One of 110 teams selected for a £10.5million architectural services framework, FCBStudios are one of 10 practices on the framework to deliver ‘Education, social care and community projects (£10m+)’.
The four year framework aims to promote innovation through design and by partnering and is committed to create good quality public sector design for the 2020s. Led by the Southwark Regeneration team, it has a broad scope to deliver new homes as well as landscape design, commercial, educational, industrial, community, social care and other requirements.
FCBStudios has a strong track record of working on public projects in Southwark. We completed the first phase of the Charter School East Dulwich in 2019, with design work now continuing on the second phase, and are looking forward to the new building for Rotherhithe Primary School starting on site in the summer.
FCBStudios’ design for 1899 student rooms on the University of Sussex Falmer campus has been approved by Brighton & Hove City Council’s planning committee, with unanimous consent at a virtual meeting this week.
The West Slope residential development for University of Sussex provides three typologies of student rooms together with ground level student amenities comprising student hubs, launderettes, a supermarket, health centre, student library and a cafe. Balfour Beatty is developing the scheme, and once complete will operate the student housing on behalf of the University.
The new buildings, and their relationship to the parkland campus, have been designed to respect and enhance the vision of the campus’ founding architect, Sir Basil Spence. Spence worked collaboratively with landscape architect Dame Sylvia Crow on the original campus, which focussed on capturing the natural landscape of the South Downs chalk valley. The landscape, as Spence said, is as important as the architecture for the ‘Little Town in the Valley’.
The FCBStudios proposals, developed with Grant Associates, seek to reinforce this landscape / townscape concept in an integrated way. New landscape spaces in the valley and on the slopes are arranged in response to new student life and a relationship with nature against the backdrop of the South Downs National Park.
In the valley, the North Court forms a civic parkland which continues the original green thread of ancient woodland that weaves its way through the bottom of the valley. The residential buildings form and animate a new public space, and at ground floor level include the residential reception and space for a replacement Health and Wellbeing Centre, as well as amenities to include a supermarket, and pavilion library.
The West Slope is a steeply sloping site adjacent to the South Downs National Park. The scheme retains the character of the existing parkland setting and the student clusters and townhouses propose an integrated architectural and landscape design. It is respectful of the existing mature trees and creates garden terraces around these trees for the smaller neighbourhood clusters of residences to use, occupy, and claim as part of their identity.
The West Slope clusters, which make up roughly three-quarters of the accommodation, touch the ground lightly. They have been developed and positioned to minimise excavation, retain as many trees as possible and respond to the contours of the site. Four storeys in height, they contain two cluster flats per floor of seven and eight bedrooms with associated kitchen, dining and living space arranged around a single stair and lift which again acts as a space for social interaction. These rooms will have wonderful views of the trees and the surrounding landscape.
At the centre, a special West Slope cluster contains a student hub at ground level and is one storey higher to identify its significance.
The townhouse terraces sit on the contours running along the site. Their living spaces at ground level are visually open to encourage interaction with other groups of students and help to form communities. The family units are located away from the more socially active student rooms with their own external and internal play areas.
FCBStudios Senior Partner, Keith Bradley said:“Located on the West Slope of the campus, the new residences are part of the continuing evolution of the Sussex campus to improve the University’s facilities, ensure the best possible student experience and continue the architectural legacy of Sir Basil Spence.
Our scheme is inspired by and respectful of the 1960s Spence campus. The architecture is intended not to be an overt pastiche of the architectural language employed in his work at the University of Sussex, but as a continuation of his ideas of public space, enjoyment and learning, enveloped - connected and surrounded by landscape.
The unanimous approval has recognised that our scheme will bring high-quality facilities and architecture to the site, providing the University with the accommodation it needs.”
The materials for the new development are inspired by Spence and relate to the land – natural materials made from clay. Terracotta tiles - a contemporary interpretation of the local tile hanging and mathematical tiling of Brighton - are used in differing profiles and tones that reflect the light and animate the surfaces against the trees.
Environmental sustainability, as well as maintaining the features of the unique landscape setting within the South Downs, underpins the project.
The proposals achieve BREEAM excellent. They include intensive green roofs to the villas - using a downland seed mix to encourage local biodiversity, greywater recycling, heat recovery from students’ showers, photovoltaics to the roofs of the North Court, reducing embodied carbon with the use of lightweight reusable structures and reduced embodied carbon to the foundations by minimising excavation and working with the landscape and topography. Natural ventilation, windows sizing optimised for performance and views, on site composting and provision for student allotments also contribute to student wellbeing, along with a generous allowance of cycle storage to encourage student cycling.
It is anticipated that minimal work will be done on the project until further decisions are taken later this year on proceeding with the enabling works. The accommodation would be delivered in several phases over a four-year period once these works are completed.
A major milestone has been reached in the construction of the Ulster University Greater Belfast Development. A topping-out ceremony was held on the thirteenth floor, marking the achievements of the client, the whole project team and the contractor Somague Sacyr in the ongoing construction of the University Buildings.
The project heralds a moved from the suburban Jordanstown Campus, into the City Centre’s Scotch and Cathedral Quarter, driving regeneration and development of the area. Once complete, the University’s six faculties will be positioned together, within this thriving cultural quarter.
Whether used to generate or test ideas or as a tool to communicate with clients and the wider public, architects have been using models for centuries. An integral part of the design process, cutting, pinning, shifting, adding or subtracting small pieces of card or blocks of foam creates room for inspiration and drives the design process, whereas an intricately created showpiece, be it a miniature replica of the final scheme, or an abstract object which celebrates a core element of the design thinking, are sculpted and formed to stand the test of time, a piece of art in their own right.
Making Models, a short film made by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios with Kate Goodwin, Head of Architecture and Drue Heinz Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts, explores in more detail how and why we use architectural models and the skill and craftmanship that goes into their creation. Watch the film.
Kate will be in conversation online with FCBStudios partner Hugo Marrack and modelmaker, Cassidy Wingrove, as part of the Architecture Foundation 100 Day Studio. For more details and to join the event click here.
Helen Roberts, FCBStudios Partner and schools sector lead, responds:
The unconfirmed suggestion for primaries is that year 6 would return first, to enable them to prepare for the important transition of moving up to secondary school. That on its own would not be so difficult to implement – assuming that children, parents and staff were confident that they would be safe from infection when travelling to/from school, as well as throughout the day. It may require one class to be spread over two rooms, or for children to take it in turns to come to school for a morning or an afternoon - and a building that is not fully occupied with other years will afford at least some short-term spatial planning opportunities – staff availability and numbers allowing of course.
But what is the picture if children all return to school? As my 10 year old pointed out, there would need to be twice as many classrooms, and twice as many teachers, to make social-distancing, as we now know it, work in his primary school. That’s not going to happen by 1st June, or indeed ever. The fact that the government ‘guidelines’ on area provision for all schools have only reduced with every recent revision of the Building Bulletins, to keep investment to an absolute minimum, means there is little room to play with in any school, in the very best of circumstances, unless it is hugely undersubscribed, let alone when teachers and children are all recommended to be 2m away from each other because of a pandemic.
Therefore, a full school, without any adaptations, running even a vaguely normal time-table, is a much harder thing to imagine now. Schools, by their nature, encourage gathering. A happy school functions like a mini-society; it depends on celebration, on communal eating, large gatherings and small group work alike, where people do things together. It is where children develop emotionally and socially as well as academically, and this, as much as informal learning, depends on interaction. Children are not mini-adults, and even those who are old enough to understand the issues will find it hard, once back in a familiar setting, to comply with a new set of behavioural rules that seek to separate them from each other.
Children will be desperate to get back to school to see their friends, but they have also been exposed to the fears of their parents, the restrictions of government to keep away from other people, and they may have lost relatives to CV19. Their reintroduction to school will force these issues to be tackled too. Re-designing schools, as suggested by the Scottish government, or the odd ‘quick fix’ - like more handwash stations, temporary ‘rooms’ in the playground, and distance markings on the floor, will only be a relatively small part of the solution, even though they may certainly help.
Do secondary schools have different challenges?
It may be more successful to get older age groups to comply with newly imposed rules in school but, in the same way that primary schools can tangibly feel like happy and confident places, so too do secondaries, because of shared endeavour and community spirit.
The secondary curriculum requires a lot of teaching to take place in specialist classrooms, with fixed equipment and a prescriptive layout. Such rooms, like science labs, with services provided to fixed island benches, work fantastically, but they are the response to a specific set of briefing requirements and known pedagogy. Change all of this, because you can’t teach in groups of 24-30 any more and the space utilisation becomes inefficient; there suddenly aren’t enough subject teachers, and the timetable doesn’t work.
Unlike primary school pupils, secondary students move around a lot. They do this in huge chattering crowds, of course, and even in most schools, where lunchtime is staggered over multiple sittings, there will still be hundreds of students on the move at lesson changeover, typically on corridors which are typically no wider than 2.4m, and they will pass through a 900mm wide door opening to get into a classroom, often after waiting outside in a line. We cannot easily change these dimensions or this routine, but it could all be done if it had to - and if there was funding, plus a little time. Extending the school day/term will likely not be viable for lots of understandable reasons, but it would make the building work harder for longer – and be accessible to more students, for as long as distance restrictions are in place.
Will architects be asked to help to address the issues [and should they be?]
Architects are obviously expert in how existing space can be best used; how constraints can be worked within to promote a new mode of operation and how a simple intervention might liberate a planning problem. These skills are absolutely relevant to the immediate issue of getting children and young people back in to school, even though they can offer only part of the solution. Extensions and alterations will likely be out of the question in the short-term (by 1st June), but if funding magically becomes available, of course things could be done - The Nightingale Hospital proves this. FCBStudios will certainly be hoping to help our schools clients think about how their buildings could better serve them through this crisis, to see whether small adaptations, ideas about people flow, use of entrances, ensuring optimum ventilation, exploiting the potential of any underused spaces etc. etc. can help them to revive their schools. This is part of our social commitment and we expect many architects will want to act in the same way.
What are the longer term impacts on school design resulting from the coronavirus crisis
The possibility of teaching smaller groups, in buildings which allow a loose-fit, where some spaces are technically under-occupied, calls for an immediate increase in space overall and, of course, more teachers and TAs, or, at the very least, IT equipment to allow sharing screens across multiple rooms. Achieving this is dependent on government desire, policy and investment. Spaces which can be flexibly used, do not contain lots of fixed equipment, and lend themselves to easy connections to adjacent spaces, have been driven out of the area allowances in current state school budgets. Spaces are prescriptive to meet direct curriculum needs and anything seen as flexible for the sake of it has been deemed excessive.
Whilst the current area allowances and their attendant budgets, can lead to buildings that work acceptably in optimum circumstances, we may need to be designing with the expectation that CV-19’s descendant will affect education delivery in the future too. We will need bigger classrooms, more toilets and washbasins, more sliding partitions, some overspill spaces that are not regularly timetabled, and we will need to ensure environmental comfort at all times.
On a temporary basis, we could think of running two school cohorts in one set of buildings. FCBStudios are currently looking at school provision for a new urban community in Rwanda where the school-age population is 30 percent of the total population. In many areas, this is regarded as a workable, albeit temporary solution, (on top of the fact that class sizes tend to be 50 percent larger than ours) but of course, it puts more pressure on both buildings and, more importantly, the teaching profession, and we would struggle to cope for very long with this in the UK. In the short term, we will probably need the continuation of more distance learning in schools, which might buffer with the transitional period.
It is appealing to think that, with the potential for lower infection transmission rates, teachers might become more enthused about teaching and learning taking place outside, especially in primary schools. BSF and Academies programmes talked so effusively about outdoor learning (beyond PE), and often the space is there but is not used creatively for lessons that are expected to take place in a rectilinear classroom. Going into the summer term, spending more time outdoors, especially for the millions of children who’ve lived without outdoor space throughout this pandemic, I am tempted by the thought that primary school maths could be taught in the open air – where the air quality might be better too.
For International PechaKucha Day 2020 we brought together a programme of inspiring speakers who have considered materials in new ways to reduce waste, create strategies for reuse and reduce the embodied carbon of the products they design.
Staged alongside our current exhibition, ‘Carbon Counts’, the evening, entitled ‘Material Matters’ covered topics ranging from product design, fashion, bio-fragmentation and architecture. Communications design expert, Sophie Thomas, shone a light on what happens to our unwanted products, Juan Ferrari and Ruth Kelly Waskett, lighting designers from Hoare Lea asked how we can become more comfortable living without artificial light, and textile designer, Laetitia Forst, explored design solutions for creating new recyclable materials for fashion.
FCBStudios’ Marcus Rothnie explored how we found appropriate construction uses for plastic that correspond to the material’s longevity in two projects – one high tech, one very low tech - for the annual Forest of the Imagination festival in Bath, and how they engaged the community in thinking about the issue and forming good habits.
All the presentations from the evening are now available to view here.
FCBStudios has joined forces with a collaborative project called ‘The Industry Prints’. The initiative has seen a number of practices working together to help contribute towards the staggering shortages of personal protective equipment being experienced by the NHS across the country.
Full-time modelmaker at FCBStudios, Cassidy Wingrove, has set up a temporary modelmaking studio in his home using a 3D printer to produce components for face shields. These will be sent to a central distribution centre where they will be assembled, sterilised, and delivered to the areas where the need is greatest.
Cassidy said: “The current situation has called for new and innovative solutions to the challenges that we are facing in our day to day lives. The reaction to the national issue of PPE shortages has been astonishing, with thousands of companies and individuals using their 3D printers to help in any way they can. We decided to get involved and managed to overcome some of the challenges encountered, such as sterilisation, distribution and quality control, by joining up with a national 3D printing society, who are managing these issues from a central hub.
It has been fascinating to witness the speed at which the design process is working on this project, with continuous feedback informing new versions that better suit the needs of the end user. We’re looking forward to continuing production for as long as needed and as a practice are looking at other ways to do more.”
Information on the visor design, model files and operating procedures are available to download via The Industry Prints website. And if you don’t have a 3D printer, you can still help by donating to the Contractors Appeal which is fundraising to buy more PPE equipment for NHS frontline staff.
Located on the former Filton Airfield, home to Hurricane Aircraft in World War 2 and the birthplace of Concorde and supersonic travel, this historic landmark is set to be transformed into Brabazon, a thriving new neighbourhood for Bristol.
The first phase of new homes will form a highly sustainable residential quarter that will set the tone for the transformation of this 380-acre site.
The Housing Design Awards are the most prestigious awards in the sector recognising the very best in UK housing. Results will be announced at an awards ceremony on Wednesday 2nd September 2020.
Signatories of Architects Declare came together in FCBStudios’ London studio in March 2020, for a day of learning and debate around embodied carbon.
The embodied carbon of a building is made up of the impacts from the extraction, processing, manufacture and packaging of the materials used in its construction; the carbon emissions resulting from their transport and construction on site, maintenance over their life span and what happens after the building is demolished.
Divided into three parts, and introduced by Peter Clegg, senior partner at FCBStudios and member of the Architects Declare steering group, recordings of all the presentations are now available to watch on Vimeo here.
Simon Sturgis, Targeting Zero
Jane Anderson, Construction LCA
Andrew Wylie, Buro Happold – Reducing embodied carbon of structure
Louise Harnot, Elementa – Impact of MEP
Louisa Bowles, HawkinsBrown – Modelling elements at different stages
Andrew Waugh, Waugh Thistleton – Using timber in construction
Embodied Carbon in Practice
Joe Jack Williams, FCBStudios - Embodied Carbon within the practice and FCBStudios' route to zero carbon
Anis Abou-Zaki – International perspectives on embodies carbon
Christian Dimbleby – Refurb and retrofit decision process
Ben Hopkins – Delivering embodied carbon savings
Craig Robertson – RIBA 2030 and embodied carbon
Maria Smith – Broader scene-setting and shift of culture required.
Read more about FCBStudios' route to zero carbon, in our Explore blog.
Since the decline of the Cornish mining industries, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hayle harbour has lain derelict since the 1970s. But the regeneration of this unique site is now underway, delivering a vibrant new coastal community activated by nature, leisure and living.
North Quay features a range of dwellings from three bed wharfhouses to one, two and three bed apartments, with the majority benefiting from private outdoor space and generous proportioned terraces overlooking the new public square and harbourside. Many of the dwellings are dual aspect maximising the benefits of sunlight and visual connectivity with the harbour.
The Housing Design Awards are the most prestigious awards in the sector recognising the very best in UK housing. Results will be announced at an awards ceremony on Wednesday 2nd September 2020.
An innovative virtual reality tour of Shrewsbury Flaxmill Malting has enabled the project team to explore and view the building from multiple angles when not on site.
Tim Greensmith, Associate from FCBStudios said: “This Matterport 360 degree camera survey was commissioned by Historic England at our request. It has been very useful in allowing members of the design team and contracting team to explore issues on site.
We are currently working with Seeable, the company who created the survey, to generate virtual reality representations of the Kiln entrance and Main Mill fourth floor co-working space for the purpose of marketing.”
The interactive tour also offers a new experience for those who go to the visitor centre, to be able to see inside before the building is fully opened in the summer of 2021.
The site comprises eight listed buildings, including the Main Mill, which when built in 1797, was the world's first iron-framed building, paving the way for the modern skyscrapers that now burst through the skylines of our major commercial centres. It is one of the most important buildings of the industrial revolution.
Essential work has been taking place over the last 6-8 months in the north side of the church in order to stabilise and repair the collapsing floor in this area, with surface repairs being made to ensure the floor is even and accessible throughout. Historic ledgerstones, some dating back to the 17th century, have been reinstated and where needed, new stones have been re-laid depending on the level of damage to the original stones.
Once the Footprint project is completed, an eco-friendly underfloor heating system using sustainable energy from Bath’s hot springs will be installed throughout, and the Abbey will be reopened up to be enjoyed in its full glory by future generations.
Image: ©Bath Abbey
One of 11 schemes on the RIBA regional shortlist for Yorkshire, St Albans Place, student housing for VITA, is a 7,11 and 18 storey serviced apartment building which brings a sense of home and belonging to its residents.
The 376 studios range from 20m2 to 34m2. Each one contains kitchen and ensuite facilities and is well planned to feel spacious and have impressive views across the city. At ground floor and mezzanine level is a student Hub where residents can build friendships and connect with their city.
Peter Cartright, RIBA Yorkshire Judging Panel Chair said “This year’s shortlist of potential RIBA award winners in Yorkshire covers a wide range of sectors with many schemes reinventing existing buildings rather than building new, which is great to see. We are very interested in the operation and performance of buildings, as opposed to purely how they look – their beauty must be more than skin deep. We believe awards should go to buildings which will continue to look good for years to come, taking into consideration their low carbon strategy and approach to whole life cost.”
All shortlisted buildings will now be assessed by a regional jury with the winning buildings announced at an awards ceremony at Cutlers’ Hall, Church St, Sheffield on 4 June 2020. If successful, the Regional Award winners will be considered for a highly-coveted RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will be announced in July.
FCBStudios have been named as one of five teams shortlisted in the RIBA international design competition for a 600ha residential masterplan in Kigali, Rwanda.
Green City Kigali is a sustainable urban development project supported by Rwanda’s Green Fund and German Development Cooperation. The competition selection process sought to appoint an experienced and suitably qualified Urban and Architectural Design Consultant organisation to further develop their masterplan proposals for the 600 hectare Kinyinya Hill area, together with a detailed masterplan and associated construction stage information for the pilot development.
The five applicant teams have now been invited to participate in the design competition and tender phase.
Plans have been unveiled for Sheffield Council’s Heart of the City II development which create a new ‘cultural heart’ and retain a significant amount of existing heritage.
FCBStudios have developed plans for Block H, located on the site between Wellington Street, Carver Street and Cambridge Street, which will provide a wide-ranging development split into three distinct elements (H1, H2 and H3). A period of public consultation on H2 and H3 is currently underway, ahead of a planning submission this Spring.
H2 will be a brand-new building offering approximately 70,000 sq ft of Grade A office space, split across seven upper floors and boasting an impressive south-facing roof terrace, with retail and food and beverage units on the ground floor.
The visually striking, dark-coloured metal building will take inspiration from Sheffield’s celebrated industrial past. H2 has been designed to be energy efficient in operation, emitting around 40% less carbon than a typical Building Regulations compliant design.
The development for H3 (to be known as Cambridge Street Collective) aims to retain as much of the quality, existing fabric and façades along Cambridge Street and Wellington Street as feasible – helping to attractively balance the old and new across the site.
Our proposals for Cambridge Street Collective include a large, industrial-style space, which would be perfectly suited to a food hall or similar sociable, communal offer. Wrapping this space would be complementary shops, a bar and restaurant, and an upper-level leisure space. The existing Bethel Chapel building will also be renovated, with plans for this to become a live entertainment venue.
Although not part of this planning application, the site is also home to Leah’s Yard (H1) – a Grade II* Listed building housing a collection of small former industrial workshops. Plans are still at an early stage, however, there is a real desire from the project team to maintain the building’s unique Sheffield character by providing similar workshops for the city’s next creative generation. In the meantime, Listed Building Consent is being sought by the Council to undertake the structural works required to make the buildings secure.
Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Cabinet Member for Business and Investment at Sheffield City Council, explained the vision: “We will be retaining a lot of attractive heritage across the Heart of the City II site, while also ensuring we create new spaces that are sustainable to the local economy. With some of the most interesting architecture in the city centre, Block H was always going to be one of the most rewarding blocks in the masterplan. We truly believe that these new plans will help provide a cultural heart and social anchor to the scheme.”
In a bid to ensure a viable and attractive development – one that also respects the heritage assets on the Block H site, Sheffield City Council and its Strategic Development Partner, Queensberry, have been working closely with heritage interest groups in the city. They have been discussing design and usage ideas.
The emerging proposals for this block now showcase the retention of far more original architecture than envisaged in the 2018 masterplan. Plans now include the preservation and sympathetic restoration of the quality fabric and façades along Cambridge Street and Wellington Street, including the listed Bethel Sunday School and Leah’s Yard, as well as the Bethel Chapel and the buildings that formerly housed Brewhouse and Henry’s. The historic buildings fronting these streets will be kept with internal adaptations and reconstruction carried out where necessary to bring them back into use.
Nick Roscoe of Hallamshire Historic Buildings, said: “Sheffield City Council should be commended for taking this enlightened and forward-thinking approach to the interesting range of buildings that we can see on Cambridge Street and Wellington Street today.
“They have brought in first class architects and consulted carefully with stakeholders to make the most of these precious heritage assets. This is a project to be proud of and an approach we hope to see followed again.”
Due to the current situation, Public consultations drop-in sessions on 25 and 26 March will no longer take place. Instead, more information about the plans is being added to the Heart of the City 2 website.
The pre-application consultation period will run 12 March to 14 April 2020.
Click here to complete the online response form.
‘The Beam’ is the first phase centrepiece of the ambitious regeneration of the former Vaux Brewery site in Sunderland City Centre.
The speculative office building provides five floors of Grade A accommodation with views across the River Wear towards the Wearmouth Bridge and ground floor retail, café and restaurant offers. Designed with health and wellbeing in mind it is a sustainable and appealing workplace.
RIBA North East Regional Director, Amanda Khan, said: “The North East region continues to play host to a remarkable array of carefully-crafted buildings. I congratulate all practices who have been shortlisted in this competitive process. We received a high standard of entries from a range of national and international practices..”
Six projects are shortlisted for the RIBA Northeast Awards..
FCBStudios’ transformation of Murrays' Mills - the oldest surviving steam-powered cotton mill in the world - into 124 diverse dwellings, is one of 10 projects to be shortlisted for a RIBA Northwest Award.
Our brief to restore and transform the Mills was relatively simple; to create a new community, and to let the buildings’ layout, character and heritage inform how this was achieved. Through the sensitive conversion of the mills into modern-day dwellings and the addition of a new building which completes the mill courtyard, Murrays’ Mills has spearheaded the regeneration of the Ancoats neighbourhood.
All shortlisted projects will now be assessed by a regional jury with the winning projects announced at an awards ceremony at the Liverpool Everyman on 21 May 2020.
St Albans Place has also been shortlisted for a RIBA Yorkshire Award.
The regeneration of Alexandra Palace’s East Wing and Victorian Theatre has been rewarded as one of the successful projects for the 2020 Civic Trust Awards, being highly commended in the AABC Conservation Awards.
The brief was focussed on reviving the Victorian theatre, the East Court and adjoining areas, and called for some far-reaching design interventions and careful conservation. The scheme has been designed not simply to bring these historic spaces back into viable use, but to create an entirely new experience for contemporary audiences.
The Civic Trust Awards are an independent awards scheme with the objective to recognise projects that have made a positive contribution to the local communities they serve. The 61st Anniversary Awards Ceremony took place on Friday 6th March 2020 at the Imperial War Museum North, in Trafford, Manchester.
The Beam, a speculative office in Sunderland by FCBStudios, is one of 34 projects shortlisted in the Commercial Category, in the North East Regional Awards.
The Beam is the first building to be completed on the landmark Vaux Site and is part of a 15-year regeneration project which, once complete, will extend the city centre, create thousands of jobs and have a major social and economic impact on the region. Designed with five themes in mind: a healthy office, a sustainable workplace, an appealing workplace, a lean building and a contextual response, the Beam sets a high standard of workplace accommodation for the ambitious regeneration of the site.
The projects shortlisted for the RICS Social Impact Awards 2020 are reflective of the outstanding work being done within the built environment, recognising the built environment's positive and transformational contribution to society. The winners will be announced on 1 May, and go forward to the National Awards.
Alexandra Palace’s Creativity Pavilion provides a new home in the recently developed East Wing of the building for the charity’s Creative Learning programme. The programme uses the history of the Park and Palace and the arts to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to develop new skills and boost their health and well-being.
Designed by East Wing project architects FCBStudios, the pavilion has the flexibility to be transformed and adapted for a range of activities; including interactive workshops for schools, music and theatrical performances, community-curated exhibitions, creative sessions for people with disabilities and family drop-in classes, such as Baby Jazz.
The upper levels of the space form a light box, whilst below a series of fixed and moveable panels enable the space to be enclosed from the rest of the East Court or opened up to become part of the larger space. The interior is equipped with a lighting rig and speakers which gives a theatrical feel, whilst the new suspended ceiling and motorised curtain rail allows for the space to be darkened for projection. The Creativity Pavilion provides a welcoming, inspiring and modern fit-for-purpose facility which contributes to the vibrancy of the newly restored East Wing.
The opening of the new Creativity Pavilion is another step in Alexandra Palace’s mission – along with the renovated Victorian Theatre, and the transformation of East Court – to repair, restore and maintain the Park and Palace for public recreation and enjoyment.
Daniel Burt, Architect at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios said: “The Creativity Pavilion is a flexible, inclusive space which will be host to a huge array of workshops, exhibitions and events for schools, families, young people, adults with disabilities and older people at Alexandra Palace. We wanted the space to communicate a sense of excitement, enlivening the East Court, and provide a welcoming and secure environment in which the Palace can expand their ambitious cultural and community programmes.”
The official launch on Tuesday 25 February included the opening of a new exhibition called Little Inventors. This is the culmination of a year-long project that challenged children across north London to start on their own inventive journey, inspired by the innovative spirit of the adventurers and aeronauts of who have appeared at Alexandra Palace over the years. Four winners were selected, and their designs brought to life by redLoop, the design and innovation centre at Middlesex University, and will be displayed in the Creativity Pavilion until 24 March.
Louise Stewart, chief executive at Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust, said: “We’re delighted to be opening the Creativity Pavilion. Having a dedicated and specially designed space for these activities means we will be much better placed to deliver creative activities to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds. It’s going to be exciting to see how this space will support the charity to benefit more people in new ways.
“The Creativity Pavilion also marks the latest phase in our restoration of the park and palace. To see how much this space has changed in the last few years is almost unbelievable, and we’d like to thank everyone who has worked with us to make this possible.”
FCBStudios have been appointed by Lewisham Homes (on behalf of Lewisham Council) to develop design proposals for the redevelopment of the former Ladywell Leisure Centre site for new housing and retail uses. The aspiration is to provide 50 per cent new social rented council homes.
Kelly Green, Associate at FCBStudios said “The Ladywell site is a fantastic opportunity to extend the work already done by Lewisham Homes to provide quality housing for those who need it most. Following our resident drop-in event in November last year we are looking for local people to get involved in the design process and to contribute their ideas for the site. “
During the community workshop, local artist Jake Sherwood will be creating an interactive site model to be used by residents and school children to propose their own designs through Lego building, along with other activities such as wayfinding maps, sticky note comments and discussion with the design team.
He said “It’s really exciting for me to be part of the consultation process at this early stage - where good engagement, and good art, can have the most impact. Models like this one have a fantastic ability to help visualise and contextualise what might be built, but also give a critical and creative opportunity for collective discussions during the making of the model that can help to shape later development.”
Jake has previously worked with Architects for Social Housing and Open House London while in Central Hill Estate on Gipsy Hill. His work in the community built relationships with residents, initially through portraiture then later in a more collective way, making an architectural model of the entire hill.
A community workshop event will take place at PLACE Ladywell Lewisham on 27 February, from 3 pm to 7 pm. More information is available at https://ladywellleisuresite.commonplace.is/
A 215,000sq ft office block on the former BBC site on Oxford Road has been approved by Manchester City Council.
No. 3 Circle Square, for Bruntwood Sci-Tech follows on from 1&2 Circle Square and will offer 13 full floors of office space, with floor plates of approximately 16,400 sq ft. The open-plan ground floor space combines a reception area with retail and leisure amenities, as well as a cycle hub and showers. There will also be a new roof terrace and lounge at the top of the building, providing companies at Circle Square with a private garden space from which to work that complements the new state-of-the-art conference and events facilities provided at No.1 Circle Square.
Amanda Whittington, Partner, FCBStudios said “On the eastern side of the Circle Square masterplan, 3 Circle Square has a strong architectural presence along Newman Street and Princess Street. The scale reflects the significance of Corridor Manchester while being responsive enough to create a defined and intimate character around the main frontages and the new public realm of Symphony Park. The building will command its own individual character, whilst maintaining common threads of architectural language and material quality defined within our overall masterplanning strategy. With its generous and inviting rooftop terrace and the retail at ground level, 3 Circle Square will be a flexible and sustainable working environment within a prominent grade A commercial offer.”
Circle Square, formerly the BBC Site, will create a new destination within Manchester City Centre, providing a dynamic mix of office, commercial retail / food and drink, hotel and leisure uses, residential accommodation for build-to-rent, a major new public green space, streets and cycle routes.
Ten members of FCBStudios have qualified as Mental Health First Aiders via Altruist with MHFA England.
Jayne Rolls, HR Associate said “Through this training, and for some of us through personal experience, we have an understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing. We have been trained to listen, reassure and respond; providing a safe space to have a confidential conversation about mental health. We are not therapists and the aim is not to diagnose or treat but to encourage and support those to access the most appropriate help. We are also committed to supporting positive wellbeing in the practice and to address any stigma.”
FCBStudios believes in the importance of mental health; to encourage a culture of wellbeing, where people are able to bring their whole selves to work so they can feel supported and included, particularly in the more difficult times.
FCBStudios Partner, Geoff Rich, will be participating in the UN Habitat World Urban Forum (WUF10) in Abu Dhabi.
He will be speaking as part of the event on ‘Heritage & Culture-led development and Sustainable Architecture’ organised by UIA and AUA, and supporting the practice’s ongoing initiatives with the Climate Heritage Network and the Commonwealth Architects Association.
The Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10) will hosted by Abu Dhabi, capital city of the United Arab Emirate from 8 – 13 February 2020 with the theme Cities of Opportunities: Connecting Culture and Innovation.
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The proposals, which have been put forward by Bruntwood Works and Trafford Council, include a residential-led mixed-use development, comprising a primary school, commercial workspace, hotel, public realm, a park and retail offerings.
The scheme, designed by FCBStudios, was showcased at a public consultation in November, where feedback was taken from local residents, businesses and stakeholders.
The project is part of the Council’s wider Civic Quarter Masterplan, which covers a 120-acre site that includes the town hall, Lancashire Cricket Club, the former Kellogg’s site – including University Academy 92 (UA92) campus – stretching up to the A56/Chester Road to White City retail park.
As part of the wider Civic Quarter Masterplan, the Council is set to build a new leisure centre; an improved public realm; create opportunities for new homes and offices; and improve cycle and pedestrian routes. There is also the potential for a new public piazza and ‘processional route’ linking Lancashire Cricket Club with Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium. The strategic vision is being created with consultancy team Planit-IE, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Avison Young.
Now, the plans for the former Kellogg’s site have been submitted to Council planners, with a planning decision expected to be made by spring 2020.
Cllr Andrew Western, Leader of Trafford Council said: “These plans present a fantastic opportunity to provide much-needed housing, further develop local amenities, improve community use of the area and completely transform our public spaces. The plans aim to create a fantastic place for those who live and work here.”
Andrew Cooke, regional director for Bruntwood Works said: “We’re thrilled to be moving forward with our vision to create a new mixed-use development at the heart of the Trafford Civic Quarter community. We are passionate about creating thriving towns and cities, working with local businesses and stakeholders to help secure economic growth in the area."
Detailed planning consent has been granted for a development on the derelict site at 2-16 Clifton Down Road adjacent to Clifton Arcade. The current derelict building, which has been out of use for six years, will be replaced by a new commercial building providing a food store, cafés, shops, a restaurant and offices that will add positively to the ongoing regeneration of the local area.
Architect Ashley Clayton said: “Working together with the developer THATGroup, the design team, and through consultation with the general public, the proposed scheme has been set respectfully within the surrounding context. New extensive landscaping to the surrounding streets, including resurfacing, planting and dedicated outdoor seating areas continue the well-established alfresco café dining of Boyce’s Avenue and will bring new life to Clifton Down Road itself. The proposed scheme is a result of listening to the people of Clifton and understanding how good contemporary design can enhance historically significant parts of cities”
Due to the historic context, the scheme has been designed to fit within its urban setting, drawing references from both the history of the site, and also from the existing, visible context which includes Georgian Terrace Houses and the Victorian Clifton Arcade enabling the scheme to feel ‘of the place.’
The Hackney Council-led scheme brings together education, leisure and housing on one site while maximising community benefit through delivering eight large-scale, intensively-used buildings into an already dense context. One of four projects in the Best Mixed-Use category, The Britannia Project was highly commended.
The Building London Planning Awards celebrate outstanding town planning and development in London and showcase the diverse talent working across the built environment sector. Schemes were judged by the Greater London Authority, London Councils, the Planning Officers Society and Royal Town Planning Institute.
Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, said: â€‹“This year’s shortlist contains an extremely high standard of entries, which once again reflects the sheer range of talent in the capital. London needs thousands more genuinely affordable homes – and it is essential they are well-designed and supported with the workspaces, amenities and transport links needed to create places in which Londoners want to live and work.
The Britannia Project is currently onsite. Read more here
LETI's Climate Emergency Design Guide, launching tonight, outlines the requirements of new buildings to ensure our climate change targets are met - setting out a definitive journey, beyond climate emergency declarations, into a net zero carbon future. It is specifically aimed towards developers/landowners, designers, policymakers, and the supply chain. It aims to help to define ‘good’ and to set clear and achievable targets.
The Guide covers 5 key areas: operational energy, embodied carbon, the future of heat, demand response and data disclosure. Our methodology includes setting the requirements of four key building archetypes (small scale residential, medium/large scale residential, commercial offices, and schools). The guide was developed by over 100 LETI volunteers over a period of 12 months, including Dr Joe Jack Williams, Researcher at FCBStudios.
