Westminster Academy – the RIBA Stirling Prize shortlisted school we finished in 2007 – is celebrating this week, having achieved their best performance ever in the school league tables. The number of students achieving 5 A*-Cs including English and Maths has risen from 17% in 2007 to 75% in 2012. The Academy is now in the top 11% of schools in the country when measuring ‘Value-Added’: a nod to the combined efforts of students, staff, parents, sponsors and the community.
Last night, planning consent for our scheme for Westminster Place was secured. A redundant 1960s office block will be replaced with mixed-use student housing that will act as a catalyst for change in London’s Waterloo. Its façade – horizontally expressed as a stacked rhythm of solid bands – accentuates the given curve of the site and maximises panoramic views.
We’re excited to have won the job to renew the studios within the BBC’s iconic Television Centre in White City. The studios – which are home to ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, ‘Later… with Jools Holland’, ‘BBC Children in Need’ and more – will be revamped with a series of new front of house facilities and renovated back of house spaces.
Source of image: BBC pictures
The ground floor slab at William Street Quarter – the second phase of a masterplan produced with Maccreanor Lavington – is being laid! Once complete, the project will accommodate 205 mixed-tenure homes on the site of the former Lintons Estate.
In the background (to the left) is Anne Mews which was completed in April 2011 as the masterplan’s first phase. Together, the projects are the first new social housing to be built in the Borough for 27 years.
It was announced yesterday that ‘Google to develop new UK headquarters at King’s Cross in one of London’s most significant property transactions of recent years.’
AHMM has developed high quality, sustainable design concepts for the new Google headquarters that will provide a dynamic and flexible working environment for employees. The building will sit above retail units providing a diverse range of shops, cafes and restaurants. The building, which ranges in height from 7 to 11 storeys, is scheduled for completion in 2016.
In the press release Director Simon Allford says “Working with Google is a special opportunity to create an innovative new headquarters of scale and significance that both builds on King's Cross's rich tradition of heroic construction and contributes to the fulfilment of the development’s visionary masterplan. The proposal for a campus within a building that engages with a new yet historical piece of London is a very exciting one that we look forward to developing further as the project moves through planning and onto site.
The project responds to Google's desire for a design that through innovation optimises resources to create a highly flexible, productive and healthy working environment that minimises its environmental impact in construction and use.
Google's new workplace sits upon a retail plinth punctuated by three generous light filled volumes. These entrance halls serve up and into a looped three dimensional promenade that wraps its way along, around, through and up the building's six to ten office floors, connecting cycling ramps, cores, workplaces, major shared amenities and a large roof garden in an easy and enjoyable journey that encourages encounter. Within the city the importance of this promenade is clearly expressed in the building's volumes, articulating a conversation between the world within and the city beyond.
The new building is on a 300m (1000ft) tapering plot that rises to the north and is defined by King’s Boulevard, which runs near parallel to the railway cutting, connecting Granary Square to the north with Battle Bridge Place to the south.”
Upper Richmond Road – our mixed-use scheme for London Square – won planning consent last night. Composed of a cascading series of dovetailing volumes sitting atop a retail and office space podium, the project will provide 76 double-aspect apartments and an array of balconies, wintergardens and terraces. New landscaping, a public forecourt and a south-facing private garden will complete the mix.
Kingswood Academy – a new secondary school on the site of the former Kingswood College of Arts in Hull – opened its doors to staff, students and the local community at the start of term last week. Built for our clients Hull City Council and Morgan Sindall Construction, the project is part of Phase One of Hull’s Building Schools for the Future programme. Robust and bold, the college caters for 1,300 students and incorporates a number of community facilities including training rooms, crèche, café and sports hall.