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 2018. 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.”
Join FCBStudios in supporting the LETI energy policy proposals
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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 for young people.
FCBStudios architect Chris Allen said: “We look forward to continuing our collaborative design work with LLSB and Southbank Centre in the delivery of this project which enhances the skating environment and provides great new cultural space for the diverse local community”
The fundraising campaign will feature a host of special events and collaborations and seeks to raise money from supporters for the opening of the space, scheduled for early 2018. To support this campaign and receive exclusive fundraiser rewards visit the crowdfunding page.
The FCBStudios’ designed refurbishment of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery - so they can be better used for Southbank Centre’s annual programme, and festivals - is currently on site.
A £20.7m funding grant from The National Lottery has enabled construction work to commence on the restoration of the Grade I listed Main Mill and Grade II listed Kiln at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings along with landscaping and a new car park. The work will conserve and renew the existing buildings to create an interpretation, learning and café space on the ground floor, to be managed by the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings, and four floors of commercial office space above.
Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings is the world’s oldest iron-framed building, the ‘ancestor’ of modern-day steel-framed skyscrapers. Alongside the construction a programme of hands-on training opportunities will be offered, promoting conservation, traditional construction and heritage interpretation.
Tim Greensmith, associate at FCBStudios said ‘We are immensely proud that the partnership of Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic England, Shropshire Council and the Friends of Flaxmill Maltings has achieved this critical step towards saving this great building and kick-starting regeneration in northern Shrewsbury.’
FCBStudios is delighted to announce that the Art and Design Building for Bedales School has won a 2017 RIBA National Award.
The jury stated ‘This is a building that engages with the landscape, bringing the outside and inside spaces together, and with the use of simple materials which help to make the two be read together. Playful use of light through layering of lattice screens to façade and external covered areas offers a joyful and varied experience for users and visitors alike. It is a piece of intelligent client commissioning and a great design response.’
The project is the 48th FCBStudios building to win an RIBA award.
Full list of RIBA 2017 National Award winners can be viewed here
Last week FCBStudios were pleased to host a one-day international Symposium at London’s Royal Festival Hall concerning the sustainable refurbishment of Modern movement buildings.
The day’s participants included leading designers, surveyors and engineers, together with building owners, academics and journalists from across Europe and the USA. The Symposium programme was devised and endorsed with input from Historic England and Historic Environment Scotland.
The wide-ranging programme included sessions focussed on understanding the key problems faced in the reuse of listed and unlisted twentieth century buildings, the key tools and techniques employed in their evaluation and assessment, and discussion of project case studies presented by project clients from both the public and private sectors.
During the day, debate explored key issues and important questions, including the following:
- The extent to which heritage can stimulate excellent design and development rather than being an obstacle to progressive change and growth, especially in growing cities like London.
- The role that the conservation and reuse of existing buildings plays in the global mission to reduce energy consumption and climate change. For example, should permission to demolish an existing building come with a commitment to deliver a carbon-zero building as its replacement?
- The relationship between the designed performance of buildings, results in post-occupancy evaluation schemes such as ‘soft landings’, and how both of these factors relate to perceived and actual human comfort.
- The evaluation of the ‘significance’ of buildings of the Modern movement - including both physical and non-physical aspects - and the differing attitudes to preservation and re-use in the UK, USA and elsewhere.
As a follow-up to the day FCBStudios are now working together with participants and Symposium co-hosts WJE Engineers and Historic England to develop and disseminate the day’s findings. We hope to be able to share more of this through the FCBS website soon - so watch this space!
During the Symposium FCBStudios offered its projects for the refurbishment of the nearby Southbank Centre, and the Students Union at the University of Bristol as part of the debate. Both of these projects are also featured in an exhibition entitled ‘Making More of Modernism’ which is part of the London Festival of Architecture. The exhibition is free to view at FCBStudios’ London Studio during normal working hours until the beginning of September.
FCBStudios’ Managing Partner and Symposium host Geoff Rich said:
'We’re passionate about developing and sharing our understanding of the creative reuse of Modern era buildings and it was great to be joined by a wide range of clients, friends and collaborators. There is a real enthusiasm to develop the thinking and so we now look forward to developing the debate.'
FCBStudios latest exhibition opened last night at Twenty Tottenham Street, London.
The exhibition, Making More of Modernism, showcases three schemes by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios which update, renew and transform important modernist structures into high- functioning, energy-efficient and delightful buildings for the next 50 years.
The ambitious refurbishment of London’s Southbank Centre revitalises the existing buildings to support the Southbank Centre’s mission of hosting world-class art and culture for more people more of the time.
The refurbishment and extension of the Richmond Building for the University of Bristol exemplifies the adaptation of a significant Modern building to form a new and popular centre for University life.
The transformation of a purpose-built 10-storey modernist laboratory tower, at the University of Edinburgh's School of Biological Sciences, to provide state of the art research facilities.
Each scheme provides an invaluable lens through which to explore the environmental, technical and philosophical challenges in Making More of Modernism for the 21st century.
The Making More of Modernism Exhibition is part of the London Festival of Architecture 2017.
A small team of FCBStudios riders are again taking part in Jamie’s Farm to Farm bike ride this Saturday 10th June!
The 61 mile bike ride from Jamie’s Farm in Wiltshire, crosses stunning countryside to arrive at their farm in Herefordshire and is a popular event for the charity.
“Our ride for Jamie’s Farm was the best day of cycling I’ve had in a long while. Good company, good weather, great humour, and some beautiful scenery. A superb welcome as we rolled into Lower Wernddu too.” Fergus Connolly, FCBStudios on last years ride
Jamie’s Farm provides a unique combination of ‘farming, family and therapy’ to help transform the lives of vulnerable urban children at risk of social and academic exclusion.
If you would like to support the riders, take part or find out about the charity please click here.
FCBStudios have been appointed by The London Borough of Hackney as overall masterplan lead, school and housing architect for the mixed-use Britannia project in Shoreditch.
The Britannia project will provide a new six form entry secondary school, including a sixth form, to meet an increasing need for secondary school places in the borough, and to replace the existing Britannia Leisure Centre with new, modern facilities capable of meeting the demand of the growing population in this area. This critical social infrastructure will be supported by the delivery of a mix of private for sale and affordable housing fully integrated in the overall masterplan.
Keith Bradley Senior Partner at FCBStudios said: ‘We are delighted to have been selected for this fantastic project that offers the opportunity to regenerate a key site in Hackney, forging new links with Shoreditch Park to the south and the Colville Estate Redevelopment to the north, and regenerating a thriving London community with the facilities and amenities it needs.’
The project is due to go to planning in spring 2018.
Construction work at the University of Toronto Center for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship is progressing apace. On site since June 2015, the structure's eight floors have now been completed, and the exterior envelope is taking shape from ground level upwards.
The building is located in the centre of the University’s City campus and will house its wide and varied engineering disciplines, providing flexible environments that break down barriers between departments, foster collaboration, encourage active learning and accelerate innovation.
More images can be seen here. The project is due to complete in time for the new intake of students in the autumn of 2017.
The project is a collaboration with Toronto based practice, Montgomery Sisam Architects.
Plans to enlarge and modernise the Octagon Theatre, Bolton have been revealed to improve accessibility and accommodation for the Theatre's on and off-stage projects.
The plans propose a reconfiguration of the building around the core of the Theatre’s original auditorium to create a new ‘intimate flexible’ performance space as well as two multi-purpose studio spaces for rehearsals, participation activities and performances. New café and bar areas would also be created.
Roddy Gauld, Octagon chief executive, said: ‘Much of the detail is still being developed…but you can already see how much more welcoming, visible and larger the Octagon will be.’
Elizabeth Newman, Octagon artistic director, said: ‘Our vision for the Octagon is to have a building that will thrive for another 50 years to come and this new vision is an exciting step towards this.’
The Octagon building will close from mid-2018 and re-open in autumn 2019, with the theatre operating in different spaces in and around Bolton during this time. A planning application is due to be submitted in early July and public consultation for the redevelopment is now open.
The Art and Design facility for Bedales School, Petersfield, had a successful night at Ascot Racecourse winning four RIBA Awards.
The school is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the edge of the South Downs National Park in the village of Street near Petersfield. Consequently the planning process required a design of sensitivity and scale that was appropriate to the special location. The new Art & Design building is constructed around a substantial and beautiful oak tree using simple materials in their natural state throughout. It sits alongside a range of old barns in which ‘outdoor work’ is taught and students bake bread each week.
The judges said, ‘Playful use of light through layering of lattice screens to façade and external covered areas offers a joyful and varied experience for users and visitors alike. It is a piece of intelligent client commissioning and a great design response’.
The project will now go on to the RIBA National Awards which are given to buildings across the UK recognised as having made significant contributions to architecture.
FCBStudios can now reveal reworked plans for South Quay, Hayle. A mix of apartments, wharf houses and quayside restaurants has been proposed for the listed quay within the Devon and Cornwall Tin and Copper Mining World Heritage Site.
In 2012 the practice won outline approval for a £30 million scheme on the historic Cornish harbourside, and completed Phase One to restore and open the harbour to the public and provide a major supermarket for the community. Phase Two will further regenerate the area, with new housing and restaurants arranged around the upper quayside, placing the working harbour at the heart of the character of South Quay.
Matt Williams, Associate at FCBStudios said: ‘'The design process is incredibly complex. 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 current and future operation of the harbour and the use of the quayside shaped our thinking. The resulting design creates an ensemble of buildings which are contemporary in style, yet reference the historic and local iconography of the Cornish vernacular.'
Eight international projects by FCBStudios feature in London: Design Capital, a new insight study and exhibition at New London Architecture, which launched last night.
London's architecture sector alone produces £1.7bn of value in services - 38% larger than all other creative industries. This exhibition highlights the diversity and strength of London's built environment professionals through 220 projects across 65 countries.
For more information click here.
The Art and Design Facility for Bedales School is amongst eight projects shortlisted in the prestigious AJ100 Building of the Year award. The award is given in recognition of the finest building completed by an AJ100-listed practice in the last 12 months.
The new facility at Bedales School in Hampshire relocates studios, to create learning spaces and enhanced gallery space within the landscaped school campus. Set on the edge of the South Downs National Park, the building is constructed around an aged oak tree in a central lawn, creating the kind of connections with the outdoors which characterise much of life at Bedales.
The winner will be announced at the annual AJ100 dinner on Wednesday 14 June at the Tower of London.
Construction work has started on the East Wing of the Grade II-listed Alexandra Palace to fulfil its potential and original mission to be a place of public resort, recreation, arts and culture.
The £26.7million scheme will restore the derelict theatre, creating a 1,300-seater venue and also transform the eastern court in the east wing into a new public space featuring a glazed roof to showcase the site’s broadcasting history.
Matt Somerville, project architect and associate at FCBStudios said ‘The current project will preserve the theatre in a state of ‘arrested decay’, with the minimum of intervention that its re-use as a vibrant part of the Ally Pally’s cultural offer requires.’
The site is part of the wider London Borough of Brent’s regeneration programme for the South Kilburn Estate. This particular phase of the project comprises of the demolition of existing 1960s and 70s social housing, currently providing 209 dwellings, and the re-construction of approximately 236 new homes and an energy centre for the South Kilburn Neighbourhood Heating System.
