revealed sections of the Roman Baths in Bath, one of the most visited heritage attractions in the UK, will open on Friday 22 October 2021.

Never seen before by the public, the Roman Gym and Laconicum (a type of sauna), will be brought to life by exciting projections and interpretation.

Councillor Dine Romero, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Communities and Culture at Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “The Roman Gym is a great new addition to the award-winning Roman Baths experience. For the first time, visitors will be able to walk into the Roman exercise yard, find out how the Romans kept fit and see one of the few remaining Roman Laconica.”

The Roman Gym is part of the wider FCBStudios Archway Project which will soon see the opening of a new World Heritage Centre celebrating the city’s status as a double-nominated World Heritage Site and the Roman Baths Clore Learning Centre, set to create new learning opportunities for schools and community groups at the Roman Baths.

New Roman Gym opens at the Roman Baths, Bath
September 2021

Archiboo Awards shortlist includes V&A Raphael Gallery film
30/09/2021

'A Light Touch' - a film made by FCBStudios about our recent renovation of the V&A's Raphael Gallery - has been shortlisted for an Archiboo award in the 'best use of video' shortlist

This film celebrates the collaborative approach taken by the architects, the lighting designers, and the client to transform the Raphael Court through subtle interventions. It explores how the modified architecture becomes a backdrop to the artworks which themselves offered inspiration for colour schemes and carpentry. 

This is not a film which needed overlaid animation or cutting edge technologies. It is a film which mirrors the space in which it is set – quiet, calm, contemplative. It is a film which, like the subject matter, takes a light touch. 

Watch the film here.

FCBStudios have also sponsored the new Archiboo Activism Award, to be awarded to a group or individual addressing one of the built environment’s pressing challenges – from issues of inequality and diversity to homelessness. FCBStudios Partner, Rachel Sayers is on the judging panel. 

All the awards winners will be announced at a ceremony on 14 October. 

Archiboo Awards shortlist includes V&A Raphael Gallery film
Shaping Swansea – preferred development partner announced
27/09/2021

Swansea Council has announced that it has appointed award-winning regeneration company Urban Splash as its preferred development partner for a number of key sites in the City.

The transformation of the 23-acre seafront site into a new city waterfront district for Swansea will include the Civic Centre, Swansea Central North and a plot of land running alongside the River Tawe in the St Thomas area of the city.

Jonathan Falkingham MBE, Urban Splash co-founder, said “We have plans for a world-class environment of great architectural quality, that recognises and enhances the existing historic fabric of the local area and its beautiful location. We hope to achieve this through multi-authorship and partnering with brilliant designers to evolve the most appealing and sustainable designs for each area of this new neighbourhood.”

Andy Couling, Partner, FCBStudios said “We’re thrilled to be part of the Urban Splash winning team, focussed on the regeneration of the Central North area to provide a sustainable solution to a key brownfield site - bringing a range of workspace, residential and leisure use to the heart of the maritime city of Swansea.”

Read the full Urban Splash release here

Shaping Swansea – preferred development partner announced
V&A Raphael Court shortlisted in NLA Awards
23/09/2021

The refurbishment of the V&A Raphael Court has been shortlisted for an NLA Award in the Experiencing Culture category. 

The project set out to effect a radical transformation of the ‘Raphael Court’ with finely calibrated physical intervention into a Grade 1-listed interior.

This called for a rigorous design response, rebalancing the relationship between artworks and architecture to improve the visitor experience.

A clear focus was placed on Raphael’s Cartoons which have a luminous ‘light box’ quality within a darkened space, while new bespoke gallery furniture presents a more inviting and dynamic experience. Curved acoustic panels reduce noise and visual distraction, creating a calmer, more contemplative setting.

Watch ‘A Light Touch’ to find out more

V&A Raphael Court shortlisted in NLA Awards
FCBStudios supports the Global Climate Strike on 24 September
22/09/2021
It's time to act!
 
On Friday, FCBStudios are joining the #GlobalClimateStrike - from the streets, from our homes, from our studios - to come together to take action on climate change. 
 
FCBStudios will be looking back on the past two years of action, and our achievement so far. We have developed FCBS Carbon, our open source Carbon Calculator, to help the industry reduce the embodied carbon in new buildings.  We have trained four of our architects as Passivhaus Designers. We have continued to contribute to initiatives including LETI, Part Z and Architects Declare and initiated new research collaborations.
 
We will look forward to the next steps of achieving our Carbon Zero route map - in our work, but also as a practice and as individuals.
 
Find all strikes and actions on this global map and see more of what FCBStudios are doing to address the carbon impact of architecture here.  
FCBStudios supports the Global Climate Strike on 24 September
Designs for Three Chamberlain Square submitted to planning
21/09/2021

A detailed planning application for a new 180,000 sq ft commercial building, called Three Chamberlain Square at Paradise Birmingham, has been submitted to Birmingham City Council.