This guidance demonstrates that the building industry knows how we should be designing buildings. In 2020 buildings that adopt these requirements now will be seen as leaders. By 2025 these requirements must become standard design practice otherwise the building industry will not meet our collective responsibility in this climate crisis.
LETI believe that in order to meet our climate change targets, in 2020 10% of all new projects developers and designers are involved in, should be designed to meet the requirements set out in this guide. Design teams will have the opportunity to register their projects as LETI Pioneer projects, to share knowledge and overcome barriers with other design teams working towards the same goal.
Peter Clegg, Partner, FCBStudios said: 'Following the recent declarations of climate and biodiversity crises, a new sense of urgency that has emerged within the environmental movement in architecture. It is characterised by an awareness of embodied as well as operational energy. It is focused on cradle-to-cradle lifecycle assessment of our buildings, and it is driven by the passion and enthusiasm of a new generation of architects and engineers who are determined to make change happen. The London Energy Transformation Initiative sits at the heart of this movement and their guide provides an inspirational ‘call to action’ for everyone in the built environment.'
Download the guide here.
Construction has started on the first phase of housing at Brabazon, on the site of Filton Airfield. Enabling works and groundworks have been taking place from October through till late December, and on 24th December YTL took over the site as the main contractor and will now be managing the rest of the building works.
The first phase of new homes to be built at Brabazon will form a highly sustainable residential quarter that will set the tone for the transformation of this 380-acre site.
An official breaking ground ceremony took place with the planting of a ceremonial tree by the leader of South Gloucestershire Council Toby Savage, and Yeen Yeoh of the YTL family. The site was blessed by a local priest.
Cllr Savage called it a “momentous day. There has been so much talk over the years about building a new community here that properly pays homage to and respects the aviation heritage of Filton Airfield. It has been several years leading up to this point, and there are many years before it’s completed, but it’s an opportunity to do something really special, not just building new homes and creating new jobs but a new community. Today is the next part of that journey to start building the new homes of the future.”
The new neighbourhood will deliver 278 new homes: a range of family homes, private apartments and affordable homes all set within private gardens and community spaces
Around 200 FCBStudios staff, from our five UK offices, will be gathering in Liverpool on 10/11 January 2020 for our annual Awayday weekend.
Based at the University of Liverpool School of Architecture, where we have recently completed a Masterplan for the City Centre Campus, the weekend will focus on the application of sustainable design principles in our future work, taking Liverpool as a backdrop for some fun and inspiration.
As well as the £1bn masterplan for The University of Liverpool, FCBStudios is also working on a 10-year strategy the National Museums Liverpool to rethink the maritime quarter, located at the heart of Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage Site.
2019 was a positive year for climate action. It was designated as a year of Green Action by Liverpool City Regions, and in July they declared a climate emergency and stated their aim to be carbon positive by 2030. FCBStudios are part of the steering group that launched Architects Declare and are at the forefront of defining and implementing the rapid and unprecedented changes needed. By 2025 all FCBStudios projects completed on-site will include zero carbon plans with operational performance targets for 2030.
The focus for our 2020 Awayday will be to share our climate action plans cross-practice, alongside real-life examples and strategies that will help us to achieve them. The Awayday will start with walking tours of Liverpool and its key buildings, putting the city’ past, present and future in focus. Saturday will be made up of talks and design workshops. Guest lecturers will introduce us to Liverpool’s architectural, cultural and environmental life and inspire sustainable design thinking.
Keith Bradley, senior partner at FCBStudios, said “Liverpool has a bold history of forward-thinking city planning and strong governance, and the guest speakers at our Awayday will be able to set the scene for how the city and its institutions are continuing to lead on social and climate justice. We hope to draw inspiration from them for our afternoon design session to further explore themes and ideas that will continue the collective climate action conversation within our practice about how to respond in our present and future work.”
Our afternoon design session will take an active approach, using our response to Architects Declare as a framework of ideas to be communicated through ‘pop-up installations’ on the dry dock on Liverpool’s waterfront. The outputs from each group aim to be provocative, polemical installations or interventions in the spirit of an Expo - espousing the principles of the Architects Declare statement.
FCBStudios has gained planning permission for a major residential scheme, the final part of the Gallions Quarter masterplan.
Gallions Quarter 2b is a housing-led regeneration scheme being developed in partnership between Notting Hill Genesis, Telford Homes and the Greater London Authority. The scheme will provide 267 new homes - 51% of which will be affordable and 40% family units- with a concierge, residents’ gym and management/residents’ space.
Stephane Lambert, Associate at FCBStudios said “It’s an exciting moment for Gallions Quarter as Phase 2b is the final phase of Royal Albert Wharf’s regeneration programme. The introduction of a strong, traditional, urban structure of streets and blocks creates the opportunity to establish a new emerging community that stitches into the existing masterplan and placemaking. A mix of size and tenure across the development arranged around generous open spaces and high-quality public realm accessible to everyone."
Gallions Quarter is part of Notting Hill Genesis’ Royal Albert Wharf development in Newham, a vibrant, thriving and sustainable community, delivering over 1,800 new homes in an historic riverside and dockside setting. One of the first neighbourhoods to be delivered under the New London Plan, Royal Albert Wharf addresses London’s requirement for housing by optimising the site capacity with high-quality homes at an appropriate density.
The proposals for Plot 2b, within Macreanor Lavington’s Gallions Quarter masterplan, have been developed to relate to this future context of Royal Albert Wharf in its consistent use of colour, materials and clean modern aesthetic.
FCBStudios are also currently working on schemes for Gallions Quarter 3b and Great Eastern Quays Phase 2, delivering a total of over 950 homes within Royal Albert Wharf.
For a Happy Christmas and a successful New Year.
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios will be closed for the holidays from 12.30 on Tuesday 24 December until 9.00 on Thursday 2 January.
We look forward to seeing you in 2020.
Image: Copper, from our current Carbon Counts exhibition. The exhibition reopens on 2 January.
The regeneration of Alexandra Palace’s East Wing and Victorian Theatre has been revealed as one of the successful projects for the 2020 Civic Trust Awards, AABC Conservation Awards and Selwyn Goldsmith Awards. Fifty-six projects will receive either an Award or be Highly Commended, with a number of additional Special Awards presented to CTA winning schemes for excellence in specific areas.
The Civic Trust Awards are an independent awards scheme with the objective to recognise projects that have made a positive contribution to the local communities they serve. The 61st Anniversary Awards Ceremony will take place on Friday 6th March 2020 at the Imperial War Museum North, in Trafford, Manchester.
Staffordshire University has appointed VINCI Construction UK as the main contractor for its £40m Catalyst building – a flagship regional hub for apprenticeships and digital skills.
Located in the heart of the UK at Staffordshire University’s Stoke-on-Trent campus, Catalyst will act as both a physical and virtual hub, connecting employers, students and apprentices from across the Midlands and beyond.
The project team consists of Mace as project and cost managers, FCBStudios as lead designer and architect, Max Fordham as mechanical and electrical engineers, and Momentum as structural and civil engineers. VINCI will commence construction works on the site of Staffordshire University’s recently demolished Brindley building in spring 2020.
Professor Martin Jones, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Staffordshire University, said: “We are delighted to announce VINCI Construction UK as the contractor for this exciting project. We look forward to working with VINCI and our other development partners to bring Catalyst to life, offering a state-of-the-art hub that will serve our communities and help us to realise our Connected University vision.
“Catalyst will enable Staffordshire University to bring thousands of apprentices to the region, increasing economic prosperity and supporting business growth. This cutting-edge facility will also provide people with the opportunity to study flexible degrees, helping us to enhance learning and deliver a first-class student experience.”
Due to open in September 2021, Catalyst features a striking yet functional design. Supported by an angular brick frame, the flexible, open-plan space comprises a glass frontage at ground level and distinctive design on the upper storeys. The apprenticeships and digital skills hub will feature a new library, social learning spaces and a restaurant and café.
VINCI prides itself on its collaborative approach and commitment to social value and sustainability. The contractor boasts an impressive portfolio, with projects ranging from state-of-the-art concert halls and theatres to the restoration of historic buildings.
Michael Roadnight, Regional Director at VINCI Construction UK Ltd, said “We're delighted to be appointed on the Catalyst building project, which will provide a fantastic facility for employers and apprentices from the Midlands and beyond. VINCI is looking forward to working with Staffordshire University and its team on this exciting flagship project.”
Construction of Staffordshire University’s Catalyst building was halted temporarily last year following the discovery of a protected species of bat in the former Brindley building. Demolition works were able to take place last month after ecologists confirmed the bats had safely vacated the premises.
Professor Jones added: “I’m pleased we are now in a position to press ahead with the construction of Catalyst. This landmark development will empower the Staffordshire University community to address regional skills shortages and meet the challenges of the 21st century head on.”
FCBStudios’ latest exhibition, Carbon Counts opened this week in our London gallery space.
Carbon Counts is an exhibition about material matters which draws together key metrics for some of the most common materials used in architecture today, interrogating their carbon impacts: The embodied carbon of a building is made up of the impacts from the extraction, processing, manufacture and packaging of the materials we use; the carbon emissions resulting from their transport and construction on site, maintenance over their life span and what happens after the building is demolished. Read more about these here.
FCBStudios’ response to the Architects Declare manifesto advocates an accelerated shift to low embodied carbon. In order to achieve this, we have committed to interrogate the material choices in all our work.
By understanding the embodied and emitted carbon in the construction and life cycle of our designs, we will be able to make better informed choices to improve the impact of our work on the environment.
The exhibition itself has been designed to have a low environmental impact, while ensuring strong visual presence and longevity. Each material used represents what we feel is the best balance, with a particular focus on how we can use each most efficiently.
The exhibition is running in our London gallery space until March 2020 and will form a backdrop to a series of curated events to be announced in the New Year.
The University of Plymouth has appointed Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBStudios) to design a new multi-disciplinary Engineering and Design facility on the western edge of its main campus.
The facility will involve a dedicated new-build component and refurbishment of the 1970s Babbage Building, creating more than 10,000m² of research and teaching space in an inspirational and innovative new home for its School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, with additional space for the School of Art, Design and Architecture.
The proposals will combine re-equipped laboratories with modern, state-of-the-art resources that will enable engineering research to underpin the fourth industrial revolution, while creating the attractive environment necessary to attract and retain high-calibre staff and students.
The cutting-edge building will inspire new inter-disciplinary activities in teaching, learning and research, and nurture the innovative graduate engineers demanded by future society.
It will incorporate low carbon technologies, supporting the aims of both the University and company to achieve net zero carbon emissions and promote world-leading sustainability practices.
FCBStudios was awarded the design contract following a competitive dialogue process, managed by RIBA Competitions, which received applications from practices across the UK.
The winning concept design promised to transform the western edge of the main campus, complementing the neighbouring Marine Building and supporting the opening-up of the campus to form an attractive central green space as part of the overall masterplan.
Professor Judith Petts CBE, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Plymouth, said:“The vision of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios – to design outstanding buildings that inspire those who work within them – mirrors our own aspiration for this new facility. It also marks an exciting first step in our long-term campus masterplan, unlocking opportunities to make our whole estate more inviting and inspiring for everyone connected to the University.
“This new facility will create a space where students, researchers and industry come together to develop new ideas that enable society to meet some of its most pressing global challenges. By encouraging innovation in engineering and design, we can be at the forefront of supporting regional and national industrial strategies, now and in the future.”
Tom Jarman, Partner at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, said: “We are proud to have won the RIBA competition for the University of Plymouth’s Engineering and Design facility with a scheme that will promote creativity, cross-disciplinary collaboration and wellbeing and is in line with our shared sustainable design goals. Our proposals create an open and connected building that will house a wide range of teaching and workshop spaces for the engineering and architecture schools.
“The scheme retains the 1979 Babbage Building, extending it volumetrically to create a series of interlocking parts. On the upper level, terraces connect visually to the landscape and provide additional outdoor teaching spaces. We are looking forward to developing our plans in close consultation with the University, to deliver a new western gateway at the threshold of the University and the City of Plymouth.”
A full planning application for the new building will now be developed, and the estimated timescale for completion of the new combined facility is summer 2022.
A multi-disciplinary design team led by FCBStudios has been selected as the winner of the RIBA Competition for the University of Portsmouth’s new academic building on the Victoria Site.
The 13-storey building will serve as a northern gateway to the University’s city-centre campus and will bring together the Faculty of Business and Law with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
As well as providing accommodation for academic research and teaching and learning, the new building will also provide student support services, general administrative space and public space on the ground floor.
Professor Graham Galbraith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth, said: “We had a large number of high-quality submissions and the panel felt that the practice’s extensive experience in the higher education sector was very evident. The panel agreed that the building would create a strong identity for the University and a statement for the city.
“The design is an outstanding example of a sustainable and environmentally responsible building for the University. By bringing the two faculties together within one building, it will enable us to become a centre for collaboration, creativity, innovation and above all inspiration and interaction.”
FCBStudios were selected by an evaluation panel which consisted of members of the University Executive Board - including the Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor. The panel considered the design proposals developed by FCBStudios to offer a comprehensive response to the multi-faceted brief, in which the new academic building would be rooted within Victoria Park, with a physically and visually permeable ground floor establishing a new, publicly accessible route between the city and the park.
Panel members admired the aesthetic sensibility of the scheme and the strong sculptural form and diaphanous veil to the new academic building, which they felt would create a strong visual identity for the University and striking addition to the Portsmouth skyline. Large ocular windows to the principal elevations defining triple-height spaces that would be at the heart of each faculty, with the careful articulation of a central atrium stair, departmental landings and bridging of floors providing both visible connections and opportunities for interaction.
Andy Theobald, Partner, FCBStudios said “We are delighted to have won the RIBA competition for the University of Portsmouth for the new Victoria Park Academic building. Located centrally in the city, the building links the southern and northern campus together with a new landmark building for the University which also forms a new gateway into the city. Considered as a singular and sculptural piece, the building is located alongside the railway in Victoria Park creating a new civic frontage to the University.
Our proposals aim to deliver new academic neighbourhoods combined with inspirational teaching and learning that will enable innovative working, collaboration and creativity across the two faculties. Flexible enough to serve and evolve with the University, we have echoed the brief’s ambitions to establish a careful balance of environmental, economic and social sustainability. We are looking forward to working with the University to refine and deliver this project."
The new building is part of the University’s ambitious £400 million Estate Masterplan to be delivered over the next 10 years, including a new indoor Sports Facility in Ravelin Park.
Plans have been submitted for the development of the 15 storey, 224,500 sq ft No.3 Circle Square providing another major boost to Manchester’s Oxford Road Corridor innovation district.
Plans for the development of No.3 Circle Square have been accelerated by Bruntwood SciTech as a response to soaring levels of demand for workspace from science and tech businesses looking to invest in Manchester - one of Europe’s top 20 digital cities and renowned TMT hotspot.
No.1 and No.2 Circle Square, due for completion in summer 2020, have received exceptional levels of interest from high growth businesses, looking to capitalise on the location’s access to skills, talent and vibrant tech community, including global technology company Hewlett Packard Enterprise, who announced it is set to relocate 300 employees to Circle Square.
Designed by FCBStudios, No.3 Circle Square will offer 12 floors of office space, with floorplates of approximately 16,400 sq ft. The open-plan ground floor space combines a reception area with retail and leisure amenities, as well as a cycle hub and showers. There will also be a new roof terrace and lounge, providing companies at Circle Square with a private garden space from which to work that complements the new state-of-the-art conference and events facilities provided at No.1 Circle Square.
The glazed ceramic façade will pay homage to and complement the Victorian and Edwardian architecture prevalent in the neighbouring area.
Subject to approval from Manchester City Council, it is expected that construction work on No.3 Circle Square will begin in March 2020.
Construction is underway on Manchester Metropolitan University’s School of Digital Arts – a £35m investment into the future of digital storytelling.
Opening in 2021, the School of Digital Arts (SODA) is a groundbreaking interdisciplinary school to support the urgent and growing demand for skilled workers in the region’s creative digital and tech sector.
SODA will provide state-of-the-art lab spaces, workshops and professional networks, underpinned by a unique teaching and research environment to create, among others, the next generation of filmmakers, animators and games designers.
Construction work on the SODA building commenced on Monday (November 25) at a special event attended by Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, Manchester Metropolitan Vice-Chancellor Professor Malcolm Press, representatives from Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership (GMLEP), Manchester City Council and the SODA architects Feilden Clegg Bradley (FCB) Studios and construction partners Kier.
Penny Macbeth, Dean of Manchester School of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University, said: “It is hugely exciting to see the stunning architectural plans for the SODA building starting to take shape. Alongside this, we are building the new SODA curriculum and developing an ambitious research agenda, inspired by the University’s strengths in digital innovation, creativity and collaboration. We are looking forward to welcoming our first cohort of students in 2021.”
Simon Doody, Partner at FCBStudios, said: “SODA is a future-facing school for Manchester Metropolitan University, which aims to provide facilities, support and a canvas for digital storytelling that is relevant to industry and groundbreaking in its outlook. From the outside, a subtly textured façade is created from pleated metal panels which reflect the local context. It also echoes the nearby workshop building that this faculty had its conception in – keeping that exciting culture going in the new building has been a key driver to its look and feel. Internally, the building is designed to be highly flexible, providing spaces that will encourage collaboration, exhibition and community, and allow faculties to evolve as technology advances.”
‘There was an intricate delicacy in its approach,’ said one of the judges ‘Often new interventions can be too robust, but FCBS showed an advanced level of gracefulness in line with the artifice of show.’
Overall, the judges were particularly impressed by the client’s dedication to the project, from driving high-level ambitions, down to creating hand-painted signage – a rare and beautiful result of the project’s value engineering. They concluded: ‘It was a successfully balanced and incredibly engaged response’ and one that was ‘done very respectfully’.
The University of Warwick is celebrating the new FCBStudios designed Faculty of Arts building with a ceremony to mark construction progress.
A time capsule was buried by James Breckon, Director of Estates at the University of Warwick, Penny Roberts, Chair of the Faculty of Arts, and students from the Department of Classics and Ancient History, as the formwork was removed from the first of the structural columns.
Construction started on site in April with the project team lead by main contractor, Bowmer + Kirkland, working closely withFCBStudios to create a stunning building which will bring together the Faculty of Arts department under one roof and enable collaboration and creativity among users.
Professor Penny Roberts, Chair of the Faculty of Arts, said: “This is an exciting moment for the Faculty of Arts and for the wider University community as we begin to see our long-held vision for the future of research and teaching taking physical form. The new building will provide a stimulating and collaborative environment for all our students and staff, enhancing excellence and innovation in learning and scholarship.”
Andy Theobald, Partner at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios said: “Working with the University on such an ambitious project is a true privilege. Together we have developed a bold design for the new Faculty building which sits at the heart of the University Campus providing a platform for engagement with the Arts. The sustainability agenda for this project goes beyond energy-efficient design, the new building will be both life-enhancing and responsive to change. It is constructed out of materials that will last and the design has future flexibility built-in. We look forward to seeing the building come to life over the coming months.”
Standing proud at 35 metres high, the building will be a prominent addition to the Central Campus and a key destination within the University. The project is due for completion in the summer of 2021.
FCBStudios’ architectural assistant Michael Paul Lewis has received a commendation for his artwork entitled ‘Drawing Architecture’ in The Drawing Prize at the World Architecture Festival.
Shortlisted in the ‘hand-drawn category, Drawing Architecture is a celebration of the design process; documenting over one thousand individually hand-drawn ink diagrams, sketches and annotations. The piece spans ten years of architectural thinking and includes work from his time at Bath University, competitions and live projects at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.
The work will now be exhibited digitally on the Drawing Prize stand at the World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam and at the Sir John Soane Museum from Wednesday 15 January – Sunday 16 February 2020.
Located in the heart of Manchester’s Oxford Road Corridor innovation district, No.1 and No.2 Circle Square provide 400,000 sq ft of commercial workspace at the new city centre neighbourhood.
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, joined Chair of Bruntwood SciTech - Chris Oglesby, the team from FCBStudios - Amanda Whittington, Joya Zaman and Ernst ter Horst - and guests to celebrate the landmark event.
Sir Richard said: "This is a real milestone in the emergence of Circle Square at the heart of the Corridor Manchester innovation district. Circle Square will be a real asset to the city, strengthening its role at the cutting edge of tech and innovation-led business, creating hundreds of jobs and developing ever closer links with our world-leading universities.
"The wider development will also see the creation of more city-centre green space, the football pitch-sized Symphony Park, for Manchester people to enjoy. Together with the new Mayfield Park, it shows how green areas are being actively created as part of our wider masterplanning."
Due to be completed by September 2020, No.1 and No.2 Circle Square have been designed by leading architects’ FCBStudios and are being built by contractor John Sisk & Son Limited.
Returning for its fifth year, the 2019 awards claim to represent the last word on the best places, experiences, hotels and personalities that make our travels meaningful and memorable.
One of three attractions in the ‘New National Treasure’ category, the winners will be announced on 4 December 2019.
Large-scale proposals by FCBStudios for the development of the former Kellogg’s site in Stretford have been unveiled.
Bruntwood Works and Trafford Council has announced plans for a residential-led mixed-use development to include housing, primary school, offices and public realm.
The partnership is committed to engaging with the local community to find out what residents, local councillors and other stakeholders would like to see delivered as part of the scheme. A public consultation event will take place at Trafford Town Hall on 7 November, from 3 pm to 7 pm, where people can view the plans and provide their feedback.
People can also give their views online by logging onto real estate company Avison Young’s consultation document on Thursday 7 November 2019.
The proposed development sits within the Council’s Civic Quarter Masterplan which covers a 120-acre site taking in the Town Hall, Lancashire Cricket Club, the former Kellogg’s site including the University Academy 92 (UA 92) campus, stretching up to the A56/Chester Road and White City retail park.
The Council’s proposals for the area include building a new leisure centre; an improved public space, opportunities for new homes and offices and improved cycle and pedestrian routes. They also include the possible development of a new public piazza and ‘processional route’ linking Lancashire Cricket Club with Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium. The strategic vision is being created with consultancy team Planit-IE, FCBStudios and Avison Young.
Leader of Trafford Council, Cllr Andrew Western, said: “The plan presents a fantastic opportunity to provide much-needed housing, further develop local amenities, improve community use of the area and completely transform our public spaces. The plans aim to create a fantastic place for those who live and work here, so please take the time to tell us what you want: your views are vital in shaping this project.”
Andrew Cooke, regional director for Bruntwood Works said: “We’re pleased to be bringing forward this exciting vision for a vibrant mixed-use development, which will sit at the heart of the Trafford Civic Quarter community. The next phase of development will provide the facilities and amenities to anchor and support the sustainable long-term growth of the area – providing high-quality housing and education, alongside an attractive retail and leisure proposition, which will bring people to the area and enable local businesses to attract and retain first-class talent. We look forward to engaging local community and working with them to shape the plans for this development.”
The project, completed last December, breathes new life into the North London icon and reopens important cultural and civic spaces for all.
It is one of 115 projects selected from all national and international. Judges from the Civic Trust Awards and AABC National Panels will now determine the winning schemes, which will be announced on 9 December. These will be presented with their Civic Trust Award or Commendation at the 61st Annual Civic Trust Awards Ceremony on Friday 6th March 2020, at the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester.
FCBStudios support the AJ Retrofit First campaign.
Retaining, retro-fitting and intensifying the use of existing buildings is a key means to tackle the climate emergency. With wider understanding, and financial and environmental incentives to reuse our existing building stock, benefits will become more apparent to the whole property and construction industry, reframing the approach to development for the better.
The industry has the skills to extend the life of a building and benefit from the embodied carbon in foundations and built fabric, giving renewed value to existing structures whilst upgrading services and accommodation to respond better to contemporary needs.
FCBStudios encourage and facilitate the creative re-use of existing buildings, exemplified in our work at the Southbank Centre, Alexandra Palace and the Richmond Building. Our expertise in historic building conservation alongside our research and knowledge of sustainable design enable us to advocate practical re-uses that enhance historical character and social and economic capital.
The Myhal Center, designed with Montgomery Sisam Architects was one of seven finalists in the Education sector of the annual World Architecture News Awards and was awarded the Gold Medal as the best education project.
The University of Toronto’s Myhal Center signals a new era for engineering education through a design that encourages group work outside the traditional seminar room, providing dynamic and flexible environments that break down artificial barriers between people, foster collaboration, encourage active learning and accelerate innovation.
The executive of Fareham Borough Council have voted unanimously to approve the concept designs and £12.35m budget for the redevelopment of Ferneham Hall.
The work will see the existing 706 seat theatre refurbished and extended to 800 seats, with a new foyer, a cafe operating throughout the day on the ground floor and a terrace bar on the first floor. A new studio space on the first floor is also part of the proposal, with capacity for 25 people to accommodate a range of activities from dance and yoga classes to Brownie groups.
Councillor Susan Bell, executive member for leisure and community said “I think the designs are very exciting’ The expanded foyer, we hope, will create a better flow of patrons and it is very important that it will be open to the wider community.
Remodelling the theatre was agreed to be cheaper than demolition and rebuild, and be an example of sustainable regeneration for the Council.
Colin Cobb, Associate at FCBStudios said: “Ferneham Hall is a theatre and venue with a shared history for the local community, a meeting place, and a springboard for local arts organisations and young people. Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is very pleased to be working on the renewal of the theatre to create a place that will continue to be important for the culture, for the community and for the town. Our proposals aim to give a sense of contemporary quality and place, adding a new foyer and venue and refurbishing and improving the existing facilities.”
More detailed plans will be put before the council’s planning committee and the theatre is due to close in January 2020.
Manchester City Council’s planning committee has minded to grant full planning permission for the £79 million proposals for the regeneration of 20 – 36 High Street.
The FCBStudios design development is set to transform this gateway site between the High Street and Northern Quarter, replacing a predominantly vacant 1970s building, with a distinctly Mancunian building, drawing on Debenhams and Sunlight House for inspiration.
David Hodgson, Head of Strategic Development at CEG, explains: “This is an extremely challenging regeneration project on a constrained brownfield site. Today’s resolution has provided the opportunity to transform this rundown building with a bold, confident and distinctly Mancunian building. We are pleased that the committee has acknowledged this and allows CEG to move forward.’
“CEG has managed investment into Manchester for many years, including the extensive renovation of the historic 196 Deansgate and is transforming Jackson House, now known as M33, in Sale and Altrincham Business Park. We look forward to continuing to work with the City Council to bring forward an exciting new development at High Street. Today’s planning committee process is just the first step in the journey to deliver much-needed regeneration of this key site.”
The architecture uses light ivory-white glazed ceramic tiles providing a far greater light reflectance onto the streetscape than the existing dark brick. The ground floor and a double-height mezzanine would offer a vibrant space for independent cafés, restaurants and shops, providing around 65 jobs. The scheme also reopens the Stationer’s Court to become a tranquil public green space connecting the High Street and the Northern Quarter.
Alex Whitbread, Partner at FCBStudios, said: “The scheme for High Street Manchester is a bold piece of architecture that draws inspiration from the art deco architecture and economic aspirations of central Manchester. It will revitalise this area of the city centre with street-level retail and cafés, a new link through to the vibrant Northern Quarter, an improved market and place a strong silhouette on the skyline. Our scheme sets the tone for the next phase of development on High Street – sustainable, social and connected.”
FCB Studios has also designed proposals to relocate the popular market stalls on Church Street to a new contemporary style of accommodation offering indoor and outdoor areas, returning the markets to their historic home next to the nearby Church Street car park.
This will not only improve the outlook of this area, but it will become a destination in its own right; enabling seamless trading, contemporary, improved facilities for traders and those who use the market stalls, with vibrant seating, planting, and toilet facilities, all within sight of the current location, ultimately becoming an attractive and dynamic use on this key route in the city.
The Richard Feilden Foundation and Rubengera Technical Secondary School have received a construction permit to go ahead with an accommodation block for female students, the next phase of the school’s masterplan.
The school, located near Kibuye in Rwanda, specialises in carpentry and has been testing new timber technologies on-site to incorporate within the design of the school buildings.
The new girls’ dormitory will be self-contained and provide lodgings for 24 students in rooms with inbuilt timber furniture designed and manufactured at the school, eco-san toilets and solar-generated electricity.
Designed to be simply and inexpensively built without the need for a steel structure, the building will employ new techniques being pioneered by the school. An innovative roof construction developed by the school and tested in Europe, alongside easily available standard materials, will form a unitised roofing system which can be easily manufactured and replicated by the students after graduation and adopted within the local construction industry as a sustainable structural material.
Work has already started on site, following on from the recently completed kitchen and refectory. FCBStudios Architect, Heidi Day, will be travelling to Rwanda in early 2020 to work with the onsite team on detail design development.
The council is currently finalising the appointment of an interim contractor to carry out emergency work to the historic buildings, after the main contractor ceased trading in July 2019. The work includes carrying out essential weatherproofing and drainage works to protect the historic Grade I and Grade II listed buildings.
At a meeting on 10 October 2019, councillors on the Policy and Resources Committee are being asked to agree a plan to procure and appoint a new main contractor after the previous contractor, R Durtnell & Sons, ceased trading, entering into a Company Voluntary Arrangement with its creditors. Since then, the council has secured the site, installed 24-hour security, and the project’s design team, led by FCBStudios, has carried out extensive surveys to establish the remaining work needed.
Councillor Alan Robins, chair of the Tourism Economic Development, Culture and Communities Committee said: "We are committed to completing the refurbishment of these unique buildings to protect their long-term future in the cultural heart of the city. Our priority is to reduce any future delays, bring the buildings back into use as soon as possible and mitigate the financial impact on both the council and Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival. Completion of this project will protect and secure the future of this unique estate so it continues to be a world-class destination for residents and visitors.”
Completed restoration work so far includes:
The redevelopment will improve accessibility for visitors, staff and performers, including new disabled toilets, hearing assistance systems and a public lift providing wheelchair access to all levels of the buildings. A new Creative Space will be available for community groups and emerging artists to use for workshops, meetings and rehearsals.
Andrew Comben, Chief Executive, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival added: “We are grateful to Brighton & Hove City Council and the project team for their commitment and swift action on moving to appoint an interim contractor. We look forward to seeing the refurbishment work progress as we go into the final phase of the project and towards re-opening.”
The major refurbishment of the Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre is the first phase of a wider project to re-affirm Brighton’s Royal Pavilion Estate as a key cultural destination by equipping it for a sustainable future. The longer-term vision aims to reunite the historic Estate created by George IV in the early 19th century to create a centre for heritage, culture and the performing arts which reflects the unique spirit of Brighton. It is anticipated that the revitalised Royal Pavilion Estate will support 1,241 FTE jobs and have an economic impact of £68m.
£19.13 million of the total project costs has been raised from grant funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England, Coast to Capital Local Growth Fund, private trusts, individual donations and contributions from Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival’s own resources. The Build Brighton Dome community appeal has raised over £130,000 from public donations with match funding of every £1 by The Roddick Foundation. The additional council funding through borrowing of £5 million would bring the council’s overall contribution to the project to £9.8 million – 32.8% of the total costs.
Photo: Carlotta Luke
In 2020, the V&A will mark the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death by transforming the way museum visitors experience the iconic Raphael Cartoons, loaned to the V&A from the Royal Collection by Her Majesty The Queen.
The Raphael Court – home to the Cartoons – will be refurbished from 27 January 2020 until late 2020 when it will reopen as a revitalised space. The V&A has appointed FCBStudios as the 3D designers for the refurbishment, who will highlight the Cartoons within the space through subtle changes to the architecture and a radical change to the décor of the space. Accompanied by new furniture, the refreshed space will help focus the eye on the Cartoons’ vibrant palette and enhance the viewing experience. Lighting designers ZNA will create an innovative new lighting scheme, with state-of-the-art LED lighting to reduce reflections on the glass and produce a marked increase in visibility of the works. Following an extensive photography project, enhanced gallery interpretation will also reveal in-depth stories about the production and history of the Raphael Cartoons. High-definition images, infra-red and 3D scans of the Cartoons will be available in the gallery as well as online, enabling the public to explore the Cartoons in unprecedented detail and deepening access to these unique and monumental works of art.
New interpretation will explore the significance and status of the Cartoons – their function as full-scale tapestry designs for the Sistine Chapel, the ingenuity of Raphael and his workshop, the rescue, life and status of the Cartoons in England in the 17th century, and the fascination they have provoked since then up to the present day. The original set of tapestries for the Sistine Chapel is still on view in the Vatican palace in Rome, while an example of a later tapestry made in the 17th century in England after Raphael’s design – The Miraculous Draught of Fishes, on loan from the Duke of Buccleuch – is on display in the Raphael Court.
Dr Ana Debenedetti, Lead Curator of the Raphael Project and Curator of Paintings at the V&A said: “The set of seven surviving tapestry Cartoons by Raphael comprise a unique Renaissance treasure, both in terms of aesthetic value and technical achievement. The new pioneering photography project will provide the means to visually reveal the hidden process behind the making of the Cartoons, from the extraordinary assemblages of nearly 200 sheets of paper to the underdrawing and final painting stage. The outstanding outcome is one of the greatest examples of artistic collaboration and teamwork executed by a number of highly gifted assistants, which would not be possible without the guidance of such a visionary mind as Raphael’s.”
Matt Somerville, Associate, FCBStudios said: "While the physical impacts of the scheme on the Grade I listed interior will be minimal, the visibility and presentation of Raphael's Cartoons will be transformed. There is so much more to tell visitors about these cultural treasures, but that is first dependent on them being brought to the forefront of a re-worked gallery. The Raphael Court presents a change of pace within the busy Museum, and our proposals will emphasise this to create a quieter, more contemplative interior where the Cartoons are given the space they need, both physically and intellectually."
One of the V&A’s largest and most dramatic galleries, the Raphael Court is almost identical in proportions to the Sistine Chapel and was last refurbished from 1992 to 1996. A full redecoration of the space in 2020 as part of the V&A’s FuturePlan programme, with enhanced lighting and graphic and digital interpretation, will enhance the viewing experience for V&A visitors, and their enjoyment of these iconic works of art.
Image: Detail from Raphael Cartoon, The Healing of the Lame Man (Acts 3, 1-8), by Raphael, 1515 – 16, Italy. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019.
The 7th edition of the Oslo Architecture Triennale opened this week, exploring “the architecture of a radically transformed society in which cultural and ecological flourishing matter more than economic growth”. Under the title of Enough: The Architecture of Degrowth, the festival questions the damage caused to the environment by the constant economic growth.
One of four parts of the festival, The Library transforms Oslo’s National Museum of Architecture into a library of architectural futures, featuring works by over 80 teams.
In the Library stands ‘Undergrowth’, an architectural fragment of the Southbank Undercroft remade as a 1:1 replica ‘mushroom’ column from reclaimed graphitised timber.
The Southbank Undercroft is a covered place on the South Bank of the River Thames that has become a home to skateboarders, graffiti writers, dancers, videographers, photographers and many others over a 40 year period.
The columns are one of the most striking architectural features of the Southbank Undercroft. During the ‘Save the Undercroft’ campaign, Long Live Southbank appropriated the column as a symbol of their campaign, stamping their ownership of the space. Instead of board-marked concrete, the 1:1 column within the Library is constructed using timber reclaimed from a temporary hoarding which was used to close off an area of the Undercroft between 2004 and 2019. The timber is layered with paint from thousands of graffiti artists who have tagged, burned and bombed the hoarding whilst it was in situ. Here we aim to reflect on how the Undercroft sits in the wider discourse of public democratic spaces in our cities. To aid with reflection and exploration of Oslo, we also offer skateboards to borrow from the Library.
