Our ‘penthouse loft’ studios on the fourth and fifth floors of AHMM City at Morelands have been confirmed as BREEAM Outstanding at Design Stage – a first for both us and our client, Derwent London. In fact, the fourth floor is ranked highest amongst the nine BREEAM Outstanding buildings in London. Designed to accommodate our growing London office, the new studio spaces include two lightwells (cut out of the roof to bring light into the centre of the plan), a string of meeting rooms, a large refectory and open-plan offices over two floors with panoramic views over London.
Associate and Head of Sustainability Nic Crawley has recently been invited to join the RIBA Sustainable Futures Group. Comprising invited experts on sustainable construction, the group’s main purpose is to relate sustainability to the architectural profession.
Chobham Academy picked up a National Award at the Civic Trust Awards last Friday. Designed as part of a strong new urban grain, the All-Ages school – which opened to more than 1300 students aged 3-18 in September 2013 – serves Leyton, Stratford and the emerging community of the post-Games Park, both in and out of school hours. Visit the Civic Trust Awards website for more information.
AHMM and Studio Myerscough have been shortlisted in the competition to design the UK Pavilion for the Milan Expo in 2015. The team also includes Eckersley O’Callaghan, Atelier Ten, Gillespies, Richard Greenwood and Scan Lab, and is one of eight selected by UKTI to develop concept designs to be presented to the jury in April.
The Pavilion will showcase Britain’s contribution in research, innovation and entrepreneurship to the global challenges addressed by the Expo theme ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’.
Demolition works have begun at White Collar Factory, Old Street, marking the latest phase of development of the White Collar Factory (WCF) in London’s Tech City. Although currently standing defiantly amid the surrounding rubble, the WCF prototype will also soon be dismantled to make way for its 16-storey iteration, due for completion in 2016.
AHMM is one of six design studios invited to design a contemporary water kiosk for one of three sites in London: Soho, Exhibition Road and the South Bank. The challenge – set by Architects Journal in partnership with Turkishceramics – centres on the creation of a water-dispensing kiosk for London that incorporates ceramic details and reflects the artistry and craft typical of the building type’s rich heritage. All six designs will be exhibited at The Building Centre until 14 March 2014.
AHMM joined Lend Lease and college staff and students to celebrate the ground breaking ceremony of Saint John Bosco College and Cobalt Place earlier this month. The mixed-use scheme in Battersea will deliver a new home for Saint John Bosco College at the centre of the site, a Community House for the Salesians of Don Bosco to the east (designed by MSMR) and two residential blocks to the west.