The new office, designed by FCBStudios, is at the forefront of the future workplace agenda. Its design is centered on sustainability, wellbeing and place, to create a transformational working environment for the West Midlands.

George Wilson, Associate at FCBStudios said “Our approach to Three Chamberlain Square has been to design an inspiring future working environment while pushing sustainability aspirations. Office floors are integrated with outside spaces and optimised to benefit from key views, daylight, and natural ventilation, resulting in desirable and flexible spaces that reduce energy use.

Three Chamberlain Square sits in an important part of the city. While paying homage to the built heritage, the new office building will also deliver new standards of modern environmental design, bringing with it opportunities and jobs to Birmingham.“

This submission is one of three planning applications that make up phase two of Paradise Birmingham. A website showcasing the vision for Paradise, in addition to a live time-lapse camera and all the latest news about the development, can be viewed at: www.paradisebirmingham.co.uk

Read the full press release here

Designs for Three Chamberlain Square submitted to planning
FCBS Carbon named AJ100 Sustainability Initiative of the Year 2021
20/09/2021

FCBS CARBON is a free and simple-to-use carbon calculator, designed to be used at the earliest stages of a project. The platform uses benchmarked data from the ICE database and EPDs to give insight into the whole life carbon impact of a project and inform design decisions accordingly.

One judge noted: ‘This is the right tool in the right place. The early-stage aspect is really good because that’s when you can have an impact. When an architect is pushing diagrams around, you also need to be able to push carbon around. Otherwise carbon comes in as an engineering clip-on much later on. If a practice made a decision to adopt this tool and have reviews at every stage using it, that would impact its work.’

The calculator has been designed as a user-friendly platform that would empower the design team to have informed conversations during design, and with clients and consultants about the carbon impact of a project.  ‘It’s not about a perfect estimate; it’s about the relative impacts of different moves, such as adding a storey, taking out a basement, or changing glazing ratio or type,’ explains FCBStudios associate Joe Jack Williams.

FCBStudios is endeavouring to use the calculator on all our early-stage projects, upskilling our team to be able to intuitively design low-carbon buildings. Download it here.

FCBS Carbon named AJ100 Sustainability Initiative of the Year 2021
FCBStudios appointed to extend and improve Octagon Theatre in Yeovil
14/09/2021

FCBStudios has been selected to help design and develop proposed improvements at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil as part of a multidisciplinary team.

The extension and refurbishment of the existing theatre will increase seating capacity, add additional performance, cinema and rehearsal space and improve the front of house as well as making the theatre more accessible to more people, in a facility that strives to be net zero.

Colin Cobb, Associate from FCBStudios said: “We are excited to support the resurgence of performing arts through what could be a major cultural refurbishment project.

“Our aim is to provide a plan which will significantly upgrade and extend the 1970s building to create a modern, multi-faceted venue that is fully accessible and provides up-to-date facilities for a range of arts and community uses.”

Community consultation takes place this month, with the aim of creating a venue that can house some of the best shows in the country and become a hub for culture. 

FCBStudios appointed to extend and improve Octagon Theatre in Yeovil
Jo Gimenez joins PedElle Charity Cycling Event – One week to go!
09/09/2021

It’s just one week to go until architect, Jo Gimenez from FCBStudios joins 40 other women from the construction and property industry in the PedElle charity ride.

This year sees the riders navigating a hilly three-day cycling challenge through the Cumbrian and Yorkshire hills from the 16th -18th September, covering a distance of 412km and a total climb of 6569m.

The event is part of Club Peloton, a grant-making charity that specialises in using cycling to build business networks within the property industry. It uses challenge events to bring together a love for cycling with business networking and the opportunity to raise money for great causes.

The ride will raise money for Club Peloton’s charity beneficiaries; Coram who champion the rights and welfare of children will receive 60% of the grant.  Cyclists Fighting Cancer, MSA Trust, and Tom’s Trust will also receive a proportion of fundraising.

If you’d like to support Jo and these incredible charities, please click here.

Chapeau! 

Jo Gimenez joins PedElle Charity Cycling Event – One week to go!
Keith Bradley joins judging team at WAF
06/09/2021

Keith Bradley will be one of the judges at the World Architecture Festival 2021.

He will be judging the best use of certified timber category as part of a panel that also includes Carin Smuts, CS Studio Architects, Darryl Condon, HCMA Architecture + Design, and a representative from the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification – who sponsor the category.

The shortlist is made of eight projects, highlighting the work of practices across the world, from Denmark to Tokyo. Each practice will present their project to the panel, and the winner will go on to present to the super jury for the overall WAF award.

FCBStudios is also represented at the awards by three future projects, the New Academic Building for University of Portsmouth, shortlisted in the future education category; Hayle Harbour in the Future Masterplan category and Paradise, which won the WAFX climate, Energy and Carbon Prize.  

WAF takes place in Lisbon on 1-3 December

Keith Bradley joins judging team at WAF
Stretford High Street Consultation Event
06/09/2021

FCBStudios are working with Bruntwood Works and Trafford Council, making plans to transform Stretford town centre, providing new places to play, work, shop and live.