Inspired by 80s DIY skatemag culture, we have produced an accompanying ‘zine’ which contains stories of skateboarding & architecture at the Southbank. You can download a copy here. Designed by Studio Mothership.
“This is no ordinary restoration. The architects settled on a design philosophy which said that decay was part of the story, and should stay.”
The final episode of Sky Arts acclaimed The Art of Architecture series looks at FCBstudios’ restoration of Alexandra Palace. The programme charts FCBStudios’ approach to the restoration of the theatre at London's Alexandra Palace, which was infused with modern touches, while keeping its rich history alive.
Yesterday, FCBStudios hosted an evening of debate at RIBA London to explore the potential for international collaborations in creating successful, sustainable, heritage-led regeneration projects within developing cities.
The restoration of the Tourist Burma building project in downtown Yangon presented the opportunity to repair and regenerate the building and a significant opportunity to create a model to drive heritage-led regeneration in Yangon. The project was conceived to achieve the most beneficial outcomes for people, conservation/regeneration and future impacts. As it reaches completion, under the expert guidance of international regeneration charity Turquoise Mountain, those directly involved in the project and experts in the field consider how this model of embracing heritage as part of modernisation may be relevant to other international cities in developing countries.
Harry Wardill, Turquoise Mountain Myanmar said “Our key aim was to establish a concept where the strengths of the building were re-employed, the significance of the building was maintained, and its sympathetic ‘restoration’ would enable others to understand and enjoy the key qualities of the original space, safeguarding the heritage whilst also providing a blank canvas for decorative schemes inspired by traditional craft and contemporary design.”
Shoshana Stewart, CEO of Turquoise Mountain said “This project engaged local architects and engineers, and trained at least 500 local young people, giving them jobs and skills to work on future projects. The community that takes care of the building is one that works and lives there. Building relationships with a community matters.”
Peter Oborn, Senior Vice President, Commonwealth Association of Architects said “With global urban growth projected to be more than 100 billion m2 before 2060, 90% of which will be in Africa and Asia, we look forward to discussing how we can leverage such work to better support professional colleagues around the world grappling with rapid urbanisation.”
The discussion considered the responsibilities and opportunities within such projects, their measures of success, and the extent to which they may make a meaningful contribution to the broader challenges of sustainable development for developing cities. Peter Murray’s proposal for an Urban Room within the Tourist Burma building, similar to New London Architecture’s London space, could create a hub for sharing knowledge and experience within the city illustrating the impact of new development.
FCBStudios Partner Geoff Rich introduced the event, and it was chaired by Peter Murray, Curator in Chief, NLA London. The event was hosted by FCBStudios, who acted as UK-based architects and team leaders for the Tourist Burma project, and were mentors to the Yangon team directly involved in the realisation of the project. You can watch a timelapse of the refurbishment of the building here.
This week's debate at FCBStudios was hosted by The Edge Debate and used Fionn Stevenson’s new book ‘Housing Fit for Purpose’ as a starting point for a lively discussion on evaluating housing performance, learning from feedback, looking at future challenges and educating designers, educators, clients and inhabitants for Post Occupancy Evaluation.
POE is vital for us to be able to understand how the buildings we design work in use. Across the whole industry, we need to make sure that it is part of a project’s lifecycle and that we spend time learning lessons from the findings, sharing solutions and feeding that knowledge into future schemes. Fionn’s book is a great introduction to the best practice in housing POE, and her research and philosophy should be extended to all sectors.
Peter Clegg introduced the event, which included a strong panel of industry experts: Fionn Stevenson, The University of Sheffield; Claire Murray, Head of Sustainability, Levitt Bernstein; Katie Clemence, Max Fordhams; Oliver Novakovic, Technical and Innovation Director, Barratt Developments PLC and Emyr Poole, Homes England, Senior Projects Manager, Planning, Enabling and Development team. The panel was chaired by Andy von Bradsky, Head of Architecture, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
You may also be interested to read ‘Creating the Cycle’. FCBStudios Researcher Joe Jack Williams explains why BPE (Building Performance Evaluation) should become an integral part of the design process. https://fcbstudios.com/explore/view/21
New London Quarterly marks its 40th issue with 40 Ideas for London. Here we present FCBStudios’ napkin sketch contribution, from architectural assistant Sam Austen.
Driving Change: From Cars to Homes
Increasing the density of low-rise, suburban areas needs to be sensitive to the communities. By recognising a natural trend in London; that of decreasing car ownership, the infrastructure that supports cars can provide a key opportunity for future development. We should repurpose the garages, driveways, and car parks to accommodate neat, modular homes and community spaces, using sites that are too small and awkward for large developers.
Staff will be encouraged to march with the schools climate strike demonstrations on Friday 20 September. We will then link the offices for an informal lunchtime carbon footprint review before an afternoon of collaborative zero-carbon project workshops with contributions from guest speakers and project reviews focussing on their carbon impacts.
This day of Climate Action is one of a series of events and exhibits the practice is holding around this theme which started with a One Planet Living exhibit in the London studio during London Climate week in July. FCBStudios are the architectural global founders of oneplanet.com.
FCBStudios were members of the original Architect’s Declare group that identified 11 actions that the construction industry needs to commit to, in order to create architecture and urbanism that has a more positive impact on the world around us. We are now extending, strengthening and adapting our practice, in order to make that commitment. Our response to the 11 action points can be read here: https://fcbstudios.com/explore/view/69
Ian Taylor, Partner and R&I lead at FCBStudios said “In response to the climate emergency, we are taking considered action that affects every aspect of our work and life. In analysing what has worked, and what has failed, in the past, we can build up a body of knowledge that can be applied to how we shape and inhabit our built environment. Through access to research and data, creative reuse and new social systems, there is still hope that we can slow climate change.”
Peter Clegg said “When we started the practice we were determined to do things differently. There was a sense of rebellion in the air, and we seem to be rekindling that now. As individuals, we can all make a difference, but if we can collaborate and work together with our clients, our teams and our colleagues, sharing our knowledge and experience, that difference can be multiplied exponentially.”
The regeneration of the East Wing of the 'people’s palace' has breathed new life into a much-loved cultural icon, integrating a new technical infrastructure while retaining the unique character of its historic spaces.
Behind the scenes, extensive engineering works have been undertaken, but much of the project has been about the exercise of restraint: of knowing when to stop. We used the term ‘arrested decay’ to describe an approach of consolidation rather than restoration. In treating rooms as found spaces, we’ve addressed the mechanisms of deterioration, removed elements that were unsafe or could not be viably repaired, and presented the result to public view as a direct manifestation of the stories embodied in all of these spaces.
The AJ Architecture Awards take place on 20 November.
The 9th annual FCB Bike Club office to office ride was our largest yet, bringing together 22 cyclists from our Belfast, London, Bath and Manchester offices on two social rides, both arriving in London on Sunday 8 September.
FCBStudios Associate Chris Allen headed up the organisation of this year’s Bath to London ride. He said “This was a great weekend of cycling. The ride is as much about the café stops and spending time making new, and strengthening existing, friendships across our offices as it is about the cycling, but this year’s 225km route via Oxford was beautiful in the great weather. We’re all looking forward to doing it again for o2o2020”
The FCBS Bike Club has been running for many years and as well as arranging cycling events it provides a popular forum for cycling conversations within the office. Read about our office cycling culture, and why it matters to us.
The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe TD today marked an important moment in the Grangegorman project with the topping out of FCBStudios’ Central Quad for Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin).
This milestone puts the Central Quad, and its sister building the East Quad, on track to be ready for the arrival of 10,000 students in Grangegorman in September 2020. It also reinforces the Government commitment to making Ireland’s education and training system the best in Europe by 2026.
The buildings, which span 52,000m2 of development, are being delivered via Public Private Partnership. They will provide academic facilities for ten schools from the College of Sciences & Health, the College of Engineering & Built Environment and the College of Arts and & Tourism from TU Dublin.
Minister McHugh said: “These flagship buildings at TU Dublin are helping to bring the vision for Grangegorman to life. The investment is transforming this part of the north inner city. Soon we will see 10,000 TU Dublin students on this campus and while we are attracting the young talent we are also matching it with state of the art facilities. This level of investment will help TU Dublin to deliver on its ambitions at home and internationally.”
Minister Paschal Donohoe said: “The Grangegorman project will have a hugely positive impact not just for TUD but also on this part of the city. From the earliest days of the development and planning of Grangegorman, it was always part of a much wider ambition beyond purely higher education – that of creating a new urban quarter in the city. Grangegorman will be a place for study, for primary education, for healthcare, for recreation – a place for living. I am sure that the development will not only benefit the students in the TU but also the local residents, and that it will a make a huge contribution to the regeneration of the North Inner City.”
Commenting on the opportunities that the campus will create, Professor David FitzPatrick, President of TU Dublin said, “To deliver on our mission and to do full justice to the ambitions of our students, it is vital to have facilities that support their learning. Students who will study here from next September will benefit from working in laboratories, kitchens and lecture spaces with up-to-the-minute facilities and technology. They will gain expertise that will ensure they can make a valuable contribution in key areas of the economy – in food science and innovation, pharmaceutical and nutraceuticals, health and environment, tourism and hospitality.”
Speaking on behalf of the main contractor delivering the project Sisk FCC, Donal McCarthy, Managing Director Ireland East, John Sisk & Son said “I am delighted to be here today on behalf of the Sisk FCC Joint venture leading the construction of the great new facilities at the East and Central Quads, as we hit this key milestone and formally top out the Central Quad.”
Simon Carter, Partner at FCBStudios said “In reaching this milestone in the construction of the Central Quad, we can see our combined vision for Grangegorman Campus emerging. We can see a well-proportioned civic building based around an open and welcoming quadrangle. It will be a focal teaching and social centre for the whole Campus and encourage movement, meeting and collaboration. We are delighted with the high quality of the brick and precast stone facades, which bodes well for providing an exemplary finished building for TU Dublin. The building will provide state of the art specialist teaching spaces, which will be linked together by a variety of informal teaching, study spaces and informal social learning areas which will facilitate a new teaching and learning model for interaction and engagement between students, staff and public.”
The regeneration of the East Wing of the 'people’s palace' has breathed new life into a much-loved cultural icon, integrating a new technical infrastructure while retaining the unique character of its historic spaces
The Building Awards is the construction industry’s longest running and recognition of excellence, that allow companies across all aspects of building to have their achievements held up as an example to the sector. The winner will be announced at a ceremony on 5 November in London.
Peter Clegg and Keith Bradley, Partners at FCBStudios are the subjects of the latest episode of Architecture Masters, the podcast from the London Festival of Architecture. They talk about ethics, environmentalism, awards and the importance of sharing a meal together.
In 1978 Peter Clegg and Richard Feilden founded their practice as Feilden Clegg Design in Bath in the West of England. Keith Bradley subsequently joined the practice in 1987.
It wasn’t until 1998 – some 20 years after their founding – that the practice opened a London studio – where they now employ around 80 people. More recently the practice has opened studios in Belfast, Manchester and Edinburgh and still has one of its main studios in Bath.
The practice has long been recognised for its environmental commitment and specialism in low carbon design with projects including Greenpeace’s UK Headquarters, finished in 1991 and the National Trust’s HQ in 2006.
The practice won the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2008 for Acordia a housing development just outside Cambridge, won with Alison Brooks and Maccreanor Lavington. It was the first housing project to win the Stirling Prize.
As well as their commitment to low carbon design the practice has long been commended for their wider social and ethical commitments.
You can listen by searching for ‘Architecture Masters’ in your favourite podcast app or via this link.
Croft Gardens will deliver 84 new homes for students and fellows of King’s College Cambridge and their families, with generous gardens and communal areas.
The designs, approved at Cambridge City Council planning committee, adhere to the rigorous Passivhaus standards, which provide highly efficient buildings with very low energy demands and the highest levels of occupant comfort.
Hugo Marrack, Partner at FCBStudios said “The proposals create a new community for King’s College. Dwellings for students, fellows, and their families are composed to create a variety of shared landscapes, centred around a splayed court , which opens on to the street. The enduring crescent forms complement the character of the Conservation Area whilst bringing something new to the streetscape. An exemplar approach to sustainability and longevity has led this project from the start. We are delighted to be working with the College and the team, and now looking forward to progressing this exciting project”.
The brief demanded low carbon emissions, Passivhaus standards and stipulated that the scheme should be designed for a lifetime of 100 years. The scheme uses high-quality materials and calm forms which emanate a sense of permanence.
Carbon reduction has been targeted in the building fabric as well as its operations. Sequestered carbon in the primary CLT structure exceeds carbon emissions generated from the clay products of the external walls.
Alongside this the project is being assessed against a bespoke sustainability matrix, supplementing the high standards of Passivhaus building performance with a holistic view of sustainability within the contexts of the immediate site and global climate. This matrix demonstrates excellence in health and wellbeing, landscape and nature, water, materials and waste, community and neighbourhood, and construction impacts.
Through careful placement of the building forms, views of the new landscapes, existing trees and an existing Victorian villa are framed and celebrated. The buildings have pitched roofs with accommodation in the loft areas, reducing their height so that they graduate between their neighbouring counterparts along the Barton Road elevation.
The pair of crescents are home to 12 two-bedroom and 12 one-bedroom apartments, all designed to exceed London Housing Design Standards dwelling sizes.
The single crescent is home to 48 graduate rooms. This building works as two halves, with two entrances, each serving three groups of eight rooms with generous common rooms and kitchens.
The proposals look to restore the existing Victorian Villa, and retain as many of its valued Tudor gothic features as possible, allowing it to become a shared building and also be available for community functions. The new extension to the south will provide lift access to the original building spaces and a common room area which spills out onto a sunny terrace and allotment garden.
The landscape has been designed to respond to the character of the buildings whilst aiming to unite the whole site as a community. Three distinct gardens are proposed which build on existing site characters: a communal open garden, a formal garden room and an informal woodland garden around existing mature trees.
Read our Explore article Models of Sustainability about how the Croft Gardens model, submitted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, focusses on the materials used and their role in reducing the embodied energy of the building both in construction and in use.
Cornish 20 acre mixed-use regeneration project to go ahead as plans for Hayle North Quay unanimously approved at Strategic Planning Committee.
Located within the UNESCO World Heritage Site, this mixed-use scheme embraces the industrial heritage of the port to create a contemporary harbourside for Cornwall. The proposals to revitalise Hayle harbour were originally given outline approval in 2010. The current owners of Hayle Harbour commissioned FCBStudios to greatly enhance the outline scheme, in order to respond to the sensitivities presented by the World Heritage Site, creating a vibrant and coherent vision for the coastal site.
The first phase of the project includes approximately 140 dwellings, high-quality public realm, improved facilities for the fishing fleet, a new public square, 600m2 of office space and around 2,000m2 of waterside commercial units all within the World Heritage Site.
In addition to the detailed permission, outline consent was given for the wider masterplan – which includes around 300 dwellings, a boutique hotel, watersports hub and works to a Grade 2 Listed stable block. The scheme has been developed in full collaboration with the local community, Cornwall Council and heritage bodies, working with David Lock Associates, Stephen Levrant Heritage Architecture, Churchman Thornhill Finch Landscape Architects, EDP, Vectos and WSP.
This is the third phase of work that the practice has undertaken at Hayle Harbour. In 2014 FCBStudios completed the multi-award-winning food store and the repair and restoration of the Grade 2 Listed South Quay, which was opened to the public for the first time in its history, providing a significant new amenity for residents and visitors. A mixed-use residential scheme at South Quay was approved for planning in April 2018.
The scheme draws inspiration from Cornish harboursides, the coal wharf heritage of the site and uses the distinctive natural landscape. Located immediately adjacent to the quayside will be a mix of wharf houses and apartment buildings with active commercial ground floors. The prominent position will benefit from the expansive views across the estuarine setting. The narrow wharf lanes evoke the historic railway routes that weaved their way through structures and buildings, creating spaces sheltered from the prevailing south-westerly wind.
Matt Williams, Associate at FCBStudios said: "Developing a scheme for Hayle that works with the operational needs of the historic harbour, the economic and residential requirements of the town and the setting of the site – Conservation Area, World Heritage Site, adjacent to a SSSI – was challenging, but has resulted in a place that will complement and enhance the historic town. Following an exemplar planning process we now have support from the local community, Town Council, Cornwall Council , Historic England, and ICOMOS."
On Saturday 20th July, Long Live Southbank (LLSB) and Southbank Centre publicly opened sections of the Southbank Undercroft Skate Space which have been closed to the public since 2005. This marked a joyful conclusion to several years of joint discussions, planning and fundraising by LLSB and Southbank Centre and design by FCBStudios, to help reopen a space considered by many to be one of the world’s most important and iconic skateboarding sites.
Elaine Bedell, Chief Executive of the Southbank Centre, said: "We're all delighted that the extended skate space in the Southbank Undercroft is now open. This is testament to a genuinely collaborative partnership between the skate community and Southbank Centre as well as a brilliant fundraising campaign by both Long Live Southbank and Southbank Centre to realise the project."
Louis Woodhead, Campaign Manager, Long Live Southbank, said: “It is hugely important for cities to have free creative space so that people can breathe. Southbank is a great example of a space where a whole community has come together and worked for years to ensure it not only survived but gives local young people enough space so that they can thrive creatively.”
Chris Allen, Associate. Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios said “The brutalist architecture of the Southbank Centre has crafted a creative community and marked out an international and cultural landmark in a place between the buildings. To now see the Southbank Undercroft sensitively restored with the original features reinstated and new interventions in place is joyful and reflects the strength of the community and sense of place at the Southbank.”
The reopening of the skate space is the first of a two-phase project which will also include the development of a proposed learning space.
From 31st July - 3rd August The Long Live Southbank Exhibition will run at Bermondsey Project Space. It will feature a detailed overview of the space’s five-decade history, the LLSB campaign and the future of the space. There will be a full programme of film screenings, speakers, panel discussions and community events with three stories of photography, film and artefacts from across the decades.
FCBStudios has been appointed to develop proposals for the future of the world-famous Goonhilly Earth Station – the UK’s gateway to Space.
Located on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall, Goonhilly Earth Station was involved in broadcasting the Apollo 11 Moon landings to TV sets 50 years ago on 20 July 1969 and was one of three earth stations involved in the first transatlantic TV transmission in 1962. The site is a strategically important telecommunications location for the UK and has been given Enterprise Zone status.
Peter Clegg, founding partner of FCBStudios said “As someone who remembers watching the moon landing 50 years ago, the name Goonhilly Down will be indelibly fixed in my memory. It’s great to be working on a site which has such significance in connecting the earth to the universe."
The masterplan vision for the 165-acre site, also by FCBStudios, is sensitive to its status as an Area of Outstanding National Beauty and as an SSSI. Goonhilly 1, or ‘Arthur’ is Grade II listed and the oldest of the station’s more than 30 satellite dishes.
As the first phase of the masterplan, FCBStudios will draw up plans for a Visitor Centre; a Workspace and a Manufacturing Space – which will be used to research and manufacture components for the space sector.
Matt Williams, Associate at FCBStudios said “This is an important site for Cornwall as well as the UK’s space and communications industry. Our masterplan vision for the site balances technology and nature, and we are thrilled to be working with Goonhilly to develop an international centre for future education, research and commerce.”
Ian Jones, CEO Goonhilly Earth Station said: “Developing the site for the future while honouring its legacy in terms of technology and its natural environment has always been important to us, and we are delighted to be able to work with FCBStudios to advance plans for our exciting vision."
FCBStudios is leading a team which includes Grant Associates, Momentum Engineering and E3 Consulting.
One of six cultural buildings in the £5m and over category of the AJ retrofit awards, the regeneration of the East Wing of Alexandra Palace has breathed new life into a much-loved cultural icon, integrating a new technical infrastructure while retaining the unique character of its historic spaces.
The yearly AJ Retrofit Awards programme is one of the most highly regarded in UK architecture and celebrates the design, engineering and construction excellence that prolongs and improves the life of our built world.
The 2019 winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on Wednesday, 11 September 2019.
Hadley Property Group and FCBStudios have gained planning permission for a residential-led development within the wider regeneration of the Bristol Temple Meads Enterprise Zone.
Located on Bath Road and next to the River Avon, the development will mark the southern gateway into one of the UK’s largest regeneration projects, transforming a dilapidated brownfield site close to Bristol’s centre, which historically housed an Esso filling station.
The development will deliver 152 new homes across three blocks of 3, 15 and 7 storeys. The accommodation is made up of 1,2, and 3-bedroom apartments, and will achieve a level of affordable housing substantially above the 20% stipulated in the Section 106 agreement. This is due to the formulation of a Joint Venture between Hadley and a G15 Registered Provider (of which talks are at an advanced stage), and an injection of grant funding from Bristol City Council funding.
The affordable homes will be split between shared ownership and affordable rented units, in accordance with Council policy for this area of Bristol. Commercial office and retail space face onto both Bath Road and the Avon, and at the heart of the development is a new public space with the opportunity for small public events such as a small open-air market.
The multi-million-pound investments into this area of Bristol take advantage of the site’s excellent transport links and river views. A new riverside walkway provides a cycle and walking route along the river’s edge where the intention is to create links to the neighbouring Paintworks development and any future developments to the West, similar to the existing route on the other side of the river.
Jason Cornish, Partner at Feilden Clegg Bradley said: “The delivery of the project will ensure that a currently dilapidated site is transformed to provide much needed affordable housing. The design provides a significantly improved public realm with links to the river and allowance for future pedestrian links to adjacent sites.”
The project was voted 8:2 in favour at a planning committee meeting.
Councillor Paul Smith, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: "I'm delighted at the commitment which Hadley has made to affordable housing as part of this development. It is in a key Bristol location within walking distance of the Main Temple Meads Station with a growing business district nearby."
Gweithdy, St Fagans National Museum of Wales joins two primary schools, a cancer support centre, a cultural community resource centre, a creative and digital industries hub and a private residence in the running for the National Eisteddfod of Wales’ Gold Medal for Architecture.
Supported by the Design Commission for Wales, and awarded in association with the Royal Society of Architects in Wales, the Gold Medal for Architecture recognises the importance of architecture in the nation's culture and honours architects achieving the highest design standards.
Gweithdy celebrates the culture, heritage and skills of Welsh craft in a new gallery, workshop and visitor hub providing flexible workshop and demonstration spaces. It also houses a new coffee shop and visitor toilets. Integrated into the renewed 19th-century woodland setting the building is situated next to a stepped amphitheatre and at a crossing of paths, and creates a focal point for this part of the museum park.
Selector Trevor Skempton said “In selecting a short-list, we found ourselves drawn towards those projects in which the architect had managed to provide something extra-special, beyond that which might have been expected. This could be added value, long-term sustainability, or even genuine transformation for a community. Above all, as ever, there is delight in beautifully-crafted buildings which give both client and user more than they could have imagined.”
All seven shortlisted projects for the Gold Medal will be visited by landscape and built environment photographer, James Morris, and poet, Beth Celyn, who will respond in verse. This will form the basis of the Architecture in Wales exhibition at Llanrwst during the Conwy County 2019 National Eisteddfod of Wales from 3 – 10 August.
In a strong field for the conservation and retrofit award, two winners were announced and three projects commended, showing the quality and range of work currently being undertaken in London to refurbish, conserve and reuse existing buildings.
FCBStudios took an ‘arrested decay’ approach to the restoration of Alexandra Palace. In treating the rooms as found spaces, the processes of deterioration have been addressed, elements that were unsafe or could not be viably repaired have been removed and added elements are legibly modern. At the same time, our interventions are just one more layer added to many previous ones, another chapter in the history of Alexandra Palace.
The East Wing now supports a diversity of uses and a programme of cultural and community events in line with its original purpose as a grand exhibition hall and place for promenade and spectacle.
The New London Awards recognise the very best in architecture, planning and development in the capital, including both new and proposed projects across all sectors of the built environment. In 2015 Alexandra Palace won an NLA Award in the Public Buildings Unbuilt category.
St Fagans National Museum of History has been named the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019. The museum is made up of over 40 historical buildings which have been transported from across Wales, faithfully re-erected and set within 100 acres of beautiful parkland to represent the culture and history of Wales.
Last year saw the completion of a £30million redevelopment to become Wales’ National Museum of History, with the opening of new galleries and workshop spaces, including the FCBStudios designed Gweithdy, transforming its visitor experience. Gweithdy was completed in 2018 and celebrates the culture, heritage and skills of Welsh craft in a new gallery, workshop and visitor hub. Designed as a simple, but environmentally responsive form, the building is integrated into the renewed 19th Century woodland landscape through its form and materiality.
The judges said “[St Fagans] has won because [we] were impressed by how it lives, breathes and embodies the culture and identity of Wales and by the way it's forged a new and meaningful model of community collaboration”
Four FCBStudios projects have been shortlisted for the 2019 World Architecture Festival.
The Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the University of Toronto is shortlisted as a completed building in the Higher Education and Research category; Alexandra Palace East Wing Regeneration project is listed in the New and Old category; Ulster University’s Belfast City Centre Campus, is in the Future Education; and a low-energy scheme providing accommodation for students and fellows for King’s College Cambridge has been shortlisted as a Future Residential project.
The festival takes place from 4-6 December in Amsterdam, where representatives from the practice will present each of the projects to a jury.
FCBStudios Senior Partner, Keith Bradley was a shortlisting judge, assessing those categories FCBStudios had not entered projects into and will be on the judging panel during the festival.
A breakfast briefing at FCBStudios this week explored how businesses can use One Planet Living principles to have a positive impact on people, planet and profit, and tackle the climate emergency.
Introduced by Ian Taylor, Partner at FCBStudios and chaired by the CEO of Bioregional Sue Riddlestone OBE, the event was part of the first London Climate Action Week. It provoked interesting discussions around business development and how to pursue sustainability goals using the One Planet Living Framework. These included encouraging employee engagement; relating our personal actions, business operations and business outcomes in the face of the climate emergency.
It outlined how the ten principles of One Planet Living can be applied throughout your business operations – from ‘zero carbon energy’ to ‘health and happiness’, to ensure a positive impact on people, planet and profit.
The One Planet Living sustainability framework has been used in over $30bn of property development and by businesses large and small in the UK and across the world. Created by sustainability pioneers Bioregional, it provides a simple, straightforward framework to engage staff, clients and customers in all aspects of sustainability.
Throughout July, FCBstudios is hosting a photography exhibition to showcase trailblazing towns and communities around the world that are tackling the climate emergency and enabling sustainable living. These communities have all been designed using the One Planet Living framework, created by Bioregional to enable people to live happy, healthy lives within the limits of our one planet, leaving space for wildlife and wilderness.
FCBStudios is a One Planet Living founding partner and adopts the framework across the practice.
On 20 June 2019 representatives from 25 built and natural environment and other stakeholder organisations met with the Chair of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), Lord Deben, to discuss the need for action in the face of climate breakdown. The meeting, which included FCBStudios Partner Ian Taylor, accepted in full the CCC’s recommendations in their May 2019 report that the UK must and would be able to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and welcomed the Government’s announcement that this was shortly to be enshrined in legislation.
The following organisations* have now agreed to collaborate on an urgent and concerted response to achieving the 2050 target; to continue to work together to establish shared standards and practice; and to continue to develop professional resources, capacity and competencies within the sector capable of meeting that aim both domestically and internationally. The organisations have accepted the invitation of the CCC to co-operate on meeting the UK net zero carbon objectives.
British Standards Institution (BSI), Commonwealth Association of Architects, Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE), Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), Construction Products Association (CPA), Forum for the Future, Good Homes Alliance, InnovateUK, Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA), Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Institution of Structural Engineers, Landscape Institute, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), Society for the Environment (SocEnv), the Edge, UK Built Environment Advisory Group, UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).
Our next steps will be to help the 25 live up to their word.
FCBStudios creative re-use studio has been rewarded by the RIBA National Awards, with work to restore Alexandra Palace’s East Court and Theatre and refurbish Southbank Centre’s brutalist Buildings both receiving Awards.
The six-year project to restore Alexandra Palace’s East Court and to return its Victorian Theatre to use for the first time in 80 years has breathed new life into a much-loved cultural icon, integrating a new technical infrastructure while retaining the unique character of its historic spaces. The project also won the RIBA London Conservation Award.
The judges said 'The architects' response to the [Alexandra Palace] Charitable Trust’s brief has led to a great sense of shared endeavour which coherently and very successfully delivers a refreshed and reinvigorated People’s Palace. They have not been afraid to leave plenty of space for the people using it to shape, engage with and grow into. A stunning achievement in any circumstances, but a genuine triumph in the face of the current political and economic climate.'
The restoration and redesign of Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery has transformed and modernised them for generations to come.
The judges said 'The refurbished buildings celebrate the uniqueness of the Southbank Centre, and truly enhance the visitor and performer experience. The commitment of the client and architect to preserve and restore these buildings and their original features is to be applauded.'
This foundation of renewal and upgrading of the existing buildings has prepared them for the next chapter in their stories.
54 projects were awarded RIBA National awards, selected from the RIBA Regional Award-winning projects. The projects will now be considered for the RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist.
Planning permission has been granted by An Bord Pleanala for the second phase of a major new student residence development at the NUI Galway Campus. The development has been designed by COADY Architects and FCBStudios and provides for the creation of high-quality student accommodation and ancillary facilities to serve the existing and future needs of the university population.
The proposed scheme will include 674 beds across 125 apartments. The accommodation is arranged in apartments of 4-6 bedrooms with communal kitchen and living spaces in each. The four blocks range from 4 to 8 storeys with an open plan social area for use by all residents within the larger of the blocks.
Simon Carter, Partner at FCBStudios said ‘The second phase of student accommodation at NUI Galway draws on the successes of the first phase, aiming to create safe and welcoming spaces for the students to feel at home, within a sustainable, energy-efficient building that will be an asset to the University.’
Phase 1 of the student housing, Goldcrest Village, was also designed by COADY Architects and FCBStudios and was completed in August 2018 for the 2018/19 academic year.
White Room, this year’s House of Imagination pavilion, is a place for learning and exploration, for performance, exhibition, workshops or shelter. During the Forest of Imagination festival, it will host talks and workshops by artists Bob and Roberta Smith and Richard Long and authors Lauren Childs and David Almond, provide a blank canvas for imagination and creativity and support the Holburne Museum’s programme throughout the summer.
The theme for this year’s Forest of Imagination is Life|Line, exploring environmental themes and celebrating the imagination. Plastics are a problematic part of our world. We want to reduce the quantity we produce and to recycle what we have already created. By designing for the reuse of materials that are recyclable and recycled we engage in a cradle to cradle, circular economy philosophy that protects our environment.
White Room is imagined as a temporary structure but is intended to have a life beyond the festival weekend as a venue for Holburne Museum’s events, exhibitions and workshops throughout the summer. It is a lightweight structure made of timber and steel, clad in recycled plastic. The Ekoply walls and floor are made from a mix of Polyethylene (PE) and Polypropylene (PP) plastics that would normally be incinerated or sent to landfill, but here create a crisp white canvas for creativity, exploration and the stimulation of the imagination. Children and adults are invited to draw on the walls, allowing their imagination to spill onto the structure.
Polycarbonate roof panels and dichroic film diffuse and filter sunlight to make a vibrant festival atmosphere for the art and performance events planned to take place during the summer.
Manufactured off-site, the individual panels were delivered to site on a single flatbed truck. Each section is based on a standard sheet size and therefore reduces wastage and dramatically speeds up construction time. The pavilion is fully demountable, designed to be stored and reassembled for future use or reconfigured in a new situation. Through the use of whole sheets, the design enhances the reuse potential of the original materials once their life as the pavilion is over.
Isabel Sandeman of FCBStudios said “The planar aesthetic of White Room is a direct consequence of the decision to use standard sheet dimensions in order to maximise the reuse potential of this material. The Ekoply walls and floors can be made into something totally new without having to undergo an energy-intensive recycling process.”
White Room is a collaboration between FCBStudios, Buro Happold, Wraxall Builders and RÄkau carpenters. It was made possible by The Arts Council England, YTL Wessex Water, The Osborne Group, Roper Rhodes and Hometown World.
Also at Forest of Imagination is ‘Waste of Space’, an interactive artwork conceived by young architectural designers at FCBStudios who have been working with local schools and community groups to make Ecobricks. Ecobricks are a temporary solution to dealing with single-use plastics in the waste stream, packing non-recyclable plastics into plastic bottles to divert material from the environment and create a durable construction material. Our hope is that the installation will help raise awareness of Ecobricks, and inspire change in our wasteful shopping habits.
Forest of Imagination runs 20-24th June at The Holburne Museum and Sydney Gardens. Download the programme here.
A major mixed-use scheme which will regenerate Belfast’s Smithfield area has been approved by Belfast City Council, subject to DFI review.
The proposed 235,000sqft development for Bywater Properties and Ashmour Developments replaces a one and a quarter acre car park site in the centre of Belfast with a vibrant mix of office space and new units for independent businesses and retailers with existing buildings and public space.
The listed 'Butchers' building will be refurbished and new pedestrian access into Gresham Street and Winetavern Street are at the heart of the scheme.
Sam Tyler, Partner at FCBStudios said “Our proposals for a new city block in the Smithfield area aim to preserve the existing character of the area and respect the buildings and life that are already there. The scheme will bring a renewed trading heart to Smithfield, with strong roots to the past that reintegrate the Butcher’s Building and build new communities of traders, workers and makers together. We are looking forward to working with Bywater and Ashmour to deliver the approved scheme, redefining an important historic Belfast neighbourhood.”
Three FCBStudios projects have been shortlisted in the inaugural Pineapple awards. The Awards, sponsored by the Design Council, celebrate the urban life of developments and places where people want to live, work and play.
The Future Place award seeks to recognise a masterplan for a major mixed-use development in the UK that incorporates public realm and/or a communal outdoor space. The judges will be looking for excellence in design for a proposed place that seeks to foster community, welcome visitors and attract tenants, contribute to urban life, and encourage people to dwell, live, work, connect, learn or play. It seeks to recognise excellence in design and new thinking in how to make places that thrive.
The subject of placemaking is also addressed in FCBStudios current London exhibition The Places Between.
The shortlisted projects will be assessed using methodology by the Gehl Institute and the winners announced that the Festival of Place on 9 July.
SODA aims to create a new kind of art school - a new interdisciplinary learning environment that reflects the ubiquity of the screen in all our lives and will develop interdisciplinary talent to support Greater Manchester’s creative and digital industries. The project gained planning permission in December 2018 and is due to be completed in 2021.
Held at the Albert Hall on 13th June, this year’s Manchester Society of Architects Awards were guest judged by Lord Norman Foster, recognising the best architecture being produced in Manchester.
Bath Abbey’s newly relaid floor has been revealed in the East Wing as the first phase of construction work on the Bath Abbey Footprint Project completes.
The first phase of work has lifted, excavated, stabilised and made safe the floor of the Abbey’s East Wing, with the addition of a new underfloor heating system which uses energy from the hot springs of the neighbouring Roman Baths.
An extensive archaeology programme has revealed artefacts including a section of Roman gutter, an intact early 14thCentury tiled floor, Tudor roses from the Abbey ceiling and buttons, coins and ceramic pieces from throughout the Abbey’s history. An extensive project to record and research the historic ledger stones which make up the floor has been undertaken by Abbey volunteers throughout the project and each stone has been logged and conserved before careful relaying to make up the Abbey floor.
Alex Morris, Project Architect at FCBStudios said “Thanks to the combined efforts of the whole project team, the highly complex and sensitive task of repairing the floor at the East End of Bath Abbey is now completed. The craftsmanship and history of the floor revealed is now visible to the public for the first time in 150 years. The Abbey will now occupy the space, whilst work continues over the next two years.”