An important site, it provides an entry point into South Kilburn from Kilburn High Road, and is within the ‘Historic Quarter’ with some listed buildings and an adjoining conservation area.
The regeneration of South Kilburn is approximately half way through it’s fifteen year programme and aims to transform the area into a sustainable and mixed neighbourhood, creating a real sense of place and belonging.
FCBStudios are leading the masterplan working with Alison Brooks Architects and Gort Scott Architects who are also developing independent blocks within the site.
Keith Bradley Senior Partner will guest speak at the Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) Annual Conference 2017 today, which is taking place at the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) Business School designed and built by FCBStudios.
Keith will present ‘What makes excellent University clients?’ exploring the different stages of a project. He will present the practice's three projects for Manchester Metropolitan University as case studies, where the weight within the client triumvirate varied from project to project, and where the client received the accolade of RIBA Client of the Year in 2014. Keith will also talk about the practice's wider higher education experience across the UK including projects in Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff, as well as projects in North America.
The session will be attended by AUDE members including Directors of Estates across the UK higher education sector as well as local to Manchester.
Topics at the conference will engage, inform and update attendees on the current challenges and opportunities across higher education estates and services.
The University of Lancaster has submitted a planning application to create a new 19,000m² Management School at its Bailrigg campus.
The project, won in an RIBA competition, is made up of three new-build elements: the East and West pavilions, two 200-seat lecture theatres, and a café, alongside the refurbishment of three existing buildings. The school will provide a new centre at the southern end of the campus providing a mix of teaching space, breakout space, and catering facilities.
This ‘reinvention’ of the business school aims to create “a world-class and innovative teaching, research and business-engagement environment to cater for the future needs of students, staff and business partners”.
FCBStudios have received unanimous planning consent for a residential led, mixed-use development at Royal Albert Wharf in East London.
The scheme forms the second phase of the Great Eastern Quays development for Notting Hill Housing, and is made up of 468 new homes and 2,400sqm of commercial units, including buildings ranging from four to eleven storeys.
The historic Royal Docks form the largest enclosed docks in the world, surrounding nearly 250 acres of water. This exemplar scheme will take maximum benefit from its prominent river location, creating a new residential quarter with neighbouring developments. The whole area is set to gain over 9,000 new homes by 2027.
Jason Cornish, Partner at FCBStudios said 'We are delighted that our Royal Albert Wharf proposals have been granted planning permission. The design provides much needed housing within an exciting new mixed use neighbourhood formed between the Thames riverfront and the historic Dockside'
This phase two project is expected on site later in 2017 and due for completion in 2020.
The Richmond Building, University of Bristol is within the 19 schemes shortlisted for a RIBA South West and Wessex Regional Award.
FCBStudios were appointed by the University of Bristol to refurbish and extend the Richmond building, a 1965 purpose-built building providing a home for the student union in the Clifton conservation area. The 16,000sqm building contains a wide range of facilities over seven floors, including office and teaching space, a 1,000 person performance space, a swimming pool, theatre and bars.
The building will be visited by the judging panel in April and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at Bristol Harbour Hotel on 23rd of May.
Thomas Gainsborough School in Sudbury, Suffolk is amongst a record 31 projects shortlisted in the East of England Region of the RIBA Awards.
Set within the expansive Suffolk landscapes famously portrayed by romantic painter Thomas Gainsborough, the new high school is conceived as a timeless and elegant country house beneath vast open skies.
A panel of judges will visit all the shortlisted projects in April and the winning buildings will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday 18 May at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.
The past year has been a productive one for the Richard Feilden Foundation and we are pleased to report lots of exciting news and plenty of progress made with our current projects across East Africa in addition to several new initiatives.
The Art and Design Facility for Bedales School, Petersfield, is one of 15 buildings in the running for an RIBA award in the South and Southeast Region.
The new facility at Bedales School in Hampshire relocates studios, to create learning spaces and enhanced gallery space within the landscaped school campus. Set on the edge of the South Downs National Park, the building is constructed around an aged oak tree set in a central lawn, creating the kind of connections with the outdoors which characterise much of life at Bedales.
The shortlisted building will be visited by the judging panel in April and the winners will be announced at an awards event at Ascot racecourse on Thursday 25 May.
A new student residential building under the ‘Vita’ brand for Select Property Group has received planning approval, forming part of the latest phase of the Circle Square development in Manchester.
This new 18 storey serviced apartment block will deliver 384 one-bed apartments, aimed at post graduate, mature and international students. An active ground floor will house resident’s facilities and retail space and will front on to a pedestrianized public square.
FCBStudios are also are working on further ‘Vita’ schemes for Select Property Group client in Leeds and Cardiff.
FCBStudios are working on a series of salon events throughout Spring 2017 entitled INTENCITY, inviting expert participants to explore the question ‘How do we maintain a high quality of life in an intensified city?’
Joining forces with Useful Projects, Expedition, Social Life and Grant Associates the research project addresses current trends and explores how innovative thought around intensification can deliver positive social, environmental and spatial outcomes, whilst accommodating urban growth.
Reports and findings will be published at the end of the series of events.
If you are interested to find out more please contact London@fcbstudios.com
FCBStudios will be attending MIPIM 2017 – the world’s leading real estate exhibition and conference.
Jason Cornish is the mixed use sector champion of FCBStudios. He is based in London and takes an overview of all our housing and urban regeneration work.
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 is part of the Manchester at MIPIM delegation.
Sam Tyler heads up our Belfast office and is currently delivering an ambitious new £250 million Belfast Campus for the Ulster University. He is attending MIPIM in association with Belfast at MIPIM 2017.
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The Hive, Worcester, demonstrates how good design, monitoring and control are making it our best performing building yet.
In post occupancy evaluations by Afroditi-Maria Konidari and Ian P Knight of Cardiff University, The Hive has been found to better nearly all industry environmental benchmarks. The building receives nearly double the number of expected visitors annually and shows how proactive building management and low-energy design can reap real results.
Read more on post occupancy evaluation and why it should be an integral part of the design process in our Explore article Creating the Cycle.
FCBStudios has been selected to design a new multi-million pound building for the Faculty of Arts, following an RIBA Competition. The project will unite the Arts and Humanities Faculties in one building, fostering new collaborations in the heart of the University campus. The ambition for the building is to be open, inviting and flexible, to allow collaboration, creativity and innovation to flourish, and act as a hub both for public engagement in the humanities and for nurturing cultural value.
Andy Theobald, Partner at FCBStudios said:“This will be a very significant new building for the campus and one that will embody the cultural values of both the University and the Faculty. We are very much looking forward to an exciting collaboration with the Faculty to develop our competition-winning proposals and together create a building for interaction, learning and research right across the Humanities.”
FCBStudios currently employs 31 non-British nationals. Today, we imagine what our practice might be like without them, as part of 1 Day Without Us
1 Day Without Us is a national day of action on 20th Feb 2017 to celebrate the contribution of migrants to the UK, to coincide with UN World Day of Social Justice.
A series of posters on display in our London studio highlights some of our projects that might not have existed without the contribution of EU Nationals and those from further afield.
We thrive in diversity.
FCBStudios have been granted planning permission for a new secondary school in Southwark on the site of the St Saviour’s Union infirmary.
Helen Roberts, Partner at FCBStudios said: “We are delighted to be working on this really significant regeneration project for Southwark, which will provide a landscaped campus of new school facilities in three new buildings. The new school will deliver much-needed secondary school places to the area and bring new life to the 19th century centrepiece of the existing Victorian workhouse infirmary, known as ‘the chateau’, transforming the character of the site.”
The school will be delivered in two phases, with phase 1 ready for occupation in September 2018, when 480 students will move in.
Luke Macnab and Andrew Wardrope (with support from Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios) have been shortlisted for a RIBA competition to design a national landmark.
Planned for a yet-to-be confirmed motorway-side site, the public art commission will be constructed of one million bricks, each one symbolising an answered prayer, and will also feature a visitor centre.
The team have proposed a 200m meandering wall, adjacent to the motorway, which divides land from water 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, and in the largest space, at the heart of the scheme, the water is brought ‘inside’ the wall in the form of a fountain.
Following a second stage of design, the winner will be announced in January 2018.
Dieudonné Nahimana spoke about New Generation’s plans to develop a new home for the charity in Bujumbura to support their work with street children.
New Generation was founded in 1998 by Dieudonné as a personal response to living on the street during the civil war in Burundi. New Generation believes that children and young people are the future and hope of Burundi and focuses on preparing them to become future leaders and catalysts for positive change.
The Richard Feilden Foundation has partnered with Street Action and New Generation to deliver this project, with FCBStudios and Max Fordham providing the charities with professional expertise in sustainable development, community consultation and design of the houses.
The final glass pyramid has now been installed at the Hayward Gallery as part of Southbank Centre’s #LetTheLightIn project.
The original pyramid rooflights were designed to fulfil the Arts Council and sculptor Henry Moore’s brief to provide controllable natural daylight to the Hayward’s two upper galleries, but never fulfilled these ambitions. Our project renews the pyramids and removes the false ceilings to increase ceiling heights, recover the direct connection to outside and provide the animating controllable daylight as originally desired.
The 66 new glass pyramids provide essential solar shading and electrically operated internal blinds allow the amount of daylight entering the galleries to be controlled. The pyramids and blinds work in combination with a deeply coffered ceiling to keep direct sunlight out of the gallery while still providing a view of the sky and controllable ever-changing natural light.
FCBStudios, in partnership with PLACE, are delighted to announce the winner of our Open Call for ideas on the theme of ‘Housing’. The selected proposal, submitted by artist Eamon Quinn, in collaboration with Caroline McCusker, will see the creation of an installation in the exhibition space of our Belfast office.
The selection decision was a difficult one, as the overall standard of submissions was very high. The effort and thoughtful consideration that went into each proposal was very much appreciated by the selection panel. A further two entries by Toyna McMullan and Eamonn McCrory were given a ‘Highly Commended’ award.
The project is supported by Arts & Business NI and will be launched on Thursday 6th April, as part of 'Late Night Art', Belfast.
FCBStudios has recently been appointed to develop a 15-year strategic masterplan for the National Museum of Ireland's five sites in Dublin and County Mayo. The project will create a roadmap to guide the NMI through critical changes ahead and will set out proposals for rethinking the use of buildings and spaces, enhancing legibility and circulation, providing resources and rethinking gallery displays.
The aim of the masterplan is to provide a sustainable operational model for the long-term future of the museum. The study will be ambitious and will be focused on securing the financial resources – both capital and operational – for enhancing the visitor experience, improving collections management and physical and intellectual accessibility.
Clare Hughes, Partner at FCBStudios said “The long term aspiration of the masterplan is to ensure that the National Museum plays a vital role in telling the story of Ireland, in sustaining the identity of this small nation and stands at the forefront of Ireland's cultural life.”
An exciting new 18 storey student accommodation scheme in Manchester, part of the north-east Circle Square masterplan, has been submitted for planning.
Clustered with other serviced apartment buildings the plans feature 384 one-bed apartments, and includes an active ground floor with retail frontages and a residents hub space.
FCBStudios were commissioned to masterplan the project which is located on the former BBC site on Oxford Road at the heart of Corridor Manchester.