Join us at Stretford Mall on Saturday 11th September for a public consultation event, where you can meet members of the development team Bruntwood Works, Trafford Council, Avison Young FCBStudios and Studio Mutt and discuss the plans for King Street, the new heart of retail and leisure in Stretford, as well as the wider Area Action Plan.

There will be models of the future scheme on display and a games corner to keep the kids entertained, so head down anytime between 8am - 6pm for an informal discussion and share your thoughts for the future of Stretford Town Centre.

 For more information and to have your say: futurestretford.co.uk

Stretford High Street Consultation Event
Senate House named as Building Awards Refurbishment Project of the Year finalist
03/09/2021

A retrofit project to refurbish and extend the University of Bristol’s Senate House is one of eight projects shortlisted for the Building Awards Refurbishment Project of the Year Award.

Senate House was originally constructed in 1961 as an administration building for the University. Now refurbished and repurposed, it is a welcoming, student-centred ‘heart’ to the University that delivers high-quality flexible student commons. It incorporates elements of the current Student Union including the SU Living Room and Loft, and provides a space to launch a new student-facing service at the “front door” of the University. It sets a precedent of design for student wellbeing as well as significantly improving the building's environmental performance.

It is the second major retrofit project the practice has completed in recent years for the University, following on from the renovation of The Richmond Building in 2016.

The winners of the Building Awards will be announced at an event on 2 November. 

Senate House named as Building Awards Refurbishment Project of the Year finalist
Sara Grohmann – NLA Expert Panel on Healthcare
01/09/2021

Sara Grohmann is a Partner at FCBStudios and leads our Healthcare sector work. She has been an active contributor to the NLA Expert Panel on Healthcare over the past year, and we are delighted to share that she will be continuing this role through 21/22, helping the new group of experts deliver on the goals set out over the past year.

As a member of the expert panel, Sara contributes to a year-round programme of panels, round tables, and discussion groups engaging with the challenges and opportunities of working within the healthcare sector.

The Expert Panels embody the NLA mission of bringing people together to shape a better city. They play a transformational role in how the NLA formulates and disseminates their programme informing the direction of architecture in London.

Sara Grohmann – NLA Expert Panel on Healthcare
August 2021

FCBS shortlisted for three categories in Architect of the Year Awards
25/08/2021

We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted in three categories in the Architect of the Year Awards 2021: for Refurbishment, Higher Education and Sustainability.

Our entries showcased recent projects that demonstrate our expertise within each category, which you can find more about below:

Refurbishment
Renovation of The Raphael Court at the V&A
The repurposed Senate House for the University of Bristol
The Grade II listed Mountbatten House in Cambridge
Block H, Heart of the City, one of Sheffield’s major current economic projects

Sustainability
Retrofitting for the future - Senate House, University of Bristol
Healthy sustainable workplaces - Paradise, London
Reducing embodied and operational carbon - Croft Gardens, Kings College Cambridge
Lean Design and Regeneration - The Beam, Sunderland

Higher Education
Victoria Park Building for the University of Portsmouth
Senate House, University of Bristol
School of Digital Arts, Manchester Metropolitan University
Design and Engineering Building, University of Plymouth

All winners will be announced at the awards ceremony taking place on Thursday, 14th October 2021 at the Park Plaza Hotel, Westminster Bridge.

FCBS shortlisted for three categories in Architect of the Year Awards
The Beam wins RIBA North East Award
17/08/2021

A new speculative workspace called The Beam stands as a landmark building on the former Vaux Brewery site in Sunderland, and is part of an ambitious regeneration project to extend the city centre.

The building provides five floors of Grade A office accommodation with panoramic views of Sunderland and beyond to the sea, as well as retail, café and restaurant offers at ground level. Office spaces wrap around a courtyard atrium which opens to the sky, bringing daylight and fresh air deep into the building’s core. Floorplates are designed to be flexible for multiple layouts, and future proofing is around not only flexibility and adaptability, but also around climate change adaption.

The judges said “The building's design has a sophisticated and refreshing approach to sustainability and creates a healthy environment for its users… The Beam is a remarkably well designed building that has been delivered within challenging circumstances. It serves as an exemplar for sustainable office design and successful speculative regeneration, and the key to this success is the way the design connects to its context.”

Efficient and lean in its construction, the project has not only ensured its embodied energy is minimised, but also that it is cost effective. This has been achieved through an innovative low embodied energy, hybrid steel and pre-cast concrete frame that was quick to construct.

Click here to read the full judges comments.

The Beam is one of four projects awarded by RIBA North East. RIBA National awards will be announced on 9 September. 

The Beam wins RIBA North East Award
St Albans Place named as RIBA Yorkshire Building of the Year
12/08/2021

The first VITA development in Leeds, St Albans Place is a 7, 11 and 18 storey serviced apartment building which brings a sense of home and belonging to its residents

In the northeast of Leeds City Centre, St Albans Place is of simple and elegant proportions. The building is a gateway to a developing cluster of tall buildings and student accommodation. Its bronze ceramic façade is a subtle nod to Leeds' traditional industries, creating an elegant form on the skyline that responds to the changing light.

