April

20/04/2018

Planning approval for Arthur Stanley House

Planning permission for the redevelopment of Arthur Stanley House in Fitzrovia has been granted by Camden Council. The site is part of the Charlotte Street conservation area, and is bounded by Charlotte Street and Goodge Street to the south and Tottenham Court Road to the east. Designed by TP Bennett in 1965, the former office building has been vacant since 2005, when the University College London Hospital Trust relocated. The new mixed-use scheme will see the refurbishment and extension of the existing building to provide small and flexible office floorplates, ten new residential units, and provision for a GP surgery.

 



 

Awards for White Collar Factory and Weston Street

19/04/2018

Awards for White Collar Factory and Weston Street

White Collar Factory received two awards from the British Council for Offices’ (BCO) London region yesterday (18 April), winning the Commercial Workplace and Innovation accolades. Judges commented that the project had ‘truly broken the mould’ and that it would ‘deliver lessons for office development for years to come’. The project will now be considered for the BCO’s national awards, given in October. Later the same day, Weston Street was awarded a commendation by the American Institute of Architects’ UK chapter at their annual Excellence in Design Awards gala. Find out more about the BCO Awards here.

 



 

Television Centre launches with three-day festival

16/04/2018

Television Centre launches with three-day festival

Television Centre was officially opened last week with a public celebration across three days. Starting on Thursday evening (12 April), a launch was hosted at 2TVC by clients Stanhope, Mitsui Fudosan and Aimco, joined by the Japanese ambassador to the UK, and entertained by the BBC Concert Orchestra who played a special through-the-ages set. Guests including members of the new TVC community filled the connecting bridges in the atrium of 2TVC, a new nine-storey office building that replaces the ‘stem’ of the original TVC ‘question mark’. Celebrations continued through Friday and Saturday with the Live at Television Centre Festival on the forecourt, with food stalls, pop-ups and a music programme including DJs and a live performance of BBC theme tunes from the Concert Orchestra.

 



 

11/04/2018

The Fitzroy tops out

The Fitzroy in Falmouth has reached its highest point, a milestone marked with a topping out ceremony held on site by the construction team. The project, which started on site in November 2017, uses sustainable cross laminated timber (CLT) construction, which was selected to reduce time on site in the potentially challenging coastal environment. The Fitzroy will be the UK’s first retirement development built using the system, and follows AHMM’s recent CLT work at Alconbury Weald Club, Ermine Street Primary Academy, and Surrey Lane in Wandsworth.
 



 

04/04/2018

RIBA Awards regional shortlist

Five AHMM projects have been shortlisted for this year’s RIBA Regional Awards. Weston Street, Upper Richmond Road, Hawley School and White Collar Factory are among the 93 buildings shortlisted within the London region, while Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre has been shortlisted in the RIBA North West region. Shortlisted projects will be visited over the next month, and winning projects will be announced in May. A RIBA Regional Award is given to a UK building for its regional importance as a piece of architecture; winners are considered for RIBA National Awards, announced later in the year. Find out more about the RIBA Awards and see past winners here.
 



 

119 Farringdon Road tops out

28/03/2018

119 Farringdon Road tops out

119 Farringdon Road has celebrated reaching its highest point. The AHMM design team joined the construction team from McLaren and representatives from client Viridis in a ceremony held on Thursday 22 March. The mixed use building replaces the former Guardian newspaper headquarters and is AHMM’s second intervention on Farringdon Road in recent years, following its refurbishment of 20 Farringdon Road completed in 2107. The new office-led scheme includes affordable workspace, hospitality and retail set within new and enhanced areas of public realm that re-establish connections to historic streets and spaces.

 



 

RIBA International Prize jury visits University of Amsterdam

22/03/2018

RIBA International Prize jury visits University of Amsterdam

Last week the jury for the RIBA International Prize visited the University of Amsterdam’s Roeterseiland Campus, reinvented by AHMM and completed earlier this year. The campus, now home to the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences and the Faculty of Law, has been redeveloped from an incomplete masterplan by Norbert Gawronski, who originally designed the two main existing buildings that have been retained and redeveloped to provide new teaching spaces, lecture theatres, meeting rooms, social spaces and libraries, alongside new public realm and previously concealed canalscape. The International Prize is awarded to a building by an architect anywhere in the world which exemplifies design excellence, architectural ambition and delivers meaningful social impact, and this year’s winner will be announced in November. Find out more here.