The team of consultants and contractors included Emery Builders, SSH Conservation, Buro Happold, Mann Williams, Synergy and Michael Grubb Studio, who will continue to work on the next phases of work, with the whole project due to complete in 2021.
Geoff Rich, Partner at FCBStudios said “After a long process of design, planning and approvals prior to work commencing, it is great to see this important milestone reached. A combination of archaeology, engineering, conservation and craftsmanship has come together successfully to carefully provide a repaired historic floor fit for the future of the Abbey.”
Squarestone Growth has recently acquired Mountbatten House in Basingstoke and has appointed FCBStudios to undertake the extensive restoration.
Located on a southerly-facing slope on Basing View, Basingstoke’s central business district, Mountbatten House is a Grade II listed office building and terraced gardens, designed between 1974-1977, by Arup Associates, under Peter Foggo.
Helen Roberts, Partner at FCBStudios said: ‘It is a privilege to be working with buildings of this quality, designed by a team of such calibre, where the original intent is still so powerfully conveyed. The rigorous form, structure and symmetry of the building are perfectly complemented by the generosity of the rooftop landscapes. Drawing on our current work in contemporary workplaces and the refurbishment of other buildings of this period, such as London’s Southbank Centre, the commission is a great challenge to restore the building and its gardens to their former glory.’
Originally known as Gateway House, the building was purpose-designed as the new UK headquarters for the paper manufacturer and merchants, Wiggins Teape, who relocated there after 200 years in London.
Recognised as being ahead of its time for modern workplace design, the rigorously planned and technically innovative building, together with its landscaped garden terraces, were recognised with an RIBA award in 1979 and listed in 2015. Both significant in their own right, the building and landscape form a perfectly composed set-piece showcasing their pioneering design and exemplifying the collaborative approach of the original engineers, architects and landscape designers.
Hugo Denée, Managing Director at Squarestone Growth commented: ‘Squarestone Growth is very excited about progressing the delivery of Mountbatten House. The comprehensive refurbishment of this Grade 2 listed building offers an opportunity to deliver a truly unique Grade A office into a market that is desperately undersupplied. We have assembled a fantastic design team and look forward to working with FCBStudios in the coming months.’
Gweithdy, a gallery, workshop and café pavilion within the woodland landscape of St Fagans open-air museum, has been awarded an RSAW award - the Welsh regional RIBA awards.
Located at a key crossing of paths, Gweithdy acts as a focal point to draw more visitors further into the museum park and provides a flexible workshop and demonstration space to celebrate the culture, heritage and skills of welsh craft.
The judges said: “The building has been designed to be a simple, but environmentally responsive form, and it does not fail to deliver this ambition in its calm, simple, and sustainable execution.”
Delivered alongside the refurbishment and extension of the Main Building at the National Museum of Wales by Purcell Architects, Gweithdy is part of the wider #MakingHistory capital project at St Fagans.
The twin crises of climate breakdown and biodiversity loss are the most serious issue of our time. Buildings and construction play a major part, accounting for nearly 40% of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions whilst also having a significant impact on our natural habitats.
For everyone working in the construction industry, meeting the needs of our society without breaching the earth’s ecological boundaries will demand a paradigm shift in our behaviour. Together with our clients, we will need to commission and design buildings, cities and infrastructures as indivisible components of a larger, constantly regenerating and self-sustaining system.
The research and technology exist for us to begin that transformation now, but what has been lacking is collective will. Recognising this, we are committing to strengthen our working practices to create architecture and urbanism that has a more positive impact on the world around us.
We will seek to:
• Raise awareness of the climate and biodiversity emergencies and the urgent need for action amongst our clients and supply chains.
• Advocate for faster change in our industry towards regenerative design practices and a higher Governmental funding priority to support this.
• Establish climate and biodiversity mitigation principles as the key measure of our industry’s success: demonstrated through awards, prizes and listings.
• Share knowledge and research to that end on an open source basis.
• Evaluate all new projects against the aspiration to contribute positively to mitigating climate breakdown, and encourage our clients to adopt this approach.
• Upgrade existing buildings for extended use as a more carbon efficient alternative to demolition and new build whenever there is a viable choice.
• Include life cycle costing, whole life carbon modelling and post occupancy evaluation as part of our basic scope of work, to reduce both embodied and operational resource use.
• Adopt more regenerative design principles in our studios, with the aim of designing architecture and urbanism that goes beyond the standard of net zero carbon in use.
• Collaborate with engineers, contractors and clients to further reduce construction waste.
• Accelerate the shift to low embodied carbon materials in all our work.
• Minimise wasteful use of resources in architecture and urban planning, both in quantum and in detail.
We hope that every UK architectural practice will join us in making this commitment.
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The 2019 Oslo Architecture Triennale's theme is 'ENOUGH: The architecture of Degrowth.'
Shaped around four concepts and “institutions of Degrowth”: the Library, the Theatre, the Playground, and the Academy, the Core Programme consists of the main exhibition, a programme of audio walks, a series of performances, a conference, an online essay series, an international student academy and a fictional publication.
A joint proposal between FCBStudios Associate Chris Allen and Long Live Southbank's Stuart Maclure has been selected for exhibit at the Triennale as part of The Library exhibition. This project brings skateboarding and the history of the Southbank Undercroft to Oslo by telling the story inside the exhibition space and bringing Oslo’s skating community to the public spaces around the museum site.
The importance of public space within our cities is well understood. Increasing the density of our cities requires a focus on the provision of space for all. The method currently set in place to tackle this issue requires that public spaces are provided alongside new developments. This has resulted in spaces where design quality, site access, and ownership are questionable. The solution also relies on ‘market value’, which determines the viability of a space and its regulations.
The restoration of the Undercroft on London’s Southbank, one of the world’s most important and accidental skateparks since 1967, exemplifies how organisations and communities might work together to create urban alternatives that act outside accepted notions of a growth society. The campaign to save the space has played an important role in conversations about space ownership and is a great example of civic tools being used to shift power structures in city planning.
Photocredit: Nicholas Constant.
FCBStudios have been celebrated with three RIBA London Awards for two major restoration projects, the refurbishment of the Southbank Centre’s brutalist venues and the regeneration of Alexandra Palace’s East Wing which also received an RIBA London Conservation Award.
The six-year project to restore Alexandra Palace’s East Court and to return its Victorian Theatre to use for the first time in 80 years has breathed new life into a much-loved cultural icon, integrating a new technical infrastructure while retaining the unique character of its historic spaces. The project also won the RIBA London Conservation Award.
The judges said 'The architects' response to the [Alexandra Palace] Charitable Trust’s brief has led to a great sense of shared endeavour which coherently and very successfully delivers a refreshed and reinvigorated People’s Palace. They have not been afraid to leave plenty of space for the people using it to shape, engage with and grow into. A stunning achievement in any circumstances, but a genuine triumph in the face of the current political and economic climate.'
The restoration and redesign of Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery has transformed and modernised them for generations to come.
The judges said 'The refurbished buildings celebrate the uniqueness of the Southbank Centre, and truly enhance the visitor and performer experience. The commitment of the client and architect to preserve and restore these buildings and their original features is to be applauded.'
This foundation of renewal and upgrading of the existing buildings has prepared them for the next chapter in their stories.
83 projects were shortlisted for the awards with 47 projects receiving regional awards. The projects will now be considered for RIBA National Awards.
FCBStudios has been selected to lead a multidisciplinary team in masterplanning an ambitious regeneration project to rethink National Museums Liverpool’s historic Waterfront Campus.
The team will draw up a 10-year strategy to upgrade the historic maritime quarter, which is home to a cluster of landmark museums, at the heart of Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage Site.
National Museum Liverpool’s vision is to maximise the use of the wonderful eighteenth-century dockland, including the Grade-II listed Canning Graving Docks, to create an outstanding visitor destination that connects Liverpool’s stunning waterfront with the city, the River Mersey and the significant historic buildings and spaces.
Geoff Rich, Partner at FCBStudios said “This is a great commission for a site at the physical, historical and emotional heart of Liverpool. Working in partnership with National Museums Liverpool, and in consultation with Tate, Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, Liverpool City Council, Canal and River Trust and other important neighbouring stakeholders, we are looking forward to creating a strong connected vision for the waterfront site as a whole to make the most of the historic location, public spaces and the National Museums Liverpool’s buildings, for a range of sustainable and engaging activities.”
The masterplanning project will steer developments and allow National Museums Liverpool to deliver their strategic aims over the next ten years. Some of the land and buildings surrounding the museums are currently under-utilised and have great potential. The masterplan will examine the site to devise the best plan for developments to improve visitor experience and engagement; sustainability; display of collections; wayfinding and public realm; educational and curatorial requirements; and commercial activities.
Mairi Johnson, Director of Estates for National Museums Liverpool said “Liverpool’s waterfront is not only a beautiful space but also one of huge historic significance to the city, the wider region and the rest of the UK. This is an exciting opportunity to create spaces for visitors to linger within this unique setting and to really engage with the spirit of the place. We look forward to working with FCBStudios in transforming and pushing the boundaries of this public space.”
FCBStudios are leading a multidisciplinary team with Planit IE, Fourth Street, Standard Practice, Arup and museum consultant Andrea Nixon. 26 teams entered the competition, with four taken to interview.
To reflect on 40 years in sustainability, Jonathan Smales, Executive Chairman of Human + Nature, founder of the Earth Centre and former International Trustee of Greenpeace, hosted a workshop and invited talk at FCBStudios.
Over 40 design professionals, from the spheres of architecture, landscape, engineering, and city planning came together to plan for a ‘Remarkable City’.
"We are living in a climate emergency. And every day and in almost everything we do, we are making this emergency worse. On our current trajectory, the world is heading for three degrees of warming and feedback mechanisms that could easily set that racing to four degrees and beyond, making human life on earth (as lived currently) all but impossible.
"Working on these issues for more than 40 years now and mindful actually of the looming emergencies when we began, I and colleagues thought that we would, by now, have found new and far better ways to live and be on this planet. We could have imagined that an exponential increase in scientific enquiry and insights, a more just and environmentally-conscious economy, extraordinary technological breakthroughs, and a new, more civilised and effective politics, would see us through the problems we foresaw then. We were wrong.
"These problems are not environmental problems - they are human problems with roots deep in Western – now global - consumerist culture and growth economics."
The vision is compact, urban, intense. All citizens have access to decent housing with a shift towards institutionally and socially owned private rented properties. Greenery will be abundant in the city – in fact, it will be the greenest city ever built. It will be zero carbon, zero waste and fully connected, responding to its topography to create a place that people want to live.
FCBStudios plans for the CEG South Bank development is one of three developments were honoured with a Yorkshire Property Awards Game Changer award, alongside The Glass Works in Barnsley and the Leeds-based Thorpe Park development.
The Game Changer award highlights the crème de la crème of property achievements in Yorkshire, the popular Game Changer Awards will look at projects, or deals which have had a material effect on the surrounding environment or on the market, which are widely recognised (in the property sector) as worthy of praise and which show excellence in conception, design and execution.
The 3.52 ha mixed-use scheme for Leeds Southbank will deliver up to 750 homes and 1.1m sq ft of commercial space with ground floor leisure and retail set within a backdrop of new public spaces and landscaping. The design respects the historical context and industrial past of the area, enabling a connected, sustainable community to grow.
Alex Whitbread, Partner FCBStudios “In the same way as this area was instrumental in Leeds’ development two hundred years ago, we are now looking at a scheme that starts to set the future, as the city centre to moves south. I’d like to think we are setting a benchmark for the city into the 21st century”
Work is now underway on the South Bank site, with a six-month programme of archaeological excavation on the site which housed John Marshall’s (king of the flax industry) first two Mills in the eighteenth century.
David Hodgson, strategic development manager for the north at CEG, said: “We are delighted with the award. This development will be a catalyst, helping to kick-start the regeneration of a key area of the City Centre, close to Leeds City Station.”
Paul Fox Director, Fox Lloyd Jones, “Leeds Southbank deserves a Game Changer award because it is one of a kind and this is the first time we’ve had a real, sizable opportunity to do something that will change the scale of the city.”
CEG’s Kirkstall Forge development won the Gamechanger award in 2016 and, this year also secured the Best Innovation award for its Forging Futures Campus which provides innovative hands-on construction skills creating future developers, builders, architects and engineers. The first prototype homes at Kirkstall Forge will be completed in the summer ahead of the first phase of housing.
A sustainable visitor centre on the Holkham Reserve in Norfolk is one of 18 projects to win an RIBA Regional Award of the 23 projects shortlisted by RIBA East.
Designed by FCBStudios and delivered by Lucas + Western Architects, The Lookout was conceived out of a need to control the impact of visitors on the National Nature Reserve, to educate people about the effect of their visit on the Reserve, inform visitors about the diverse, rare and protected wildlife and to provide much-needed visitor facilities. It was inspired by the landscape in which it sits, providing panoramic views of the wildlife and infinite horizons of the Reserve.
Jury chair Jon Greenfield, of Hamson Barron Smith said: ‘’We saw some incredibly clever and thought-provoking schemes, which we hope will act as exemplars for future new build and refurbishment projects across the country. Now, more than ever, we should be recognising the importance of zero and low-carbon design, and it is heartening to see an increasing number of clients putting this at the forefront of their design briefs.’
The winning projects will go on to be considered for the RIBA National Awards, with the successful recipients announced in July.
The Southbank Centre is one of seven buildings shortlisted for Building of the Year in the AJ100 Awards.
The two-year restoration and redesign the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Rooms and Hayward Gallery was primarily a conservation project to replace building services, improve environmental performance, upgrade infrastructure to support the artistic programme and improve disabled access and to transform and modernise them for generations to come.
The award is given to the best building completed by an AJ100-listed practice in the past year. The Southbank Centre has also been shortlisted in the Client of the Year category with the winners of both categories to be revealed at the annual AJ100 gala dinner event on June 19 at the Tower of London.
W Zone, featuring three mixed-use buildings and ecology gardens, now has the full go-ahead,
The W Zone, located off York Way and Randell’s Road in London's Kings Cross, will comprise three mixed-use buildings, known as W1, W2 and W3, positioned around a central podium garden. The site masterplan, developed by David Morley Architects, includes a mixture of residential, across a range of tenures, as well as leisure space, plus a managed ecology garden with a focus on education and community engagement, to be known as the Habitat Zone.
Buildings W1 and W2, which together include 218 residential units, have been designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and David Morley Architects. The buildings were granted reserved matters planning approval in June 2016, with small amends recently approved by Islington Council on 5 March 2019. The recent amends to Buildings W1 and W2 were made with the intention of increasing and improving the shared residential facilities within the development, while the number of homes remains the same as the original planning permission.
W3, designed by Haptic Architects is set to be a leisure focussed building, featuring a gym, nursery and café.
George Wilson, Associate from Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios commented: “King’s Cross W Zone presents a fantastic opportunity to establish a new residential community centred around high-quality public space, communal amenities and community facilities, creating a unique place to live within central London. We are delighted that W Zone has been fully approved and can now be realised.”
The W Zone is set to complete in 2022, and operators for the Habitat Zone and leisure facilities will be announced in the due course.
FCBStudios were appointed to develop a masterplan for Liverpool University following a competitive process in December 2017 and have been working with the University to on their 15 year, £1bn investment plan for the city centre and Leahurst campuses.
The masterplan includes a number of new-build and redevelopment projects to enhance the teaching, research and impact, and student life on the University’s estate with an emphasis on improving public space. The Masterplan also proposes introducing a new central green on the Liverpool campus, together with plans to revitalise existing courtyards alongside a commitment to becoming a 1,000 tree campus, with a carefully devised public realm vision to support the University’s commitments to sustainability and wellbeing.
The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Janet Beer, said, “We are proud of our place in the City and of our architectural heritage. Our plans are sensitive to this and provide exciting new opportunities to further enhance the appearance of our campuses and their surroundings. Whilst our estate already boasts some world-class facilities and wonderful spaces, we need continued investment to best support our ambitious future plans. This Masterplan provides an exciting, clear and coherent vision for our university campuses and includes significant investment which will have a number of positive regional impacts, not least on the economy.”
Consultation events are due to be held in the coming weeks, beginning on 29 April. Displays will be on show from 29 April to 10 May on the ground floor of the Guild of Students’ building, while representatives from FCBStudios will be available between 12-1pm and 2-3pm on 1 May and 10 May at the same location.
A public consultation session will also take place on 1 May between 5-7pm in the Bronte Youth and Community Centre on Trowbridge Street. Boards and plans are available online.
FCBStudios are sponsoring a PhD Studentship in Smart and Healthy Higher Education Buildings and Campuses at UCL IEDE, part of the Bartlett, where Ian Taylor is Visiting Professor of Environmental Design and Architecture.
The PhD will consider the design of Higher Education buildings and campuses for changing pedagogical practices, and how the overall indoor environment quality and outdoor environment affects student and staff satisfaction, comfort, health and wellbeing. It will include the assessment of energy performance in relation to requirements for temperature, indoor air quality, lighting and acoustics. The findings of this PhD will provide evidence for the design of Higher Education buildings and campuses that will reduce operational energy consumption, embracing smart technology and the Internet of Things to enable flexible and responsive spaces that can adapt to the requirements of the occupants.
Details can be found here. Pre-application deadline: 10th May 12:00 noon.
In addition to the school, which opened in 2016, and 290 residential units, the scheme provides 23 commercial units creating 3,600 sqm of flexible retail, office and community-use accommodation including a café and restaurant space.
Routes through the area find their focus in a new public square that links to both Battersea Park Road and Queenstown Road railway station. The square extends through the open viaduct arches to create a public space in front of the main entrance to the school, creating a place for the community that has been lacking in the area.
This mixed tenure housing in a range of sizes, alongside accommodation for new and existing businesses and local amenities, will help to re-establish the area as a thriving working and living community. The whole masterplan development is due to complete at the end of 2019.
The finalists of the Housing Design Awards will be announced at a ceremony on 11 July.
The newly appointed partners, all previously associates within the company, bring the number of FCBStudios partners to 26, developing and rejuvenating the partnership and reflecting the diversity of experience, expertise and personality of the practice.
Anja Grossmann has brought her experience of developing mixed-use buildings and urban masterplans to a range of city-centre residential projects and is currently focusing on a masterplan for the University of Cambridge and a new campus for the University of Bristol. Her interest in sustainability led her to design and construct a low carbon housing project in Uganda, and she now heads up a group of volunteers with the practice’s affiliated Richard Feilden Foundation. She joined FCBStudios in 2014 and became a Partner in 2019. Anja is a qualified architect in Germany and the UK and a panel member of the Bristol Urban Design Forum.
Fliss Childs heads up the FCBStudios Communications team and oversees all aspects of marketing public relations and business development for the practice. She joined FCBStudios in 2003, became an Associate in 2016 and a Partner in 2019. Fliss specialises in communications project management, tactical media campaigns, reputation and issues management and collaborative partnerships and has coordinated and assisted in the production of all major FCBStudios publications. Fliss represented the practice speaking at the Fassa Bortolo Awards for Sustainable Design and delivered a keynote at Design Fokus, University of Aalesund, Norway.
Simon Branson was the first architect to join our Manchester office when it launched in 2015. He is passionate about the value of design and delivering environmentally and socially sustainable buildings. He is currently working on the Catalyst Building at Staffordshire University and the delivery of a number of Manchester schemes transforming the former Ancoats industrial area into housing stock at the heart of a new community. He regularly tutors at The Universities of Liverpool, Greenwich and Sheffield and has been part of the architectural apprentice Trailblazer group, co-authoring the architectural assistant assessment criteria.
Peter Clegg, founding partner of FCBStudios said “This year we are welcoming three new members to the partnership, as well as creating ten new associates. After forty years in practice, I am proud to say that we are currently working on some of our most interesting projects yet, with some of the best people around. Our new Partners and Associates reflect the diversity and energy of the practice and the dedication, value and future commitment of the individuals. Together they bring to the fore important skills and relationships for the future of FCBStudios.”
FCBStudios design for The Wall of Answered Prayer is one of four schemes shortlisted in the second stage of a RIBA design competition for a national landmark.
The Wall is a piece of architectural sculpture to be constructed of one million bricks, each one symbolising an answered prayer, and will also feature a visitor centre.
Voting is now open to the public to choose their favourite design, which will inform the jury’s decision, and the winner will be announced in April 2019, with construction programmed for 2020.
FCBStudios’ proposal is for a meandering wall, which increases in height to create pockets of sheltered space for congregation or contemplation. The linear form of the structure invites visitors to walk along it, to explore each of the spaces.
Gweithdy celebrates the culture, heritage and skills of Welsh craft in a new gallery, workshop and visitor hub for St Fagans National Museum of History.
The shortlisted buildings will be assessed by a regional jury and the winning buildings announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday 30 May in Cardiff.
The Richard Feilden Foundation has been very busy over the past year with a record amount of projects largely thanks to their excellent Kampala-based field officers Paul and John. Peter Clegg and Izzy Sandeman have also recently returned from Uganda following the 'Climate Responsive Design' conference organised by Enabel.
They are now busy compiling information for a new Climate Responsive Design Guide to be published later this year. Please download the 2019 Newsletter to read Peter’s reflections on visiting Uganda after nearly ten years; hints of the exciting new technologies, materials and systems that are being explored as part of the new guidelines; news on our collaborative projects with Build Africa and HYT Uganda which have proven to be great working partnerships with more joint projects in the pipeline; and updates on our work in Rwanda, Burundi and Madagascar as well.
If you’d like to know more about the RFF's work or are interested in supporting a specific project, please do get in touch via email@example.com.
The FCBStudios-designed library for the University of Roehampton has been shortlisted in the medium and large libraries category of the Society of College, National and University Library (SCONUL) Library Design Awards.
The new University Library delivers over 1,200 study spaces, staff support and work areas, specialist digitisation and collection management over five floors and 7,840sqm. It fulfils a number of specialist functions focussed around the University’s education and teaching and celebrates the rich history of the four Colleges that form the University through fixed exhibition spaces.
Susan Scorey, University Librarian commented "Libraries today are more than just about borrowing books. They are a comfortable and aspirational place to study, with multiple online and printed resources. We've worked hard to create a library which is a motivating and inspiring place to study, with plenty of space and natural light.”
The winners will be unveiled at the Library Design Awards event on Tuesday 26th November 2019 at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. Details of the awards event will be announced in early Summer.
The Hive was awarded a SCONUL award in 2016.
A residential development of 238 homes, 50% of which will be affordable, has been approved at planning committee in Newham, East London.
The development, for Notting Hill Genesis, occupies a riverside site that is part of the ongoing regeneration of Royal Albert Wharf. The scheme proposes four residential blocks between 3 and 12 storeys providing 50% affordable accommodation (by unit) and 30% family homes. With fantastic views across the Thames, the housing integrates into the Royal Albert Wharf masterplan with high-quality landscaping and play-areas for children of all ages.
Jason Cornish, Partner at FCBStudios, said “This is the second of three recent residential-led schemes FCBStudios have been working on in the Albert Basin Area for Notting Hill Genesis - alongside Great Eastern Quays and a second Gallions Quarter site. After a long process to achieve planning for this complex and constrained urban site, we are delighted to be able to take forward the opportunity to establish this new emerging community, shaping a tangible sense of place on the Thames and continuing the provision of high-quality mixed-tenure housing in Newham."
The plans were granted planning approval on Friday (15th February) and mark the beginning of the transformation of the former Filton Airfield into Brabazon, a thriving new neighbourhood for North Bristol.
This first phase of 278 new properties includes high-quality family homes, private apartments and affordable properties, all set within attractive gardens and community spaces. In total, the plans include 127 two to four bedroom houses and 151 one and two bedroom apartments. The homes will have spacious rooms, generous windows and soaring double-height spaces in selected homes.
Following the grant of planning approval, owners YTL Developments anticipate that construction will begin before the end of the year. The homes are expected to go on sale during 2020, with the first residents set to move in at Brabazon in 2021.
Sebastian Loyn, Planning & Development Director, YTL Developments said: “Filton Airfield is a historic local landmark. We are working with world-renowned architects to ensure its future lives up to the legacy of its pioneering past. The first phase of new homes is designed to form the heart of a thriving new neighbourhood for North Bristol.”
The homes will be connected to Bristol by major new transport infrastructure. A new rail station at Brabazon will connect to Bristol Temple Meads in less than 15 minutes, while a MetroBus route will link to both Cribbs Causeway and the city centre. Brabazon will also offer a range of new walkways and cycle paths for local people.
Andy Theobald, Partner at architects FCBStudios said: “We are very much looking forward to delivering the approved housing designs at Brabazon, which will become a highly sustainable new residential quarter. The family of house types we have created, set within public and private spaces, will deliver contemporary homes in a vibrant new neighbourhood which will not only set the bar for the future development but also for the wider region."
FCBStudios have been appointed as architect for a mixed-use leisure scheme in Sheffield City Centre.
The project, referred to as Block H, is part of Heart of the City II, one of Sheffield’s major current economic projects. Backed by Sheffield City Council, with Queensberry as its key delivery partner, it is not just a retail scheme, but a mixed-use, vibrant quarter right at the heart of the city and synonymous with everything the city is trying to achieve.
Located at the very core of the city centre, it will bind together the old and the new, keeping the existing street patterns and quirky historic buildings but adding in striking new architecture and unique outdoor spaces. Rooted in the city’s unique character, Heart of the City II will provide a new home for Sheffield’s cultural, commercial and creative trailblazers.
FCBStudios has been selected for a £1.8 million contract covering a £40 million retail, food and beverage, and leisure complex, on a 12,825m2 site which will be made up of new build blocks alongside retained, historic buildings and respond sensitively to several key heritage buildings
Alex Whitbread, Partner at FCBStudios said “We are delighted to be working with Sheffield City Council and Queensberry on the regeneration of the Heart of the City II masterplan. This is a key site, right in the centre of Sheffield, where there’s a fantastic opportunity to re-establish a coherent urban grain connecting existing and historic fabric with substantial new buildings around a major new public space.”
FCBStudios creative re-use studio is highlighted in the RIBA London Awards with the shortlisting of two major restoration projects, the regeneration of Alexandra Palace’s East Wing and the refurbishment of the Southbank Centre’s brutalist venues.
The six-year project to restore Alexandra Palace’s East Court and to return its Victorian Theatre to use for the first time in 80 years has breathed new life into a much-loved cultural icon, integrating a new technical infrastructure while retaining the unique character of its historic spaces.
Some far-reaching interventions were called for, but of paramount importance was the preservation of the evocative and layered character that made the theatre unique. We have added just one more layer to many previous ones, another chapter in the history of Alexandra Palace.
The restoration and redesign of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery has transformed and modernised them for generations to come.
Whilst primarily a conservation project to replace building services, improve environmental performance, upgrade infrastructure to support an ever-widening artistic programme, and improve disabled access for audiences and artists, the works also reinterpret the Hayward Gallery's iconic pyramid roof with a solution that allows controlled natural light back into the galleries and reconfigure the QEH foyer to celebrate its connection with the riverfront.
This foundation of renewal and upgrading of the existing buildings has prepared them for the next chapter in their stories.
83 projects were shortlisted for the awards and the winners will be announced in May following visits by a panel of judges.
At a ceremony in Cannes on Wednesday, the commendation was collected by FCBStudios Partner Sam Tyler and Associate Fliss Childs on behalf of the client CEG, recognising the ambitious plans to create a pioneering new community in the Aire Valley, near Leeds.
Located in the stunning natural landscape of the Kirkstall Valley, the 23ha site will provide a contemporary urban village for a new generation to live work and explore. A new train station opened in 2016, linking Kirkstall Forge to Central Leeds in just 6 minutes and Number One Kirkstall Forge offices opened in 2017. This summer prototypes for the first phase of housing will be tested before construction begins in earnest.
A sustainable visitor centre on the Holkham Reserve in Norfolk is one of 24 projects shortlisted by RIBA East for a regional award.
The Lookout was conceived out of a need to control the impact of visitors on the National Nature Reserve, to educate people about the effect of their visit on the Reserve, inform visitors about the diverse, rare and protected wildlife and to provide much-needed visitor facilities.
Designed by FCBStudios and delivered by Lucas + Western Architects, The Lookout was inspired by the landscape in which it sits, providing panoramic views of the wildlife and infinite horizons of the Reserve.
The winning projects will be announced at an awards ceremony on 9 May in Cambridge.
FCBStudios has joined the London Festival of Architecture as a Patron, supporting the world’s largest annual architecture festival. Last year over 600,000 people took part in the festival which continues to expand the boundaries of architectural discourse and ensure the voice of architecture in London is heard.
In 2019 FCBStudios is again supporting the LFA #SeeTheElephant campaign at MIPIM. The campaign works to ensure that discriminatory and exploitative behaviour that has harmed our industry is tackled rather than remaining an embarrassing elephant in the room.
Alongside Jestico + Whiles, Uniform Design and Peter Murray, we have designed one of the four elephant badges being worn by MIPIM delegates. You can pick up yours at the LFA stand at the London Stand.
FCBStudios Architect Chris Allen sets off for MIPIM as part of Club Peloton’s Cycle To Cannes fundraising ride.
“The bags are packed and the training is done. I’ve endured all the crazy weather conditions of the last few months, from being buffeted by winds and losing feeling in my hands due to the cold, to riding in shorts in a February heatwave. It’s great to have got to the start line, alongside some other inspirational property professionals and riders, and I’m looking forward to both the ride and to MIPIM.”
The Cycle will cover almost 1,500km from London to Cannes over six days, arriving in time for the international real estate show MIPIM on 12 March. Chris is one of 150 property professionals raising money for Club Peloton charities, including Cyclists Fighting Cancer, Tom’s Trust, Multiple System Atrophy Trust & main recipient Coram.
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In the 2019 Building Design Architect of the Year Awards, FCBStudios have been shortlisted in the Refurbishment Architect of the Year and the Higher Education Architect of the Year categories.
Higher Education continues to be a highly significant and rewarding area of work for FCBStudios.
In 2018 our international reputation for design quality and pioneering environmental expertise has been strengthened with the opening of the University of Toronto Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship, a collaboration with Montgomery Sisam Architects. In the UK we continue to enjoy working with repeat clients, including Manchester Metropolitan University on their new School of Digital Arts and the University of Bristol on the Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus. At the University of Warwick, we continue to work on the new Faculty of Arts Building, due to open in 2021.
The refurbishment of existing buildings and sites forms a valuable part of FCBStudios’ workload and informs many other areas of our design work. Our approach to existing buildings is always led by a deep understanding of their materiality, their aesthetic and social context and the physical context and importance of the building today.
In 2018, we completed two of the most significant refurbishments in our 40-year history. Our restoration and redesign of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery at the Southbank Centre provided the buildings with a new lease of life and a low maintenance future. Also in London, our regeneration has breathed new life into the East Wing of Alexandra Palace, integrating a new technical infrastructure while retaining the unique character of its historic spaces.
We believe that design and conservation are inseparable. The re-use of buildings is an integral part of creating sustainable architecture – recycling buildings and renovating places is possibly the most sustainable approach of all.
Winners will be announced on 1 May 2019.
CEG has announced it will deliver two prototype homes at Kirkstall Forge in Leeds prior to the first phase of construction beginning. The two prototype houses will start on site this month and complete late summer when members of the design team will stay in the fully furnished three and five-bed homes, rigorously testing elements of the home including kitchens and bathrooms.
Following their feedback, improvements will be made to finesse the final product before construction begins on the first phase of 112 contemporary homes.
The design of the houses maximises space and light with high ceilings and tall windows. They will offer open plan living opening out onto gardens and terraces across different floors, with many roof verandas providing fantastic views of the valley.
Aisling Ramshaw, head of sales and marketing – Kirkstall Forge, said: “These prototypes are important as they will help to ensure every detail of the design has been considered and tested. Often what looks great on plan can be very different in terms of the practical use of a space. By living in these homes our team will put all aspects of the design thinking to the test.”
The 800-year industrial heritage of the area is paving the way for a thriving mixed-use community set in a wooded riverside valley. Ultimately the site will deliver 1,050 new homes, 300,000 sqft of offices and 100,000 sq ft of retail, leisure and community space.
Keith Bradley, Partner at FCBStudios, said: “We are delivering a whole new neighbourhood in the beautiful Aire Valley, with reference to the likes of Saltaire, which historically provided a place to live, work and play. This reference to the best of the past is combined with a contemporary vision for a 21st-century neighbourhood, making this new settlement both authentic and progressive.
The houses are a reinterpretation of a traditional Yorkshire terrace with spacious, open plan layouts which connect with the slopes of the valley at various levels to access gardens and roof terraces.”
From 12-14 March FCBStudios will be at MIPIM, Cannes, the world’s leading real estate exhibition and conference.
Architect Chris Allen will also be cycling to MIPIM with Club Peloton. The ride will cover almost 1,500km from London to Cannes over six days, arriving in time for MIPIM. Chris will be one of 150 property professionals raising money for Club Peloton charities, including the children's charity Coram.
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The Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has announced that Broadcasting Place will be recognized with an award of excellence in the ‘10 Year Award’ category at their annual conference. The award recognises the proven value and performance of the building, over a decade in operation.
Broadcasting Place is a mixed-use development close to Leeds City Centre which provides approximately 110,000 square feet of office and teaching space and 240 student residences, alongside a public space and Baptist Church. Designed for Downing and Leeds Beckett University, the 23-storey Corten clad building is among the ten tallest buildings in Leeds and certainly one of the most striking. The development was designed to be sustainable in operation, with a long lifespan and adaptable enough to be able to evolve and change in use as required by the University.
Alex said “Broadcasting Place shows that it is possible to build bold contemporary architecture in sensitive contexts and that tall buildings can both complement and contrast successfully with their surroundings. I was born and brought up in Leeds and it makes me very proud that our lasting contribution to the architectural legacy of the city continues to be recognised by the CTBUH.”
Planning permission has been granted for 267 homes on the site of the former HMP Kingston in Portsmouth.
The prison was a category B facility for life-sentence convicts, situated in the Fratton area of Portsmouth. Completed in 1877 to designs by local Architect George Rake, and now Grade-II listed, it was one of a series of Victorian prisons based on an experimental radial layout, with wings arranged around a central rotunda.
Working with City & Country Group in a joint venture with Vivid Homes, FCBStudios have developed plans for the conservative repair and conversion of the historic buildings. The development will deliver 191 new build dwellings alongside the conversion of cells, chapel and infirmary buildings to 76 new flats, all set within landscaping by Grant Associates.
In an amendment to the 2016 planning and listed building consent, the total number of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom dwellings has been increased from 230 to 267, 183 of which will now be affordable housing delivered by Vivid Homes.
Richard Collis, Partner at FCBStudios said: “We are very happy to see consents granted for this scheme. This project has been an interesting challenge for us – to find an appropriate balance between retaining the setting and character of a range of significant prison buildings, whilst using appropriate designs for new buildings and landscape design to create a contemporary and inviting residential identity, and provide much needed residential accommodation within Portsmouth.”
Long Live Southbank and Southbank Centre have appointed Lambeth based construction firm Henny Limited to carry out construction work to the Southbank Undercroft.
Henny Ltd specialises in paving, flooring and heritage restoration works and will complete the four month programme to reinstate the physical makeup of the Undercroft to the exact 1960s design and to merge seamlessly with the current skate space, as seen in this visualisation. The plans will restore iconic parts of the Undercroft including the much loved Small Banks and Wooden Ledges, legendary in skateboarding history but closed off for more than a decade.
