A planning application for the next phase of housing within the Brabazon development has been submitted to South Gloucestershire Council.
This builds on the success of The Hangar District and will add 339 new homes, continuing the transformation of the former Filton Airfield site into a thriving new neighbourhood. The homes will be set amongst peaceful, tree-lined streets across a south-facing hillside and will include a mix of 107 two, three and four-bedroom houses, alongside 232 studio, one and two-bedroom apartments.
The FCBStudios designed plans have the same neighbourhood character as The Hangar District, set within a network of green spaces. The homes exceed the national space standards by 25% and their generous floor-to-ceiling heights and large windows bring in an abundance of natural light.
More flexible layouts meet the needs of modern family life and include more dedicated space for working from home.
FCBStudios have completed a flagship heritage regeneration project to bring to life the listed Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings as an adaptable workspace, leisure destination and social enterprise hub for ‘the next 100 years’.
Situated on the northern edge of Shrewsbury, the site reflects a time when Shropshire led the way in engineering. Its remarkable story is one of revolution, innovation, and evolution.
Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings has been referred to as the ‘grandparent of skyscrapers’. When built in 1797, it was the world’s first iron-framed building, a new technology developed to give better fire protection, that paved the way for the tall steel-framed buildings around the world.
Derelict for many years and on the point of collapse, the big challenge has been to identify a future for the site that would protect and conserve the historic buildings. The £28 million repair and adaptive re-use of the site, for Historic England, has revitalised one of the most important buildings of the industrial revolution as a low-carbon, mixed-use development and a catalyst for the economic regeneration of this area of the town
It has provided a new space for learning on the ground floor which tells the story of the Mill's role in the industrial revolution and in world architecture, along with a public café. Above, four floors of flexible office space will provide accommodation for around 300 people, circulation and meeting space within the Kiln for commercial tenants, as well as access for tour visitors to the restored Jubilee Tower.
Read more about Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings
Unity Place is a social housing scheme for Brent Council – part of the South Kilburn Estate Regeneration. It replaces the Gloucester House and Durham Court high-rise blocks with 235 new homes for social rent in a medium-rise development with lively streets, gardens and accessible play space.
Within a masterplan by FCBStudios, the development was designed by FCBStudios, Gort Scott, Alison Brooks Architects and Grant Associates. Each practice designed a part of the site, with individual buildings taking a unified approach that draws on the local terrace, mansion house and villas.
The buildings range from 4-8 storeys, have doors on the street and have a sense of urban domesticity, which restores the character and scale of this part of London.
The winner of the award will be announced in November.
The Aga Khan Academy Dhaka, an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), opened its doors for the first time to 575 students. The long-awaited moment was met with anticipation, excitement and joy as students explored their new 17-acre, state-of-the-art, award-winning campus.
Located in Bashundhara, the Academy was designed by FCBStudios and Shatotto, and is the fourth in an integrated global network of non-profit, non-denominational, residential schools. The Aga Khan Academies is dedicated to expanding access to education of an international standard of excellence to exceptional girls and boys regardless of their ability to pay. Currently, 50 per cent of students across the Academies receive some level of financial aid through scholarship funding.
For the teachers at the Academy, not only are they looking forward to beginning this academic year at a new campus with state-of-the-art facilities, but also to the professional development opportunities they will be exposed to through the Academy’s Professional Development Centre.
English teacher Tahmina Begum said "I’m excited to be here at the Aga Khan Academy Dhaka because we’re making history here – we have a wonderful campus that caters to our student's needs and we have an incredible curriculum.”
Globe Point is a 37,800 sq ft seven-storey office development in Leeds’ Temple area the first new build office to be completed in the city this year.
The flat iron style building provides next-generation workspace for over 400 people and offers spectacular views across the city from the roof terrace gardens.
Designed to BREEAM Excellent, the workspace maximises natural daylight to deliver healthy, flexible workspaces. The ground floor café kitchen and business lounge will open in autumn creating a vibrant use at this site which lies just a few minutes’ walk from Leeds City Station’s southern entrance.
Amanda Whittington, Partner, FCBStudios said: “The workplace and what tenants want is changing and this building has pre-empted this. Globe Point is part of a wider masterplan that is really going to revitalise and lift the area, and as one of the first buildings within the masterplan, its position at the head of the site creates a new landmark for the area. The detailing of the brickwork, crown and curved glazing come together with the informal and natural materials of the interior design to create an exciting new destination for Leeds.”
The building has been delivered for CEG and the interiors have been designed by Ekho Studio.
The Rwanda Green Fund has announced this week that FCBStudios has been selected to develop Green City Kigali Master Plan and detailed designs for the pilot phase. The selection was done in partnership with the Royal Institute of British Architects.