In addition to this student scheme, FCBStudios are also working on two office buildings, a car park and hotel, a pair of residential buildings, one of which will be a 34 storey tower, and ‘The Pavilion’ which is a smaller scale building located under ‘The Green’.
Affectionately known as The Red House, Plymouth School of Creative Arts required a very different kind of space to create a simple, robust and permeable school that would encourage openness, sharing, curiosity and enable making in all subjects to be used as a way of thinking and exploring.
This new film, by FCBStudios, looks through the eyes of children and staff to capture both the philosophy and the everyday life of the school.
FCBStudios Manchester office is delighted to have been appointed architects for the refurbishment of the renowned 400-seat Octagon Theatre in Bolton. The project will improve and expand the theatre creating a new build extension with a 100 seat studio, rehearsal room, education space and modern back of house facilities.
Project architect, Ernst ter Horst, said: “Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios feel privileged to be involved in this exciting, transformational project for Bolton. We have been captivated by the passion of the Octagon’s creative team, who lead unique theatre performances and have established a positive social and cultural role within the local area.
“There is a real potential to redefine the Octagon’s expression, build on and improve the experiences within, whilst expanding and modernising the compromised support facilities. We very much look forward to contributing to the next step in the flourishing regeneration of Bolton centre with our local team.”
Funding of £10m is already secured from Arts Council England and Bolton Council.
We are delighted to have been shortlisted for Public Building Architect of the Year in this year’s BD Awards. Our submission included two of our exciting cultural conservation projects in London, Southbank Centre and Alexandra Palace, along with the stunning Stanbrook Abbey in Yorkshire and our conservation and restoration schemes for Bath Abbey and Roman Baths Archway Centre.
BD editor Thomas Lane said: “I am really encouraged by the quality, quantity and breadth of this year’s entries. We are living in uncertain times so it is refreshing to see architecture holding up so well.”
Winners are due to be announced during the Ecobuild exhibition at the ExCel Centre in London on 8th March 2017.
For more information visit BDOnline
This year all staff from Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios four UK offices (London, Bath, Manchester and Belfast) congregated for the annual New Year event in Oxford. A weekend of design talks, building tours and socialising took place at the Grade 1 Listed buildings of St Catherine’s College Oxford University, designed by the acclaimed Danish architect Arne Jacobsen.
The symposium took the form of a day of short talks by FCBStudios Partners about their design aspirations and inspirations, leading to lively discussion and questions from the practice, and presentations from guest speakers including Dr Barrie Juniper, Alan Berman, David Kohn and Niall McLaughlin.
The weekend also included a morning of building tours around the 20th Century University colleges guided by friends from the C20 Society. Proceedings were rounded off with a 1960s themed evening of dinner and dancing at St Catherine’s College.
Construction work will start this month on an ambitious cultural project for the whole of the Royal Pavilion Estate, Brighton.
The estate comprises the historic Royal Palace and gardens, a museum, art gallery and three performing arts spaces. By improving facilities and equipping the estate for a sustainable future, it will be able to reaffirm its position as a key cultural destination for many more years to come.
Phase one, the first of three phases of work, will reinvigorate and reconnect the buildings and landscape of the Estate and refurbish the Grade 1 listed Corn Exchange and Grade 2 listed Studio Theatre for a 21st century audience.
Matthew Morrish, Associate, FCBStudios said: “The restoration of the nationally-significant Grade 1 listed Corn Exchange remains the centrepiece of the Phase One project and by repairing the fabric of the roof and walls, revealing and exposing the west wall to the new Gallery bar and restoring natural light to the interior, the heritage and physical condition of the existing spaces and structures is enhanced. These measures, amongst many others, seek to fulfil the over-arching ambition of making Brighton Dome a more resilient, more efficient and a more stimulating centre of artistic activity.”
FCBStudios have submitted Planning, Listed Building Consent, and Faculty applications for an innovative church reuse pilot project at St.Michael’s Dulas in Herefordshire.
The project is being run in partnership with the Church of England and the Diocese of Hereford with a view to develop low energy and low impact temporary uses for underused or empty churches across the UK. A lightweight and reversible timber pod will house a one bedroom spiritual retreat in the heart of the beautiful Herefordshire country side, generating income to sustain the conservative repair of the church and break the cycle of funding deficit that can distract the Church of England from their primary mission.
The project has been supported by a development phase grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with a round 2 application due for submission in summer 2017.
You might also be interested to read 'Virtuous Circles' by architects Fergus Connolly and Charlie Wellingham, who explain how a light-touch eco-pod can unlock a healthy future for redundant listed churches and their communities.
Keith Bradley, Senior Partner at FCBStudios, last night received an honorary doctorate from the University of Bath in recognition of his distinguished career in architectural practice.
Keith began his career as a student, studying architecture at the University of Bath from 1976 to 1983. After graduating, he worked for Cambridge Design and for Nealon Tanner, before returning to Bath in 1987 to join The Feilden Clegg Design Partnership. His ability and achievements were recognised in 1997, when he became a Senior Partner and with the renaming of the practice as Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.
Keith was instrumental in establishing the FCBStudios London office in 1998, and has led the practice in producing some of its finest architectural achievements including Accordia, a housing scheme in Cambridge that won the 2008 RIBA Stirling Prize, the UK’s foremost prize for architectural excellence.
Commenting on receiving his degree, Keith said: “I'm very pleased to receive this Honorary Degree, particularly as an alumnus of the University of Bath’s Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering. Much of the Award-winning work that I have done since graduating 35 years ago has been co-designed with my fellow Bath alumni partners.”
The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe have announced the list of 356 works competing for the 2017 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award, which includes Stanbrook Abbey by FCBStudios.
From the list of 356 projects, nineteen are constructed in the United Kingdom and five projects are built by offices from the United Kingdom.
The Jury members will shortlist 40 projects and select the five finalist works which they will visit in April. The process will culminate with the Award Ceremony on May 26 at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, marking several days of Open Doors throughout Europe during which sites of the shortlisted works will be open for the general public to visit.
The City of Cardiff Council has granted planning permission for Cardiff University to begin construction on a £50m landmark building at the heart of its Cathays Campus.
The Centre for Student Life is part of a major investment in the student experience and part of the biggest campus upgrade in a generation.
The new building will create a central hub for student support services as well as offering modern, flexible social learning spaces and a technology-rich 550-seat lecture theatre.
Tom Jarman, Partner from FCBStudios said: “We are delighted that the Centre for Student Life at Cardiff University has been granted planning permission and we very much look forward to taking the project to the next stages. The scheme remains true to the original competition concepts and we are excited to take one step closer to seeing itâ€¯come to fruition.”
Construction work is due to start in 2017 and the Centre is due to be completed for the 2019/20 academic year.
Congratulations to Ross Galtress, Charlotte Knight and Chris Allen from FCBStudios, as well as Nathan Gilling from Expedition Engineering and Artist Thomas Duggan, who are one of four teams shortlisted to design a temporary outdoor events pavilion for Dulwich Picture Gallery.
The pavilion will be located in the grounds of Dulwich Picture Gallery, a Grade II listed building and Britain’s first public art gallery designed by Sir John Soane, to host exhibitions, events, lectures and learning activities.
The winning scheme will be announced in January, and be built in time for the next London Festival of Architecture which starts on 1 June 2017.
FCBStudios and PLACE NI are pleased to issue an Open Call for proposals for an artwork on the theme of ‘housing’, to be exhibited at FCBStudios Belfast office in Spring 2017.
Belfast has development potential unlike any other UK regional city. We are interested in exploring issues which have frustrated urban living in Belfast and the opportunities that supporting a vibrant urban centre can bring to the city and region.
Clearly defining the development and architectural typologies that can successfully infuse the city with both small and large scale residential development is the focus of FCBStudios’ Belfast study on residential development.
We are asking for proposals for an artwork reflecting the ‘housing’ themes and interests which are fully detailed in the linked document below.
The deadline for applications is 20th January 2017.
Come and visit our newly extended Front Room at our Tottenham Street studio. The inaugural exhibition within the new welcome space features provocations and experiences from our new book: Made you look. Made you stare: inspiration from a museum road trip. How to order the book.
Explore the sensual installations which subvert the idea of the museum’s red velvet rope. We turn a symbol of necessary separation into an invitation to connect with the senses, with new ideas and to break the taboo 'Do Not Touch'...
We are delighted to announce that Stanbrook Abbey has won the Education & Public Sector Award for its organically sloping structure and detailed interiors at the Wood Awards 2016.
The judges said “spiritually uplifting and sculptural within the landscape. The detailing on the furniture pieces in the church is superb”.
The winners of the 45th annual Wood Awards were announced at a ceremony held on the 22nd November at Carpenters’ Hall in London, hosted by editor of Crafts magazine, Grant Gibson.
Manchester’s newest neighbourhood, Circle Square has been given the green light for its latest application to accommodate a part-12, part-18 storey building which will include an hotel and an energy centre, in addition to a car-park, ground floor commercial units, office space, a gym, restaurants and bars.
Alex Whitbread, Partner from FCBStudios said: “It has been designed with Manchester in mind. The simple elevation plays on the overall development’s name – Circle Square – but actually creates a memorable façade that will take its place among the enduring group of contemporary buildings that line the journey along the Mancunian Way.
In contrast to most contemporary car parking structures that are lightweight materials, this proposal is designed to have longevity, and to age well by using materials that will weather in a characterful way.”
The bold and contemporary approach pays homage to Manchester’s industrial past. Drawing on links to the grand infrastructure of the Victorian era, the simple solid forms, repetitive brick elevation and robust construction are emulated in the building design.
FCBstudios are delighted to announce we are sponsoring Manchester International Festival (MIF) as corporate members.
MIF is a biennial art Festival established in 2005 and is the first and only festival of all new work created by outstanding international artists.
John McGrath, the festival’s new Artistic Director said: ‘I am thrilled to welcome all of our supporters on board for the 2017 Festival, new and returning. Since MIF’s inception the Manchester business community has committed an unprecedented level of support. That support allows work of the most ambitious and exciting scale to be made right here in Manchester, work which we can then export to Festivals, theatres and arts centres round the world.’
The Festival continues to develop new work for, and in, Manchester and invest in local people. MIF has forged a global reputation and many commissions on tour globally – taking Manchester and the MIF brand with them.
MIF takes place from the 29 June – 16 July 2017.
Click here to find out about MIF2017 events.
The awards ceremony was attended by Peter Clegg from FCBStudios who was joined by Sisters from the Abbey.
The Abbey, designed by FCBStudios, is a new home for the Conventus of Our Lady of Consolation, a Benedictine community of nuns who devote their lives to study, work and prayer. Relocating from their old Victorian home in Worcestershire, the nuns’ contemplative way of life required spaces that were simple, tranquil and beautiful, or as they put it in their monastic vision brief, a place where they could ‘pray always’.
The Presidents' Award is awarded on behalf of the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association President and the National Churches Trust’s Joint Presidents, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.
On 2nd November 1936 the former BBC Studios at Alexandra Palace gave birth to a technology that was to change the world – high definition television. Today celebrates its 80th anniversary.
FCBStudios are leading the design team for a major project at Alexandra Palace. We are undertaking significant refurbishment and repair of the East Wing at this listed public building. The East Wing which, despite being partially derelict, contains the former BBC Studios, the very popular Ice Rink, Victorian Theatre and the glazed East Court.