Stuart Maclure of LLSB said "We're really pleased to share this news after a long period of fundraising and wanted to extend a massive thank you to everyone who has helped us get to where we are today”
More information can be found at www.llsb.com
In November 2017, a group of architects, engineers and a photographer, including FCBStudios Managing Partner, Geoff Rich, cycled 550km over 10 days visiting health centres between Mandalay and Yangon, with charity Article 25.
As well as raising £35,000 for the charity, the cyclists visited 10 Rural Health Centres (RHC), a primary school and a township hospital to survey their facilities and get an insight into the challenges and successes of the existing healthcare infrastructure. This study into existing centres and the context in which they operate has informed the new Article 25 design guide for RHCs in Myanmar, which was launched in London this week and will be launched in Myanmar next week.
Rural Health Centres play a crucial role in Myanmar's healthcare system, especially for people living in remote rural areas where geographical and financial limitations make access to healthcare difficult. It was imperative to create practical and effective designs with the aim of supporting the improvement of existing and the construction of new health centres.
The publication provides guidelines to help facilitate architects, engineers, medical professionals and organisations involved in the development of RHC's to design adequate, safe and functional facilities.
Geoff said “This is a good news story for the future development of the health infrastructure in Myanmar and beyond. Article 25 is making very good progress on their project at the Yangon General Hospital and early reports show the design guide being very well received by government, universities, practitioners and designers in Myanmar.”
You can download the design guide book and poster here.
Kirkstall Forge has been shortlisted in three categories in the Leeds Architecture Awards: New Buildings; Public Realm & Landscape Design; and Regeneration Schemes.
Kirkstall Forge is a pioneering new neighbourhood in Leeds, masterplanned by FCBStudios for CEG. Located within the stunning natural landscape of the Kirkstall Valley along the banks of the River Aire, this 23-hectare site will be a contemporary urban village creating spaces for a new generation to live, work, and explore. The first phase of housing is due to start on site this year.
The Leeds Architecture Awards aim to promote a sense of pride in the new developments that are reshaping the city of Leeds and making a major contribution to its future development and prosperity. They recognise and reward innovation, sustainability and the teamwork that is at the heart of successful development and regeneration.
The Awards will be announced on Thursday 28 February 2019 at Leeds Town Hall.
A joint venture between Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design and CampbellReith has been selected by Homes England for its 2019-2023 Multidisciplinary Panel – extending its appointment by a further four years following the initial 2014 selection process.
It is one of 20 specialist teams joining the panel set up via the OJEU process to provide Homes England and other public sector bodies with rapid and cost-effective access to professionals who will help deliver new development. Local authorities, healthcare trusts and authorities, education establishments, registered providers and government departments can all use the framework at no cost.
The Tibbalds CampbellReith JV stands out for bringing together smaller and mid-sized firms, including architecture, planning, engineering, ecology, property consultancy, project and cost management, and landscape architecture practices, to provide the technical coverage of a large organisation with the responsiveness and flexibility of SMEs. FCBStudios is pleased to be part of the team.
David Innes, Senior Partner at CampbellReith, said: "We are extremely proud to have been re-appointed to the Homes England Framework and this is a significant achievement. The success of our tender is testimony to the quality and approach that the Tibbalds CampbellReith JV has provided in the delivery of many successful projects on the current framework. We are looking forward to developing this approach through the new framework. Our experience over the past four years has provided an understanding of how we can best support the development objectives of Homes England and other public sector bodies that make use of the framework and we have expanded and strengthened our team to ensure that we can continue to provide a high quality, consistent and responsive national service over a wider range of projects."
Under the JV’s original term starting in 2014, projects brought forward include estate regeneration for the London Boroughs of Camden and Lambeth, major new housing developments including Manydown in Hampshire and an award-winning Design Code for Northstowe in Cambridgeshire, as well as redevelopment of brownfield sites for residential development including HMP Wealstun in Yorkshire, the former Whittingham Hospital in Lancashire, the former Electrolux site in Spennymoor and former Magistrates Court in Consett, both in County Durham, and the former china clay factory at Coypool Park in Devon. Under the framework, FCBStudios designed a housing scheme in Battersea to deliver 71 council homes for social rent, which received planning permission in 2017.
FCBStudios Managing Partner, Ian Taylor has joined UCL IEDE as Visiting Professor of Environmental Design and Architecture.
UCL IEDE pursues a deeper understanding of the interactions between the built environment and health, human wellbeing, productivity, energy use and climate change and is part of the Bartlett UCL's global faculty of the built environment.
Ian has lectured and supported research within the department since 2005. For the past ten years, he has been involved with the MSc in Environmental Design and Engineering at UCL and has led FCBStudios joint research projects with UCL. He has been instrumental in the creation and development of the recently launched MEng in Engineering and Architectural Design and continues to proactively advise on the evolution of courses to ensure they continue to meet the needs of a future environmentally challenged society. He has an ambition to establish cross-disciplinary research links and a potential new research project in the next five year period, involving architectural, building services, acoustics, spatial perception, and structural disciplines, with potential links with the Universities of Cambridge, Bath and Harvard.
Ian Taylor said “Current climate predictions on the impact of world carbon emissions demonstrate the serious threat to our future way of life and the comfortable occupation of buildings. There are imperative changes needed to try to avert the most serious consequences: for example we need to improve the performance of existing UK homes that will still constitute 85% of the total in use in 2050, and for new build, with a construction cycle of three years from brief to occupation, we only have four end-to-end opportunities to learn how to address these changes by 2030. I look forward to continuing research with The Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering (IEDE) and supporting the new MEng Architectural and Engineering Design course run collaboratively with the Bartlett School of Architecture and UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering (CEGE) which offers students opportunities to help address the issues ahead.”
Alan Penn, Dean of the Bartlett said “I’m very excited that Ian Taylor is joining us at The Bartlett as visiting professor. The Bartlett has had a long association with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBStudios). and values the engagement with the practice. Ian’s experience will be a tremendous value to both the staff and students at UCL’s Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering.”
FCBStudios Partner Geoff Rich, Architect Pete Mitchell and Architectural Assistant Katie Shannon led students from Liverpool University School of Architecture (LSA) and landscape architects Planit-IE to create a pop-up installation in University Square as part of the annual ‘Spring School’ workshops.
The four-day workshop saw 15 multi-disciplinary, cross-year students bring their perspective to one of the main public spaces on campus. Through observing behaviour, collecting data and interviewing users of University Square, the group was able to build a picture of how people use the space and describe their reactions to it.
University Square was found to be well-used, but also seen as ‘hard’ and ‘lacking something’. In response to their survey findings, the group designed and installed a temporary installation intended to bring some joy to the space. The structure – dubbed the ‘happy tunnel’ by the group – was a sensory spatial experience which passers-by of all ages interacted with, bringing smiles to a January day. Many of the space’s users also showed their support for the installation – and for more like it in future - by posing for a quick smiley photo!
Geoff Rich said “The students really embraced the challenge of observing, researching, designing and implementing the intervention into public space and we all delighted in seeing the response a small action can evoke and the power of engaging with people in space.”
FCBStudios and Planit-IE are currently working with the University of Liverpool to create a masterplan to reinvigorate the city campus and integrate it better into the City. The research and insights from the workshops, including nearly 150 interviews with members of the public, will act as just one of the research streams feeding into our designs.
The next phase of the renovation of Shrewsbury's historic Flaxmill Maltings is set to commence, continuing our work with Historic England to restore and develop the listed building complex.
Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings is the oldest surviving iron-framed structure in the world, currently undergoing repair and adaptive reuse to develop a vibrant centre for living, working, social enterprise and leisure as part of a wider mixed-use development for the site and economic regeneration of this area of Shrewsbury.
The first phase of work was completed in September 2018, with the temporary roof removed from the roof for the first time in a decade. Over the next 15 months, repairs and structural work will take place on the Grade II listed Kiln, as well as the Grade I listed Main Mill’s engine houses and the Jubilee Tower.
Finishing in April 2020, these works will pave the way for the final stage of the restoration of these two buildings before they reopen in 2021.
In December, the Theatre welcomed over 24,000 people who attended one of 33 performances from Horrible Histories, the BBC Concert Orchestra, Courtney Pine, Gilbert & George and more.
Louise Stewart, CEO of Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust, said: “This project has achieved so much for the Palace, not just the physical restoration but our ability to engage new audiences and deliver a broader spectrum of entertainment. None of this would have been possible without the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and Haringey Council, Trusts and Foundations and the thousands of donations from the public. We are delighted with the audience response. December was an incredible showcase for the building, our team and our Creative Learning programme. There is much more to come in 2019 and we are looking forward to welcoming everyone back to London’s oldest new theatre.”
The East Wing Restoration Project was made possible with the support of the National Lottery and Haringey Council.
Due to complete in March for tenant fit-out, The Beam is the first building to be constructed on the former Vaux Brewery site in Sunderland.
This new 60,000sqft riverside office building has a strong environmental agenda. It is low energy, naturally ventilated and passively cooled. It is focussed around a sheltered, raised courtyard which will be verdantly planted and bring fresh air deep into the core of the building.
“The opening of The Beam is a 'vital' moment for Sunderland,” said Sunderland Councillor Graeme Miller. “This is the first building block in the development of the Vaux site as a key element of our new city centre. This building is a 21st Century workplace, built with the workforce in mind. Its green credentials are second to none, it is light, it is airy."
The five-storey building will provide high-quality speculative office space overlooking the River Wear and the Wearmouth Bridge. At ground floor level, it is suitable for a bar, café and restaurant, setting the tone for the wider, future Vaux development.
FCBStudios Architect, Chris Allen, follows in the pedal strokes of FCBStudios Partners Geoff Rich and Simon Carter, to join Cycle to MIPIM this year.
The Cycle will cover almost 1,500km from London to Cannes over six days, arriving in time for the international real estate show MIPIM in March 2019. Chris will be one of 150 property professionals raising money for Club Peloton charities, including the children's charity Coram.
Chris said “I am looking forward to representing FCBStudios on this year’s Cycle to MIPIM. Training has already introduced me to inspiring fellow property professionals and I look forward to our adventure ahead. Cycling has had a positive impact on my health and wellbeing and it is heartening that my time in the saddle will be in support of such important charities.”
Please consider sponsoring Chris to support Coram and other Club Peloton charities.
Read Cycling Culture, Simon Carter’s explore journal on FCBStudios and our bike culture.
Plans to expand and rebuild Rotherhithe Primary School have been submitted to the London Borough of Southwark.
Helen Roberts, Partner at FCBStudios said “The new buildings for Rotherhithe Primary School will transform the existing school’s estate, replacing the exhausted 1970s single storey buildings and expanding the capacity of the school to 630 children plus a 60 place nursery. The scheme is conceived is ‘a school in a garden’, extending the green of Southwark Park into the site to create a protected outdoor environment for the children, which the new buildings will frame. The school hall will be brought right up to Hawkstone Road to give the school an appropriately civic identity – which it is currently lacking.”
This is FCBStudios’ second school in Southwark, following The Charter School East Dulwich, the first phase of which has just opened.
Budapest South Gate is probably the largest masterplanning competition in the history of Hungary's capital city. It proposes a brand new student city with12,000 student homes within a public park on the banks of the Danube that also hosts sports facilities including an athletics stadium and an extreme sports centre.
FCBStudios were among 18 shortlisted teams, coming second to Snøhetta Architects in an international invited competition. The scheme was a collaboration between Buro Happold, Grant Associates, Thomas Matthews and Hungarian partners Czirják Szabó Építészeti és Mérnöki Kft and Tarka Építész MÅ±terem.
Akos Juhasz, Associate at FCBStudios said “Our scheme brings together the strands that create a new urban DNA for a successful city. Making full use of the riverside position, we have proposed a plan which combines heritage and innovation, shared and individual, natural and urban to encourage healthy, diverse communities to develop and thrive in South Budapest.”
The judges described the masterplan as “a very accomplished project which was thoughtful, intelligent, and comprehensive. The concept of creating a ‘new genetic code’ for Budapest was ambitious, and the project presentation was clearly organised to support this idea.”
Read the full evaluation here.
…and all the best for the New Year.
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios will be closed for the holidays from 12.30 pm on Monday 24 December until 9 am on Wednesday 2 January.
We look forward to seeing you in the New Year.
In the words of Bob and Roberta Smith, should ‘All schools be art schools?’ If so how do we support that proposition? Do physical buildings still have a role to play in nurturing creative communities and what kind of spaces best provide for the needs of art and design?
We invited some of our creative education clients to the Southbank Undercroft, to take over the space and create installations based on either the buildings we designed for them or the Southbank itself, with fantastic results. The artworks were critiqued by key arts education figures, beginning a dialogue about the role of creative education which blossomed into an insightful and entertaining debate. On Tuesday evening we hosted a debate on the theme of Space for Creativity.
Space for creativity was chaired by Peter Clegg, Founding Partner, FCBStudios and ignited by short provocations from our four speakers: Clare Lilley, Director of Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park; Samantha Cairns, Co-Director, Cultural Learning Alliance; Andrew Brewerton, Principal & Chief Executive, and FCBStudios Partner Tom Jarman. Talking about all aspects of education, from 3 to 23, in and out of the classroom, it was agreed and backed up with research, that creativity in all forms is key to education.
Read more on our Explore Journal.
The first phase of new homes marks the beginning of the transformation of the historic former Filton Airfield into a thriving new neighbourhood for Bristol.
YTL Developments has submitted a reserved-matters planning application for 278 new homes at the historic Filton Airfield site. The new homes will be the first phase in the development of a new neighbourhood in North Bristol, to be known as Brabazon.
Designed by FCBStudios, the new homes at Brabazon will be spacious, accessible and environmentally efficient. This first phase includes a range of high-quality family homes, private apartments and affordable properties, all set within attractive gardens and community spaces.
Sebastian Lyon, Technical Director of Development, YTL Developments said “We are working with world-renowned architects to create beautiful homes, parks and public facilities. This inaugural phase of development which pushes design and interior space and champions neighbourhoods and community will set the benchmark for Brabazon as it takes off.”
Andy Theobald, Partner at architects FCBStudios said “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to create a highly sustainable residential quarter, where quality, contemporary housing is set within a social environment. Through a diversity of house type and the arrangement of public and private space we have designed a vibrant new neighbourhood that will encourage community.”
One of the key design aspirations is to provide a range of transport options for residents. The plans create places and public spaces at a scale that prioritises pedestrians. The tree-lined streets will offer seating and play space to encourage neighbourliness and interaction among residents. Car parking is provided off-street and a network of cycle and pedestrian paths will connect with Bristol’s wider green infrastructure and ecological corridors, helping to promote sustainability within the new neighbourhood.
Subject to planning permission, development would commence in summer 2019 with homes available for sale in 2020.
This month, the four FCBStudios came together to celebrate 40 years of the practice and 20 years of the London Studio (as well as 10 years of the Manchester studio and 5 years of the Belfast studio).
The week of celebrations saw the Southbank Undercroft filled with artworks created by our creative education clients and their students and events including an inspiring review of the work created, a lively debate about the current state and future of creative education, and a party with our clients and collaborators.
Our annual FCBStudios Awayday rounded off the week on Friday. Staff from the four offices came together in the Southbank Undercroft to watch ten short films, each created by one of the practice’s 10 groups. The films explored themes of place, space, transformation and creativity through our projects, people and surroundings.
The films and presentations were followed by an opportunity to visit the recently refurbished Hayward Gallery and Queen Elizabeth Hall, with dinner and music from our Belfast ‘Ukes of Hazard’ and London 'Nkomba’ to round off the day.
Manchester Metropolitan University’s exciting plans for a £35m School of Digital Arts (SODA), designed by FCBStudios, have been approved by Manchester City Council.
SODA, which is being supported by grant funding from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and an Industry Advisory Board chaired by Danny Boyle, will house subjects that span film, animation, UX design, photography, games design, AI and more. This will ensure Greater Manchester has the skills base urgently needed to support this continued growth.
Simon Doody, Partner at FCBStudios said "We are thrilled for our client, Manchester Metropolitan University, that planning permission has been secured for this educationally significant project. The building will house a new generation of graduates that will develop skills to respond to future shifts in digital media – shifts that are shaping all of our lives. Being our sixth commission for Manchester Metropolitan, it also represents our commitment, as a practice, to this exciting and dynamic institution."
Construction has started on two new Quad buildings for Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) which form the next phase of the Institutes’ campus masterplan for Grangegorman.
FCBStudios and AHR were appointed by the Eriugena consortium to design the Central and East Quads respectively for the new Grangegorman Campus. The €220million quads will deliver over 50,000sqm of academic space and will act as landmarks at the heart of the campus, inspiring the students and staff who use the facilities daily as well as adding new dimensions to the DIT vision of connecting with the community and the city.
DIT, with its partners ITB and ITT, will become Ireland’s first Technological University (TU Dublin) in January 2019. The DIT campus at Grangegorman will be central to the new university, which will also have full-service campuses in Tallaght and Blanchardstown. Once complete, the Grangegorman Campus will bring DIT’s 20,000 students across all disciplines to one location. The two new quads will accommodate academic activities and facilities for a total of thirteen Schools of health, sciences, engineering, arts and tourism, creating a research and innovation hub for the University.
Central Quad, designed by FCBStudios, is a contemporary and dynamic interpretation of the collegiate Quad model. It will house shared teaching and learning facilities for the University and create an open and welcoming space to foster and encourage collaboration.
Simon Carter, Partner at FCBStudios said: “We have designed a building that will help the University to bring its staff, its students and also the wider community together, to talk more, learn more, collaborate more and together have a greater presence locally and internationally. We have adopted a rigorous approach to blending formal and informal learning to ensure that every part of the Central Quad is considered a learning setting.”
East Quad, designed by AHR, will provide a centre of excellence for creative and performing arts and media at DIT. It features a series of dramatic atria spaces which provide a focus and identity for each of the Schools, within a publicly accessible environment which will host concerts and exhibitions throughout the year.
The East and Central Quad buildings at the DIT Grangegorman campus are set for completion and occupation in September 2020.
Southbank Centre has been awarded Refurb of the Year (over £20 million) in the AJ Architecture Awards.
“The practice has succeeded brilliantly,” according to the jury, which had high praise for the respect FCBS showed for the post-war complex and the way in which it integrated old and new in the iconic Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery. “This was a job with enormous implications for the public, but they got it right. Even the plant room is beautiful”, said one judge.”The job was evidence of an architect ‘in love with the project.”
The AJ Architecture Awards are in their second year. In addition to outstanding design, judges consider each project in detail, assessing how it has met or exceeded the brief, how it has promoted client or community engagement, and how it has excelled in the use of space or sense of place. Mary Duggan, Sam Jacob and Eva Jiricna were among the expert judges of the award.
Winners were announced at a Gala Dinner at the Roundhouse on 4 December culminating in three special awards: AJ Building of the Year, AJ Architect of the Year and AJ Editor’s Choice Award.
Largely hidden for over 80 years, the finishing touches were made for the re-opening of Alexandra Palace’s East Court and Theatre this weekend. The reopening follows the completion of a hugely ambitious, three-year East Wing Restoration Project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Haringey Council.
The regeneration of the Victorian Theatre and East Court of the People’s Palace reinvigorates this spectacular building and, through the discreet integration of technical infrastructure, enables it to become a significant theatrical and cultural venue for London once more.
The formerly neglected spaces offer their own particular delight and historic significance. Built on a monumental scale, and the twin of the West Wing’s Palm Court, the East Court was once a grand exhibition space, part of a wider experience of promenade and spectacle so beloved of the Victorian public. The 19th-century theatre, dark for over eighty years, bears a highly atmospheric patina of age. It is a true ‘found space’, a miraculous survivor of decades of disuse and the disastrous fire in 1980 that destroyed much of the Palace.
The spaces newly opened to the public will support and broaden the Palace's eclectic cultural programme, providing new ways for the public to use and enjoy the “People’s Palace”. The East Court is now open all day as a welcoming communal space, with a café and Creative Learning Zone for visiting schools groups to follow in the new year. Famed for its innovations in creativity, learning and public entertainment, visitors will learn about the extraordinary history of Alexandra Palace, the colourful characters who have made their name there and will have the chance to create their own connections and memories.
Louise Stewart, Chief Executive of Alexandra Palace, said: “This December, people from London and beyond will be able to explore this incredible space that has been hidden from the public.
Matt Somerville, Associate at FCBStudios said:“When we first arrived it was clear that what makes these spaces unique, especially the theatre, was evocative legibility of its past: its use as a theatre, then a cinema, as a prop store by the BBC and its subsequent abandonment, these could all be read in the fabric of the building. This created a space with a very powerful character.
"In bringing it back to life we’ve done an enormous amount of work so the Theatre can support a diversity of uses and formats it could never accommodate before – but most of this work is behind the scenes, hidden from view. Above all, it felt important not to erase the character of the space, that tangible sense of perspective across its 140-year history. We’ve added another distinct layer to that story, but it’s one of many.”
FCBStudios Partner, Andy Theobald travelled to the festival in Amsterdam to present the masterplan for a pioneering new neighbourhood in Leeds.
Located within the stunning natural landscape of the Kirkstall Valley along the banks of the River Aire, this 23-hectare site will provide a contemporary urban village creating spaces for a new generation to live, work, and explore.
A new railway station opened in 2016 connecting the village with Leeds in just 6 minutes and the first office building in autumn 2017. The first phase of housing is expected to start on site in 2019. The whole masterplan is expected to complete by 2030.
The Footprint Project is a £19.3 million programme of capital works and interpretation which provides highly innovative and sustainable solutions to the Abbey’s present and future needs. It reinforces Bath Abbey’s place at the centre of the UNESCO World Heritage City of Bath: A place of worship, a home to the community, a place with a rich history and a rich future.
Although the Footprint Project was initiated in 2010 and several preparatory phases have been completed, over the last 12 months it has begun to deliver its extraordinary transformational results that the public can see, feel and connect with.
In December last year, the final permission was granted for the main work to begin within the Abbey – approval from the Consistory Court of the Church of England allowing the Abbey to remove the pews in the main body of the church and replace them with removable chairs once the historic floor has been repaired.
Work started on site in May 2018, launching the first phase of the three-year programme. The pews have been lifted at the East End of the Abbey to expose the floor for the first time in 150 years. Archaeologists have been working with teams of volunteers to document every one of the ledger stones before they are lifted for storage and conservation while the floor is stabilised. During these excavations, objects have been discovered which give us deeper insight into the history of the Abbey.
Geoff Rich, Partner at FCBStudios said “At Bath Abbey we are rediscovering the most amazing stories of the building. Bath is one of only two World Heritage Cities and the Abbey is arguably Bath’s largest and most important historic building.”
FCBStudios Architectural Assistant Sarah Maafi has been awarded first prize in a student competition for lightweight design.
Sarah, who graduated from Leibniz Universität Hannover this year, was awarded the prize for ‘Waldlied’, her design for a cantilevered roof made from engineered timber which would create an open exhibition space. By consolidating all structural elements into two loadbearing laminated timber cores, Sarah proposed a lightweight and sustainable structure for a waterside location in the Harz mountains in Germany.
The jury said: “The design succeeds through its contextual, spatial and constructive qualities. Positioned immediately on the edge of a reservoir, it sits poetically within the landscape, making an elegant and light architectural impression. The seemingly floating roof represents its lightweight construction method. Overall, the work combines design quality with technical depth and constructive precision.”
The competition was open to all student architects and interior architects. Download the competition catalogue here.
The prize is awarded to a partnership where culture and creativity are used in branding and marketing activity and is embedded in the identity of a business. FCBStudios and PLACE have collaborated over a number of initiatives over the past four years, including Open House Belfast, Exclave, an experimental art commission, a talks series called ‘What’s the Big Idea?’ and ‘Infinite City’, a recent podcast series.
FCBStudios Architect, Cormac Maguire said “Fundamental to our partnership is a shared interest in increasing standards of architecture and design in Northern Ireland. Our collaboration to date has had the ability to research and test new ideas while at the same time creating a legacy by staying close to our collective goals of engaging new audiences and connecting people and place.”
The partnerships making up the shortlist reflect strong creative connections between the worlds of arts and business, showcasing the strength and success of commerce and culture when merged and creating something amazing together. Winners will be announced at a ceremony on 24 January 2019.
Trafford Council has given its approval to the FCBStudios led masterplan for the Civic Quarter and consultation on the scheme starts this week before it is formally adopted in the New Year.
The Civic Quarter project covers a 120-acre site, taking in the Town Hall, Lancashire Cricket Club and the intended University Academy 92 (UA92).
The masterplan for the area features new public realm, options for buildings of up to 20 storeys, a new leisure centre and a ‘processional route’ between the tram stop and Manchester United’s Old Trafford Stadium. Central to the plan is a 3.7 acre civic square which fronts onto a ‘wellbeing route’ with shared surfaces for vehicles, a cycle lane and a running track.
The Council, along with partners Bruntwood and Lancashire Cricket Club and consultants FCBStudios, Planit-IE and GVA HOW Planning, is calling for people’s views on the proposed masterplan with public consultation events taking place in November and December and online feedback open until 14 December.
Ernst ter Horst, Associate at FCBStudios said "We’re looking forward to hearing people’s thoughts on these early proposals. As a Stretford resident myself I’m enthused by the real potential of the scheme to improve the area for the better. The ingredients are there in abundance and we want to make sure the recipe is absolutely right.”
Leader of Trafford Council, Cllr Andrew Western, said: “The Civic Quarter Masterplan presents a fantastic opportunity to further develop local amenities, improve community use of the area and completely transform our public spaces. The plans aim to create a fantastic place for those who live and work here, so please take the time to tell us what you want: your views are vital in shaping this amazing project.”
Nominated by her team as "the true definition of an inspiring leader for the next generation of office talent," Amanda has been recognised for her incredible leadership skills, positivity, clarity of communication and ability to motivate with trust, humour and empathy.
Amanda said “I am very touched to have received this accolade. I was fortunate to have strong mentors when I was a young graduate which went a long way to me becoming the architect I am today. By sharing my knowledge, experience and passion, I hope to pass on a similar grounding to the next generation. For me, communication is key to being a leader, alongside developing a mutual trust and respect with my teams, so everyone - including myself - can develop and grow in their careers.”
Amanda heads up the FCBStudios’ workplace sector alongside Alex Whitbread. She is currently leading on two commercial buildings and an events pavilion within the Circle Square development in Manchester, as well as the design development of two speculative office blocks as part of the first phase of the masterplan to redevelop the South Bank area of Leeds.
Katrina Kostic Samen, President of the BCO, added: “My congratulations! The nomination demonstrated the esteem in which Amanda is held by her colleagues, both professionally and personally. She clearly leads with courage and conviction and should be very proud, well done.”
To coincide with World Lemur Day, Bristol Zoo is launching a fundraising campaign to build a new research centre in Madagascar, allowing conservationists from the Society to better study lemurs in their natural habitat, and to ultimately help save them from extinction.
Designed by FCBStudios, with Buro Happold and Grant Associates, the much-needed research centre will allow conservations to better study lemurs in their natural habitat, and to ultimately help save them from extinction.
The new facility, called the Ankarafa field station, is being built in the north-western Sahamalaza-Iles Radama National Park. It will include a laboratory, accommodation for researchers, a manager’s office, dining and living areas and a kitchen.
Dr Christoph Schwitzer, chief zoological officer at Bristol Zoological Society, is a world-leading expert in lemurs and has been studying them for almost 20 years. He said: “Our new research facility will play an important role in allowing our scientists, and conservationists from Madagascar and all over the world, to study lemurs in greater depth, in their natural habitat, to better understand their behaviour and ecology. This enables us to work with local organisations to create informed conservation management plans to help protect them for the future.”
The long-term aim is for the centre to become internationally renowned for developing solutions to conservation problems and become a destination for Malagasy and international scientists. It will also provide work for local people as guides, managers and field researchers. To find out more about Bristol Zoological Society’s Madagascar project, or to make a donation to the campaign, visit www.bristolzoo.org.uk/save-wildlife/conservation-and-research/ankarafa-field-station
The Making History Project at St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff, is a six-year project which has refurbished the main entrance building, created new spaces for learning and collections research and created three new galleries which combine Wales’ social history and archaeology collections.
Gweithdy, designed by FCBStudios, celebrates the culture, heritage and skills of Welsh craft in a new gallery, workshop and visitor hub for the Museum. Visitors are encouraged to draw inspiration from the crafts on display in the gallery and try their hand at traditional skills. Integrated into the renewed 19th Century woodland setting, the building is an exemplar for environmentally responsible architecture and reflects its environment through its form and materiality.
Last night, Belfast City Council unanimously approved the very first ‘Build to Rent’ apartment scheme for the city, a 16 storey (52m) tall building on Academy Street.
Sam Tyler, Partner at FCBStudios said “The building form and materials take cues from the city’s industrial heritage. The project will dramatically improve the quality of the built environment in the area and make a positive contribution to the city as a whole. The 90 residential units will add vibrancy to this quarter of the city and provide diversity of residential type to balance the emerging student residential schemes. We sought to complement adjacent historic buildings with high-quality contemporary architecture and are pleased that the building’s design has received support and been granted permission by the city council.”
The proposal is the fifth scheme in the city by joint venture Lacuna Watkin Jones, who have invested a total £120m in three years in the city. Work on the scheme is expected to start in January 2019, with the aim of completion by early 2020.
Ahead of a planning application being submitted, plans for a new visitor attraction within the disused Portland Stone Mines, extensive gardens and a visitor centre are being exhibited for consultation in Portland, Dorset.
‘Eden Portland’ is proposed by Memo, Jurassica and Eden International and will create a subterranean visitor experience housed in over one linear kilometre of dramatic exhausted Portland Stone mines. It will transform Jordan’s Mine with multi art-form exhibitions combining digital technologies and stone carving. The project will be designed by FCBStudios, the landscape masterplan is by Grant Associates and exhibition design is by Eden and Thinc Design.
The cliff-top location will take advantage of views and the visitor centre will respond to natural features of the landscape and reflect the quarry context. Key elements will include a community hub, education space, café and restaurant, ticketing and retail space. The Centre will be set within Quarryman’s gardens, a regenerated landscape with a wide range of habitats for biodiversity to be enjoyed by visitors and public with places to relax, learn and play.
The reinforced concrete frame of the new Learning and Teaching Building at the University of Southampton has been completed. A topping out ceremony took place with the whole project team present.
Construction work at the University of Southampton’s Centenary Building is on track with the building due to open for the 2019/2020 academic year. The building is to be named the ‘Centenary Building’ marking 100 years of the university campus at Highfield.
Photo by BAM
Southbank Centre, with its origins in the 1951 Festival of Britain, is one of the great democratic and imaginative buildings of the last century and holds a unique place in the London arts scene.
The restoration and redesign of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery was primarily a conservation project, replacing building services, improving environmental performance, upgrading infrastructure to support an ever-widening artistic programme, and improving disabled access for audiences and artists to give them a new lease of life and a lower energy, low maintenance future.
The works also replaced the Hayward Gallery’s iconic pyramid roof to complete the original 1960’s brief of bringing daylight to the upper galleries, as seen in the current exhibition Space Shifters with Richard Wilson’s 20:50 (1987), opened up the Queen Elizabeth Hall foyer to the river and added new back of house facilities.
The project was one of eleven shortlisted projects in the category from five countries.
The restoration of the East Wing of Alexandra Palace brings life back to the glazed East Court and 19th century Theatre through a series of sensitive, but far-reaching, interventions which will allow the Palace to fulfil its potential in hosting a diversity of uses.
The judges described the project as: “A sensitive and intelligent restoration of a theatre in north London, with a clever design strategy based on the concept of ‘arrested decay’. This has allowed a modest budget to bring a major performance space back to life. Light touch repair of the historic interior is combined successfully with new materials to create architectural poetry.”
The theatre will open fully in December 2018, and tickets for performances are available now.
CEG has submitted a planning application for the redevelopment of 20-36 High Street, a predominantly vacant 1960s building which sits opposite the Arndale Centre.
The £79 million proposals would deliver 361 new homes, offering a mix of 1 – 3 bedrooms at this sustainable city centre location, close to jobs, facilities and with exceptional connections to the transport network.
The ground floor and a double height mezzanine would offer a vibrant space for independent cafés, restaurants and shops, providing around 65 jobs. The scheme reopens the Stationer’s Court to become a public space connecting the High Street and the Northern Quarter.
The aspirations for the site include the regeneration of a prominent City Centre site, improvements to the pedestrian environment, a respect of the historical context, provision of independent retail spaces and an upgrade of the market facilities.
Alex Whitbread, Partner at FCBStudios, said: “Our design will create a grand mansion block at the corner of High Street and Church Street where the Northern Quarter and the city centre retail quarter meet.
“The architecture refers to the City’s past, drawing on the adjacent Debenhams and historic office buildings such as Sunlight House to create a new building which is distinctly and proudly Mancunian. The use of light ivory-white glazed ceramic tiles will also create a building that is light in colour and reflective in character.”
Public consultation events were held in July 2017 and July 2018, to ensure that local residents and businesses could actively engage and comment on the proposals. The majority of those who attended were keen to see its redevelopment and welcomed green spaces, inspiring architecture and the creation of a vibrant ground floor plaza providing places to eat, drink and shop.
FCBStudios’ Antonia Blege is one of the young black architects and architectural students highlighted in the RIBA’s Black History Month campaign.
The programme is highlighting the work of the current generation of black architects in celebration of Black History Month. During the month of October, the RIBA will showcase work of Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and newly qualified architects who have had an inspirational journey into architecture.
The nominees currently have their names displayed on the window of 76 Portland Place, and are the focus of a month-long profile-raising social media campaign, along with being given access to key industry events including the Stirling Prize. The month ends with an event at the RIBA to meet and celebrate the next generation of black architects, featuring speakers from various London creative collectives and networks supporting, inspiring and leading black architects into the future.
Antonia said “I believe representation from the black community matters within architecture. As architects, we are building for a diverse and multicultural world and all cultures should form part of the conversation.
I am a part of the PARADIGM Network and Black Female Architects Collective. These groups have been safe and supportive spaces in sharing diverse experiences and an opportunity to meet and connect with new people.
As a means of paying it forward, I have a very active approach in mentoring the next generation of talented black architects wanting to enter the profession. Specifically, those with little to no affiliations and connections within the industry / who would find it near impossible to break into the industry.
Other cultures bring a unique and different perspective to the table and this is why I am very passionate about the development, growth and future of black architects.”
FCBStudios £350m masterplan development for CEG South Bank is now progressing after a Section 106 agreement was signed.
In April 2018, Leeds City Council Plans Panel voted unanimously to approve CEG’s proposals for the 3.5 hectare site off Globe Road and Water Lane. The new mixed-use development will transform the Holbeck area, creating a new sustainable community in the centre of Leeds. The planning permission includes detailed permission for two office buildings by FCBStudios and outline permission for up to 750 new homes, office, retail, leisure, hotel, health, education and community uses alongside new public spaces and landscaping.
Work will start in November on the demolition of the former warehouse on Water Lane paving the way for development. A programme of archaeological excavation will uncover whatever remains on the site, which housed John Marshall's first two Mills in this area of Holbeck in the eighteenth century.
A model of FCBStudios' Ankarafa Field Station has been chosen by the curators for inclusion in the Royal West of England Open Exhibition 2018. The project, currently under development with Bristol Zoo will provide improved and sustainable facilities for the study of lemurs and other indigenous fauna in Madagascar.
FCBStudios designer Michael Lewis is also exhibiting his 'Sketchbook of an architecture student' in the RWA Open.
This year, the Architecture Centre has partnered with the RWA to re-enforce architecture as one of the four cornerstones of RWA, with a full room of the exhibition dedicated to architecture and design.