The judges said “The viability of most student accommodation schemes demands large numbers of bedrooms and this scheme has skilfully broken down the large mass and added interest to the skyline. The scheme was delivered with a Design and Build contract and the architects also delivered the interior design, which again is well detailed and popular with the students, despite having to operate the building through the pandemic over the last 16 months. This is a challenging sector to design in and this project deserves to be Building of the Year.”

Click here to read the full judges comments

St Albans Place named as RIBA Yorkshire Building of the Year
The Centenary Building announced as RIBA South Award winner
11/08/2021

The Centenary Building provides shared learning and teaching facilities for the University of Southampton’s Highfield Campus.

Responding to recent shifts in learning patterns and the emergence of new technologies, the Centenary Building provides modern spaces for flexible and collaborative learning: made up of a 250- person lecture theatre, a ‘Harvard’ style lecture theatre, nine seminar rooms, independent study spaces, computer room, an MBA suite and a café.

The judges said “The Centenary Building is a high-quality addition to the urban realm and the result of an enlightened estates team and a talented and experienced architect. This is a building that will endure for many years, calm, academic, and flexible with a modest identity. It is a backdrop for academic life that will be animated by the students and teachers who will occupy it.”

The Centenary Building is one of thirteen projects awarded by RIBA South. RIBA National awards will be announced on 9 September. 

Read the judges comments in full here.

The Centenary Building announced as RIBA South Award winner
Transformational development plans submitted for Sheffield's historic Leah’s Yard
09/08/2021

An application to transform historic Leah’s Yard on Sheffield's Cambridge Street into a creative hub for independent businesses has been submitted by Sheffield Council and Queensberry as part of our work on the Heart of the City project. The project aim to breathe new life into the building by transforming it into a new 14,500 sq ft destination for local independent businesses and retailers, socialising and enterprise.

If the planning application for the main construction and fit-out work is approved, it will see the existing Leah’s Yard complex refurbished largely in its current form, bringing the building - which has long been listed on Historic England’s ‘Building at Risk’ register - back into a viable and sustainable use.

A bustling central public courtyard will be surrounded by small boutique shops, while the first and second floors will host around 20 independent working studios. New-build structures will adjoin the southern side of the development, behind the retained 24-26 Cambridge Street frontage.

George Wilson, Associate at FCBStudios said: "By celebrating and working with the existing fabric of the Listed building, we plan to create a place that is distinctly 'of Sheffield' and truly unique in its character and setting. It will also reflect the city’s bold ambitions and responds to the future of city centres as experience-led destinations."

Leah’s Yard will sit alongside the upcoming Cambridge Street Collective and Bethel Chapel developments – both currently under construction – that will feature a contemporary food hall, cookery school, fine dining experience and live entertainment spaces. If the application is approved, construction work is expected to begin later this year with a target completion and public opening date of Christmas 2022. Read the full press release here.

Transformational development plans submitted for Sheffield's historic Leah’s Yard
Murrays’ Mills wins RIBA Northwest Regional Award
09/08/2021

FCBStudios and Manchester Life's transformation of Murrays' Mills was a flagship project for the regeneration of the Ancoats Conservation Area: Known as the 'first industrial neighbourhood in the world', Ancoats has now emerged as a lively, individualistic residential community on the eastern edge of Manchester city centre.

Murrays’ Mills is the oldest surviving steam-powered cotton mill. Alongside the new build Wing Mill, which completes the fourth side of the central courtyard, the development delivers 124 dwellings in a strongly domestic environment.

The judges said:” A particular success of the scheme is the carefully considered organisation of the apartments with the majority, despite the constraints of the existing buildings, having dual aspects. Duplex apartments at ground level are designed to maximise the number of entrances from the courtyard, animating this important space, and this communal focus to the scheme is further enhanced through the orientation of living spaces towards the courtyard. The variety of the existing structures is evident in the character and layout of the apartments, many of which benefit from large open plan living areas determined by the structure and features of the historic buildings.

The project was one of eight RIBA North West award winning schemes which will make up the RIBA National Award shortlist.

Murrays’ Mills wins RIBA Northwest Regional Award
Construction starts on Martin Naughton E3 Learning Foundry
02/08/2021

A sod-turning ceremony, attended by Irish Minister for Education Simon Harris and Entrepreneur Philanthropist Martin Naughton, marked the start of construction of the Martin Naughton E3 Learning Foundry for Trinity College Dublin.

Trinity College Dublin Provost, Patrick Prendergast said  “With E3, Trinity is pioneering 21st century challenge-driven education and research which confronts the great challenge of our age: sustainability. ‘Balanced solutions for a better world’ is E3’s motto.”