We are working with Alexandra Palace to create a new visitor experience, by using their historic collections and the story of the earliest BBC transmissions as a foundation to create a new type of experience. These stories will be augmented into a significant changing display, exploring the contemporary world of transmission and reception, which will provide a compelling 21st century context for many visitors to this important site.
School children, local communities and visitors in Bath will benefit from a new Roman Baths Learning Centre and World Heritage Centre thanks to a grant of £3.4m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The state-of-the-art Roman Baths Learning Centre will be fully accessible to the public and will run projects and activities for members of the local community. The centre will be a place where school children can participate in exciting hands-on sessions with Roman artefacts and will include an Investigation Zone set among Roman remains. Here children will be able to explore and record archaeological materials, and in an excavation area they can unearth replica Roman objects. The centre will be linked to the Roman Baths via an underground tunnel.
The project will also reveal areas of the Roman bath house that have never before been open for regular public access, including a rare laconicum (similar to a sauna) and an exercise courtyard.
The World Heritage Centre will contain imaginative displays that explain why the World Heritage site of Bath is so special.
The project is due to start on site in Autumn 2017.
FCBStudios are one of the first five global founders and the first architectural practice to support a new online platform that will take the headache out of going green.
One Planet Living is a straightforward and intuitive framework to make truly sustainable living a reality. The new online platform is designed to scale One Planet Living, as a way to bridge the gap between design theory and practice.
Bioregional Co-Founder and International Director of One Planet Communities Pooran Desai OBE said: ‘We've worked with FCBStudios for over ten years, not least on the standard-setting, zero carbon One Brighton development. We have always been struck by their deep commitment to sustainability alongside great design. We are really excited to be working with them again to help take One Planet Living to the next level and provide a practical way for people to collaborate on sustainability.’
Currently being developed by sustainability charity Bioregional, the platform will make it easier for anyone involved in sustainability to make progress in creating a better world.
On Thursday evening FCBStudios are pleased to host the Architect’s Journal screening of their debut documentary ‘The Stirling Prize at 21’ at our London office.
The 30-minute film about the history of Britain’s top architecture award will be screened before the RIBA reveals this year’s winners. The film revisits previous winning buildings to see how they look now, featuring exclusive interviews with Richard Rogers, Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey.
Projects profiled in the film include O’Donnell + Tuomey’s LSE Student Centre, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ West London Maggie’s Centre, Herzog & de Meuron’s Laban Centre, OMA’s Gartnavel Maggie’s and Zaha Hadid Architects’ Evelyn Grace Academy.
The documentary, commissioned by the AJ’s Laura Mark and filmed by Jim Stephenson, also includes footage of the AJ’s alternative Stirling Prize judging panel as they visit this year’s shortlist. The film reveals which project the AJ panel has picked as their Stirling winner.
The Stirling Prize at 21 will be available to watch on the AJ website later this week.
This is an invitation only event but AJ are giving away 5 tickets, click here to find out more and how to enter.
We were very pleased to attend the first ever Archiboo Awards last night and really delighted to receive the award for Best Homepage.
The judges said: “We felt the winner’s home page was welcoming, accessible and the use of photography high quality, impactful and dramatic. It also gives a good sense of the sheer breadth of the practice’s work and involvement in industry issues. The navigation is a very simple row of buttons along the top of the page that makes things nice and easy.”
FCBStudios were shortlisted for: Best Overall Experience, Best Homepage, Best Use of Social Media.
Our website was designed and built with interactive design studio Sennep.
The Olympic Park Culture and Education Quarter is set to create an entirely new phase of life for the park, one which is founded upon collaboration, creativity, technology, production and consumption. FCBStudios formed and led a team of some of the UK’s best engineers, young architects and designers in a collaborative process to create a jointly designed masterplan for this competition.
The team led by FCBStudios included: 5th Studio, Coffey Architects, David Kohn Architects, DRDH Architects, and Grant Associates, working alongside Atelier Ten, Expedition, Useful Simple Projects, Gardiner & Theobald, Charcoalblue, Thomas Matthews, All Clear Designs and Hoidn Wang Partner.
The competition for the east London landmark was won in 2014 by a design drawn up by a team led by Allies and Morrison with O’Donnell + Tuomey.
Click here to see the 'Olympicopolis' design by FCBStudios.
FCBStudios design proposals for the first phase of the Imperial College Healthcare redevelopment of St Mary’s Hospital have now been revealed.
The new state-of-the-art building will bring together the majority of outpatient services and supporting diagnostics in a modern and flexible way.
The design is driven by the requirements to support better, integrated care, improve patient experience and replace ageing buildings which have become expensive to maintain and run. The significantly improved clinical building will be more efficient and provide flexibility for future changes in service provision. The proposed eight-storey building will serve around half a million patients a year.
A phase 1 exhibition is being held at St John’s Church, Hyde Park Crescent on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 September, from 14.00 until 20.00, and on Saturday 10 September, from 10.00 until 16.00. Please click here for further information.
Last weekend the sixth annual FCBStudios Office to Office (O2O) bike ride took place successfully and safely, clocking up an impressive 4000km between all the riders.
Our cyclists departed from various locations including our London office, Bristol city centre and Stonehenge, all to take part in a fun and energetic weekend of adventures covering different distances and routes – and all for the simple pleasure of cycling.
The rides culminated with everyone eventually arriving safely to our Bath office late afternoon on Sunday, for a well-earned beer and a slice of pizza.
Here’s to O2O17, and perhaps a more ambitious Bath to Manchester or even Belfast ride… !
Bruntwood have commissioned FCBStudios to design a new multi-storey car park on the 'Circle Square' site in Manchester, a key development location within Corridor Manchester, which has been reworked to include a 150-bedroom hotel and energy centre.
The 18 storey building is made up of a 1100-space multi-storey car park, with 7 storeys of hotel set on top, and a Combined Heat & Power Centre on the ground floor to provide energy for the wider Circle Square masterplan.
The car park which sits in a prominent position alongside the busy Mancunian Way, proposes the use of masonry clad precast concrete panels with circular openings varying in scale. Brickwork arches at ground level maintain a pedestrian scale allowing for active frontage to encourage footfall through the site.
The hotel is of a contrasting lightweight geometrical faceted façade which contrasts with the masonry mass of the car park, yet still sits comfortably to create one distinct building.
The scheme is to be submitted for planning mid-September and if successful could become a significant landmark building framing the south east corner of the Circle Square development.
Funded by the Marco Goldschmied Foundation, The Stephen Lawrence Prize was established in memory of the teenager who was setting out on the road to becoming an architect when he was murdered in 1993.
The prize, which includes £5,000, rewards the best examples of projects that have a construction budget of less than £1 million, and is intended to encourage fresh talent working with smaller budgets.
The jury will now visit The Observatory in its current location at Mottisfont National Trust Estate and the winning project will be announced at the Stirling Prize Party in October.
FCBStudios have been working with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to transform this internationally significant heritage site into a window on the world of William Shakespeare for the 21st century.
This landmark attraction for Stratford-Upon-Avon opened to the public in August and invites visitors to walk in the playwright’s footsteps, and explore a dramatic new landscape and exhibition centre on the very site where William Shakespeare had his family home for 19 years, during which he wrote many of his best known works.
The garden where Shakespeare's house once stood has been re-imagined under the creative direction of Expedition Engineering, using landscape and sculpture to evoke a sense of the lost building and its most famous occupant.
FCBStudios have led in the conservation of the adjoining Grade I Listed Tudor townhouse that now serves as an enhanced and fully accessible Exhibition Centre, with a new-build oak framed extension that showcases contemporary construction, craftsmanship and architecture, in a seamless blend of old and new.
Following Plymouth School of Creative Arts (PSCA) shortlisting for a British Construction Industry Award (BCIA) in the Building Project of the Year (up to £10m) category, the project has now been selected for two additional special category awards: the Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award and Judges' Special Award.
These are testament to the success of the project, designed and built on an all-time low budget, that required a very creative approach responding to high aspirations set by the client.
PSCA is also up for Building Magazine Project of the Year 2016 and World Architecture Festival Schools Building of the Year 2016 awards.
We look forward to joining everyone at the BCIA ceremony in October.
FCBStudios have been shortlisted in three categories in the Archiboo Web Awards 2016 for Best Home Page, Best Overall Experience and Best Use of Social Media.
The Awards celebrate the use of the online space to communicate great architecture in an elegant, interesting and accessible way.
FCBStudios’ current website launched in 2014 and was collaboratively designed and built with website designers Sennep.
The awards attracted 300 entries from across architecture and property and 23 firms have been shortlisted. Six winners will now be selected by an 18-strong judging panel that includes Dezeen editor Anna Winston, Claer Barratt, Personal Finance Editor of the Financial Times, Colin Lacey, director of development for Croydon Council, Chris Townend, head of property development at TfL, Del Hossain, MD of the Adrem Group and Daniel May, head of design at First Base.
The winners will be announced in September during the London Design Festival.
A new student accommodation development designed by FCBStudios, in collaboration with Coady Partnership Architects, for the National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) received planning permission last month.
The project is for 429 bed spaces made up of 76 4-6 bedroom apartments to be built on a new site adjacent to Corrib Student Village, and includes a student hub and reception facilities centred around two large landscaped courtyards.
This is the first, and possibly most controversial development (due to its proximity to nearby residents) to be carried out by the University as part of their greater masterplan aspirations for the campus, which runs along the idyllic western bank of the River Corrib.
The project will deliver commercially viable, modern, high quality and environmentally friendly student accommodation on the campus and is expected to start on site by the end of the year.
Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust (APPCT) has launched a public fundraising campaign to support the restoration of its stunning Victorian Theatre, dating back to 1875, bringing it back to life for theatrical performances, cinema screenings, comedy and live music, and set to open its doors in 2018.
The Victorian Theatre, which, apart from the occasional one off event, has been closed to audiences for 80 years, is part of a larger East Wing Restoration Project to be designed by FCBStudios.
The design will transform the eastern end of Alexandra Palace into a new cultural destination, exhibiting the building’s rich and eclectic history.
It is part of a sustainable, long-term plan for Alexandra Palace which will see it achieve its full potential as one of London’s iconic landmarks and safeguard it for future generations.
Click here to find out ways in which to donate, from inclusion on a donors’ board to sponsoring theatre seats.
Last week we attended The Manchester Architects Awards (MAA) ceremony at Stubbs Mill in Manchester and were delighted to receive the President’s Choice - Unbuilt Award for our work on the new Circle Square neighbourhood in Manchester.
FCBStudios were initially commissioned by Bruntwood and Select Property Group to Masterplan the Circle Square project and we are now working on two office buildings, two residential buildings including a 34 storey tower, a car park and ‘The Pavilion’ - a smaller scale building located under ‘The Green’ that will bring together innovative retailers and vibrant events.
The MAA is an annual showcase for the work of the architectural profession in the Greater Manchester region organised by Manchester Society of Architects.
Stanbrook Abbey in North York Moors National Park is one of five projects shortlisted in the ‘Education & Public Sector’ category in this year’s Wood Awards.
The key element in the construction of the Abbey was the careful attention to a delicate range of resources. Preference was given to materials which are renewable, recycled or have low embodied energy.