Speaking of the refocus toward architecture and the new partnership, RWA Director Alison Bevan said “The RWA has always had architecture, as well as fine art, at its heart, and yet for many years the Annual Open Exhibition has not reflected this. We’d love to dedicate a space to architecture this year – following on from a building-themed room last year – and very much hope that we see some great examples of architects’ work in all media.”
The Open Exhibition will run from 7 October – 25 November 2018. The architectural strand and exhibitors of architectural submissions will be celebrated during a private view evening and tour of the exhibition on Monday 15 October.
Two FCBStudios projects have been shortlisted in the AJ Architecture Awards. Royal Birmingham Conservatoire has been shortlisted in the Cultural category and Southbank Centre in the Refurb of the Year (over £20 million) category.
The AJ Architecture Awards are in their second year. In addition to outstanding design, judges will consider each project in detail, assessing how it has met or exceeded the brief, how it has promoted client or community engagement, and how it has excelled in the use of space or sense of place.
Mary Duggan, Sam Jacob and Eva Jiricna are among the expert judges who will visit every shortlisted project this autumn.
Winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner at the Roundhouse on 4 December culminating in three special awards: AJ Building of the Year, AJ Architect of the Year and AJ Editor’s Choice Award.
Last night, special guests Simon Mottram of Rapha and Will Butler-Adams of Brompton Bicycles shared their love of cycling at a celebratory dinner talk at FCBStudios.
FCBStudios, Peter Murray and Velocity Magazine welcomed 65 cycling enthusiasts to the studio for a dinner to mark 200 years of the bicycle and celebrate cycling in all its guises. The event raised funds for the Construction Industry Cycling Commission, to aid their campaigns to design and build safer cities for walking and cycling.
Will Butler-Adams said “Cycling has an elixir that is difficult to describe. There is a delight from the freedom we get from cycling in an urban environment. We need to pull people from under the ground to rediscover their city.”
Simon Mottram reflected on the growth of cycling as a sport: “We are all struggling for things to believe in. So it's not surprising that something where you come together as groups is really taking off. “
Read Simon Carter’s Explore Journal examining the deep-rooted cycling culture at the practice.
Young designers from FCBStudios joined up with the Forest of Imagination team again this year to transform Bath City Centre into a multi-sensory interactive art installation.
Forest of Imagination is an annual pop-up arts festival in Bath, which invites children of all ages to participate in creative activities and let their imaginations run free. Led by 5x5x5=creativity and Grant Associates, this year’s event inserted a series of ‘forests’ into the city centre, creating a playful trail of interactive installations from Kingsmead Square to the Bath Riverside.
Luke McNab led a team which designed and constructed a reading den to welcome storytellers and readers into a peaceful forest sanctuary. Harry Hewlett and Katie Shannon built new street furniture in Kingsmead Square and invited the public to sit and talk and to draw and write on the tables.
Alongside a cardboard maze, an inflatable forest, drawing machines, a recycled plastic bag Aerocene, birdsong, children’s workshops, clay modelling, storytelling and a lot of imagination, Bath was reimagined for the weekend as a creative hub and school without walls.
Restoration of the roof has been completed on the 1797 Grade 1 listed Main Mill at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings, marking a major milestone in the restoration of the buildings.
Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings was the first building in the world built with an iron frame and its design is the forerunner of the modern skyscraper. It was the city’s largest employer during the industrial revolution, manufacturing linen thread from flax. After it closed in 1886, it was reopened as a Malthouse for the brewing industry. Part of the complex was used as a barracks during the Second World War, and it was finally closed in 1987, falling into decline.
Historic England took ownership of the site in 2005 and FCBStudios have been acting as strategic advisors and architects to stabilise, repair and adapt the site to create a new learning and enterprise quarter for Shrewsbury.
The temporary roof has now been taken down, revealing the roof for the first time in a decade. Its unusual sawtooth profile has been carefully restored using Welsh slate and specially made cast iron gutters to match the original. Restored window openings required 30,000 new handmade bricks to match the original which were deliberately oversized to avoid a brick tax.
Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England, said: "This moment, seeing the scaffolding coming down after a decade, and the original roof completely restored, is a significant milestone in the project to restore Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings. The sensitively renovated building will create a much-needed hub for the area - of industry, learning, and creativity.”
Work continues and is scheduled to complete in 2021.
FCBStudios founding partner, Peter Clegg, has joined Kazuyo Sejima, Gloria Cabral, Elizabeth Diller and Joshua Bolchover on the grand jury of the RIBA International Prize 2018.
The 2018 RIBA International Prize is awarded to a building which exemplifies design excellence, architectural ambition and delivers meaningful social impact. The RIBA International Prize winner and RIBA Awards for International Excellence winners will be selected from the RIBA International List 2018 – a selection of the world’s best new buildings compiled from the entries to the awards.
The Prize, awarded every two years, brings international attention to the most inspirational and significant new buildings across the globe and also to a range of the industry's leading talents.
For this year’s London Design Festival, FCBStudios hosts and collaborates with Jelly for an exhibition displaying the work of six world-renowned illustrators. Together with a collection of their best work, the artists showcase their interpretation of a selection of FCBStudios’ most popular projects in their own signature style.
The artists were each paired with an FCBStudios project:
Alice Tye and the University of Roehampton Library
Plymouth School of Creative Arts by BIFF
Tishk Barzanji with Manchester School of Art
Alva Skog and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
James Dawe with Alexandra Palace
Accordia by Joe Waldron
Jason Cornish, FCBStudios said “Sketching and illustration is a very important part of
FCBStudios design culture, part of our day-to-day, it's our communication method, the way we convey and express ideas. Architecture Illustrated will add another chapter to this, challenging us, pushing the boundaries of creative collaboration. Having our buildings interpreted by Jelly’s top talent is an exciting prospect.”
Read interviews with the artists in our Explore journal.
The exhibition is part of the London Design Festival 2018 and runs weekdays from10 September - 26 October.
Last night, the FCBStudios Manchester hosted drinks to welcome clients, colleagues and friends to our new, larger premises at Carver’s Warehouse.
FCBStudios first established an office in Manchester in 2015 after nearly a decade of working successfully in and around the city centre, including three projects for Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU): the Stirling Prize-shortlisted School of Art, the award-winning Business School and new Student Union.
Since opening in Manchester, FCBStudios has continued to strengthen its commitment to working in the north of England, whilst growing to an overall practice size of almost 200 people. The Manchester office itself is home to 14 staff members, including a Manchester Life apprentice, and acts as a base for Partners and project teams visiting the city and its projects.
Managing Partner Geoff Rich said: “We love being in Manchester and feel now is the right time to invest in our next chapter in the city and the wider region. Our new office gives us better space for our design activities, and for hosting our clients, collaborators and visitors.”
Our current projects in Manchester include the Circle Square neighbourhood on the site of the former BBC Oxford Road campus in the heart of Corridor Manchester for Bruntwood and Select Property Group, three projects in Ancoats for Manchester Life, including the repurposing of Murrays’ Mills, a former steam-powered cotton mill, into a residential community, and ongoing work with MMU for its new International Screen School.
Further afield, FCBStudios are working on significant projects in Leeds, Liverpool, Shrewsbury and Stoke-on-Trent. In Leeds, the practice is working with CEG to develop a pioneering new neighbourhood at Kirkstall Forge and has also recently secured planning approval for CEG: South Bank Leeds, a new £350 million mixed-use community on a 3.5-hectare site just minutes from the southern entrance to Leeds City Station.
The eighth annual office-to-office cycle ride arrived safely at the FCBStudios Bath office yesterday. Eighteen cyclists from across the practice’s four offices came together for the social ride.
Two groups cycled from the London office to Bath over one and two-days arriving in Bath on Sunday afternoon for a well-earned beer and pizza having clocked up over 3000miles between them.
Chris Allen, Architect at FCBStudios, who organised the 2-day cycle commented: “Our scenic route weaved through 140 miles of countryside from London to Bath via Winchester, and created moments on and off the bike to make new friends and strengthen existing bonds.”
Follow their journeys here.
Work on the restoration of the Theatre is nearing completion but was paused to allow the Prom to take place, welcoming the BBC Concert Orchestra and the BBC Singers, conducted by Jane Glover for a performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury which premiered in 1875, the same year the Theatre first opened.
FCBStudios are leading a significant refurbishment of the East Wing of Alexandra Palace, undertaking a series of far-reaching interventions to create spaces that are fit for a diversity of uses they have never seen before. While the fabric of the building is consolidated and processes of deterioration addressed, the objective is not to restore but to conserve largely as found – to present these fragile spaces in a state of ‘arrested decay’. In this way a sense of perspective, of looking back into the Theatre’s 140-year history of spectacle, neglect and re-birth, is preserved.
Matt Somerville, Associate at FCBStudios said ‘This weekend’s performance has been enormously rewarding for all involved and the result of a team effort of monumental proportions. In the space of a couple of days, we’ve seen the place transform from a building site to a living theatre, reverberating with music and applause. Everyone can now see where we’re going with the final stages of completion, and I think we’ve all been given an emotional boost to get there.’
Jane Glover said ‘The building itself is fabulous. The acoustic is extraordinarily good and we felt that there is such history in the building which has lain dormant for 70 years or so. It has a wonderful atmosphere, and what was exciting as we came in and started making music in there, was that the building began to breathe again!’
The theatre will open fully in December 2018, and tickets for performances are available now.
Spreehalle has been shortlisted for the BDA Berlin prize. Every three years the Bund Deutsche Architekten (BDA) honours architects and builders for their architectural achievements in Berlin with the BDA Berlin prize.
The prize is open to completed projects, characterized by their urban interpretation, overall architectural expression, social commitment or sustainability concept. The award will be decided by an international jury of architects, theorists and builders and announced at a ceremony in the Staatliche Museen, Berlin on 18 October 2018.
Alongside this BDA Berlin have created an ‘Audience Award’ which is based on a public vote. If you would like to show your support for Spreehalle (number 25) please vote online here. Voting closes on 24 September.
The vividly coloured tiles were discovered around two metres below the current Abbey floor level in a small area of special excavation. They give a glimpse into what the interior of the Norman cathedral, which once stood on the site, would have looked like.
The section of floor uncovered will be comprehensively recorded, and will eventually be part of a 3D model encompassing all of the excavations within the Abbey. The tiles will be protected and preserved in situ before the floor layers are built back up to their present level.
Charles Curnock, Footprint Project Director at Bath Abbey, said “We have been surprised and thrilled by the beautiful medieval tiles that Wessex Archaeology has found as they dig down through the different layers of history below the floor.
We have always known that before the current Gothic church was built there stood a Norman Cathedral and before that an Anglo-Saxon monastery. Lifting the pews and repairing the floor as part of the Footprint project is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity; it will mean that we can maintain and make improvements to this beautiful building, and change how it can be used to better serve the city, visitors and future generations. However, a massive bonus is that it has allowed us to discover important parts of the heritage; things like these beautiful tiles which are being seen for the first time in centuries. If it wasn’t for the work carried out for the Footprint project we would have no idea they were here."
Read more about the significance of the finds here.
The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire has been named as a finalist in the Project of the Year category of the 2018 Building Awards.
One of ten projects on the shortlist for the award, the purpose-built music college will welcome its second intake of students this September. The Conservatoire houses five performance venues as well as 70 practice rooms of various sizes and hosts daily public performances from student, national and international musicians.
Watch how the Conservatoire brings together the very public world of performance and the private and intense world of rehearsal in our film 'Music Box'.
The Building Awards 2018 take place on Tuesday 6 November at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
Across the six blocks of the Mildmay development, an individual character has been established through variations in the brickwork colour, texture and tone and the sculpting of the massing to reference the immediate surroundings.
The scheme has been shortlisted in the Urban Regeneration category of the Brick Awards. Fifteen years in development, the scheme has transformed a corner of Hackney with a complementary scheme of residential, social, commercial and community facilities that together reinforce the positive aspects of the neighbouring communities and fully integrate Mildmay into the vibrant mix that characterises this area of Shoreditch.
Nominated by her team as ‘the true definition of an inspiring leader for the next generation of office talent,’ Amanda has been recognised for her incredible leadership skills, positivity, clarity of communication and ability to motivate with trust, humour and empathy.
Amanda said “I am very touched to have been nominated by my colleagues. I was fortunate to have strong mentors when I was a young graduate which went a long way to me becoming the architect I am today. By sharing my knowledge, experience and passion, I hope to pass on a similar grounding to the next generation. For me, communication is key to being a leader, alongside developing a mutual trust and respect with my teams, so everyone - including myself - can develop and grow in their careers.”
Amanda heads up the FCBStudios’ workplace sector alongside Alex Whitbread and is currently leading on two commercial buildings and an events pavilion within the Circle Square development in Manchester, as well as the design development of two speculative office blocks as part of the first phase of the masterplan to redevelop the South Bank area of Leeds.
In celebration of Cycle to Work Day, more than 40 FCBStudios staff from all four of our studios have commuted by bike today, with many others pledging to cycle on other days this week. Arthur Parke, architect in our Belfast studio, took what was arguably the most scenic route, cycling 10 miles along the North Down Coastal Route to the Belfast Studio, with others clocking up distances of up to 20 kilometres through the Ards Peninsula, the South Downs and along the Bristol to Bath Cycle Path.
Cycling has long been part of the culture at FCBStudios. We have our own Bike Club and the practice organises an annual Office 2 Office cycle ride. Partners Geoff Rich and Simon Carter have taken part in the challenging 1500km Cycle to MIPIM charity ride and the practice is a member of the Construction Industry Cycling Commission, designing and building safer cities for walking and cycling. However, the daily commute and weekend rides with friends, family and colleagues are at the heart of our cycling culture, bringing us together and keeping us healthy.
Cyclists were rewarded with a healthy second breakfast in each of the studios.
This year we are celebrating 40 years of FCBStudios and 20 years of our London studio.
As part of our celebrations, our annual summer party this year returned to Jamie’s Farm for their Cock & Bull Festival. FCBStudios staff and their families from all four of our Studios: Bath, London, Manchester and Belfast spend two nights camping at the festival.
Peter Clegg, founding partner, said in a speech to the staff: “At FCBStudios we have four principles that we stand by, and work well for us: Experimentation – every job is unique; Environmental – this is very much what set us going forty years ago, and we are still leaders in the field; Ethics – the social and environmental principles that lead us to do what we are doing; and Enthusiasm – we invest in people’s individual enthusiasms. We are now 200 people strong, but these are the things that make us different”
The Cock & Bull Festival raises money for Jamie’s Farm, a charity helping disadvantaged young people, set up in 2010 by Jamie Feilden.
Work is underway on the new Ankarafa field station in Madagascar designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, conservationists from Bristol Zoological Society, landscape architects Grant Associates, and BuroHappold Engineering.
Home to nearly 60 species of lemurs, all of which are endangered due to deforestation and hunting, the station will be a valuable base for researchers to conduct new research and explore options for reforestation.
A team, including conservationist Dr Sam Cotton from Bristol Zoo Gardens, Michael Lewis from FCBStudios and Lara Judeh and Neil Harvey from Buro Happold, has just returned from a two-week stay at the site.
As part of the construction process they took with them a brick making machine which allows bricks to be made from soil, a small amount of cement and water without the need to fell any trees. Until now people in Madagascar have cut down trees to fuel charcoal kilns to make bricks.
Dr Cotton said: “This machine makes bricks without damaging the environment. Once they have cured in the sun for a month they are very durable and they should last a very long time.”
It will take around 11,000 bricks to build the field station which will include a laboratory, accommodation for researchers, a manager’s office, dining and living areas and a kitchen.
Michael Lewis said: "The proposal challenges conventional construction methods, offering a far more sustainable approach. Through intelligent passive design and innovative applications of traditional materials, the Ankarafa field station has the potential to revolutionise future building construction throughout rural Madagascar. It is exciting to think this modest building could have such a positive impact on the wider community."
Click here to find out more.
Read our Explore piece Eye to eye with Madagascar's Lemurs
FCBStudios’ refurbishment and reworking of the Southbank’s Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Rooms is one of six projects shortlisted in the Structural Heritage category of the Structural Awards.
The conservation project has replaced building services, improved environmental performance and upgraded infrastructure to support an ever-widening artistic programme and improve access for both artists and audience. The team – which included Arup as Structural Engineer and Max Fordham as services and environmental engineers – has transformed and modernised the Southbank’s Brutalist buildings for future generations.
The Judges commented: “This refurbishment project clearly required a great deal of planning and foresight, supported by the original 1950s building documentation. The modernisation significantly altered the structure of the building, requiring more than 1,000 new openings through the existing reinforced concrete. The design of the vast majority of these was grouped by type, with only a handful requiring bespoke interventions. Coordination with the contractors was key to ensuring this process went smoothly.
A key detail included the cutting out and raising of an existing corbel and its adjoining wall to allow for modern accessibility requirements. This could only have been accomplished through close coordination with the client and contractor, and is clear evidence of a competent and confident design team.”
Winners will be announced on Friday 16 November at The Brewery, London.
Architectural Assistant Michael Lewis has been selected as a finalist in the 2018 Construction News Talent Awards Graduate of the Year. The Construction News Talent Awards recognise that great companies are made of great people. This award goes to a graduate who has made a tangible difference to their business.
Since graduating in 2016, Michael has contributed to and led a number of FCBStudios projects including a Masterplan for the National Museum of Ireland and the Ankarafa Field Station in Madagascar as well as using his graphics skills to create key imagery for architectural competitions. In his own time, and representing the practice, he has been involved with a number of social, education and charity projects which focus on bringing the built environment to life. Michael has taken architecture into primary schools and scout huts and led architectural students in creating structures in the field for Forest of Imagination.
Michael commented “Architecture and construction is an industry with many and varied opportunities. I have become involved with projects and initiatives that resonate with my own interests, values and ambitions and in doing so have found a great network of inspiring collaborators, colleagues and mentors. FCBStudios has supported and encouraged me in this, and I’m honoured to be recognised by the industry as a rising star.”
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Park Plaza London Riverbank on 21 November.
Residents are being invited to help shape an ambitious proposal which aims to transform the area around Trafford’s Town Hall and surrounding buildings into a new ‘Civic Quarter’ that will become a shared public space for everyone.
The Civic Quarter project covers a 120-acre site taking in the Town Hall, Lancashire Cricket Club and the intended University Academy 92 (UA92). Still in the early design stages, the Council, along with partners Bruntwood and Lancashire Cricket Club and consultants FCBStudios, Planit-IE and GVA HOW Planning, is calling for people’s views on how this public space could work.
Ernst ter Horst Associate at FCBStudios said; “We’re very proud and excited to be involved in the design for this regeneration framework, with its context of internationally renowned sports venues and the Borough’s historic Town Hall. We’re looking to capitalise on the opportunities of these existing facilities as an excellent basis to create a rejuvenated place for living and working in the new Trafford Civic Quarter.”
The public is invited to attend a drop-in session to find out more, talk to some of the partners involved and provide feedback and comments. The session takes place on 14th August 2018, 2pm-8pm at Trafford Town Hall reception. Information boards will be left up along with an opportunity to provide comments until mid-September.
The film, through performance footage and interviews, demonstrates how the building brings together the very public world of performance and the private and intense world of rehearsal.
The first purpose-built music college built in the UK since 1987, this new conservatoire represents not only a rare opportunity to create a state-of-the-art facility fit for the digital era, but also to anchor Birmingham City University’s expanding City Centre Campus with a building of civic stature.
The new building is in the heart of the City's learning quarter, on the border between Birmingham and Aston. Home to five music venues with performances from national and international artists as well as students every day of the year, it acts as a cultural hub, contributing to the performing and visual arts within the city and region, as well as for students of the University.
FCBStudios has pledged to join Cycle to Work Day Wednesday 15 August 2018. Alongside our regular cycle commuters, fair-weather cyclists and new converts will join together in pedalling to work.
2018 is the sixth anniversary of the event celebrating everyday cycling. Last year 25% of the FCBStudios staff got on their bikes to get to the studio, site or meeting and we are hoping to improve on that this year.
Cyclists at FCBStudios can look forward to a healthy breakfast on arrival at work, from 'Vitaliser Veggie Bagels' to fruity porridge, taking full advantage of the health benefits of cycling to work.
FCBStudios has helped secure outline planning permission for the University of Bristol’s new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus – an important milestone in the long-awaited regeneration of a prime city centre site.
We have been commissioned to masterplan the new city centre campus, and as architects for two academic buildings with a total floor area of 43,500 sqm to house a mix of University departments, enterprise partners, commercial space and facilities for local communities.
The University plans to create an open and welcoming campus on the seven-acre site next to Bristol Temple Meads railway station, which spans the derelict former Royal Mail sorting office and part of Arena Island.
The main academic building will create a ‘gateway’ to the railway station and an iconic venue in the heart of the city for the University.
Mike Keys, Partner at FCBStudios said: “With the planned developments in and around Temple Meads Station, the new campus has the potential to be an extraordinary new district for Bristol that will rival any great European City.
We have been privileged to work with the University in developing a masterplan for this significant area of Bristol, and are excited to be designing the anchor buildings, together with a world class team.”
The design team includes FCBStudios and Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, engineering consultants Buro Happold and ARUP and landscape architecture consultancy Grant Associates.
Click here to find out more.
FCBStudios and CEG have unveiled proposals to redevelop 20-36 High Street Manchester, opposite the Arndale Centre, to provide a mix of new homes, retail and leisure space.
In its current state 20 – 36 High Street is a 1970s building which is predominantly vacant. It is constrained, not environmentally friendly and unappealing to modern office occupiers. As it is reaching the end of its economic life, our client CEG has been considering the options for the site in order for it to be more beneficial to the street scene and the local economy and have appointed FCBStudios to design the new 22-storey, iconic building.
Alex Whitbread, Partner from FCBStudios, said: “Our design approach looks to create a new landmark at the corner of High Street and Church Street where the Northern Quarter and the city centre retail quarter meet.
“The architecture refers to the City’s past, drawing on the adjacent Debenhams and grand office buildings such as Sunlight House to create a new building which is distinctly and proudly Mancunian."
FCBStudios has also designed proposals to relocate the popular market stalls on Church Street to a new contemporary style of accommodation offering indoor and outdoor areas, returning to their historic home next to the nearby Church Street car park. This is to become a destination in its own right, enabling seamless trading, improved facilities and an attractive and dynamic use on this key route in the city.
The exhibition boards are available to view at highstreetmanchester.co.uk
FCBStudios have been a key part of a Trailblazer Group of 20 architectural practices to create the UK’s first Architecture Apprenticeship Standards, in collaboration with RIBA, ARB and over 12 UK universities.
Chaired by Foster and Partners, the group has developed two apprenticeships standards: Architectural Assistant, which comprises of Part 1 qualification, and Architect, which includes Part 2 and Part 3 qualifications. Simon Branson, Associate at FCBStudios acted as a sub-lead for the assessment of the Architectural Assistant standard. Both standards have now been approved by the Institute of Apprenticeships.
Apprenticeships combine practical experience in the workplace with academic training provided by a university. The academic training can be delivered by any UK university offering a prescribed course. Apprentices are exempted from paying tuition fee and will also receive a salary and other employee related benefits.
The apprenticeships have been set up to improve the link between practice and academia, while also contributing to improving diversity in the profession. The approval of the scheme demonstrates how the industry can work together to make a positive contribution in the development of the profession.
A number of universities are expected to be ready to deliver courses in September 2018.
The library houses the University of Roehampton’s collection of over 300,000 volumes and delivers over 1,200 study spaces, staff support and work areas, specialist digitisation and collection management over five floors. The aspiration was for an enduring architecture: A library building with gravitas and longevity that will celebrate and become part of the University’s rich history.
The awards were announced today at the annual New London Architecture Lunch at the Guildhall, London. FCBStudios Associate Nick Hodges was there to collect the commendation.
Kirkstall Forge is a new neighbourhood on a brownfield site near Leeds. Located in the Aire valley, amongst ancient woodlands, the masterplan design for the scheme aims to deliver a vibrant new community, providing contemporary housing and public spaces in an environment that promotes health and wellbeing. The first phase of housing will provide 112 spacious homes which draw on model villages such as Saltaire and Scandinavian co-housing schemes to help to build a true sense of community amongst its residents.
Judges commented that the project has "...some of the most interesting house plans we have seen".
Plans were approved for the first phase of residential development in November 2017. Ultimately, 1050 new homes will be built on the 57 acre site alongside 300,000ft² of offices and 100,000ft² of retail, leisure and community space.
Prior to the ceremony Keith Bradley, Partner at FCBStudios and Jon Kenny, Development Director for CEG presented the scheme as part of the Housing Design Awards 2018 Seminar "...And breathe".
We have moved to larger premises at Carver’s Warehouse Manchester to increase capacity and strengthen commitment to serving our clients in the city and further afield.
FCBStudios first established an office in Manchester in 2015 after nearly a decade of working successfully in and around the city centre, including three projects for Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU): the Stirling Prize-shortlisted School of Art, the award-winning Business School and new Student Union.
Since opening in 2015 the practice has continued to strengthen its commitment to working in the north of England, whilst growing to an overall practice size of almost 200 people.
Managing Partner Geoff Rich said: “We love being in Manchester and feel now is the right time to invest in our next chapter in the city and the wider region. Our new office gives us better space for our design activities, and for hosting our clients, collaborators and visitors.”
Our current projects in Manchester include the Circle Square neighbourhood on the site of the former BBC Oxford Road campus in the heart of Corridor Manchester for Bruntwood and Select Property Group, three projects in Ancoats for Manchester Life, including the repurposing of Murrays’ Mills, a former steam-powered cotton mill, into a residential community, and ongoing work with MMU for its new International Screen School.
Further afield, FCBStudios are working on significant projects in Leeds, Liverpool, Shrewsbury and Stoke-on-Trent. In Leeds the practice is working with CEG to develop a pioneering new neighbourhood at Kirkstall Forge. The practice has also recently secured planning approval for CEG: South Bank Leeds, a new £350 million mixed-use community on a 3.5 hectare site just minutes from the southern entrance to Leeds City Station.
We are looking forward to the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in November this year. FCBStudios is shortlisted in three awards categories at the festival, has been shortlisted for the WAF Research Prize and will be strongly represented among the expert judges.
Kirkstall Forge, a new urban village just 6 minutes by train to Leeds, has been shortlisted in the Future - Housing category. Our work to restore and redesign the Southbank Centre’s 1960s venues is shortlisted in the New and Old – Completed Building category. The University of Roehampton’s new library is shortlisted in Higher Education – Completed Building category.
In the WAF Research Programme, which promotes ideas highlighted in the WAFX Manifesto, Jordan Hydration has been shortlisted. This research project is an initiative which seeks to find an energy efficient, sustainable solution to provide clean water in an area with little natural water resource. The project will prototype a condensing system as part of the our scheme for the Royal Scientific Society in Jordan by building a sheltered walkway which incorporates solar panels and battery storage linked to a heat pump system to create a cooled condensing surface. This cooled wall will allow air to naturally move through the walkway, capturing the moisture in the air which is then collected and used for local agriculture. In this way, an estimated 3.200m³ of water will be captured per year.
On Monday 25th June a panel of industry experts came together to explore how to create places with a lasting, positive impact through the integration of architecture, nature and communication.
The panel discussion, part of the Collaborative By Nature Exhibition series, considered how a collaborative vision and approach to planning, designing and managing public spaces creates the best results.
Keith Bradley said “Collaboration is more than a sum of our parts, it is working together with a common aim and purpose…We aim to build and develop beautiful places that we can appreciate together as a community”
Andrew Grant, Founding Partner Grant Associates, said “We have a duty as designers to address global challenges as well as create local spaces and communities, we need to put nature, imagination and creativity at the heart of our cities”
Leah Harrison Bailey, Creative Director, Thomas.Matthews said “Nature has played a part in many of our projects in greater or lesser ways: from the inspirational moment when out in nature to the direct influence of the shape and form of flora on our work.”
Selina Mason, Director of Masterplanning, Lend Lease summed up the discussion generously “The problem with our industry is that we do not generate enough generosity and collaborative spirit, in the way that the Grant Associates, Thomas.Matthews and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios teams do.”
The exhibition is on at FCBStudios London office until 27 July.
FCBStudios Managing Partner Geoff Rich returned to York for his third year as a judge at the York Design Awards. This year, Geoff chaired the panel, which included Nicky Rutt, Partner at HawkinsBrown, Andy Davey, Partner at Simpson & Brown and David Heath, former Chief Conservation Architect of English Heritage.
By recognising the best design, the awards aim to drive up the quality of building design in York - making York an even better place to live, and ensuring that this generation leaves an architectural legacy to be proud of.
The buildings are judged on quality in design and build, response to context, well-chosen materials and skillful craftsmanship, sustainability and, perhaps most importantly, whether they lift the spirits.
The judges visited each of the 28 shortlisted schemes and the winners were announced yesterday at a ceremony at the University of York. A full list of the winners can be seen here.
The judges said: "The new library at the University of Roehampton is a successful civic building, constructed with studious effort, which offers its users a number of delightful places to read and study... As Kahn said, a library starts by ‘taking a book to Light’. The new university library successfully meets this aim creating many joyful places within a strict and meticulously constructed architecture, that succeeds in locating the individual within the building but also the individual within the wider campus.”
On the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire judges said: “The architectural choreography of the Conservatoire’s complex brief and its range of different spaces has been handled with a deft touch - clear testimony to the close collaboration of architect and client team, producing a building that not only enhances the school’s educational reputation but is surely destined to become one of Birmingham’s most actively used and cherished public venues.”
The awards are regarded internationally as a mark of excellence, recognising the best architecture in the UK and around the world.
‘What We Do Here’ is a film which explores how aspiring architects at Manchester School of Architecture approach various stages of modelmaking to ultimately reveal the ways in which the models inform their individual growth and understanding. In addition to this it examines the ways that staff integrate practical making into their requirements for student assignments and within their own research projects.
Following the Premiere screening of 'What We Do Here' in Venice on June 29, guest speakers FCBStudios Partner, Simon Doody and furniture maker Hugh Miller will give presentations and participate in a discussion on the subject of modelmaking making in design. The discussion will be chaired by Professor Tom Jefferies, Head of Manchester School of Architecture.
Modelmaking has always played an important role in design development at FCBStudios, and the relationship between the studio and workshop environment is considered integral to the design process. The practice has recently invested in new workshops across its UK studios, providing state of the art facilities accessible to all. Read more about Modelmaking at FCBStudios.
More information about the film and the premiere can be found here.
FCBStudios have secured unanimous Planning and Listed Building Consent from Gloucester City Council for a sensitive residential and commercial-led mixed use development in Gloucester City Centre at the Grade II and II* listed former HMP Gloucester.
Designed in the mid C19th by Thomas Fulljames, the prison sits on the site of the former County Gaol, and on archaeology dating back to the Medieval and Roman eras in particular.
FCBStudios have worked with City & Country to develop plans for this mixed use development, which includes 202 apartments with associated car and cycle parking, landscaped gardens, a cafe/heritage centre and public realm with a refurbished former Chapel within the centre of the site.
The brief was to repair and re-use the principal Grade II and II* listed buildings at the heart of this heritage site, bringing regeneration through introduction of high quality new residential buildings within the prison walls, whilst achieving a density of residential development and place-making appropriate to sustainable city-centre living, thereby generating a significantly increased level of vitality, interest and public access to the site.
Richard Collis, Partner at architects FCBStudios said: “This was a very complex project, demanding sensitivity for the historic prison buildings, high quality designs for new buildings and honest consultation with the public and all the key stakeholders involved. We are very proud to have received these statutory consents for our designs, and congratulate City & Country for the boldness of their development vision.
As work continues on the rescue of the world's first iron-framed building, a remarkable wartime discovery has been made on site.
Recent repair work on the Cross Mill building has uncovered a large amount of writing and drawings beneath many layers of flaking paint which lay undisturbed for decades.
Further investigation and research by the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings has revealed that the 'graffiti' dates back to the Second World War when the site was used as Light Infantry Barracks and its residents named it the "Rat Hotel". The graffiti includes drawings of military aircraft, seemingly random lists of numbers and the names and numbers of many servicemen.
Although some of the writing is difficult to decipher, one of the names and service numbers uncovered is still legible. Private Scarrett left his mark in May 1940, the month when Churchill became Prime Minister and preparations for the Dunkirk evacuations began. Scarrett served with the Durham Light Infantry, a surprising discovery as it was previously believed that most of those stationed at the Flaxmill were with the Kings Shropshire Light Infantry.
Private Scarrett was listed as a casualty of the Western Desert in 1942.
Read more about our work at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings.
Last night broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough and Dr Christoph Schwitzer, Director of Conservation at the Bristol Zoological Society and widely recognised as the world expert on lemurs joined FCBStudios, Grant Associates and Buro Happold to discuss Madagascar, conservation and our new project for a research station in the forests of Madagascar as part of our Collaborative by Nature Exhibition events programme.
Madagascar has a unique habitat, but one that is in crisis. Habitat loss, deforestation and overpopulation are putting a major strain on the country’s natural resources. Each year 302,000 hectares of forest, equivalent to the area of Lancashire, disappears, of which almost 95% is untraceable deforestation. Madagascar has a distinctive ecology, with 90% of all plant and animal species found on the island including 61 species of lemurs found nowhere else on Earth.
Located in the protected Sahamalaza National Park, the Ankarafa Field Station was built by Dr Schwitzer as a research base in 2006 to observe lemurs and other indigenous wildlife in their natural habitat. Since then, many researchers have stayed at the field station, including Andrew Grant in 2013. With our understanding of lemur and forest conservation increasing, the field station needs to be expanded and improved, and the Richard Feilden Foundation is now working with Bristol Zoo, Grants Associates and Buro Happold on a three year programme to rebuild it as a self-sufficient centre, contributing to the local community through employment and education.
David Attenborough said “This is a visionary project that can help to conserve the lemurs and their forest habitat as well as helping the Madagascan people. This field station has the potential to provide a centre for conservation shared by scientists from all over the world.”
In the UK, Bristol Zoo and Wild Place Project has a number of Malagasy species that are part of captive breeding programmes, and elements of the Field Station will be recreated here as an educational facility sharing knowledge with schools, researchers and the public.
Four FCBStudios schemes have been shortlisted for the New London Awards 2018 in four categories, recognising the very best new and proposed architecture, planning and development in the capital.
Colindale Gardens for Redrow Homes was shortlisted in the Masterplanning and Area Strategies category, The University of Roehampton Library in Education, Mildmay in the Mixed-use category, and the renovation of Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Rooms for the Southbank Centre has been shortlisted in the Conservation and Retrofit category.
The winners will be announced on 4 July at the NLA Annual Lunch at the Guildhall.
Mildmay, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the University of Roehampton Library have been shortlisted in the 2018 British Construction Industry Awards.
The regeneration of Mildmay in Hackney has been shortlisted in the British Construction Industry Awards Housing Project of the Year category. The project, by FCBStudios and Matthew Lloyd Architects, delivered a new neighbourhood in Hackney which combines a new facility for Mildmay Hospital, a charity delivering care and treatment for people with HIV with private and social residential buildings and a church.
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire new state-of-the-art home is a finalist in the Social Infrastructure of the Year award. It is the first purpose-built music college to be constructed in the UK since 1987 and is the only one in the country which has been specifically designed to cater for the demands of the digital age.
The University of Roehampton Library has also been selected as a finalist in the Social Infrastructure Project of the Year category. It is the centrepiece of an ambitious campus masterplan and provides study spaces, specialist digitisation facilities and collection management across five floors. Opened in September, the new library has experienced a 45% increase in footfall, transforming the learning experience of the University's students.
