West Grove, the second phase of the Elephant Park masterplan, has received unanimous planning approval from Southwark Council in just eleven weeks. AHMM is lead architect for the Highwood Gardens mixed use scheme, which includes 365 homes situated around a new landscaped courtyard and extensive public realm, and features the tallest building in the masterplan. Construction is expected to start in the second half of 2015.
Brentford Waterside Masterplan, a collaboration between AHMM, Glenn Howells Architects and Maccreanor Lavington for Ballymore, was granted planning consent by the London Borough of Hounslow last week. By establishing a high-density, low-rise mix of uses, the masterplan will revitalise the High Street and create direct links to the River Brent, Grand Union Canal and related waterways, opening the waterside for the public and residents alike.
In addition to our role as Team Leaders of the masterplan, AHMM designed a key plot within the first phase of the development which includes the retention of two brick warehouses and the creation of a group of buildings to accommodate 144 apartments over a plinth of high street retailers, small independent businesses and restaurants facing the waterfront to the south.
Three AHMM education projects – Waverley School, Burntwood School and ARK All Saints Academy and Highshore School – have been announced as Regional Finalists of the 2015 Civic Trust Awards. The full list of Regional Finalists, as well as information about the subsequent award stages (announced in January and March) can be found on the Civic Trust Awards website.
The second phase (‘Act II’) of the reinvention of Royal Court Liverpool is due to begin in December. The new interventions – including an extended entrance foyer containing a new kiosk and box office, an external terrace and the internal refurbishment of the front of house areas incorporating the original art deco staircase – will complement the auditorium restoration works carried out for ‘Act I’, completed in 2012. The theatre will continue to remain open during construction.
Lake Texoma Dockominiums took out two honours at the recent American Institute of Architects (AIA) Central Oklahoma Chapter Award Ceremony – the Residential Architecture Merit Award and the People’s Choice Award. The project comprises six floating house prototypes, each configured to fit within the boat slips of Highport Marina in Pottsboro, Texas, as well as suit individual buyers’ preferences.
AHMM joined Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC MP, staff and students this week to celebrate the official opening of Highshore School, a Special Educational Needs School that forms one part of a suite of educational facilities on almost an entire urban block in Camberwell. Holding the line of Farmers Road, Highshore is a 2-3 storey building containing a variety of learning spaces arranged around a central internal street. The elevations – comprising a brick plinth, anodised aluminium fins and generously-sized glazed units – speak the same language as the pavilions of the neighbouring Ark All Saints Academy. Their rich colouring, however, lends a an appropriate degree of identity when set amongst the surrounding lighter tones.
AHMM joined the staff, students and families of Burntwood School recently to celebrate the official opening of their reinvented campus. Over the past couple of years, six new buildings-as-pavilions and a number of new landscape spaces have been placed (in phases) amongst existing facilities to form a coherent whole. Organised by the school community, the celebration began with an open day and concluded with people gathering around the central Flag Lawn for an array of student performances, presentations, poetry readings and fireworks.