Indigenous natural materials were chosen where possible and locally sourced timber was used to minimise the use of structural steel. Internally, English sycamore choir stalls have been made by designer and maker John Griffiths, and the organ, also in English Sycamore, made by artisan Robin Jennings.
The cladding on the south elevation is all indigenous air dried oak boarding, which when weathered will become reminiscent of the barn-like farm buildings that are part of the traditional architecture of the National Park.
An exhibition of the 2016 shortlist will be on display at 100% Design during the London Design Festival and winners will be announced at the Wood Awards ceremony in London on 22nd November.
Plymouth School of Creative Arts, affectionately known as The Red House, is an innovative all-through school located on an inner city brownfield site sponsored by Plymouth College of Art.
This school is a new prototype for creative learning. It is a building of the arts, a gateway to Plymouth, and a new heart for the local community.
Winners will be announced at the ceremony taking place in London in November.
The RFF has been working at the school since 2008 and has already completed engineering works to secure the school grounds, necessary because of the very steep nature of the site and heavy rainfall in the wet season. Other work includes new classrooms, a kitchen and latrines, as well as an impressive circular dining hall structure overlooking the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi.
Volunteer Nathan Ovens from FCBStudios is currently on site in Uganda and sent this message:
“The new dormitory and classroom blockis a greatfeat for the school. It is the first two storey concrete frame building on their campus, but yet still blends in to the local building typology using local materials and craftsmen.
The building responds to the local climatic conditions by providing a good thermal mass and natural cross ventilation to keep a cool internal environment. New innovations were explored within its construction by introducing rows of bricks into the formwork of the first floor slab, to save on the amount of concrete and cement used. These bricks were later removed to give an attractive ribbed soffit that also increases the surface area of exposed concrete, further improving the thermal mass to stabilise internal temperatures."
We have recently published a new sector brochure entitled ‘Residential’ which is now available to download on our website.
The brochure includes a selection of residential projects that we have recently completed and are working on, and showcases FCBStudios extensive experience of creating new communities through masterplanning and detailed design of residential buildings.
We design buildings that are responsive to different patterns of living and provide intimacy, privacy and security whilst also helping to create a sense of community.
A new book edited by Ian Taylor from FCBStudios was launched last night at the University of the Arts Central Saint Martins in London following the annual Higher Education Design Quality Forum (HEDQF) conference.
‘Future Campus – Design Quality in University Buildings’ aims to help architects, design teams and University clients in their pursuit of practical and innovative solutions for the creation of enabling higher education learning environments. It includes abundant examples of solutions to design problems and advice on best practice.
This book argues that investment in the higher education sector is a driver for intellectual, social and economic development, offering opportunities for positive impacts for the physical environment on the character and performance of higher education.
This book was written in collaboration with the HEDQF, a unique partnership between clients and design professionals, working to improve the quality of higher education buildings and estates.
Portsmouth City Council has given Planning and Listed Building Consent for the repair and redevelopment of the former HMP Kingston in Portsmouth.
FCBStudios will now commence the post-planning stages for the 230-unit residential scheme – a combination of re-modelled existing prison cell wings, chapel and infirmary, and new-build apartment buildings, including a landscape masterplan by Grant Associates. The proposals also include the retention of the listed walls and gatehouse, which will feature a café.
We are also working with City & Country on the redevelopment of the former HMP Gloucester, one of four prison sites acquired from the Ministry of Justice in 2014, following the Government’s Spending Review and closure of a number of Victorian prison buildings.
The first phase will involve the redevelopment of the key existing grade-II listed buildings, with an expected start on site date early in the new year.
The vision for Oxford Road’s new neighbourhood, Circle Square, is one step closer to realisation after joint venture partners Select Property Group (Select) and Bruntwood were given planning permission for the biggest planning application of the scheme.
With 60% of the scheme set to complete by the end of 2019, Circle Square will stand in the place of the former BBC site at the heart of Corridor Manchester and be an inspiring new destination where like-minded people will live, work and collaborate.
Keith Bradley from FCBStudios said:“This is a fantastic result for Select Property Group, Bruntwood and FCBStudios. It represents a very significant project for the practice in that with multiple commissions we shape a new area of Manchester including a significant new civic square and associated public spaces."
Set to reshape Manchester’s cultural and business scene, Circle Square’s phase 1b permission includes 105,000 sqft of shops, cafés, bars and restaurants, 305,630 sqft of work space, 677 residential apartments and 1,000 space multi-storey car park, as well as much needed green space and public realm.
The Master Planning & Place Making consultants for Circle Square are Planit and FCBStudios. The architect for the scheme is also FCBStudios.
The shortlisted project teams are now invited to present to delegates, and an international jury, at the festival which this year takes place at the Arena Berlin from 16th - 18th November.
Winning projects will be announced on the 18th November at the WAF Gala Dinner taking place at the Postbahnhof.
FCBStudios are delighted to announce that we have been appointed to masterplan Cambridge Biocentrum for the University of Cambridge.
The masterplanning exercise will involve an analysis of Biological Sciences buildings on the Downing and Old Addenbrooke’s sites in the centre of Cambridge to determine their fitness for purpose for 21st Century world class research and teaching environments.
The concept is to develop a scheme that provides greater flexibility of usage for a variety of thematic research clusters based around the current biological sciences departments that occupy the two sites, and incorporate new social, teaching and learning facilities for a key area of the Cambridge Tripos curricula.
The output will be a masterplan that allows for discrete phasing over a 20 year period, providing a range of flexible new build accommodation whilst allowing for renovation of more precious existing buildings.
The judges said, 'Stanbrook Abbey, a new monastery in the North York Moors National Park for an enclosed order of Benedictine Nuns, is a truly extraordinary piece of architecture. Having a blank canvas sometimes presents more problems than does a tight, hemmed in site, but to execute it in such a beautiful organic form suggests divine intervention. It sits majestically within the woodland, rising out of the ground to form the crescendo to the plateau.'
FCBStudios started working with Plymouth College of Art in 2011, when we produced a masterplan to redevelop their campus and studios. Through discussions with the principal, Andrew Brewerton, a clear vision developed to create a groundbreaking ‘continuum’ of arts education in the city. It was through this process that the idea of the Plymouth School of Creative Arts, a secondary school sponsored by the college was born.
It was through Andrew Brewerton’s clarity of vision, belief and trust in FCBStudios being able to distil and represent this into the new building, overlaid with head teacher Dave Strudwick’s alternative vision of creative open plan teaching in a studio atmosphere, that the new building became reality.
The six nominees for the 2016 Prince Philip Designers Prize have been announced by the Chartered Society of Designers.
Each year organisations within the design sector are invited to nominate a designer or design team they consider to have achieved at the highest level and made an outstanding lifetime contribution to design.
The 2016 nominees are:
Peter Clegg RDI, FCBStudios
Ian Callum RDI and Gerry McGovern, Jaguar Land Rover
Hussein Chalayan MBE, Chalayan
Dame Zaha Hadid DBE, Zaha Hadid Architects
John Makepeace OBE, John Makepeace Furniture
Fiona Raby and Anthony Dunne, Dune & Raby
FCBStudios are this year taking part in Jamie’s Farm to Farm bike ride on Saturday 18th June.
We have a team of keen riders who will be joining the 61 mile ride from Jamie’s Farm in Wiltshire, across the stunning countryside, through to their farm in Herefordshire in support of the charity and to celebrate the first year of their new farm being open.
Jamie’s Farm is a charity organisation providing a unique combination of ‘farming, family and therapy’ to help transform the lives of vulnerable urban children at risk of social and academic exclusion.
If you would like to support the riders, take part or find out about the charity please click here.
A central feature of the redevelopment of Nine Elms, Embassy Gardens forms the backdrop to the new US Embassy. Blocks are arranged around raised courtyards where a varying building mass is composed to maximise views, daylight and amenity space.
Active retail and commercial frontages at ground level connect the Embassy Square, Linear Park and River Frontage with a network of streets and a central square.
The development is strongly influenced by the architectural style of New York’s meatpacking district and London’s Victorian and Edwardian mansion blocks to create a distinctive style for London’s newest landmark destination.
The results will be announced at an awards ceremony on the 11th July.
A team from FCBStudios have been selected to build an installation outside the RIBA Headquarters during London Festival of Architecture 2016.
The team developed a concept called ‘Pea Soup House’ for an entry into the RIBA ‘Constructing Communities’ open call, and are now one of three entries awarded £5,000 to realise the structures on a true scale.
By engaging the local community through food, Pea Soup House raises public awareness of London’s air quality through architecture, education and event. Using low cost, carbon neutral materials to create a high impact, transportable installation it will raise awareness of air pollution and bring together the community through food.
On 2ndJune an exhibition of the 18 short-listed projects will take place at Peckham Levels. Please click here for further information on associated events.
Look out for updates on twitter using #PeaSoupHouse #ConstructingCommunities
Designed to encourage interaction between artists and their audience, the rotating structures will sit within the beautiful grounds of Mottisfont within a circle of beech trees.
Visitors to the National Trust attraction will be able to meet and engage with contemporary artists creating work in and around the studios and join in a programme that will include community workshops and talks.
Site visits will now take place to all shortlisted projects as well as face-to-face judging by members of the 33-strong jury, made up of the most influential clients, contractors, architects and engineers in the UK.
The winners will be announced on 12 October 2016 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, where over 1,300 of the industry’s elite will join together for a night of entertainment, celebration and networking.
Peter Clegg is to lead the 2016 judging panel for the new-look Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) President’s Awards for Research.
The re-launched awards are designed to promote and celebrate the best of research in the field of architecture and the built environment.
There are four new categories: History and Theory, Design and Technical, Cities and Community and a special Annual Theme – Learning through Projects, that is designed to recognise the growing importance of post-occupancy and building performance evaluation.
Kat Martindale, RIBA head of research and innovation, said: ‘This new approach aims to capture the wealth of existing research activity and strengthen collaboration between practice and academia’.
Other judges are: Shumi Bose, senior lecturer at Central St Martins and director of REAL Foundation; Amica Dall of Assemble; Hattie Hartman, sustainability editor at The Architects’ Journal; Professor Robert Mull, former director of architecture at the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design; Aylin Orbasli, reader in architectural regeneration at Oxford Brookes University; and Professor Christopher Platt, head and professor of architecture at Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art.
This weekend all of our Manchester office will be taking part in the Great Manchester Run to raise funds for the Richard Feilden Foundation, a charity which aims to improve the educational infrastructure, and the teaching and learning opportunities that are available for children and young people in Africa.
The race will take in the views of Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium, the Imperial War Museum and The Lowry. Runners will also pass the famous cobbles of Coronation Street’s new set and Beetham Tower, the 47-storey skyscraper will mark the finish line.
The 10k running event takes place on Sunday 22 May and will be broadcast live on BBC Two from 11.00 - 13.00, with highlights at 18.00 - 19.00.
FCBStudios have made it on to the 2016 shortlist for the AJ100 Footprint Sustainable Practice of the Year.
This award is for outstanding commitment to sustainable design, based on evidence of exemplary built work, research, building performance monitoring and other initiatives.
The practice have always pioneered designs that have a light touch on the planet and although low energy design is more main-stream, our interest in reducing embodied energy and commitment to the wider social aspects of sustainability still mark us out as leaders in environmental design.