FCBStudios will head up an international team of consultants to develop a new pattern of settlement to build homes for low and middle income residents, as well as providing communities and livelihoods to accommodate the sustainable expansion of urban Kigali, a first of its kind in Africa..
Peter Clegg said: “This is a truly extraordinary opportunity to address one of the major global environmental challenges we face in the next 50 years – the projected mass urbanisation and population growth across the African continent. The bringing together of innovative, sustainable, viable, affordable, and culturally relevant solutions has been at the heart of our approach as it has to be realistically replicable. We are excited to bring together a team of experts to address these challenges, as well as bringing forward our long-term commitment to East Africa with our research and charity work through the Feilden Foundation."
FCBStudios are collaborating with regional architects Light Earth Designs, A Studio Space and Studio FH Architects and with multidisciplinary Rwanda-based consultants FBW and Turner and Townsend as cost consultants. Our international team includes Grant Associates, AKTII and Atelier Ten.
FCBStudios have been shortlisted for six projects in five categories in this year’s AJ Architecture Awards. In total, more 140 projects have been shortlisted across 19 categories for this year’s AJ Architecture Awards, the annual showcase of the very best built projects in the UK.
The Footprint project at Bath Abbey, restores the floor and prepares the Abbey for the next generations of use is on the shortlist in the Community and Faith category.
Two Higher Education projects have been shortlisted: The School of Digital Arts for Manchester Metropolitan University, creating a future-facing facility that will provide the next generation of digital artists for Manchester and a new building for the Faculty of Arts at Warwick University, bringing the whole faculty together for collaboration and innovation.
The City of London Academy Shoreditch Park is a new school in Hackney, part of the Britannia Masterplan, is one of eight projects on the Schools shortlist.
Unity Place, part of the South Kilburn Estate Regeneration Programme, delivers a new high-quality residential-led development of 235 new homes for social rent is shortlisted in the residential category
The Battersea Exchange masterplan turns a divided site into a well-connected community for people to live learn and work it, and has been shortlisted in the mixed-use category.
In addition to stand-out design, the judges will consider how each project has met or exceeded its brief, how it has promoted client or community engagement and how it has excelled in the use of space or sense of place. They will also analyse what sustainability measures have been put in place.
The winners will be announced at a gala event at the Hilton Metropole, London, on 23 November.
Last week, Buy to Rent at Kings Cross topped out, with the final precast slab sliding into place on the highest floor level.
The development for Argent Related is their first BTR scheme in the UK and features residential buildings by FCBStudios and David Morley Architects as well as leisure space and a managed ecology garden by Haptic Architects and Jan Kattein.
FCBStudios’ building, W1, is located at the north of the triangular site and is made up of connected blocks that step up in scale from 11 to 16 storeys at the northeast corner. The building provides 140 rental homes that sit above a generous communal amenity floor which spills out onto the central public garden.
The project is due to complete next year.
FCBStudios has been shortlisted for three BD Architect of the Year Awards: Higher Education Architect, Education Architect (nursery - sixth form) and Refurbishment Architect of the Year.
Higher Education buildings have evolved post-pandemic. As the digital world makes it easier to collaborate, the physical environment must keep up – there has to be a reason to go there. It is more important than ever to ensure that our HE buildings are designed for internal and external collaboration, providing flexible space fit for future change and with student wellbeing in mind.
This is the second year running FCBStudios has been shortlisted in this category, showing our experience of evolving themes in learning, teaching and student life which continues to drive our design decisions in this sector, adding to our already strong portfolio with projects including the University of Warwick Faculty of Arts, Central Quad for TU Dublin, SODA and Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus, Bristol University.
Schools reflect our social, environmental, and architectural values. We design our schools as civic buildings to enrich the lives of those who use them and the communities they serve. Our most recent portfolio of school buildings, including Royal Wharf Primary School, City of London Academy Shoreditch Park, Aga Khan Academy Dhaka, and a net zero nursery for the University of Staffordshire.
Retaining, retro-fitting and intensifying the use of existing buildings is a key means to tackle the climate emergency, whilst enhancing historical character and social and economic capital. We consider that conservation and design are inseparable and that the re-use of buildings is an integral part of creating sustainable architecture.
Life has been reinjected into recent projects such as Bath Abbey, Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings, the ongoing renovation of Brighton Dome and the Roman Baths Clore Learning Centre in Bath, ensuring their physical futures, and providing significant improvements in accessibility, sustainability and hospitality. Each building reaffirming its position as a key cultural destination.
Awards will be announced on 18 October.
The World Architecture Festival has shortlisted five FCBStudios projects, in four categories, for its 2022 awards, as well as one project in the accompanying World Festival of Interiors Awards.