The building will help the E3 Institute to help strengthen the interdependence between technological innovation and our natural capital stock - through world-leading research, education and entrepreneurship - by providing 1,600 new STEM places for students in a flexible and adaptable building designed with sustainability at the fore.

The Martin Naughton E3 Learning Foundry is due to open in October 2023.

Construction starts on Martin Naughton E3 Learning Foundry
July 2021

High Density, Low Rise, Zero Carbon.
26/07/2021

As part of the London Festival of Architecture 2021, exploring the theme of care - for people, in our work, for our environment - FCBStudios Associate Andy Macintosh looks at how early-stage masterplan design can influence the carbon impact of the buildings delivered years later.

"We shouldn’t underestimate the impact of the masterplan design on embodied carbon, even though no materials are decided. Decisions about the height of taller buildings within a masterplan will have a major influence."

Read the full article on LFA2021 Views. 

High Density, Low Rise, Zero Carbon.
Industry unites to launch ‘Part Z’, a proposed amendment to the Building Regulations tackling embodied carbon
20/07/2021

Leaders from several major firms including developers Grosvenor, contractors BAM, architects Allies & Morrison, and global consultancy Arup are backing the need for embodied carbon to be regulated in the UK. This comes after a group of construction industry sustainability leaders launched a proposal for an amendment to the Building Regulations under the name of “Part Z”, in order to demonstrate a mechanism for introducing embodied carbon into law.

The authors, who include FCBStudios Associate Tim den Dekker, have published the proposed amendment and approved document online at www.part-z.uk, and are calling on industry leaders to visit the website and add their support for the need for embodied carbon regulation.

Peter Clegg, Senior Partner at FCBStudios said “Embodied carbon regulation is essential if we are to create a level playing field to enable the construction industry is to make its contribution to meeting our governments climate change targets over the crucial next decade. We can hope for carbon capture and a rollout of renewable energy, but any new building we build now will have released between 50 and 75% of its lifetime carbon before it is even occupied, so our focus has to be on the embodied carbon in construction. Regulation will help the industry focus on a new generation of low carbon materials.”

Will Arnold, lead author of the document and Head of Climate Action at the Institution of Structural Engineers added: “Over the last two years, developers, designers and contractors have come together from across construction to tackle the climate crisis at an unprecedented pace. We are ready for embodied carbon regulation and we hope that the government will engage with industry to introduce Part Z into law.”

The proposed amendment comes one month after the Climate Change Committee delivered their 2021 Progress Report to Parliament, recommending that the government sets out plans for phasing in mandatory whole life carbon reporting and limits for all buildings, roads and infrastructure by 2025.

The UK is in the unique position of already having most of the tools in circulation. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ whole life carbon assessment guidance document has been used as the  industry standard since 2017, and a free to use Built Environment Carbon Database is currently being developed by the industry (www.becd.co.uk) in the hope of adoption by the government for Part Z assessments.

With such tools either in use or in development, and with both the private and public sector already assessing carbon on an increasing number of projects, it’s hoped that the government will see Part Z as an ‘easy win’ for the UK’s COP26 plans, and its roadmap to Net Zero.

For more information or to pledge support, contact hello@part-z.uk

Industry unites to launch ‘Part Z’, a proposed amendment to the Building Regulations tackling embodied carbon
FCBStudios appointed to design new Bristol Zoo site
16/07/2021

Bristol Zoological Society has appointed specialist creative team FCBStudios and Grant Associates to deliver its new vision for a world-leading zoo in the South West.

The Society looks set to develop a new, world-class Bristol Zoo at its Wild Place Project site on the northern edge of Bristol, which aims to set the standard for a modern, forward-looking zoo in the 21st century.

Due to open in 2024, the new Bristol Zoo will offer spacious facilities, significant growth in conservation and education work and a ground-breaking, innovative visitor experience.

The plans will be brought to life by an award-winning team of architects, designers, engineers and environmental experts, chosen specifically for their insight and approach into this world-leading project.

Peter Clegg, Senior Partner at FCBStudios, said: Our vision for the new zoo is based around landscape, biodiversity and a sustainable future. We are thrilled to be appointed to the project and to continue to develop close relationships with the zoo to further their conservation and research work. We are looking forward to preparing plans that make the most of the existing buildings on site and creating new facilities for the visitors, the staff and most of all, the animals.”

Bristol Zoological Society has previously worked with both FCBStudios and Grant Associates on the development of a new conservation research centre in Madagascar, where conservationists from the Society work to protect threatened lemurs and their habitats in the wild.

To find out more about how Bristol Zoological Society is safeguarding its future, visit www.bristolzoo.org.uk/our-future.

Read the full press release here.

FCBStudios appointed to design new Bristol Zoo site
Planning approved for sustainable neighbourhood at Grappenhall Woods in Warrington
15/07/2021

Grappenhall Woods, a new development by House for Urban Splash, has been granted planning consent.

Approved plans will allow for a new kind of sustainable suburban neighbourhood of 228 contemporary homes set in a green wooded landscape.