The practice is also up for Employer of the Year and Building of the Year, and our clients Plymouth College of Art and Plymouth School of the Creative Arts have been shortlisted for Client of the Year.
The grant will help fund the work needed to the fabric of the Abbey and provide the space to develop the Abbey’s education facilities and realise exciting plans for a Discovery Centre and a Song School.
Sustainable reuse of the city’s famous Roman hot spring water to heat the building’s flooring will also be part of FCBStudios scheme, as the floor undergoes some vital restoration.
Charles Curnock, Director of the Footprint Project, said: “We are enormously grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for this wonderful grant… the total project cost of £19.3 million is now firmly within our sights. This final fundraising phase is now a chance for everyone to get involved… Bath Abbey belongs to all the people of the city and we hope very much that local residents will want to leave their own footprint here for hundreds of years to come.”
The Abbey is appealing to visitors for a final fundraising push. Everyone can keep a track of progress, and donate online: www.footprint.gift
A vacant site in Manchester that sits within the Ancoats Conservation Area to the immediate north of the city centre has gone in for planning.
The development includes 199 units of rental residential accommodation, with a mix of 1-3 bed apartments and a number of two storey town houses as well as 4,800 sq ft of commercial space. The Blossom Street Site sits between the Grade II listed St. Peter’s church, currently home to the Halle orchestra, and the Grade II listed Victoria Square, the first example of municipal housing in Manchester.
This is one of three housing schemes FCBStudios are working on with Manchester Life Development Company, who are driving the sympathetic and sustainable redevelopment of Ancoats and New Islington into vibrant and inclusive communities.
The judges said: "This is a complex and challenging project made to look rather effortless in practice. Quality and consistency of architectural thinking is evident throughout, and the building delivers an impressive and significant addition to the cityscape. This is an intelligent design and the architects’ success in delivering a great project on an extraordinarily constrained budget and programme is recognised and applauded by the jury."
Partner Andy Theobald also picked up RIBA South West Project Architect of the Year.
The project will now go on to the RIBA National Awards which are given to buildings across the UK recognised as having made significant contributions to architecture.
The Observatory, a mobile artist studio and workshop, last night won a RIBA South Regional Award at the ceremony at Ascot Racecourse.
The judges said "This is a great example of architecture and art engaging the public, enhancing the landscape, and leading a number of local authorities to think positively about how design can connect different members of a community. The client and architect achieved much with a low budget and many constraints and the result is playful, creative and much more than just a pavilion or folly."
The project will now go on to the RIBA National Awards which are given to buildings across the UK recognised as having made significant contributions to architecture.
The green light has been given for work to start on transforming the former Vaux Brewery site at the gateway to Sunderland city centre, a site that has been dormant for almost 17 years.
Sunderland City Council has approved the planning application for phase one of the development submitted by Siglion, which was put together after extensive consultations with the community and local stakeholders.
The flagship project is the first of five locations around the city that will be redeveloped as part of a once in a generation £100 million-plus programme. At the heart of the plans is a striking 60,000 sq ft office building looking out across the Keel Line, along the river towards the sea.
Siglion Chief Executive, John Seager, said: This is such a focal point for Sunderland and its position at the entrance to the city centre is hugely important to how people coming into Sunderland perceive the city. The first phase will create a superb office development, providing the city with some of the best quality working space to be found anywhere in the North East.
Work is due to get under way in the summer.
The shortlist is made up of clients which have been nominated by AJ100 practices and is awarded to the client that has made the greatest contribution to UK architecture during the past year.
The results will be announced at an awards ceremony on the 8th June 2016 at The Tower of London.
We are delighted to announce that Stanbrook Abbey picked up two awards at the RIBA Yorkshire Ceremony last night. A RIBA Regional Award and Best Building in Yorkshire Award 2016.
Stanbrook Abbey completed over two phases, includes new private cells for the nuns, shared kitchen and dining facilities and work rooms, as well as a new Community Church and Chapel and guest spaces.
Congratulations also to Dominic Walker from our Manchester office who won a Gold Award for best Part 1 in Yorkshire and another for Best Presentation Work.
St Mary Redcliffe Church in Bristol has released images of the shortlisted concept designs produced by five award-winning design teams that includes FCBStudios.
The Grade I listed church, both a national landmark and a living church, is the equivalent of many European cathedrals and one of the largest parish churches in England. The £12-15m development project will give the church much needed visitor amenities, step-free access, and a community hub on a separate site in the heart of the Redcliffe area. The initiative is linked to wider regeneration plans, placing the church at the heart of a new urban village within the city centre.
The competition was organised by Malcolm Reading Consultants, leading independent organiser of architectural competitions based in the UK.
To find out more and view the concept images please click here.
We are delighted to announce that FCBStudios has made the shortlist for the AJ100 Employer of the Year 2016.
The award for the best employer, chosen from the companies listed in the annual rankings of the UK’s leading practices, is judged on staff satisfaction, workplace culture, benefits and staff turnover.
The results will be announced at an awards ceremony on the 8th June 2016 at The Tower of London.
The Red House, as it is affectionately known, is an all-through school located on an inner city brownfield site that allows 4-16 year olds to connect with a local artistic tradition going back to 1845. Industrial in character and varying in height, plan, light and scale, the school’s design stimulates and charges the teaching environment. It is a place for making things - making ideas, making technology and making art.
The results will be announced at an awards ceremony on the 8th June 2016 at The Tower of London.
Bristol City Council’s Development Control Committee has given the go ahead for the 12,000 capacity Bristol Arena and approved outline plans for the rest of Arena Island. Two applications were brought back to committee following a deferral last month to allow for additional transport information to be provided.
Both applications received unanimous support, a detailed planning application for the arena building with a public plaza and new access routes, and an outline application for the future development of housing, business and leisure uses close to the venue. The plans were approved with conditions that will need to be discharged before the arena opens.
The new venue is due to be located on the derelict former diesel depot site, close to Temple Meads station.
The Bristol Arena is a flexible indoor venue with spaces for public exhibitions, fashion shows and conferences, and is able to accommodate from 4,500 theatre-goers to 12,000 live music fans.
Work could start on the venue, due to open in 2018, later in the year.
Having started in early 2016 works continue at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery. Soft strip is underway in the Hayward Gallery with wall linings and ceilings being removed ready for the new roof and pyramids later this year, part of the project to let the light in to the upper galleries. Mechanical plant is now mostly removed and as part of Southbank Centre’s archival work elements of the 1960s mechanical and electrical equipment have been retained. You can learn more about this in the new archive studio in the Royal Festival Hall Clore Ballroom next door.
As the work progresses project architect Richard Battye wonders what tales the buildings might tell of the thousands of artists who have walked onto their stages and exhibited in their galleries. "..someone should talk to the old Hall... and tell it that ‘the works are all for your own good, everything will be back working again soon’."
Click here to read the article.
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Thanks to those who were able to join us at our 10-year Richard Feilden Foundation celebratory event in October, since then it’s been a busy start to the year with our current project in collaboration with HYT Uganda nearly complete. We’ve made progress on a masterplan for Rubengera Technical Secondary School in Rwanda who are celebrating fantastic results from their first cohort of graduates this month.
For more information and to see what else we’ve been up to please click here to read the RFF Spring Newsletter.
Congratulations to a tired yet ecstatic Geoff Rich who has made it safely to Cannes, after an impressive 1500km/6 day cycle ride from London to the south of France.
Despite a dodgy knee and aching limbs Geoff has made it, and in doing so has raised nearly £3K for charities including Coram, the UK’s oldest children’s charity and main beneficiary of the fundraising.
A big congratulations to Geoff and all the riders, we are very proud of your efforts both during the ride and in the endless training beforehand.
In celebration of Geoff Rich arriving safely in to Cannes this afternoon we have an Etixx Quick-Step jersey (medium) signed by Mark Cavendish up for auction!
Geoff Rich, Partner at FCBStudios has already raised nearly £3K for Coram and other charities during Cycle to Cannes and we hope to increase this amount further.
The signed jersey is from the UK arm of QuickStep and bidding opens at £150. To place your bid please do one of the following: Tweet your bid to @FCBStudios using #FCBCavendish, or e-mail us at email@example.com including your bid amount.
Bidding will close at midday this Friday 18th March 2016 and the highest bidder will be notified directly.
A new café and common room designed as a hub for staff, students and visitors at Kellogg College, University of Oxford, has been granted planning and listed building consent.
With a community of over 900 students from around 90 countries, the new building will provide much needed social facilities at the heart of the College’s Banbury Road site allowing students, staff, guests and visitors to meet in a central place.
The project has been designed to the ground-breaking Passivhaus principles with rigorous standards of air tightness and insulation to produce a very low energy building. Large panels of south facing glazing maximise useful solar gains with summer shading provided by the terrace structure. The project will be the first Passivhaus project for Oxford University.
We are delighted to announce that FCBStudios won BD Sustainability Architect of the Year Award 2016 at the annual award ceremony that took place at the Excel Centre in London last night. Representatives from the practice were presented with the prestigious award by Stephen Fry who hosted the event.
FCBStudios were one of the first practices in the UK to develop expertise in sustainable design and have consistently remained at the forefront of research and innovation and this accolade affirms our commitment to this.
To date we have delivered 10 buildings which have achieved BREEAM Excellent, whilst in 2012 The Hive achieved BREEAM Outstanding. Most recently, we have set new records with our Meixi Lake Eco City project which wa awarded China’s first ever BREEAM Outstanding certificate in 2013.
The RIBA today announced that The Observatory is one of 32 shortlisted projects in the South Regional RIBA Awards 2016, out of a total of 64 buildings entered in the region.
It has been a successful month for the project team, who last week picked up the Civic Trust Pro-Tem Award and who also recently received the Architects' Journal Small Projects Readers’ Choice Award.
Judging visits will take place this month and successful projects will be announced at Ascot Racecourse on Thursday 28 April 2016.
Two FCBS projects received Civic Trust Awards at the annual ceremony last Friday at the Globe Theatre in London.
South Quay Hayle, the regeneration of a redundant mining port in the Devon and Cornwall Tin and copper Mining World Heritage site received a Commendation, and The Observatory won a Pro-Tem Award for temporary structures and installations.
From 264 applications, 58 national and international projects were rewarded with a Civic Trust Award or Commendation, which included Pro-Tem temporary projects and the AABC Conservation category.
Awards are given to projects that make an outstanding contribution to the quality and appearance of the environment that demonstrate excellence in architecture or design, sustainability, universal design and make a positive social, cultural, environmental or economic benefit to the local community.
The award was given following an online poll and was voted for by more than 930 AJ readers.
An exhibition of the winning schemes is currently on display at The Building Centre until the 29th March.
The 'Red House' as it is also known is a building of the arts, a gateway to Plymouth, and a new heart for the local community. The school allows pupils to connect with a local artistic tradition going back to 1845, through making, performing and discovering, and pursues its core intention of Creating Individuals and Making Futures.
The shortlisted buildings will be visited by the judging panel in March with the winners announced at a ceremony at the Grand Pier, Weston-Super-Mare in April.
We are pleased to announce that Stanbrook Abbey, a contemporary eco-home for a community of nuns in the North York Moors National Park, has been shortlisted for further consideration in the RIBA Awards programme.