The awards will be announced in London on 10 October.
Collaborative By Nature is the new exhibition at FCBStudios London Studio, which has opened this week.
The exhibition is a celebration of 20 years of collaboration with landscape architects Grant Associates, communication design studio Thomas.Matthews and architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and showcase projects shared since 1997 when the three studios first met on The Earth Centre.
The practice's share a belief in collaboration, sustainability and a passion for people-centred design and creating better places and the projects highlighted in the exhibition show a range. From the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire to Accordia Housing, as well as personal and charity projects such as Thomas Matthews' Never Turn Your Back on the Ocean, a campaigning artwork made of plastic collected from one Hawaiian beach on a single trip, and a remote Research Station in the forests of Madagascar for the study of three endangered species of lemurs.
Collaborative by Nature is open on weekdays between 9am and 5.30pm from 4-27 July, coinciding with the London Festival of Architecture.
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire has been awarded an RIBA West Midlands Award and was named as RIBA West Midland Building of the Year.
The Judges said ‘The architectural choreography of the Conservatoire’s complex brief and its range of different spaces has been handled with a deft touch - clear testimony to the close collaboration of architect and client team, producing a building that not only enhances the school’s educational reputation but is surely destined to become one of Birmingham’s most actively used and cherished public venues'
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s new state-of-the-art home is the first purpose-built music college to be constructed in the UK since 1987 and is the only one in the country which has been specifically designed to cater for the demands of the digital age.
It houses five performance venues: a public concert hall with the capacity of 500 seats and a full orchestra, a 150 seat recital hall, The Lab - a ‘black box’ experimental music space, a 100 seat organ studio and the Eastside Jazz Club as well as 70 practice rooms of various sizes.
Winners of RIBA Regional awards go on to form the longlist for the RIBA National Awards.
Located within the UNESCO World Heritage Site, this mixed-use scheme embraces the industrial heritage of the port to create a contemporary harbourside for Cornwall. The proposals to revitalise Hayle's North Quay were originally given outline approval in 2010, however the current owners of Hayle Harbour commissioned FCBStudios to greatly enhance the outline scheme, in order to respond to the sensitivities presented by the World Heritage Site, creating a vibrant and coherent vision for the coastal site.
The submitted plans propose approximately 300 dwellings, with waterside commercial spaces and a new public square
Matt Williams, Associate at FCBStudios said: "The challenge of managing a post-industrial future for Hayle Harbour, which mixes residential requirements with the operational needs of a harbour is immense. The operation of the harbour and the use of the fishermen's quay shaped our thinking. We referred to how the coal wharf was structured prior to its closure in the 1970s, to inform how the space could be used, in the most imaginative way possible."
The University of Roehampton has been included on the Architect's Journal 100 Client of the Year shortlist for its contribution to UK architecture in 2018. Three buildings on its London campus have recently completed, part of an ambitious masterplan characterised by a generous park and garden landscape.
FCBStudios’ Library, alongside Chadwick Hall student residences by Henley Halebrown, and Elm Grove Conference Centre by MJP Architects have all been completed this year, creating a new identity for the campus.
The winner will be announced at the annual AJ100 dinner on Wednesday 13 June at the Tower of London.
Construction work has today started on Bath Abbey Footprint Project. At the heart of the World Heritage City, the project will create new spaces, enrich worship, reduce the environmental impact of the heating and lighting, repair the floor and retell the story of Bath Abbey, making it more accessible for all.
Work to repair the collapsing floor will begin at the east end, where the pews will be lifted and the floor exposed for the first time in 150 years. Hot water from the springs, first harnessed by the Romans at the neighbouring Baths, will be used to heat the Abbey in its new underfloor heating system. New meeting spaces, offices and a dedicated song school will be created and a new welcome space and interpretation centre will provide a more open and accessible frontage to the public realm.
Geoff Rich, Partner at FCBStudios said ‘The Abbey occupies a site that has been a place of faith in the city for more than 2,000 years, and remains an important space for the modern city. The work that has started there today will bring the Abbey to the fore of religious, civic and social life in the heart of Bath.”
FCBStudios Partner, Hugo Marrack and Associate, Nick Hodges joined the University of Roehampton team to collect an RIBA London award for the new University Library.
One of 63 RIBA London awards, the judges said ‘As Kahn said, a library starts by ‘taking a book to Light’. The new university library successfully meets this aim creating many joyful places within a strict and meticulously constructed architecture, that succeeds in locating the individual within the building but also the individual within the wider campus.’ Read the full citation here.
The University of Roehampton also collected an award for Chadwick Hall.
Winners of RIBA Regional awards go on to form the longlist for the RIBA National Awards.
This is the second year that the team from FCBStudios Manchester have run the Manchester 10K and they are warming up for the event on 20th May.
This year the team is raising money to fund research into dermatomyositis through Myositis UK. Dermatomyositis and other myositis diseases are rare and debilitating conditions with very little known about them. Your donations will help fund important research work into this devastating disease. We are raising money in memory of our colleague Sophie’s mum, Jane, who passed away very suddenly from the disease last summer.
If you are able and willing to sponsor our runners, please use the following link.
FCBStudios Managing Partner, Geoff Rich, will be participating in the 3rd Silk Road International Expo in Xi'an, China which takes place on 11 to 15 May 2018.
As part of the Expo, the UK will have a national pavilion within the Xi'An Art Museum to demonstrate its excellence across many sectors including history, culture, social development and competitive industries. It will showcase its achievements and opportunities in the areas of economy, trade, energy resources, exchanges and tourism.
Xiao Wi Ma of the Design Collective London has curated the UK- China City for Cultural Heritage Forum and City Making (Urban Heritage) workshops in which Geoff will be participating over two days.
Xiao Wi Ma said "The forum and workshop will be an opportunity for in-depth discussion and act as a starting point for future urban development and collaboration between UK and China."
Four UK and three Chinese urban heritage development specialists will discuss and share their expertise in city-making, each from a different aspect, for example policymaking, urban practice and academic theory and research.
Geoff will be giving a talk entitled 'Heritage in Urban Projects - A UK Perspective' and leading a workshop on 'Integration of Heritage in Architecture and Urban Design Projects'.
The Architect’s Journal has announced nine buildings which make up the shortlist for the prestigious AJ100 Building of the Year Award.
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s new state-of-the-art home is the first purpose-built music college to be constructed in the UK since 1987 and is the only one in the country which has been specifically designed to cater for the demands of the digital age. It houses five performance venues as well as 70 practice rooms for students and is open daily to the public for performances.
The sought-after award is given in recognition of the finest building completed by an AJ100-listed practice in the last 12 months.The winner will be announced at the annual AJ100 dinner on Wednesday 13 June at the Tower of London.
FCBStudios, along with project collaborators Faithful + Gould, Galliford Try Planit IE and client Birmingham City University collected the Project of the Year award at the RICS West Midlands awards last night for the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
RICS Judges said "the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire project was a stand-out ‘Project of the Year’ winner for its complex structural, architectural and services solutions, making it a world class facility on a national and international stage." The Judges were also impressed with the project team’s commitment to bring together the traditional practice along with modern innovation to maximise the potential for both learning and live performance.
Since reopening last year, The Postal Museum and Mail Rail has gone from attracting 3000 visitors annually to 185,000. The chance to ride on the mail trains on the post office network of underground railway tunnels has proved incredibly popular, and the museum has joined Tate St Ives, Glasgow Women’s Library, Hull’s Ferens Art Gallery, and Brooklands motor and aviation museum in Weybridge on the shortlist for the £100,000 Art Fund Museum of the Year prize.
FCBStudios created a new home for The Postal Museum and Archive in an existing building on the Mount Pleasant Royal Mail Site. The entrance to Mail Rail is located across the road from the Museum, where the emphasis of our work was on preserving the industrial feel of the railway, removing only redundant and dangerous services, whilst ensuring that any new installations are reversible.
The winner of the prize will be announced on 2 July at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Realising the ambitions of the client, Bryan Adams, the mixed-use regeneration project provides live/work ateliers within the former industrial building, together with a café, bookshop and other commercial activities at ground floor level. It is evocative of its industrial ancestry and provides space for artists, creative users and small businesses to live and work within ateliers.
The judges said "The courage to leave the functions open deserves respect and the convincing architecture of this urbanizing project, one of the originating elements of the urban development of this location, merits the highest recognition."
The Otto Borst Prize, part of the Initiative Building Culture by the German Federal Government, is awarded to exceptional schemes in the conservation, development and conversion of existing buildings within historic cities.
For more information on this project see our project page on Spreehalle.
The University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering launched a new era in engineering education and research last week with the official opening of the Myhal Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.
Named in honour of the Myhal family the building embodies key engineering qualities such as collaboration across disciplines, experiential learning, leadership and entrepreneurship. It includes flexible, technology enhanced active learning spaces, fabrication facilities to support both curricular and co-curricular design projects, and dedicated space for student clubs and teams.
FCBStudios, with Montogomery Sisam Architects, have responded to changing styles of pedagogy to enable opportunities within the new building for experiential learning, student entrepreneurship and multidisciplinary research. Through its versatile design studios and meeting rooms, as well as a two-storey robotics lab big enough to allow for drone flight and testing, the CEIE is designed to enhance the student experience and enable collaboration between students, faculty, alumni and industry partners.
“The Myhal Centre is where tomorrow’s solutions, technologies and industries will be born,” said Cristina Amon, Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. “Its state-of-the-art facilities will spark new multidisciplinary collaborations, foster rich learning experiences and create further opportunities to enhance how we develop the next generation of global engineering leaders.”
Colindale Gardens is a 19.17ha masterplan in north London which aims to create a community that reflects the traditional London village neighbourhood. Major public spaces, well planned streets, public realm and community facilities will support approximately 3,000 homes on the site.
Kirkstall Forge is a new neighbourhood just six minutes from Central Leeds by train in the wooded valley of the River Aire. The first phase will create 112 spacious new homes which take their inspiration from the steep terraced streets of Yorkshire towns, and borrows from industrial era ‘model villages such as Saltaire and Scandinavian Co-housing schemes.
Mildmay, in London E2, comprises six individual blocks, which are sculpted to respond to their surroundings, and combine private and social residential units, a church a specialist hospital and commercial space close.
The Housing Design Awards was launched in 1948 by Aneurin Bevan, Minister for Health to reward better municipal post-war rebuilding, and opened up to market sale homes in 1960. The awards continue to be promoted by departments of Government and their agencies, creating a link between national and local government and the major built environment professions. The judging panel is composed of planners, surveyors, architects and researchers and reflects the need for ideas that are both innovative and replicable.
The three schemes are recognised for their quality of design and layout, and will be visited by a cross disciplinary panel of judges before the winners are announced on 2 July.
Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust (APPCT) has announced the opening programme for its Theatre following an extensive £27 million pound restoration. It will host a special performance from the BBC Concert Orchestra for the Proms on 1 September before closing to complete the project and officially re-opening on 1 December 2018.
The Theatre forms a central part of the East Wing Restoration Project which will see historic spaces in the Palace brought back to life. When the project began 40% of the Palace was derelict and the Theatre was listed on the Theatres at Risk register.
The East Wing project led by FCBStudios has been a massive undertaking, with the Theatre requiring extensive work from the ground up.
The design captures the Theatre in a beautiful state of ‘arrested decay’ – its faded grandeur preserved for a new generation of Londoners. The auditorium, which sensitively blends Victorian design with contemporary technology, has been reconfigured to seat almost 900 (with a capacity of around 1,100 standing/seated) and can support end-stage, traverse and in-the-round productions.
The East Court will also re-open in December and will fundamentally transform how the public interacts with the Palace. Open throughout the day, the East Court will welcome everyone from early morning park users to evening concert goers.
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Leeds City Council has unanimously approved plans for a new £350 million mixed-use community on a 3.52 hectare site just minutes from the new southern entrance to Leeds City Station.
The CEG: South Bank project will transform the former industrial site into an exceptional living and working environment which celebrates its rich historic character. The scheme includes detailed planning permission for two office buildings totalling 26,100m² with ground floor retail and leisure, as well as outline planning for a 104,000m² mixed-use development, 750 homes and new public spaces and landscaping.
The site is part of the South Bank regeneration area and will create a sustainable community that connects areas of Holbeck and Beeston to Leeds City Centre through a network of safe and attractive cycle and walking routes and public spaces.
Alex Whitbread, Partner at FCBStudios said "We are delighted that the Leeds CEG: South Bank scheme has been approved with such a strong degree of support. It has been a pleasure to work with CEG, the wider team and the City over the past few years in developing a project that will be key to the regeneration of historic Holbeck and the future transformation of the city centre as a whole.”
FCBStudios are also working with CEG on Kirkstall Forge, a pioneering new neighbourhood in Leeds .
FCBStudios are delighted to host the 23rd edition of the AJ Small Projects Awards exhibition.
The Award, launched in 1996, celebrates completed projects with a contract value of £250,000 and under. The 20 shortlisted schemes will be on display in a public exhibition at our London Studio until 17 May.
The shortlisted designers presented their projects to a panel of judges, which this year included Takero Shimazaki, director of Takero Shimazaki Architects; last year’s winner Kate Darby, principal of Kate Darby Architects; and managing director of Lendlease’s European property division Jonathan Emery.
The winner Wrong House by Matheson Whiteley was announced yesterday at the launch party.
The new Library is the centrepiece of a major £100 million programme to develop the University of Roehampton’s landscaped campus and enhance the facilities provide to the students.
At the opening ceremony, Vice Chancellor Professor Paul O’Prey said ‘The Library is at the heart of the University and makes a transformational impact on the learning experience of our students, providing an inspirational and world-class environment in which they can study. It has already proved to be immensely popular, with Library use this year 45% higher than any previous year.’
The Library was formally opened yesterday by Chancellor Dame Jacqueline Wilson, and two honorary doctorates were awarded as part of the ceremony, to Dame Hilary Mantel and Professor Sean O’Brian.
Brooke Mead is the first extra care scheme to be built and managed by Brighton & Hove City Council. Residents began moving in earlier this year and the scheme was officially launched on Tuesday 10 April.
Known as 'extra-care housing' the flats have been designed for people living independently with low to moderate dementia and other people who need a little more care and support. The building has a communal garden, lounge and social activity rooms at ground level, and Brighton & Hove City Council is working with a range of organisations to develop a vibrant and active community at the scheme. Carers are on site around the clock if needed.
With a growing number of older people in the city and pressure on adult social care budgets, the scheme is located in central Brighton within existing local communities. It will help prevent or delay people needing more expensive residential care as well as providing high quality homes within a dedicated community for its residents.
Rachel Sayers, Partner at FCBStudios said: "As the population gets older, designing for aging and the social and physical challenges that come with it is of the utmost importance. In its central location, the residents of Brooke Mead can remain independent and part of their community whilst accessing the support they require and new social scenarios."
FCBStudios designed the scheme up to the planning submission, with Lee Evans Partnership working on all stages beyond.
The FCBStudios annual practice away day visited the recently completed Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
The away day is a chance for all four studios(London, Bath, Manchester and Belfast) to come together to share knowledge and experience, catch up with colleagues and experience some architecture first hand.
Key presentations were given about the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire – including an illuminating demonstration of acoustics – and the Southbank Centre whose 1960s brutalist buildings have been carefully refurbished and redesigned to continue to provide space for the best arts in the next 50 years. To round off the day, students from the Conservatoire performed in the Concert Hall.
Keith Bradley said “We enjoyed being in and exploring the building together and were informed, inspired and entertained by the presentations and the music.”
Following two years of refurbishment and redesign, the Southbank Centre’s brutalist arts venues, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room have reopened.
The restoration includes fully refurbished and updated auditoria, refreshed and redesigned back of house areas, a bright new artists’ entrance and a revamped Queen Elizabeth Hall foyer which is now flooded with natural light and boasts better views of the Thames. Improved access, and new ventilation, lighting systems and production infrastructure feature across the venues.
Peter Clegg, Senior Partner, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios , said:“ It has been a great privilege to work on such radically significant buildings as the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Hayward Gallery. The more we have uncovered them, the more we have come to respect them as 1960s icons. With the refurbishment complete they have now achieved a sense of timelessness.”
The Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room open with a programme of events paying tribute to the historic legacy of the venues, and the legendary artists who have performed there over the past fifty years. A dynamic blend of contemporary and classical work sees vibrant performances, events, installations and a free programme of activities for all ages. The reopening programme runs from Monday 9 April until the end of May 2018.
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is the fourth FCBStudios project to be announced as an RIBA Regional Award shortlisted scheme, alongside Kellogg College Hub, University of Roehampton Library and Mildmay.
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s new state-of-the-art home is the first purpose-built music college to be constructed in the UK since 1987 and is the only one in the country which has been specifically designed to cater for the demands of the digital age.
It houses five performance venues: a public concert hall with the capacity of 500 seats and a full orchestra, a 150 seat recital hall, The Lab - a ‘black box’ experimental music space, a 100 seat organ studio and the Eastside Jazz Club as well as 70 practice rooms of various sizes.
RIBA West Midlands chair Aaron Chetwynd said: ‘I am really delighted that this RIBA Regional Awards shortlist showcases the excellent breadth of architects’ work in the West Midlands... It is a particular pleasure to see the inclusion of projects that are of major significance to the region and have the potential to impact on so many lives of its inhabitants.’
One of 11 projects shortlisted in the RIBA West Midlands Region, the winners will be announced on 20 May.
Since recruiting a field officer last year Richard Feilden Foundation has managed to drive forward many of our current projects in the field whilst instigating new opportunities including:
- Progress on site for the new kitchen at Rubengera Technical Secondary School campus in Rwanda;
- Successful relocation of New Generation’s existing facilities to their new site within Bujumbura alongside the design of a new two-storey amenity building;
- The design of a new field station in Madagascar to help create local and global research partnerships whilst conserving the Ankarafa Forest;
- A fruitful take-off for the Kabale Schools’ Community of Practice with 10 schools joining the pilot educational initiative to share best practice in teaching and learning together;
- New partnerships with Build Africa and HYT Uganda to improve sustainable models of building and showcase ISSB structures;
- The appointment of two new Kampala-based field officers, Paul Kimera and John Cleverley, who will continue the great work in East Africa that Nathan Ovens started for us in September last year!
The University of Roehampton Library and Mildmay in Hackney have been shortlisted for RIBA London Awards.
The new Library at the University of Roehampton is the centrepiece of an ambitious campus masterplan. The aspiration was for an enduring architecture: a library building with gravitas and longevity. It delivers over 1,200 study spaces, staff support and work areas, specialist digitisation and collection management over five floors and 7,840sqm.
Mildmay is a mixed-use project, combining private and social residential units, a church, a specialist hospital and commercial space, close to the Shoreditch Triangle off Hackney Road. FCBStudios developed the masterplan for the site through extensive community consultation and worked with Matthew Lloyd Architects to design six individual blocks which are sculpted to respond to surrounding buildings, streets and open spaces.
93 projects were shortlisted for the awards and the winners will be presented on 15 May.
Kellogg College Hub, Oxford has also been shortlisted for a RIBA South award.
FCBStudios have been approved for apartments, wharf houses and quayside restaurants in the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Hayle Harbour, Cornwall.
South Quay sits within a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In its heyday, Hayle was the key port serving the mining industry and thrived on the export of copper, tin and heavy industrial machinery to locations across the world. Since the decline of the Cornish mining industries, South Quay has lain derelict, despite a number of attempts to secure its future since the 1970s.
The approved design creates an ensemble of buildings which are contemporary in style, yet reference the historic iconography of the industrial heritage and Cornish vernacular.
This high quality scheme includes a mix of two apartment buildings, 17 wharf houses and quayside restaurants. The proposed composition of buildings is organised around the upper quayside, allowing the working harbour to remain at the heart of the character of South Quay.
Matt Williams, Associate at FCBStudios said: “The design and consultation process for the project has been incredibly complex. Since our outline proposals were approved in 2012, the scheme has been subjected to intense scrutiny from UNESCO and national heritage bodies. Through regular dialogue during the design development, we have succeeded in creating a scheme that is both historically responsive and forward looking. We are thrilled to have gained the support of the key stakeholders – on local, national and international levels.’’
The proposal achieved unanimous support from the local community and Cornwall Council in December 2017, however the final decision was deferred until further discussions with UNESCO had taken place.
A new café and common room for Kellogg College Oxford has been named as one of 12 projects shortlisted for an RIBA Regional Award in the South of England.
Kellogg College Hub is the cultural and social centrepiece of the University of Oxford’s largest and most international graduate college. As both the practice and the University’s first Passivhaus certified project, the building has been designed to have a very small environmental impact but a large social impact for the College.
The building’s character aspires to be calm, confident and enduring. Its architectural appearance is inspired by the confluence of garden walls; with soft red brick laid to an English garden bond in response to nearby original walls. The metal frieze above these walls refers to Victorian garden architecture with a pattern suggesting a foliate canopy and becomes a filigree the south terrace.
James Robinson, RIBA Regional Director said of the shortlist:“We have a very strong shortlist of buildings for the RIBA Regional Awards in the South and South East this year. The standard and variety of the entries is high; from private houses to the larger public and institutional buildings.
“The shortlist also demonstrates the fantastic amount of design talent in the region, in practices both large and small, local and working nationally or indeed, internationally.
“The region has an amazing architectural heritage with buildings that have the capacity to amaze, inspire and improve our quality of life. This year’s RIBA Regional Awards shortlist in the South and South East show that they are still being built.”
All shortlisted buildings will be assessed by a regional jury with the winning buildings announced at an Awards evening and reception at Mercedes-Benz World on Thursday 17 May.
St Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School in Battersea has been praised in the Wandsworth Design Awards for making a positive contribution to the local environment and setting a good example to others.
The school, part of the Battersea Exchange regeneration scheme, is a brand new building providing expanded facilities, and faces directly onto the new public square at the centre of the development. The judges commented that the school "asserts itself in the street scene".
The school is arranged around a central courtyard and a series of terraced play spaces including a spectacular rooftop multi-use games area, all of which offer a sound foundation for learning.
The award ceremony took place on 16 March, with the school being recognised as one of six winners of the prize.
FCBStudios has pledged its support for the London Festival of Architecture’s Elephant Campaign #SeeTheElephant.
Aimed at ‘tackling the elephant in the room’ we support the anti-discrimination campaign, and join with the other supporters to pledge positive actions to stamp it out for good.
Managing Partner, Geoff Rich said “Achieving genuine equality in the workplace is a product of a diverse and supportive practice. At FCBStudios, we support and encourage all of our practice to build an inspired, talented and committed group of people in an open and communicative environment."
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FCBStudios Partner Simon Carter has arrived in Cannes as part of the 2018 Legal and General Cycle to MIPIM.
Simon has completed his first Cycle to Cannes event, cycling over 1,000km of the 1,500km from London to the MIPIM property fair in Cannes in 6 days. The 190 riders have raised over half a million pounds for children's charity Coram. You can still donate via Simon's fundraising page.
Full details of his epic journey, including his calorific intake, aches and pains and technical cycling knowhow can be found on Simon’s blog: Cycle journeys into south London.
Shakespeare's New Place has received a commendation in the Selwyn Goldsmith Awards for Universal Design at the 2018 Civic Trust Awards. Two commendations were given in addition to the overall winner, in memory of Selwyn’s wife Becky. Becky, who passed away in 2017, was an advocate for the awards programme and in particular the principles of universal design.
The conservation, renewal and extension to the Grade 1 listed Jacobean museum building and its landscaped garden setting aimed to improve the visitor welcome of New Place and meet the access demands of a 21st Century audience. The scheme facilitates a new and enhanced way in which to view and experience the historic site and gardens. New Place reopened in August 2016 for the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
The 59th Annual Civic Trust Awards ceremony took place in Manchester on Friday 9 March.
The official opening of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire's brand new £57 million home was marked by a visit from HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex KG GCVO on Sunday 11 March.
His Royal Highness oversaw a plaque unveiling ceremony prior to a gala performance in his honour. The Royal Conservatoire’s Symphony Orchestra and Chorus was conducted by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s (CBSO) Music Director, Mirga Grazinytė-Tyla in the Conservatoire’s 500-seat Concert Hall.
HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex said:"This evening's celebration is not just about the United Kingdom's first purpose-built music college for a generation, but also a prefix which recognises the fantastic contribution this institution has made to music education over many years.
The past is merely the foundation for the next stage, when these unrivalled facilities will hopefully inspire students to greater achievements; which in turn will enhance Birmingham’s reputation as a vibrant centre in the world of music and can only lead to wider recognition and appreciation."
The Gala Opening Concert sold out, and will be broadcast on Radio 3 at 19.30 on Monday 12 March and available for 30 days via iplayer.
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has awarded Long Live Southbank and Southbank Centre a community growth and development grant of £700k to develop the Queen Elizabeth Hall Undercroft as an extended skate space and inclusive new children and young people’s creative education centre.
The plans drawn up by FCBStudios, and approved by Lambeth Council, reconfigure the existing Undercroft to allow for an extension of the internationally renowned skate space and restoration of some original 1960s banks and concrete paving. The development will also see the creation of a new learning and education space, organised by the Southbank Centre, to deliver its vision for even greater provision of educational arts and culture facilities for young people.
Sadiq Khan, said: “I am using this funding to challenge preconceptions about how regeneration takes place. I want to give all Londoners – regardless of background – the opportunity to be actively involved in their city and have more places to live, learn, work and play.”
The Undercroft, on London’s South Bank, will receive this grant as part of the Mayor of London’s £70 million Good Growth Fund, which drives investments in community growth and development across the capital.
FCBStudios have recently completed the refurbishment of the Hayward Gallery which is now open, and the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room due to open in April.
FCBStudios founding partner Peter Clegg is visiting Australia and New Zealand this March on a short lecture tour.
This will be Peter’s first lecture tour in Australia, during which he will discuss his architectural philosophy and vision, demonstrating how these are incorporated into the work and practice of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and touching on sustainable design and designing for education and living.
Tickets for both events are available to the public. For more information see our March event listings.
To mark the final days of our Architecture for Health and Wellbeing exhibition we are looking at how we help preserve healthy, social and working environments in our own studios.
The success of our work relies on creative collaboration, both within the studio culture and with our clients and collaborators. Our studios are very sociable spaces where morning and afternoon coffee and tea are scheduled into the day, and a healthy, homemade lunch is provided by our inhouse chefs. The conversations that happen away from our desks, and the wider vision we have when we step away from the computer is as valuable to our individual wellbeing as it is to the design process.
'Architecture for Health and Wellbeing' closes on 6 March.
Planning approval for the Specialist Research Facility lab building, part of the Edinburgh University School of Biological Sciences development has been given, the last of five planning permissions for the project.
The re-development of the Darwin Building, a ten-storey 1960s tower and its surrounding buildings will create a physical and metaphorical heart for the School of Biological Sciences. It will act as a gateway to biology on the King's Buildings Campus with state-of-the-art laboratories for more than 350 researchers, an advanced technology hub, space to co-locate and support future growth and a focal point for outreach activities.
Sam Tyler, Partner at FCBStudios said "We are delighted that this important and exciting project now has the full go ahead to realise the potential of the Darwin Building and create a place for collaboration and creativity between academics, students and the wider community. "
When completed in 2021, the New School of Biological Sciences will integrate existing and new buildings into one cohesive mini-campus with a total of 30,000m² of research space and house more than 800 scientists – a powerhouse of biological research and translation in the UK.
FCBStudios have been shortlisted in the Building Design Architect of the Year Awards in the Higher Education category.
The award entry celebrates the ongoing strength and diversity of our Higher Education work: New faculty buildings like the Faculty of Arts for Warwick University and the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Edinburgh; Specialist facilities, such as the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Manchester School of Art; Learning resources, including the new Library for the University of Roehampton and The Hive in Worcester; Student hubs such as The College Hub at Kellogg College Oxford and the Richmond Building for The University of Bristol; and student residences including The Atlas in Vauxhall London and Vita student housing in Manchester and Leeds.
FCBStudios are one of six shortlisted practices for the award, which will be announced on April 18.
The chairs are designed to resemble a display case but without the glass, and dare you to break through the barrier of that implied case to sit inside.
The rope itself is soft and appealing to the touch, its woven design beautiful to look at and complex enough to maker you curious as to how it was made.
Bid now on ebay for the chairs. Auction ends 28 February.
The new masterplan will provide a framework for investment over the next ten years and beyond including the future of the central campus in Liverpool, and the development of proposals for existing buildings, new-build facilities, and the public realm.
Geoff Rich, Managing Partner, FCBStudios said: "We are really excited at the opportunity to apply our skills and experience to the University of Liverpool Masterplan. The central campus includes a fantastic range of historic buildings and new-build opportunities, and we're keen to help integrate these with the city’s renewed energy and unique civic identity."
A spokesperson from the University said: "The estate strategy and masterplan will be a key underpinning pillar to the University’s Strategy 2026, supporting the institutions' ambitious aims, as well as providing a framework for investment over the next ten years and beyond."
This is the first project based in Liverpool for the practice.
FCBStudios and Belfast City Council have developed a Masterplan to guide the future development of the Inner North West area of Belfast city centre.
The area covers 42.4 acres and is located in the city centre. The masterplan looks at the assets, challenges and opportunities and sets out design principles and character areas which could help improve this part of the city.
The city centre between Donegall Square and Donegall Street will be transformed to create a vibrant place to live, work, shop and relax across a series of mixed use neighbourhoods. Ulster University’s campus, new investment, student housing and the existing character will provide a welcoming quarter embodied by creativity, innovation, culture, 24-hour activity and well-being in the heart of the city centre.
Comments are invited on the Inner North West Masterplan so that we can ensure it is fit for purpose and meets the many needs of the city and those who live, work and visit here. Consultation closes on 8 May 2018. Full details of presentations and opening times can be seen on Belfast City Council Website.
FCBStudios Associate Matt Williams will welcome RIBA President Ben Derbyshire on a visit to clients, members and students in Devon and Cornwall on 1-2 March.
On the Cornwall leg of his two day tour, the RIBA President will meet with Cornwall Council and visit key Cornish projects with Matt, including South Quay Hayle, designed by FCBStudios and awarded RIBA South West Project of the Year 2015.
Matt is currently working on the second phase of the regeneration of Hayle Harbour, a historically significant, post-industrial landscape within the UNESCO Devon and Cornwall World Heritage Site, and is working closely with Cornwall Council to improve design quality in the region.
FCBStudios are again joining Manchester at MIPIM as Associates, championing the Greater Manchester region at the world’s leading real estate exhibition and conference.
FCBStudios Partner, Simon Doody has extensive experience in designing in the Higher Education sector, low energy workplace buildings, as well as residential development and mixed-use masterplans in the UK and overseas.
He has led the design of a number of major Manchester projects including the award-winning Business School and Student Union for Manchester Metropolitan University, followed by further commissions the University Library redevelopment and a new Screen School. He is currently overseeing the design of the student housing and serviced apartment buildings on the Circle Square site for Bruntwood and Select Property Group and is working with CEG on a new mixed-use scheme on High Street Manchester.
Simon said “For nearly a decade I have spent much of my time working in Manchester. The City is continually moving forward and there is a real excitement and gravity at the moment with some very large city-forming developments taking place in the City. At MIPIM I’ll be representing FCBStudios but also supporting our clients who are showing projects. And of course, I’ll be there to make new friends and connections.”
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FCBStudios have designed the renovation of the Hayward Gallery to transform and modernise the iconic cultural venue for generations to come.
This restoration and redesign is primarily a conservation project with the aim of replacing building services, improving environmental performance and upgrading infrastructure to support an ever-widening artistic programme. This foundation of renewal and upgrade of the existing building will give the Gallery a new lease of life and a low maintenance future.
Most noticeably, the building’s 66 iconic pyramid rooflights and ceilings underneath have undergone a complete redesign and now allow the galleries to be flooded with controllable natural light.
Ian Taylor, Partner at FCBStudios said “the new combination of solar shading pyramids reimagines the original rooflights. High performance skylights, individually adjustable blinds and acoustic coffers provide curators and artists with complete versatility from blackout up to controlled levels of natural daylight with views up to the sky.”
The Hayward Gallery reopens to the public on the 25th January 2018, in time for its 50th birthday in June, with the UK’s first major retrospective of photographer Andreas Gursky. The upper galleries now have controllable natural light and we hope to have finally achieved Henry Moore’s wishes for the galleries to be filled with 'God's good daylight'. Read more about how we have let the light in here.
FCBStudios Partner Simon Carter will be joining the Legal & General Real Assets Cycle to MIPIM 2018. This is the first time Simon has joined the ride, taking the FCBStudios cycling baton from Managing Partner Geoff Rich who has completed the cycle challenge five times.
The Cycle will cover almost 1,500km from London to Cannes over six days, arriving in time for the international real estate show MIPIM in March 2018. Simon will be one of 150 property professionals raising money for ClubPeloton charities, including the children's charity Coram.
In the lead up to the trip, Simon will be documenting both his training rides and some forgotten architectural gems of South London on his blog Cycle Journeys into South London.
Simon said: "Rather than just tediously blogging about all the long training miles I’m doing for Cycle to MIPIM in March, I’ll be visiting forgotten architectural gems dotted around the sprawl of South London on my regular dark and lonely 50 mile cycle commute from Sussex to London. I’d be very grateful if you could sponsor me for the ride and help to raise crucial funding for the essential work that Coram do for vulnerable children and their families in London and across the UK."
You can donate to Simon’s fundraising page here.
At the centre of West Dean College’s 'Vision 2027' is a £25million masterplan for investment in campus development and outreach, by FCBStudios, which will cement the College’s position as a unique place of learning with a remarkable story, heritage and reputation for arts and conservation.
The ten-year Vision includes a new library and archive space to support scholarship and research and to safeguard the College's phenomenal archive. Student workshops will be designed to encourage excellence and to meet growth, and an exhibition centre will be situated in the heart of the College's remarkable gardens for the display of iconic works from the College's collection.
Exciting artistic and educational projects to further outreach include the creation of an outdoor classroom for visiting school groups and families, short-stay cabins in the arboretum, and sculptures around the beautiful and extensive grounds.
FCBStudios Managing Partner Geoff Rich commented: "West Dean is an inspiring place which we have grown to know well over the past 10 years or so. As such we were thrilled to be invited to assist the College with this hugely important masterplan. Our proposals seek to conserve and sustain the cherished qualities of a truly unique place, whilst integrating new ideas and solutions to meet its range of future needs."
As part of the ongoing regeneration of the former Ministry of Hotels and Tourism building in Yangon, Turquoise Mountain Myanmar aims to train over 1,000 people in traditional building skills and set precedents with the government, the property industry and the public as to how to preserve and use Myanmar’s heritage buildings. The revitalisation of the old Burma Tourist Building in the historic downtown area will create a publicly accessible landmark at the heart of the city.
This week we are showcasing his photographs on FCBStudios Instagram.
Following on-site workshops by master plasterer Philip Gaches, local craftsmen are repairing external and internal plaster work. Visiting from the UK, Philip shared his expert knowledge in the use and conservation of traditional lime plaster. Delivered to craftsmen, masons and keen novices alike, the workshops included approaches to casting, moulding and in-situ modelling.
Closed off for many years, key interventions aim to make this highly visible building far more accessible to the public, while still being respectful to the existing fabric and original features. The ground floor will be completely opened up, returning some of the original grandeur to a building once used as a department store. At roof level, a generous new canopy provides shelter to a public garden and events space, where visitors will be able to enjoy unparalleled views of the neighbouring Sule Pagoda.