The masterplan led by FCBStudios, with landscape designers Planit IE, creates a sense of community with streets and open spaces as opportunities for play, activity, dwelling and meeting people. It will create a better balance between indoor and outdoor living whilst future proofing to changing lifestyles and technologies such as electric cars.

Andy Couling, Partner at FCBStudios said: “We are delighted that this scheme has received detailed planning permission. Our masterplan includes a range of terraced, detached and semi-detached house typologies, designed by or fellow architects shedkm. The designs include our ‘Long House’ typology which will be a new addition to the House by Urban Splash product range.”

The designs feature a central green spine of 2,800 sq m of new public green space, play areas and over 900 new trees running through the length of the site open to all members of the local community. The homes are strongly contemporary in look with outstanding environmental performance credentials, high insulation, and low energy usage, and are built using modern methods of construction (MMC) in Urban Splash’s own factory.

Read the full press release here

Planning approved for sustainable neighbourhood at Grappenhall Woods in Warrington
Proposals for Three Chamberlain Square revealed
08/07/2021

With 180,000 sq ft of space over ten floors and active uses at ground floor level, Three Chamberlain Square at Paradise Birmingham will be a welcome addition to the Birmingham’s commercial offering and a fitting neighbour to the Grade I listed Town Hall.

Designed for Paradise development managers MEPC, within the Paradise Birmingham development, it will be a new type of commercial building that has sustainability and post- COVID requirements built in from the very beginning.

 The building design is pioneering in its approach to sustainability to reduce embodied and operational carbon to achieve a low energy, low carbon building. The commitment to using minimal resources is also reflected in its inside-outside ethos that makes the most of features like winter gardens, an abundance of natural light and natural ventilation, contributing to the wellbeing of the future occupants.

George Wilson, FCBStudios Associate, introducing the project said: “Three Chamberlain Square will be at the forefront of reimagining the types of spaces we will want to inhabit in the future. By promoting health, sustainability and wellbeing, we’ll create desirable agile spaces for people to come together and exchange ideas in, within an inspiring low carbon building.

Three Chamberlain Square is respectful to the classical Town Hall mirroring its pitched roofline and vertical fluted columns. The winter gardens and terraces create the opportunity for dramatic views of the surrounding major landmarks including the Town Hall, Council House, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and St Philip’s Cathedral.

Have your say: https://www.paradisebirmingham.co.uk/phase-two/three-chamberlain-square/#explore

Proposals for Three Chamberlain Square revealed
Stretford Mall shortlisted in Pineapple Awards
07/07/2021

Our masterplan for Stretford Town Centre, for Bruntwood Works and Trafford Council, has been shortlisted in the Future Place Category at The Pineapple Awards.

The masterplan aims to transform Stretford Mall into a high street to create a self-sufficient and sustainable town centre with revitalised retail, solar street lighting, district heating systems, 800 homes and new public spaces

The Pineapples, run by The Developer, and in partnership with Design Council celebrate the best in place, recognising developments that thrive, where people want to live, work, play, shop or learn

The project will be presented live at the Festival of Place, 12 -16 July
Book here

Stretford Mall shortlisted in Pineapple Awards
WAF Future Projects Awards shortlist includes three FCBStudios Future Projects
05/07/2021

Our current portfolio of work is diverse and strong.  It has been announced today that three of our projects have been shortlisted in the WAF Future Projects Awards, to be presented to the judges and audience at the World Architecture Festival in Lisbon this December.

In the Education category, the New Academic Building for University of Portsmouth has been described by the University VC Prof Graham Galbraith as “An outstanding example of a sustainable and environmentally responsible building for the University… it will enable us to become a centre for collaboration, creativity, innovation and above all inspiration and interaction.”

Hayle Harbour is the only UK project on the international future masterplan shortlist of 16 projects. We have been working since 2010 as masterplanner and architect for the regeneration of Hayle – a historic Cornish seaside town within a UNESCO world heritage site – and are currently engaged on nine discreet projects including harbourside wharf houses, an arts centre, retail and public spaces on East Quay, a watersports hub and harbour improvement, the Grade 2 Listed Stable Block and new residential communities.

Paradise has already been announced as a WAFX winner of the Climate Energy and Carbon prize. The zero carbon central London office development is to have an exposed timber structure and is targeted to reach BREEAM 2018 Outstanding, Well Gold and Wired Platinum. 

We are looking forward to presenting the projects to the judges.

WAF Future Projects Awards shortlist includes three FCBStudios Future Projects
Paradise wins WAFX award
05/07/2021

Paradise, a proposal for a speculative, net zero carbon healthy workplace for Bywater Properties, has been awarded a WAFX Award for its approach to Climate Energy and Carbon.

Paradise will be presented live by the FCBStudios team at the WAF Futures online festival on 12 July. WAF Futures showcases solutions from WAFX prize winners which tackle some of the biggest issues facing the world. , talking about how the project came about, and the route to designing a net zero carbon speculative workplace.