The project, completed over two phases, includes new private cells for the nuns, shared kitchen and dining facilities and work rooms, as well as a new Community Church and Chapel and guest spaces.
The shortlisted buildings will be visited by the judging panel in March with the winners announced at a ceremony at the Aspire venue in Leeds in April.
FCBStudios is one of five finalist teams, including Carmody Groarke and Eric Parry, selected to develop concept designs in the second stage of the St Mary Redcliffe Design Competition.
The Grade I listed Bristol church, both a national landmark and a living church, is the equivalent of many European cathedrals and one of the largest parish churches in England.
The £12-15m project will provide the church with new community, social and support facilities. The initiative is linked to wider regeneration plans, placing the church at the heart of a new urban village within Bristol’s city centre.
Image: ©Malcolm Reading Consultants/Emily Whitfield-Wicks
The awards celebrate the best projects in the UK with a value under £250,000. All finalist projects will be exhibited at the NLA from 3rd March and prior to the exhibition opening party on the 2nd, the AJ will run a crit session where finalists will be asked to present their schemes to the Small Projects jury. A decision will be made on the day and the winner announced in the evening.
“The project won a place on the MacEwen Award shortlist for creating training opportunities and an excellent volunteer culture, as well as being sensitively completed by FCBStudios. It also opens previously closed areas to the public.”
The project is one of eleven buildings on the shortlist, from a total of eighty-seven entries, and winners will be announced at the beginning of February.
Very pleased to announce we have been shortlisted in two categories in this year’s BD Architect of the Year Awards: Education Architect of the Year and Sustainability Architect of the Year.
BD editor Thomas Lane said “The quality of the entries is outstanding so, for the first time in the history of the AYAs, we have extended many categories to eight strong shortlists to reflect this. Getting on to an AYA shortlist is a real achievement.”
For information on our recently published education book ‘Learning From Schools’ please click here
The awards will be hosted by writer and broadcaster Stephen Fry and held at the ExCel Centre in London on 9th March.
FCBS has submitted plans for a mixed use building for the 5.5ha former Vaux Brewery site in Sunderland, a site that has remained empty since the closure of the Brewery in 1999.
The first phase building submission is for a series of office floors over a publically accessible ground floor, designed to accommodate an exciting mix of retail, café and restaurant offers. As an office building, it is aimed to attract a variety of prospective tenants, both in terms of their size and their type, and will set the precedent for future developments on the site. The team are aiming for BREEAM Excellent.
Sunderland Council leader Paul Watson said: “I’m excited to see the detailed plans for the former Vaux site and look forward to watching the transformation of this important and highly-visible part of our city centre, providing jobs, homes and leisure facilities for people in Sunderland.”
A masterplan application is also being made by Urbed.
A new book entitled ‘Learning from Schools’ by Peter Clegg is now available.
The last ten years have seen an unprecedented debate about the design of state secondary school buildings in England: FCBS has been at the heart of that debate.
This publication focuses on the work of FCBS’ award-winning school building programme and is organised in three sections: Pedagogy, Technology and Architecture. Each of these sections provides a way in to the practice’s work across a wide variety of school buildings and touches on how concerns such as acoustics, circulation spaces and the use of different materials have been deployed in the practice’s architecture so as to improve student performance and wellbeing.
We are thrilled to announce that we have been selected as lead architect for the £7m West End Development at Manchester Cathedral.
The competition organised by Dooley Associates sought an ‘aspirational and symbolic’ design to ‘preserve and enhance’ the cathedral’s west façade.
The project will create new offices, retail, storage and toilet facilities within the Grade I-listed building and include public access to the cathedral’s 40 metre-high tower. Development of this historic building will help it to become a more recognisable symbol within Manchester, creating a medieval tourist and cultural quarter for the city.
Dooley Associates’ managing director, Brendan Dooley, commented: "The response to the tender for the Cathedral West End project was phenomenal and following detailed interviews with five practices, the panel selected Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios as one of two practices that stood head and shoulders above the rest".
FCBStudios will now work with the client to develop the design toward a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) bid to be submitted later this year with a planned completion on its 600 year anniversary in 2021.
Throughout December we held drinks parties in London, Manchester, Bristol and Belfast to celebrate another prosperous year at FCBStudios.
The events included a Thames-view rooftop drinks party at the Royal Festival Hall, where we have just started work on The Festival Wing Repair and Renewal and a party at the newly completed transformation of the Richmond Building at the University of Bristol. Not forgetting drinks in Manchester to celebrate our new office location.
Thank you to all our friends, clients and collaborators for joining us to celebrate 2015 and here’s to a successful 2016!
The project to redevelop the Management School will create a truly world-class and innovative teaching, research and business-engagement environment to cater for the future needs of students, staff and business partners.
FCBStudios were selected from a five strong shortlist that included: Haworth Tompkins; Hopkins Architects; John McAslan + Partners and Wilkinson Eyre Architects.
Tom Jarman, Partner, FCBStudios, said: “The Management School is embarking upon a project that will serve to re-cast learning and research environments in a substantive manner and we relish the opportunity to play a part in this endeavour with them.”
The Management School has earned a global reputation for leading research and teaching excellence and features in the UK’s top ten and the world’s top 1% of business schools.
The recruitment of a 150 additional BEEs has been announced today, creating a network of 400 design experts, the largest and most skilled group of its kind in the country. The BEEs will work closely with Design Council Cabe to champion design in the built environment.
As an accredited conservation architect with many years’ experience of working with important historic sites, Geoff’s skills will add to Design Council Cabe’s ability to support design review for creative re-use and regeneration.
Together, Design Council Cabe and its network of BEEs will provide independent expert advice and support to promote well designed buildings, spaces and places that improve everyone’s quality of life.
FCBS are proud to co-sponsor the Industrial Heritage Conference (IHC2015) at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.
Following a campaign by a network of organisations involved in the conservation, protection and promotion of historic industrial sites, the Council of Europe declared 2015 as European Industrial and Technical Heritage (EITH) Year. To tie in with this Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic England and The Prince’s Regeneration Trust organised IHC2015.
Exploring the theme of re-use of industrial heritage the conference has attracted top speakers within in the industry.
FCBS are attending the two day event which opened today, and showcasing our award winning project Middleport Pottery within the exhibition space.
Proposals for the 12,000 capacity Bristol Arena have been submitted to Bristol City Council for planning approval following public consultation.
Strong support for the arena was expressed with over 86% of respondents fully or broadly supporting the Bristol Arena plans and 86% of people suggesting that pop-up events and outdoor activities would help create a vibrant place.
As a result of concerns raised during the consultation period, including access to the site and the quality of pedestrian and cycle routes, changes have been made to the proposals including a new widened cycle path and walkway, additional ‘shuttle’ trains during largest capacity events and increased cycle parking.
Two applications have been submitted: a full planning application for how the arena will look and be accessed on the day it opens and an outline application for how sites adjacent to the arena could be developed over time.
The mobile artist studio and workshop, designed by four architectural students at FCBStudios, encourage interaction between artists and their audience, through a blurring of public and private and inside and outside spaces.
"We were impressed by the imaginative response to the brief, by the project’s integration with the landscape, and by the provision of much-needed research into the durability of charred timber" said the judges.
Dark charred timber panels, created using a Japanese technique called Shou Sugi Ban form the external cladding. This richly textured, outer layer contrasts with the smooth lighter woods used inside the cabins. Edward Crumpton’s knotted and tarred marlin rope screen adds further decorative detail that will weather beautifully over time.
Plans for a £5.5 million pioneering Spanish and Hispanic art, culture and research institute to be created in Bishop Auckland, County Durham have been revealed.
The project will bring the internationally important Spanish art collection of the Auckland Castle Trust to the town centre.
A disused school building and bank will be converted into a three-storey gallery, visitor centre and institute. The new gallery will host a permanent collection of ‘Golden Age’ works by El Greco, Ribera, Velázquez and Zurbaràn, among art from the Medieval period to the late 20th century.
The plans are part of a wider programme of expansion and investment in the trust’s estate and our designs will accommodate the long-term use and development of the new institute, while remaining sensitive to the history and role of the buildings within the community.
The gallery is scheduled to open in Summer 2018.
We are thrilled to announce that five of our projects have been successful at first stage assessment of the Civic Trust Awards 2016 and have been named as Regional Finalists: Cranwell House Royal High School Bath, Plymouth School of Creative Arts, South Quay Hayle, The Observatory and William Perkin Church of England High School.
The schemes will be put forward to the National Panel for second tier assessment where they will be considered for a National/International Civic Trust Award or Commendation.
Winning projects will be presented at the annual awards ceremony at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London on Friday 4th March 2016.
Our Bristol Guildhall project was unanimously granted Planning and Listed Building Consent at committee last night.
The refurbishment and re-use of the Grade II* listed Guildhall and Grade I listed Bank of England Branch building in the heart of Bristol’s historic old city will see the former court and office spaces converted into a high-end 91-bed hotel with onsite restaurant and spa facilities.
The scheme was praised for its contribution to 'Old City Renaissance’ and will be of significant benefit to the tourism, entertainment and leisure offer of Bristol.
Situated on Park Place between the Main Building and the Students’ Union, the new facility will establish a single gateway to all academic and non-academic student services and provide a welcome point for students and visitors.
Housing a state-of-the-art lecture theatre and a range of informal learning spaces alongside an exciting range of shops and catering outlets, the project will also serve to create much improved connections to the Students’ Union and Cathays railway station beyond.
FCBStudios will be at MIPIM UK 2015 where we will be showcasing two projects on the AJ Architecture Tomorrow stand.
We hope to see you there.
A huge thank you to all our friends old and new who joined us at our London office on Wednesday evening to celebrate the Richard Feilden Foundation 10 Year Anniversary.
Attended by over 100 guests, short presentations were given by Trustees, new partners and other members of the Foundation’s team that reflected on the tremendous work the RFF has carried out over the last decade. Here’s to another successful 10 years!
To find out more about the work of the RFF or to get involved go to richardfeildenfoundation.org.uk.
FCBStudios’ submission entitled ‘Community Led Intensification’ has been shortlisted for the NLA New ideas for Housing London international competition.
From self-build communities to a mega-city near the M25, the NLA has unveiled 100 ideas to solve the London housing crisis and provide a blueprint for 21st century city living. Ten winning ideas will be announced in mid October, with winning submitters invited to join a Greater London Authority working group to examine how their ideas can be applied to real London sites to deliver future housing for the capital.
All 100 shortlisted entries will be on display in a public exhibition in the NLA galleries at The Building Centre from 15 October – 17 December, supported by a three-month series of events.
We are delighted to announce that phase two of our work, The Church and Chapel for Stanbrook Abbey are now officially open.
On Sunday 6th of September a service of dedication was held in the presence of Cardinal Vincent Nichols and the Bishop of Middlesbrough, and representatives of the English Benedictine congregation and the Ampleforth Community. The service was also attended by the Chief Executive and Chief Planning Officer of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park
Stanbrook Abbey sits on the edge of the North York Moors National Park offering peaceful seclusion important to the contemplative life of the Community. Phase one of the Abbey which consisted of the private enclosure, chapter house and guest refectory was completed in May 2009 and was awarded a Civic Trust Award in 2010.