The first of four lunchtime recitals by BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists will take place at 1pm today, Tuesday 9 January. Trumpeter Simon Höfele will start the series with pianist Mariam Batsashvili, bass baritone Ashley Riches and the Quatuor Arod each giving a lunchtime recital on successive Tuesdays for broadcast later in the year.
A planning application for city centre apartments on Academy Street in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter has been submitted.
If approved, the 19 storey development comprising 105 one and two bed apartments will be the first 'build to rent' proposal in Belfast. Designs include an active ground floor with communal space for tenants, management facilities and a proposed café / retail unit.
Anthony Best, Director of Lacuna Developments explained: "Belfast is playing catch-up with this shift in residential development and investment. Despite ambitious plans to increase the city’s population by 66,000 by 2035, our proposal for Academy Street is currently the only build to rent development proposed in the city."
…and all the best for the New Year.
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios will be closed for the holidays from 5pm on Friday 22 December until 9am on Tuesday 2 January.
We look forward to seeing you in the New Year.
Bath Abbey has received permission from the Consistory Court of the Church of England to replace the pews in the main body of the church with chairs once the historic floor has been repaired as part of the Footprint project. This is a key part of the wider scheme and will enable the nave to be restored to its original historic volume (as during the Georgian period), revealing of hundreds of the carved gravestones which have been hidden under the pews for over 150 years. It will also make it possible for people of different physical ability to sit where they choose, provide a more flexible space for a wide variety of traditional and contemporary worship, and enable a wider range of community uses as part of the life of the city.
Geoff Rich, Managing Partner at FCBStudios commented that: "We are delighted for Bath Abbey and all the people who have put so much time, care and thought into preparing a detailed case for the careful conservation of an amazing historic building whilst enhancing its social, religious and civic life at the heart of Bath."
Our new exhibition Architecture for Health and Wellbeing is now open at our London office in Fitzrovia.
Since we spend 90% of our time indoors, and 65% of that in our homes, the impact of buildings on our health is huge.
As well as the obvious need for fresh air and daylight, the buildings in which we live, work and play also impact upon our social interactions, our access to open space, and our ability to get involved in our communities.
Through this exhibition we look at a number of projects by FCBStudios that illustrate how we help preserve healthy, social and working environments, showcasing how good design makes a difference to people’s lives.
An accompanying series of talks and events will be announced in January.
Shakespeare’s ‘New Place’ in Stratford-upon-Avon has been selected from 234 applications entered into the 2018 Civic Trust Awards, as one of only three winners in this year’s Selwyn Goldsmith Awards for Universal Design. This special award recognises universal design excellence in the built environment and the other winners are Burrell Foley Fischer’s Depot Cinema and BDP’s National Army Museum.
New Place was Shakespeare’s family home from 1597 until his death there in 1616. The house was demolished in 1702 and a registered garden has been designed to commemorate the importance of the site. FCBStudios were appointed by the Shakespeare Birth Place Trust to not only improve the visitor welcome of New Place and Nash's House, but to meet the access demands of a 21st century audience and facilitate a new and enhanced way in which to view and experience the historic site and gardens.
The site re-opened to the public in August 2016 for the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
The scheme will receive either an Award or Commendation at the Civic Trust Awards ceremony in March 2018.
Click here to see the complete list of the 60 winning projects for 2018.
Huge congratulations to Geoff Rich and the Cycle Myanmar expedition team who have completed their 550 km cycle from Yangon to Mandalay and back over 10 days to raise nearly £35,000 for charity Article 25.
But it’s not just cycling. Having started in Yangon with workshops on BREEAM, healthcare architecture and architectural photography the 15-strong group, which also included Peter Murray, Tom Dollard, Grant Smith and Tim Wiseman, visited 10 regional health centres, a primary school and a township hospital to survey their facilities and get an insight into the challenges and successes of the existing healthcare infrastructure. Along the way they have met hundreds of locals who shared their stories and welcomed them into their homes.
Since 2015, Article 25 has been helping with the regeneration of Yangon General Hospital, one of the largest and most important public healthcare institutions in Myanmar. Article 25 was asked to draw up a masterplan for the hospital and now has teams in Myanmar and London providing technical advice and guidance on the refurbishment. The charity’s plan includes using local skills to create a long-term sustainable hospital. This research into Myanmar’s healthcare provision, local capacity and knowledge will go a long way to ensuring that Article 25’s involvement in renewing and expanding free public health facilities in Myanmar can continue to be effective.
FCBStudios has teamed up with Bristol Zoological Society (BZS), landscape architect Grant Associates and the Richard Feilden Foundation in a project to save Madagascar’s critically endangered wildlife, including the blue-eyed black lemur, and their forest habitat.
The project will help BZS to develop its existing field research centre and eco-tourist camp in the heart of Ankarafa Forest on the Sahamalaza Peninsula, part of Radama National Park. This north western part of Madagascar is one of the most biodiverse on earth and lies within an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
The project aims to improve Ankarafa’s existing basic field research facility and to help develop a strategy for the future management of the Forest. The team wants to help protect the forest from continuing deforestation, while helping to secure the future livelihood of its people.
Peter Clegg, chair of the Richard Feilden Foundation and senior partner at FCBStudios, commented: "We are delighted to be working on this exciting collaboration as part of the Richard Feilden Foundation's ongoing work in Africa. The RFF was set up in memory of architect Richard Feilden. His connections with East Africa inspired him to share his skills and enthusiasm in order to make the world a better place, and this is a fitting project for the foundation to contribute to.
"Architects from FCBStudios will be providing innovative architectural and building design expertise for the remote location in Ankarafa Forest, designing a series of simple buildings that will form the research camp for Bristol Zoo in northern Madagascar."
Watch our new film and take a look inside Spreehalle, Berlin.
Spreehalle is the transformation of a disused factory in the Treptow- Köpenick area of Berlin into a cluster of artists ateliers. It provides ‘raw space’ – space and volume to be fitted out by the end users. It is evocative of its industrial ancestry and provides space for artists, creative users and small businesses to live and work within ateliers in the truest sense of the word.
Construction work has begun on two commercial buildings at Circle Square, Manchester.
Circle Square is an exciting new neighbourhood in the heart of Manchester City Centre which will include homes, offices, a hotel, shops, restaurants and bars around a new public outdoor area called ‘The Green’.
The commercial buildings, 2 and 4 Circle Square, will stand at 14 storeys and 17 storeys tall respectively to create a new street front for Oxford Road and a clearly defined route leading into The Green. They will provide a combined total of 400,000sq ft of office space with ground and first floor retail.
Designed as a modern interpretation of the classical proportions of the 19th century commercial buildings of the Whitworth Street Conservation area, they are due to be completed in early 2020. The high quality, sustainable offices will provide flexible and adaptable space for contemporary businesses to flourish.
This 1200-student residential school on a 20-acre site near the centre of Dhaka, is one of eighteen planned locations in a network of state of the art K12 schools being established by His Highness the Aga Khan in Africa, the Middle East, Central and South Asia and Europe.
The Aga Khan Academies aim to support long-term national and regional development by providing an international standard of education and strong leadership experience to talented students. The students are selected based on merit, regardless of socio-economic background, and will become future home-grown leaders.
Ian Taylor, FCBStudios Managing Partner said: “The design approach applies FCBStudios’ educational experience to interpret the Aga Khan Academy brief within the wider context of Dhaka. The design is developing to encompass local construction technology, locally sourced materials and components wherever possible. Climatic challenges relating to humidity control and management of conditions in the monsoon season are addressed through the development of appropriate low energy solutions to ventilation and cooling.”
WAF is the world’s largest architectural awards programme, with a total of 924 entries received this year from projects located in 68 countries across the world.
‘Hill House’ designed by partner Mike Keys and his wife Anne Claxton was screened on Grand Designs: House of the Year. The special four-part Channel 4 series presented by Kevin McCloud, follows the RIBA House of the Year Awards for the best new house, designed by an architect, in the UK.
Hill House, set in a conservation area on the northern slopes of Bath, is a modernist three-bedroom single storey house built as a family home. Having won a RIBA South West Award 2017, the project joined the shortlist of 20 schemes put forward for the House of the Year award.
The modernist house replaces a 1960’s bungalow on a 0.3-acre site opposite a Georgian terrace and in a city renowned for its historic and Grade-II listed buildings. The sensitive choice of brick gives the building a distinctive colour tone and texture designed to soften the minimal lines and harmonise with the adjacent ashlar Bath stone villas and terraces.
The house, with its largely solid north facing façade, has a mostly glazed south elevation, allowing the warm, tulip wood interior, to open onto the garden, looking out to the immediate surroundings and views into the city of Bath beyond.
Photo by Andy Matthews
We are delighted to announce that the first phase of housing at Kirkstall Forge was voted through unanimously by committee members at a planning meeting last night in Leeds.
Located within the stunning natural landscape of the Kirkstall Valley along the banks of the River Aire, and just six minutes from central Leeds by train, this 23 hectare site will provide a contemporary urban village creating spaces for future generations to live, work, and explore.
The first phase of housing will create 112 new homes along with shops, cafés and restaurants, situated around a new central public square, with a new bridge and railway station opposite.
FCBStudios led the masterplan for this pioneering neighbourhood in Leeds.
Full planning permission has been granted, subject to planning agreements, for up to 100 residential dwellings on part of the former BRE campus in Bricket Wood, Hertfordshire, for Crest Nicholson.
The development is a mix of terraced houses, linear courtyard houses and apartment blocks set within a series of public green spaces and private gardens, conceived as an extension to the existing natural woodland beyond. Designed as a flexible and adaptable arrangement of homes, a minimum of 35% of the homes will be affordable.
The continued operation and maintenance of a listed 1941 replica of The Mohne Dam, is included within the planning agreement.
Jason Cornish, Partner at FCBStudios said “The development in Bricket Wood has been designed to be an exemplary housing development reflecting the ethos of the BRE and drawing on FCBStudios experience of creating sustainable residential developments that provide the spaces to build communities.”
We are delighted that Bedales School in Hampshire has been named RIBA Client of the Year 2017. Nominated by FCBStudios, the school was the client for the recently completed Art and Design Building and also for the RIBA Award-winning Olivier Theatre, completed by FCBStudios in 1996.
Judge Tom Bloxham said “This relatively small building demonstrates the ability to deliver something of value with a constrained budget. The students of Bedales were at the centre of the process from the outset…It’s great to see an institution like a school putting so much energy and effort into its architecture, hopefully other schools and institutions can take inspiration.”
Four FCBStudios projects have been announced as Regional Finalists in the 2018 Civic Trust Awards. Kellogg College Hub, Oxford; Mildmay, London, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Shakespeare’s New Place, Stratford have all been recognised by the awards scheme as outstanding architecture, planning and design in the built environment.
Shakespeare’s New Place, and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire have also been shortlisted for the Selwyn Goldsmith Award for Universal Design.
The aim of the Civic Trust Awards is to encourage the very best in architecture and environmental design, to improve the built environment for us all through design, sustainability, inclusiveness and accessibility, but also to reward projects that offer a positive cultural, social, economic or environmental benefit to their local communities.
The National Winners will be announced on 14 December 2017 and the 58th Annual Civic Trust Awards Ceremony will be held in Manchester on Friday 9th March 2018.
Over the past months we have held a series of Salons to explore how we can accommodate growth through maximising the opportunity for more of us to engage in more diverse activities, in more places in the city.
FCBStudios joined forces with Useful Projects, Expedition, Social Life and Grant Associates for the IntenCity salons, to explore whether a visionary and innovative response to current urban design trends allows for an increase in urban intensity and density – ultimately accommodating growth while delivering both a positive social and economic agenda?
The partners hosted three Salons that brought together the private and public sector, cross-disciplinary professionals, academics, developers and planners. Through discussion based around loose themes of social interactions in cities, environmental infrastructure and urban design, a set of principles emerged. The Salons and these principles are captured on the new website: http://urban-intencity.com
Peter Smithson’s ‘walks within the walls' were originally conducted in September 1966 and published in the October 1969 issue of Architectural Design.
With an introduction by Simon Smithson, Peter Smithson’s original walks have now been revised and reprinted by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Bath Preservation Trust, with the permission of the Smithson Family Collection and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
'Walks within the walls' takes its readers on a physical and philosophical journey around the historic streets of Bath as they flow into the natural landscape surrounding the city. Yet, this is a publication that is as much about modernity as it is about the past. The walks encourage us to slow down, think and look, as Smithson did in 1966. They reveal the originality of form, the ingenuity of designers and the understanding of materials that illustrates the innovation of the 18th and early 19th century. Through his eyes we see not a static city of a frozen past, but a ‘live shell’ that has much to teach and inspire our ideas of current and future design.
The book can be bought via The Bath Preservation Trust and will be launched at the Alison and Peter Smithson: Ideas, Impact, Architecture Symposium on 4 November.
FCBStudios Manchester Office has signed up again to the RIBA NW Mentoring Scheme. This year, Adam Booth and Pete Mitchell will work with students from architecture schools in the northwest of England.
The mentoring scheme is intended to give students an insight into practice and to enhance their learning experience. Last academic year, around 900 students and 450 mentors took part in the RIBA student mentoring scheme around the country and FCBStudios is proud to be part of this programme.
The first mentoring session of the year will take place in November at the MMU Business School.
For more details about the RIBA Mentoring programme click here.
Westminster City Council has resolved to grant permission for the New Outpatients Building at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, designed by FCBStudios.
St Mary’s is the major acute hospital for north-west London, as well as a major trauma centre. The eight-storey building will bring together outpatient services currently spread across the site from 40 different locations and include associated works regarding access, servicing and patient drop-off facilities.
Designed to improve clinical outcomes and patient experience, the building will serve around half a million patients a year, allowing the hospital to meet the demands of a diverse and growing environment.
Sara Grohmann, Partner, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios said: "This has been a key project for the practice in the healthcare sector. A carefully designed building that will substantially upgrade St Mary’s outpatients facilities and will create a new carefully crafted addition to the surrounding neighbourhood.”
The design of the New OutpatientsBuilding has been developed on the understanding that it will be the first part of a wider masterplan, which will ensure that St. Mary’s Hospital can continue to successfully operate as the major acute hospital for north west London.
CEG has submitted a hybrid planning application for a new mixed-use community on a 3.52 hectare site just minutes from the new southern entrance to Leeds City Station.
FCBStudios is working with developer CEG on plans to transform the former industrial site into an exceptional living and working environment which celebrates its rich historic character. The plans include detailed planning permission for two office buildings totalling 26,100m² with ground floor retail and leisure, as well as outline planning for a 104,000m² mixed-use development, 750 homes and new public spaces and landscaping.
The site is part of the South Bank regeneration area and aims to create a sustainable community that connects areas of Holbeck and Beeston to Leeds City Centre through a network of safe and attractive cycle and walking routes and public spaces.
Jon Kenny, development director at CEG explained: “This is a derelict site where we can deliver a vibrant mixed-use strategic development of a critical mass and international quality that can enable this regeneration area to become a true gateway into the city, reconnecting local communities.”
Alex Whitbread, partner at FCBStudios, said: “FCBStudios is proud of its commitment to Leeds. It’s a privilege for us to be working with CEG on the wider South Bank proposals, which are truly a once in lifetime opportunity to transform the city for the 21st Century.”
FCBStudios are also working with CEG on Kirkstall Forge, Leeds.
Kaunas City Municipality and competition organisers Malcolm Reading Consultants have announced the three finalists in the open anonymous design contest for the new circa €30m Kaunas M.K. Čiurlionis Concert Centre.
We are delighted to reveal that FCBStudios are one of the final three selected out of 117 teams that entered the contest from 36 countries.
The new Concert Centre will provide a much-needed world-class performance venue for Lithuania Regenerative project for the European Capital of Culture 2022 that will foreground the River Nemunas and revitalise a central area close to the historic Old Town.
Jonas Audėjaitis, Kaunas Faculty Dean, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Member of Kaunas City Council and competition juror, said: "the finalists won us over with their understanding of the scale of the city, with sensibly planned and coherent strategies, and with an iconography that resonated particularly with Kaunas. Of course these are early concept designs and the final scheme chosen by the city will develop further."
The three finalist practices, which also includes Adam Khan Architects and UAB Baltic Engineers will each receive a €25,000 honorarium and go into a second stage process.
We have recently published a new sector brochure entitled ‘Health and Wellbeing’ which is now available to download on our website.
We spend around 90% of our lives in buildings, 65% in our homes: The impact that buildings have on our physical and mental wellbeing should not be underestimated. Through air quality, natural light and thermal comfort, as well as the communities we live and work in and our relationship to nature, this can be addressed.
The brochure illustrates how we have sought to address health and wellbeing issues across a range of housing, masterplanning, educational, commercial and healthcare projects, and the lessons we have learned through Post Occupancy Evaluation.
London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI) launches the Getting to Zero report today, outlining energy policy proposals.
LETI is a network of over 150 built environment professionals, including Dr Joe Jack Williams, researcher at FCBStudios, working together to put London on the path to a zero carbon future.
Established to work collaboratively, LETI has to put together evidence-based recommendations for two pieces of policy – the new London Environment Strategy and the rewrite of the London Plan.
LETI acknowledges that global temperature rise needs to be kept below 1.5 degrees to avoid catastrophic climate change. To achieve this, all new buildings must operate at Net Zero Carbon by 2030 and existing buildings by 2050.
As a global city, London has a responsibility to help lead the transition to a low carbon future. LETI believes that current energy policy relating to carbon emissions in buildings in London will not deliver Net Zero Carbon for new buildings by 2030 and therefore recommends a series of proposals to be implemented in policy to get London on the right trajectory.
Joe Jack Williams said “LETI has created a practical route for London to become a zero carbon city. Beyond simply stating the need, we’ve gone into the detail of how the city can produce a culture of creating zero carbon buildings that hasn’t existed before within the UK.”
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Birmingham Conservatoire opens its doors to students today with the news that the performing arts institution has been granted a Royal title by Her Majesty The Queen.
The music and drama academy will be renamed the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, joining a select list of performing arts institutions bearing the Royal imprimatur.
Principal of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, internationally renowned cellist and conductor Professor Julian Lloyd Webber, said: “With our new name and suitably magnificent new home we intend to set the global benchmark for music and drama education and performance.
“This is a hugely significant moment for music and drama education in the UK. The Royal title bears testimony to the value the Conservatoire rightly places on the importance of the performing arts in all our lives.”
FCBStudios is supporting the RIBA Future Architects Pledge campaign with a charitable donation to the programme.
Announced at the inauguration of new RIBA president Ben Derbyshire this week, the RIBA Future Architects Pledge will support the architectural community in making architecture accessible to all including the RIBA Student Hardship Fund and National Schools Programme.
The RIBA wants more young people to be enthused about the joys of architecture, and believes that anyone dreaming of becoming an architect should have the opportunity to do so.
The seventh annual office to office cycle ride arrived safely at the FCBStudios London office yesterday.
Three groups of cyclists pedalled from our Manchester and Bath offices following three all-new routes.
The 14 cyclists clocked up more than 2000 miles between them, making time en route for a few wrong turns, a site visit to our newly completed Roehampton Library, lots of ice cream and pub lunches and to post plenty of photos on Twitter.
Follow their journeys here.
The annual FCBStudios office to office cycle ride returns for 2017. Fourteen cyclists will ride from our Bath and Manchester offices to rendezvous at the London office on Sunday afternoon for a well deserved beer and pizza.
This year, three rides will take place, catering for three levels of enthusiasm and ambition: A social two-day cycle from Bath to London, staying overnight in Oxford, mainly following the Kennet and Avon Canal path and National Cycle Route 57; a speedier one-day cycle between Bath and London; and for the real enthusiasts, a challenging two-day cycle from our Manchester Office to London following the Rapha M2L route.
"If I could insist upon one thing for this project, it would be that there should be all manner of incidental places to be – places to sit, to draw, to fall in love, to do all the things that happen when you are at Bedales that make it such a wonderful place to be." Matthew Rice, chair of the governors, Bedales School
Bedales School has been shortlisted for the RIBA Client of the Year Award, to honour the key role that a good client plays in the creation of fine architecture.
Tom Jarman, Partner at FCBStudios and project lead on Bedales School Art and Design Building, said: "The manner and spirit of the conversations with Matthew Rice, chair of governors, and others at the school was so influential – it was a co-authorship in the truest sense. It is a building after a philosophy of being – the ethos of the school is manifest throughout."
FCBStudios client Manchester Metropolitan University won the prize in 2014 following the completion of its Business School and School of Art buildings. The 2017 Award will be announced at the Stirling Prize ceremony on 31 October.
Birmingham Conservatoire’s new state-of-the-art home, which opens its doors today, is the first purpose-built music college to be constructed in the UK since 1987 and the only one in the country which has been specifically designed to cater for the demands of the digital age.
Part of Birmingham City University, the £57 million Birmingham Conservatoire boasts five new public performance spaces, including a 500-seat concert hall, a 150-seat recital hall and a 100-seat organ studio as well as the East Side Jazz Club.
Tom Jarman, Partner for FCBStudios said “One of the unusual characteristics of a conservatoire is that it is a place for making lots of different music at the same time. Therefore acoustic separation and the creation of differentiated and tuned musical environments were top of the list of priorities.
"We took the approach that the building should feel, and be, very solid in its nature; that the individual spaces should feel like they have been carved from a block and that the many different scales of space – from 15m3 practice rooms to the 8,000m3 concert hall – should feel as though held within a solid matrix of built fabric. The connective tissue between these spaces for making music are the foyers and circulation spaces, sized according to the capacity of the spaces they serve. In this regard, the main foyer, serving the five major performance venues is a rich and spatially diverse environment of connective routes that link street to university campus, and lower ground to second floor concert hall.”
Professor Philip Plowden, Vice-Chancellor, Birmingham City University said “this is not just a state-of-the-art home for developing the next generation of talented and versatile performers, but it will also enrichen and deepen the university experience for all our students, who will be able to make full use of its facilities and enjoy the rich programme of events planned.”
FCBStudios have pledged to join Cycle to Work Day, Wednesday 13 September. Alongside our regular cycle commuters, fair-weather cyclists and new converts will join together in pedalling to work.
2017 is the fifth anniversary of the event celebrating everyday cycling. Nearly 30,000 cyclists nationwide have already pledged to ride on the day, destined to clock up nearly one million miles on their cycle commute.
Cyclists at FCBStudios can look forward to a healthy breakfast on arrival at work, from 'Vitaliser Veggie Bagels' to breakfast smoothies, as drunk by Team Sky pro cyclists.
The leading UK architectural aid charity, Article 25, has announced the first supporters and cyclists for its cycle expedition in Myanmar (Burma) in Autumn 2017 which includes Managing Partner Geoff Rich from FCBStudios.
Taking place over 14 days in November 2017, the expedition aims to raise £50,000 to fund the future work of Article 25 in the area. The journey includes 500 miles of cycling around the country from Yangon to Mandalay and back, passing via Yangon General Hospital, which is the site of the charity’s biggest project.
Geoff is volunteering his time for this important trip to assist with its collaborative research, to help find sustainable design solutions, and to secure much-needed funds for Article 25's future work.
Geoff Rich said: "Riding bikes is a great way to help to understand people and places and I know how cycling with others can help to build important collaborations and working relationships. I’m hoping our experience of working in Yangon, dealing with different kinds of existing buildings, as well as our experience of working in developing countries through the work of the Richard Feilden Foundation will be helpful to the Article 25 Myanmar Cycle Expedition.”
FCBStudios is currently working on a scheme to deliver the heritage led regeneration of one of Yangon Downtown’s important historic buildings for Turquoise Mountain. Our approach includes design collaborations with local architects and builders, and provision of on-site training for students and practitioners.
We are delighted to be shortlisted for two Archiboo web awards.
The Red House film, shortlisted for Best Use of Video, looks through the eyes of children and staff to capture the philosophy and everyday life of Plymouth School of Creative Arts. The film conveys the culture of the School and how students and staff are successfully interacting with the building and spaces.
In the Best Offline Experience category, our London studio gallery and event space has been shortlisted. Our inaugural exhibition ‘Made You Look’ opened in December 2016 in conjunction with the launch of our latest book ‘Made You Look’. We then hosted the AJ Small Project Awards opening party/exhibition, and currently on display is ‘Making More of Modernism’ which showcases three projects by FCBStudios working with existing 1960s buildings.
The awards ceremony will take place in London on Tuesday 19th September.
Developer CEG has submitted a detailed planning application for 112 new family homes and 20,500ft² of retail, leisure and community space set around a vibrant public square, designed by FCBStudios.
Kirkstall Forge is a new community within a secluded woodland valley just six minutes from Leeds by train. The mixed-use 57 acre development is underpinned by a series of proposed public spaces – a riverside boulevard, village square, events spaces and communal gardens along the river - and connecting routes which bring landscape into the heart of the community. This first phase of housing will provide a mix of spacious contemporary houses and apartments which makes the most of the surrounding landscape.
Andrew Macintosh, associate at FCBStudios, said: “Much of our inspiration has been taken from ‘model villages’ such as Saltaire and the steep terraced streets found in many Yorkshire towns. The communal, pedestrian-friendly areas in front of the homes also benefit from contemporary Scandinavian ideas about co-housing and will help to build a true sense of community amongst those who are lucky enough to be the first to move into this pioneering neighbourhood. This beautiful urban village creates spaces for a new generation to live, work and explore.”
The Alder Centre, located in Alder Hey Health Park Liverpool, has been providing a unique bereavement counselling service for those affected by the death of a child since they were establish in the late 1980’s.
To date, however, they have not had a purpose designed building and currently inhabit and make the most of the old oncology unit. FCBStudios were delighted to be shortlisted for a RIBA run competition seeking to address this and provide a new facility to allow the centre to expand their capability.
The project, a new typology, is without precedent and as such FCBStudios Partner, Peter Clegg commented that during our design development ‘we have tried to think about the building from inside out; to put ourselves in the position of visitors, volunteers, hospital workers and counsellors’. Each internal space, whether it is a private counselling room or a more communal space connects directly to an external walled garden. This allows the users to adapt their environment for their specific needs. It means activities can spill out into the purpose-designed gardens and enables each space to provide a unique experience.
Simon Branson, Associate at FCBStudios said ‘The work that the Alder Centre and their Counsellors undertake is remarkable and truly inspiring. It was one of those projects where the site visit touches you not only as an Architect but at a very human and emotional level. We are disappointed not to have won the competition on this occasion, but have been touched by the conversations and wish the Alder centre every success in the future.’
Private rental development aimed at the ‘millennial’ generation is set to add much-needed residential accommodation in Belfast city centre.
The £12million Exchange Street South development in the heart of Cathedral Quarter is Belfast's first ‘build to rent’ scheme. The proposed 19 storey Belfast development is aimed at young professionals under the age of 35 who are finding it increasingly difficult to get on the property ladder.
The development, which will contain approximately 120 apartments, will help to meet Belfast City Council’s ambition to increase city centre living and create 37,000 new homes by 2035.
Sam Tyler, Partner at FCBStudios said “Belfast and Northern Ireland produce highly talented, trained young people, but once they graduate, they leave. What we want to do is provide the kind of living environment that keeps them here.”
The plans have been welcomed by The Chartered Institute of Housing Northern Ireland and are currently undergoing public consultation with the aim of starting construction in summer 2018.
London’s most eagerly awaited heritage attraction, The Postal Museum, has opened its doors to the public for the first time.
FCBStudios have led the £26m project, backed by the HLF, to rebuild and extend the Royal Mail Museum at Mount Pleasant and restore a stretch of the historic underground railway.
The opening marks the end of an ambitious project to convert a disused Clerkenwell printing factory into the new museum site, and bring the disused ‘Mail Rail’ tunnels back to life as a ride for the first time in their 100 year history.
Adrian Steel, Director of The Postal Museum, said: “The museum itself opens up the chance for people to gain an insight into some of the quirky social history behind an incredible British invention – the post, whilst Mail Rail affords people a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore a slice of subterranean London, previously hidden from public view.”
Today The Postal Museum site opened for visitors, with a family extravaganza running throughout the summer holidays. Mail Rail will open on Monday 4 September 2017.
Image © The Postal Museum
Palmerston Court, a mixed-use residential development within the Nine Elms Development in Wandsworth has been granted planning consent.
The scheme will consist of four new blocks ranging in height from 9 to 16 storeys. The proposals will provide: 162 residential units, including 21% affordable shared ownership homes, with a private gym and indoor pool for residents, new commercial spaces, cultural space, a replacement pub for the community and affordable office spaces for small or start-up businesses.
A sequence of public courtyards and gardens through the centre of the development opens up the site and reconnects it with Battersea Park Road and its surroundings.
Stephane Lambert, associate for FCBStudios said: "We are delighted that, with London & Argyll Group, we have achieved planning on this scheme. We have designed a group of buildings that, through their massing, materiality and landscape, will create physical and visual links between Battersea’s existing community and the new developments of Nine Elms. Palmerston Court will be high quality housing that complements the character of the area and contributes to the on-going regeneration of the Battersea area and its emerging skyline."
FCBStudios is delighted to announce that Kellogg College Hub and The Richmond Building have been shortlisted for Building Awards 2017.
Kellogg College Hub, for Oxford University is amongst ten projects shortlisted in the Small Project of the Year category. The building will serve as a new social centre for the College, at the heart of both Campus and College life.
The Richmond Building, for the University of Bristol is shortlisted in the Refurbishment Project of the Year category. The refurbishment and extension of the Richmond Building exemplifies the adaptation of a significant Modern building to form a new and popular centre for University life. The Richmond Building is currently on display at our Making More of Modernism exhibition at our London office.
FCBStudios has joined the Tibbalds CampbellReith team to secure planning for 71 council homes for social rent in Wandsworth.
The scheme for Wandsworth Council, which was originally submitted in 2016 as a mixed-tenure scheme, has been adapted to deliver 1,2,3 and 4 bedroom affordable apartments in a 3-7 storey block. The apartments will front onto Battersea High Street and sit within a new public realm. Routes to the existing Gaitskell Court and connection to Winders road will be significantly improved as part of the scheme to create a safer, more pleasant environment.
Jason Cornish, Partner at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios said “We are pleased that this scheme can now go forward to help Wandsworth Council to deliver more affordable housing in the Borough. Our successful collaboration with both the Council and the wider design team has ensured we will be able to provide high quality homes and improved public realm for the new and existing residents.”
As part of the biennial Manchester International Festival (MIF) FCBStudios hosted a short symposium on Creative Education: Ambitions for the next generation of Manchesters schools.
Against a background of continued austerity and minimal budgets (50% down compared with 5 years ago) we brought together an impressive line-up of speakers to discuss the challenges to be faced in the next few years with the expansion in secondary school numbers and suggest some imaginative ways to meet them.
It was heartening to hear Crawford Wright and Gary Wright from the ESFA talk about the unusual buildings they are currently turning into schools of different sizes and specialisms. Andrew Brewerton of Plymouth College of Art spoke about the Red House, an extraordinary School of Creative Arts in Plymouth, which we were privileged to work on. Peter Barrett, Emeritus Professor from the University of Salford, and now working alongside our research partners at the University of Oxford Department of Education, spoke about the impact of buildings on performance. Helen Roberts, Partner from FCBStudios spoke about six of the key ‘Lessons Learned’ illustrated in our book ‘Learning From Schools’. Finally Alistair Burns from Manchester City Council discussed the current challenges faced in the provision of the next generation of schools in Manchester.
Click here if you’d like to find out more about our book Learning From Schools.
St Fagans National Museum of History in Wales marks a milestone in its Making History project this week with the opening of Gweithdy, a new exhibition and visitor hub by FCBStudios and the reopening of the Main Entrance building following a major refurbishment by Purcell Architects.
Gweithdy is a brand new sustainable building which celebrates the skills of makers past and present, and encourages visitors of all ages to experience them first-hand. Gweithdy, which translates as ‘workshop’ provides a range of spaces, indoors and outdoors, to host craft courses, science experiments and archaeological workshops and engage with the newly conserved formal landscape of the parkland. A built-in forge under cover of the building canopy will be used for metalwork demonstrations and other heavy crafts activities, and create a focal point for this part of the park. Gweithdy also houses a new coffee shop and visitor toilets.
Once complete in autumn 2018, new galleries will open in both the main building and Gweithdy, combining the National Museum of Wales’ history and archaeology collections for the first time. The range of objects will cover a 240,000 year time span including items from the collection which have never been on display before.
Richard Collis, Partner at FCBStudios said “The culture, heritage and creativity of Wales will be celebrated in our new gallery, workshop and visitor hub at St Fagans. The building aims to integrate with the sensitive landscape setting, be a good example of environmentally responsible design, provide a flexible range of activity spaces and create an inviting new destination for the Museum.”
Kathryn Firth, architect and urban designer working with FCBStudios and several other London-based practices has been named by Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London as one of 50 design advocates to lead his Good Growth initiative.
Drawing on 25 years of architectural practice and advisory roles, in London and further afield, Kathryn’s interests and experience lie in the regeneration, growth and intensification of cities.
The advocates will provide expertise and guidance to the Good Growth programme, which calls for a ‘good growth’ approach to development in the capital and related mayoral policies. They are expected to help the Mayor and his agencies set an example by ensuring the highest standards for projects commissioned by the Greater London Authority Group. The advisers will also assist in developing strategies to support and maximise the benefits of growth for the city’s neighbourhoods, and help address the challenges of accommodating a changing population and competing land uses.
A full list of advocates is here.
Built in1965 to provide a home for the Students’ Union, it was designed to meet the pastoral, recreational and social needs of an expanding student population living away from home.
Our brief was to improve the building’s efficiency, sustainability, accessibility, identity and inclusivity – all of which were lacking in the existing building. Through sensitive refurbishment, the Richmond Building is now good-looking, presentable and accessible. The University has gained an additional 2,500m² of accommodation, and reduced its running costs and environmental impact. The students have a focal point for their social and learning requirements in a functional, flexible series of spaces, which can evolve with them.
The winners will be announced on 13th September 2017 at The Brewery, London.
Spreehalle Berlin and the Aga Khan Academy Dhaka have been shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival 2017.
Spreehalle is the regeneration of the former AEG Kabelwerk industrial buildings to create a community of live/work ateliers on the River Spree. The series of ateliers in the existing main halls retain the aesthetic of ‘raw space’ for artists, creative users and small businesses to fit out as required. The insertion of a new central courtyard between the linear halls provides a communal outdoor space, away from the more public exterior, for collaboration and enjoyment. The project has been shortlisted in the ‘New & Old – Completed Buildings’ category.
Aga Khan Academy Dhaka is a 1200 student school with residential facilities on a 20ha site in Bangladesh. The Aga Khan Academies are a new network of 18 schools across Africa, the Middle East and Central and South Asia, which focus on providing an international standard of education and strong leadership experience to talented students, regardless of socioeconomic background and supporting long-term national and regional development by nurturing future home-grown leaders. The Academy has been shortlisted in the ‘Education - Future Projects’ category.
Both projects will be presented to an international jury and world architecture community at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin, 15-17 November 2017.
View the full shortlist here
Southbank Centre (SC) and Long Live Southbank (LLSB) have launched a £790,000 joint crowdfunding campaign to help raise funds to enable the restoration of the Queen Elizabeth Hall Undercroft for skateboarding, graffiti and a new learning and creative space for children and young people.
The plans drawn up by FCBStudios, and approved by Lambeth Council, reconfigure the existing Undercroft to allow for an extension of the internationally renowned skate space and restoration of some original 1960s banks and concrete paving. The development will also see the creation of a new learning and education space, organised by the Southbank Centre, to deliver its vision for even greater provision of educational arts and culture facilities