Commenting on WAF Futures, WAF Programme Director Paul Finch said: ‘In a period of profound change across the world, architects will play an important part in creating buildings, cities, public places and landscapes that respond to the challenges we have identified. There are immense amounts of research being undertaken across the profession which we hope we can draw attention to, and which we intend to support through publication, exhibition, and funding initiatives.

‘These are big-picture initiatives which concern architects both individually and collectively, and we want WAF to play a part in promoting initiatives which are aimed at making life better.’

Free tickets can be booked here 

As a WAFX winner, Paradise is automatically shortlisted for the WAF awards, which will take place in Lisbon in September. 

Paradise wins WAFX award
Feilden Foundation Outdoor Learning Toolkit *now available*
02/07/2021

Bringing the educational approach of Active Teaching and Learning (ATL) to the outside environment, this practical guide from the Feilden Foundation is packed full of examples, ideas and photographs to help inspire those who wish to develop their teaching practices.

This guide has been written by Feilden Foundation Field Officer John Cleverley, for education practitioners in Uganda who wish to develop their teaching practices.

Bringing the educational approach of Active Teaching and Learning (ATL) to the outside environment, this practical guide is packed full of examples, ideas and photographs to make it as relevant to the user as possible.

Find out more and download the guide here.

John taught in the UK for several years and spent a year as a teacher and educational adviser whilst living in Uganda. He has written this guide to help others investigate the opportunities of Active Teaching and Learning in the outdoor environment.

Feilden Foundation Outdoor Learning Toolkit *now available*
June 2021

Unanimous Support for Cardiff Reservoir Visitor Centre at Planning Committee
30/06/2021

FCBStudios’ designs for a visitor hub on the banks of Lisvane and Llanishen reservoirs for Welsh Water / Dwr Cymru have received unanimous support for a resolution to grant planning approval.

Lisvane and Llanishen reservoirs were built in the late 19th Century, and cover 110 acres just a few miles from central Cardiff. Both reservoirs are part of a SSSI, and much of the remaining site is a SINC.

Welsh Water took over the site in 2016, with the vision to bring the reservoirs back into operational use and create a hub for recreation, health and wellbeing, where local residents can connect with the water and the environment.

The Cardiff reservoir visitor hub building will be located northwest of Llanishen Reservoir, with spectacular views over the landscape. The carefully designed two-storey building will include watersport facilities, a public café/restaurant and meeting and training rooms available to local groups. The wider project will create circular paths and a nature trail around the reservoirs, bird hides and conservation areas, encouraging people to learn about and enjoy nature and the environment.

Akos Juhasz, Associate at FCBStudios said “Welsh Water with FCBStudios are creating a place where people can meet each other and interact with water and nature in a meaningful way. The visitor hub has a wide range of public and intimate spaces, and generous balconies with uninterrupted views over the two water bodies. It will hopefully bring great social benefit to Cardiff by opening up the reservoirs for the public to enjoy watersports and recreation in a stunning location. These real experiences and encounters with water and the impressive infrastructure that allows us to have clean tap water, make us realise that it can’t be taken for granted.”

Designed to have a light impact on the natural environment and a low operational energy strategy, the timber-clad centre and its surroundings will integrate a sustainable drainage solution with water chains, rills and bioretention gardens.

Unanimous Support for Cardiff Reservoir Visitor Centre at Planning Committee
Explore infinite mirror mazes with FCBStudios and Forest of Imagination
24/06/2021

For Forest of Imagination 2021, FCBStudios have collaborated with Alf Coles Professor of mathematics at The University of Bristol to bring maths to life with a series of Mirror Mazes.

The digital and VR exhibition recreates the experience of standing inside a series of mirrored boxes, and offers an immersive experience of Infinite symmetry and tessellation. 

Alf explains: “Children and adults are fascinated by infinity. If you have looked in a kaleidoscope you will have a sense of what a triangular or hexagonal mirror space might look like; if you have been in a mirrored lift you might have an idea about a square mirror space. But I had no idea what it would be like inside a pentagonal shape mirror. I was pretty confident, however, that the contrast would be striking and, I hope, an experience that will lead to questions about why are the patterns so different? “

Mathematics is at its most engaging when it is experiential, and the virtual mazes allow you the experience of being in the space without your body getting in the way! The immersive virtual reality experience and films can be seen at mirrormaze.fcbstudios.com.

Forest of Imagination is a Bath-based festival celebrating the creative arts and nature. This year's festival is subtitled 'The Travelling Forest' and runs in a number of locations within Bath and virtually.

Explore infinite mirror mazes with FCBStudios and Forest of Imagination
New purpose built home for Bath Abbey Choir
21/06/2021

The Bath Abbey Choir has now resumed singing in their new home as another significant milestone in Bath Abbey’s multi-faceted Footprint project was reached.