In the completed buildings section, Bath Abbey has been shortlisted in the Religion category, Unity Place Housing (in collaboration with Alison Brooks Architects, Gort Scott and Landscape Architects - Grant Associates and Delivery Architects - RM_A Architects.) and Battersea Exchange in the mixed-use category.
The refurbishment and extension of Yeovil Octagon Theatre is shortlisted in the Future Projects Culture section and the University of Warwick Faculty of Arts is also shortlisted in the World Festival of Interiors awards in the Completed Buildings – Education category.
FCBStudios Partner, Keith Bradley will participate on the judging panels at the Festival.
Educational buildings have evolved post-pandemic. As the digital world makes it easier to collaborate, the physical environment must keep up – there must be a reason to go there. Internal and external collaboration should be encouraged along with flexibility of space and the importance of student wellbeing. Our most recent portfolio of educational buildings responds to these issues providing adaptable, high-value spaces.
The Education Estates Awards celebrate excellence and achievement in Education. FCBStudios have been shortlisted for Architectural Practice of the Year, City of London Academy has been shortlisted for School Project of the Year and The Faculty of Arts for University of Warwick has been shortlisted for University Project of the Year.
The University of Warwick is also shortlisted for Client of the Year, following the launch of the Faculty of Arts Building.
All the shortlists can be seen here and the winners will be announced at an event in October.
Central Quad is a 35,000m2 interdisciplinary teaching building for TU Dublin where Science, research and innovation are supported by a range of general and specialist learning facilities.
The Building was shortlisted for the RIAI Learning Environment award, and was highly commended by the jury.
Our aim was to deliver in social, cultural and economic terms to the entire Grangegorman area. Our vision for Central Quad was to create an open and easily accessible building at the heart of the Campus that is knitted back into the community and the city. The collaborative spaces of Central Quad are designed to bring together cross-disciplinary groups from across the campus, both formally and informally to promote new synergies and interdisciplinary research projects.
“The Central Quad has been a game-changer for TU Dublin, bringing together over 6,500 students from different parts of the city into a very coherent single building. With a core of well-designed labs and classrooms, FCBStudios organised the building around some very fine informal learning spaces that have proven very popular with the students. The courtyard and south-facing seating have also become firm favourites, while the balconies offer the staff workspaces provide some of the best views in the city. “ Dr. Paul Horan, Head of Campus Planning, TU Dublin.
The thermal spring-powered underfloor heating at Bath Abbey Footprint Project has been highly commended in the Renewable Energy Project of the Year category 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 revolutionary underfloor heating system harnesses energy from Bath’s hot springs, as the water flows to the river Avon through the Great Drain which runs alongside the Abbey. The heat source is free and available and has been in operation for over a year, providing clean energy and saving the Abbey money heating the building.
Alex Morris, Asssociate said "Thanks to the inspired vision and commitment of Bath Abbey to creating an Abbey fit for the future, we were able to seek a way to operate more sustainably, whilst protecting their internationally significant buildings. Technical innovation from Buro Happold, and Mann Williams helped fulfill the vision for a low carbon heating system."
The £10 million Footprint Project provided a programme of repair and restoration including 2,400 floor stones, conserved and re-laid, and a series of new spaces that allow the Abbey to cater to its parishioners and the City of Bath for the future. Read more about the heating in ‘Just add water…!’
In a unanimous decision from the planning committee, permission was granted for Three Chamberlain Square, a new 10-storey, 185,000 sq ft commercial building, a key part of the second phase of the Paradise masterplan.
Grounded in sustainability and with a unique ‘inside-outside’ ethos to the workplace, Three Chamberlain Square will be one of the most sustainable commercial buildings located in the city centre. It will be a first for Birmingham in terms of environmental standards, while offering a unique working setting for occupiers.
George Wilson, Partner at architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, said: ‘Three Chamberlain Square will be a new type of commercial building for the city, one that has sustainability and post-Covid requirements at its core. It will be a welcoming environment, with active uses on the ground floor.’
‘There will be an abundance of natural light and ventilation, with the building design unique in its pioneering approach to reduce both embodied and operational carbon, creating a low-energy, low-carbon workplace for the future. It will be a special addition to the city, with a real sense of arrival for both visitors and the public.’
The Roman Baths Clore Learning Centre – a new, state-of-the-art Learning Centre at the Roman Baths – will open on 16 June.
The scheme brings a lease of life for a suite of historic spa buildings, providing spaces for education and engagement with the Roman City of Bath. The renovation unlocks the historic spaces by navigating changes in level between three different buildings and across a complex archaeological site. Its industrial character has been revealed, to sit alongside that of the Roman Baths as an important part of the City’s history.
Two generous learning spaces are recovered from the shells of the nineteenth-century fabric, and supported by the essential ancillary functions previously lacking: a spacious cloakroom, dedicated WCs, offices and a lunchroom.
Lindsey Braidley, Learning and Participation Manager at the Roman Baths, added: “Learning outside the classroom is an essential part of children’s education. Studies have shown that cultural trips significantly improve the health and wellbeing of students – something that, after successive lockdowns and reduced access to trips, is more essential than ever.”
The School of Digital Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University was formally opened by Oscar-winning film director Danny Boyle.
SODA is a £35m investment into the next generation of creative content. Offering industry-informed courses and state-of-the-art spaces designed by FCBStudios and equipped with the latest technologies, SODA provides a unique teaching and research environment that supports Manchester’s ambition to be a leading powerhouse of the UK’s digital economy.
Though SODA welcomed its first students in September, Monday (June 13) was the first opportunity for business leaders, policymakers and creative practitioners to see the new building, and to take part in interactive demonstrations and installations that showcase SODA’s fantastic work to date and its ambitions for the future. They were also able to explore the Degree Show exhibition of undergraduate animation, filmmaking and photography students’ work, as well as a film showcase in the SODA cinema space.
Speaking at the launch event, Boyle said: “Every city in the world will have one of these. There must be a place where the digital storytellers can gather and can share their skills and their need for knowledge with each other. And it’s in Manchester, which of course is the city I owe everything to, and it’s also a place that produces brilliant, independent minds.”
SODA promises a revolution in how we conceive the future of storytelling.
FCBStudios are working directly for Kirklees Council on ambitious plans to revitalise part of Huddersfield town centre, which are currently open for public consultation.
The council’s vision for the Cultural Heart, in the Queensgate and Piazza area of the town centre, includes the refurbishment of the 1930s Grade II listed Library and Art Gallery, to create a new museum for the town, and refurbishment of the 1970s Grade II listed Queensgate Market, to create a new food hall and public library. The scheme also includes a new purpose-built art gallery on Queen Street, to display the town’s important collection, and a multipurpose 2,200 seat entertainment venue and multi-storey car park.
The new and repurposed historic buildings will sit within a significant new family-friendly and accessible park, which will include an outdoor event space as well as landscaped gardens. The masterplan will allow better connections between the town and the university, create more active street frontages, and improve the safety and appeal of this part of the town centre to residents and visitors.
Helen Roberts, Partner at FCBStudios, said “The ambitious vision for the Cultural Heart will breathe new life into this tired part of the town through arts, culture and leisure; celebrate the social and architectural heritage of two listed buildings; provide a vibrant new park, and reinforce Huddersfield’s identity. The consultation is an important part of the process in giving the council and design team the opportunity to directly learn from the local community, and respond to their comments, as the design evolves. “
Have your say here: https://www.kirkleesculturalheart.co.uk/
FCBStudios are delighted to sponsor a new award for sustainability at New Blades 2022 – the annual modelmaking exhibition and recruitment fair.
The award recognises excellence in sustainable architectural modelmaking. Celebrating the role of modelmaking in architecture and its ability to communicate many aspects of design, the winning model could describe low impact or climate responsive design, and be mindful of sustainable practice in modelmaking through material choice and technique.
Judged by Cassidy Wingrove, Associate and Modelmaker at FCBStudios, the award was given to Elliott Ellis. A recent graduate from Arts University Bournemouth, the work embraces low tech, sustainable materials such as card, wood, cork and clay.
Cassidy said “In a strong show of modelmaking talent this year, Elliott’s work caught our eye for not only showing interesting schemes which connect with their environmental context, but also for their clear aptitude and ability to craft detailed models which play to the strengths of the range of materials used. Elliott brings their own ethos and style to their practice, while putting the architecture firmly at centre.”
We are delighted to announce that ‘Central Quad’ a new interdisciplinary teaching building for TU Dublin Grangegorman Campus has been shortlisted for an RIAI Award.
Science, research, and innovation-focussed, Central Quad accommodates ten schools from the College of Sciences & Health, College of Engineering & Built Environment and College of Arts & Tourism as well as general learning space and support services.
The building is a contemporary and dynamic interpretation of the classic university quadrangle, designed to provide an open and easily accessible building at the heart of the Campus, announcing its role as a teaching and social centre for the university.
Everyone is invited to vote online for the RIAI Public Choice Award, where you can select your favourite project of the year. The winner will be announced on RTE Radio 1, Morning Ireland, on the morning of Thursday 23 June, with the full awards ceremony taking place later that day.
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
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
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.
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. “
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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
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.’
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you’d like to meet up with Simon in Cannes during MIPIM please contact Simon via email@example.com.
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.
Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce has announced six buildings on their Building of the Year Shortlist, including two designed by FCBStudios.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.’
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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