A new purpose-built Song School for the Abbey’s choirs, visiting choirs and musicians has been in development for the last 2.5 years. These new facilities feature a number of upgrades to the previous Choir vestry including a dedicated rehearsal space, changing rooms and a music library. The main rehearsal room, which is a double-storey oak-lined space, was designed with the necessary acoustics in mind, and will be large enough to comfortably fit 40 people.

Alex Morris was the project  Associate from FCBStudios. He said: “The new choir facilities are part of a series of reimagined spaces, hidden within the interior of the early 19th century Kingston Buildings, that are providing the facilities the Abbey need to deliver its full and varied religious, educational and community programme.  Their refined new interiors have been created from largely redundant previously cramped, dark and damp basement spaces within the Georgian building, to form rehearsal spaces which are generous, warm and light, with acoustic characteristics designed specifically to suit choral music. We hope they will inspire those who use them.”

The Abbey is well-known for its choral music with the Abbey Choir at the heart of its worship for centuries.

New purpose built home for Bath Abbey Choir
FCBS Carbon shortlisted for AJ100 Sustainability Initiative of the Year
11/06/2021

FCBS Carbon, the whole life embodied carbon tool developed by FCBStudios is one of the six initiatives shortlisted for an AJ100 award.

The sprreadsheet based tool was designed in house at FCBStudios for use as an early-stage embodied carbon calculator. Using benchmarked data from the ICE Database and EPDs, it is designed to make potential carbon impacts clear to the client, architect, and the whole design team from the outset of the design process.

FCBS CARBON is available for free to the industry. It has been downloaded by over 2000 people, including architecture practices, university students, clients and engineers, and is in use across FCBStudios’ projects. Download it here.

From the declaration of a dual crisis of climate and biodiversity with Architects Declare in 2019 (winner of the 2020 AJ100 Sustainability initiative award), the practice has been working to raise awareness, share knowledge and find ways to address the causes of the climate crisis. We are a supporter of the AJ’s Retrofirst campaign and active members of AD, ACAN and LETI.

 To further reduce embodied carbon, the practice is committed to the creative reuse of existing buildings. Our awareness-raising exhibition Carbon Counts is currently being installed in Manchester Technology Centre and is also available to visit online.

To commit to reaching zero carbon in all our projects by 2030 is not going to be easy, but every step in the right direction will make it easier. We hope we can share our learning, and learn from others, so the whole industry can make these changes.

FCBS Carbon shortlisted for AJ100 Sustainability Initiative of the Year
G7 spotlight on Cornwall
10/06/2021

With the G7 summit taking place in Cornwall this week to discuss climate change, trade and the resilience of the global health system, the eyes of the world are on Cornwall.

A microcosm of Cornwall can be seen in the town of Hayle, only a few miles from the venue of the G7 talks. Hayle was the main port serving the mining industry and enabled Cornwall to thrive nationally and globally on the export of copper, tin and heavy industrial machinery. 

FCBStudios began working in Hayle ten years ago. Our South Quay Hayle - Superstoreincluded the restoration of the listed quayside - making the harbour accessible to the community; the reinstatement of the Victorian sluicing mechanism - which is integral to maintaining a clear navigable channel between the harbour and the sea; and a new superstore, bringing jobs, and groceries, to the town.

In the intervening years, we have achieved planning for the renewal of areas on the North and South Quays. Together these projects will provide over 500 homes, space for independent and local businesses, improved facilities for the fishing community, watersports and visitors to the waterfront. Our plans look to the future of Hayle but have been made in consultation with community groups, and with a knowledge and respect of the history of the area.

Cornwall declared a climate emergency at the beginning of 2019 and announced its target of achieving net zero carbon by 2030, aiming to set a precedent for green industry and sustainable living. Our proposals for Hayle are seen as an exemplar for meeting these targets.

We hope that the G7 talks will take a similar approach, formulating plans that support communities, respect all parties and provide for a sustainable future.

G7 spotlight on Cornwall
Two more FCBStudios architects become Passivhaus Certified Designers
01/06/2021

FCBStudios has two more Passivhaus Certified Designers, as Andrew Abraham, in our Belfast office, and Chris Pittway in our London studio have successfully completed the course.

Passivhaus is the leading international low energy design standard and we believe it is one of the key routes to achieving net zero operational carbon and reducing the performance gap between design and operation. 

Chris Pittway said: “Becoming a Passivhaus Certified Designer is crucial to delivering energy-efficient buildings with low operational energy demands. The training has enabled a thorough understanding of the building physics behind the Passivhaus approach. I am excited to now employ this rigour throughout the design process, specifically within the residential sector, where the Passivhaus approach not only reduces energy use but can also lead to significant reductions in fuel poverty."

FCBStudios are currently working on a number of schemes that aim to be Passivhaus, including Croft Gardens in Cambridge and South Hill Housing in Jersey, with the process feeding into our fabric first approach to lowering operational energy in all our designs.

FCBStudios is committed to the RIBA 2030 climate challenge, Architects Declare and our own targets to have zero operational carbon buildings on site in 2025.

Two more FCBStudios architects become Passivhaus Certified Designers