FCBStudios have been appointed by City & Country to transform two listed former prisons in Gloucester and Portsmouth. The sites will be transformed into unique dwellings, turning these remarkable institutional buildings into desirable and exciting new places to live.
The mixed-use schemes will provide a range of housing types as well as additional uses within the retained buildings and external landscape design.
Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) Gloucester comprises a number of Victorian prison buildings, listed Grade II and II* and offers a unique location within the city centre of Gloucester, sitting adjacent to the Quay and historic Docks, whilst the Grade II listed HMP Kingston in Portsmouth is a key example of the prototypical ‘panoptican’ radial prison layout that were constructed in the late 19th Century.
Public consultations are currently taking place with planning applications due later in the year; both developments are expected to be on site by the end of 2016.
Image: Courtesy of City &Country
Congratulations to our client The Prince’s Regeneration Trust who are one of three shortlisted to receive the RIBA Client of the Year Award, a prestigious prize that recognises the key role that good clients play in creating high quality architecture.
FCBStudios have worked with PRT on the restoration of Middleport Pottery creating a dynamic new business and visitor centre which honours the past while enabling the future.
Peter Clegg said “The PRT, led by CEO Ros Kerslake, is to be applauded for both their commitment to delivering challenging projects which change people’s lives and also for their recent initiative BRICK, to provide small charities and community groups with the knowledge and expertise to improve their built environment”
In 2014 our client Manchester Metropolitan University received this award for projects including Manchester School of Art and the new Business School as well as an ongoing programme of buildings.
The winner will be revealed at the Stirling Prize party on 15 October.
Watch our short film 'Mending the Factory'.
£4.9m has been awarded by the HLF towards the long overdue restoration work on the Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room. This includes a major heritage programme to open up Southbank Centre's extensive archive to the public.
The £25m investment will make the 1960s buildings fit for future generations and is part of an ongoing programme to improve public areas and cultural spaces for the 6.25m people who visit the 21-acre site every year. The restoration work, which also received £16.7m in funding from Arts Council England (announced May 2014), will see the venues closed for a period of two years whilst work is undertaken.
Further funds need to be raised in order to complete this phase of work and so Southbank Centre has launched Let The Light In, a campaign to raise the remaining £3.9m. There are unique opportunities for audiences and organisations to become involved and support the project, for example by sponsoring one of the unique features, including a Hayward Gallery roof light, a seat in the Queen Elizabeth Hall auditorium, or one of the dressing rooms.
Watch our film: Southbank Centre: A Second Life
FCBStudios are delighted to be collaborating with the Church of England to develop an innovative and sustainable solution for isolated rural places of worship at risk of closure.
Working in collaboration with the Church of England’s Cathedrals and Church Building Division and the Diocese of Hereford, the FCBS creative reuse team have been awarded £49,700 of development funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to progress the proposals for a pilot project at St.Michael’s in Dulas. The scheme proposes the insertion of a sympathetic and reversible timber structure within the nave of the church, designed to provide self-catering holiday accommodation, whilst retaining public access to the east end as a space for contemplation and prayer. The income generated by the lets will finance the on-going conservation and maintenance of the building fabric.
Ruth Knight of the Cathedral and Church Buildings Division said: “We’re delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support. As well as providing a sustainable future for St Michael’s we hope that once completed this unique project will inspire other innovative approaches to under used places of worship.”
We are very pleased to announce that The Observatory, a rotating mobile artist studio and workshop that uses ancient and modern wood technology, has been shortlisted in this year’s Wood Awards. The project designed by four architecture graduates at FCBStudios incorporates innovative timber cladding materials and preservation methods including a Japanese technique called Shou Sugi Ban.
The awards represent the best of British Design and Craftsmanship in Wood and aims to recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood. All of the shortlisted projects will be showcased at 100% Design in September at London Olympia, and the winners will be revealed by host Tom Dyckhoff at the ceremony at Carpenters’ Hall on 10th November 2015.
A new sculpture based closely on a famous urn linked to Twickenham’s most celebrated resident, poet Alexander Pope, has received planning permission.
This 21st Century take on a lost Georgian cultural artefact will provide a popular and accessible introduction to the poet and his work and will be a fitting focal point for the new landscaping at Champion’s Wharf in Twickenham.
Standing at just over 8 foot high, the urn and pedestal will be made of Corten Steel, a material popular with sculptors of today including Richard Serra and Sir Anthony Gormley, and designed so that the solidity of the sculpture will change at different viewpoints, representing the original form whilst bringing it firmly into a new era.
The sculpture is created in partnership with ‘Poet in the City’, a leading literary organisation and public art consultancy.
The University of Toronto Engineering alumni, faculty, students and staff recently gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Centre for Engineering for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE).
The new hub located at the heart of the city centre campus will provide a home for the Entrepreneurship Hatchery, the Centre for Global Engineering and the Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering. In addition there will be a 480-seat interactive lecture hall, state-of-the-art collaborative classrooms and fabrication facilities.
Conceived as a 100-year building, it has an ambitious energy target of 100 kw/m2 per year and is expected to open in 2017.
We recently opened our office doors to the City of Belfast to showcase working practices behind the buildings, as part of the Open House Belfast festival. We were joined by guests from all walks of life who listened to talks about the practice's current projects and participated in a discussion on the future of the built environment within the city, as well as enjoying drinks and nibbles.
In addition to this, the project architects for the new Ulster University Greater Belfast Development Project hosted guided tours of the phase one building, yet to open to the students. The guests had a sneak preview of the creative workshops, studios, student hubs, teaching spaces and presentation rooms which all enjoy dramatic views over the city.
We look forward to taking part in the event again next year.
The annual lunch took place today at the Guildhall in London where the winners were revealed. The New London Awards recognise the very best new and proposed architecture, planning and development in the capital.
Alexandra Palace received an award in the Public Buildings category and William Perkin won in the Education category.
A six storey housing development for a run-down car park at the junction of Milner Road and Morden Road, South Wimbledon has recently been granted planning permission.
Located approximately 1.2km to the southeast of Wimbledon Town Centre and less than a minutes’ walk of South Wimbledon Station, this residentially led development will comprise of fifteen apartments, three townhouses and a commercial unit at street level.
Constructed using CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) the design had to incorporate lightweight construction materials due to a London Underground tunnel located directly under the site.
The development will have a distinctive and elegant profile on its prominent corner position, when approaching from Kingston Road and Morden Road junction and from afar, improving the urban setting of the area by complementing the existing urban grain and setting of the Grade II listed South Wimbledon Underground Station that is located nearby.
The high quality buildings have been designed to respond to the surroundings; to enhance and to sustain and to improve the character and setting of the area, to complement but not necessarily replicate local architecture character.
All apartments and houses will have outdoor spaces in the form of balconies, terraces or winter gardens and the buildings use a simple palette of materials composed of glazed terracotta and timber cladding to interiors.
Construction is due to start on site later this year with completion due by mid 2017
We are pleased to announce that FCBStudios are the top RIBA National Award winning architect in the past 10 years, receiving 22 awards in total. The National Award winning buildings set the standard for good architecture, while the RIBA Stirling Prize is the world's most prestigious architecture prize.
In 2008 we won the RIBA Stirling Prize for Accordia, a scheme widely regarded as setting a new benchmark for housing in the UK, and in 2014 Manchester School of Art was included in the Stirling Shortlist.
These awards are a great accolade for our practice and affirmation of the commitment and quality of our design.
We are very proud to announce that Manchester Metropolitan University Student Union and Middleport Pottery have each won RIBA National Awards. The Awards are given to buildings across the UK recognised as significant contributions to architecture.
The judges said of the Student Union “Considering the budget the building’s details - door handles, hinges, balustrades - show how a committed architect can imbue a project with a sense of quality by just ‘taking care”.
And of Middleport Pottery, “The project is highly commendable in its totality, has clearly regenerated the area (which was a key briefing objective) and trebled the size of the workforce”.
We are delighted to have two projects shortlisted for the New London Architecture Awards this year. Alexandra Palace is shortlisted in the Public Buildings Category and William Perkin Church of England School in the Education Category.
The winner will be announced on 7th July at the Guidhall in London.
FCBStudios have been appointed by Bath and North East Somerset Council as lead designers for the planned ‘Archway Centre’ in Bath city centre.
The project will create a state-of-the-art Roman Baths Learning Centre in the former city laundry as well as a World Heritage Visitor Centre. Visitors will also be able to walk through parts of the Roman bathing complex excavated by City Architect, Major Davies, in the 1890s that have never before been open to regular public access.
The project secured Heritage Lottery Funding of £168,100 in 2014 and FCBStudios will continue to work with B&NES to prepare a round two application to the HLF early in 2016.
Please join us at our two free London Festival of Architecture events.
Drop in to our London studio for an afternoon of thinking, drawing, model making and tea on Saturday the 27th June for Dreaming of Fitzrovia-A Bohemian Tea party.
Or why not come along to an evening discussion on the 23rd June to ponder the question What does the future hold for Fitzrovia?
For further information and to sign up to an event please click here.
William Perkin Church of England High School picked up a RIBA Regional Award at the ceremony in London last night.
The school was established under the Free School programme, in response to the growing demand for school places in Greenford, and was required to be open sixteen months after the contractor-led team won the bid.
To meet the tight programme and budget the superstructure was designed in cross-laminated timber (CLT) and was erected in just nineteen weeks, making William Perkin the largest timber CLT structure in the UK.
Bath’s historic Queen Square is to be transformed into a magical “Forest of Imagination” this weekend, when a team of local creative organisations and renowned artists come together to stage a free four-day contemporary arts event in the City.
As part of this event FCBStudios have designed an architectural enclosure using over 1600 bamboo poles which are currently being installed on site.
The Forest of Imagination runs from 15-18th May 2015 and features a playful programme of installations, artworks and activities for all ages.
For more information visit
This Summer PLACE are co-ordinating the inaugural Open House Belfast, a Festival of Contemporary Architecture.
As part of the Year of Irish Design 2015 the Open House event will open up some of the city's most interesting and exciting spaces to the public, free of charge.
The opportunity to help create the first Open House festival to be held in Belfast offers FCBStudios a chance to be involved in bringing this great event to a wider audience in Northern Ireland.
South Quay Hayle was a triple success at the RIBA South West Awards winning a Regional Award, South West Project of the Year and South West Architect of the Year.
The judges said "A building that not only adds something very special to the area but also illustrates that this building typology can transcend a mere metal shed and provide a town with more than just a place to buy food"
The judges described the Pottery as “an exemplar regeneration project which has inspired the local community and the wider region. This is an unusual architectural award-winning project as at first glance it is difficult to see what work has been undertaken and yet this is a measure of its success in meeting the client’s objective of restoration with a light touch.”
The project also won Regional RIBA Award and Conservation Project of the Year.
FCBStudios are working with Grant Associates to develop and deliver phase one of the new public realm for The University of Sheffield. The new sustainable green campus is set to revolutionise the University’s estate, open it up to the public and link it firmly with the city centre.
“Developing an estate which allows us to provide world-class teaching and learning facilities for our students and staff is a major priority. But so too is the desire to be firmly part of our city and to create a safe and welcoming environment which encourages all the people of this great city to see it as their University.” Keith Lilley, Director of Estates and Facilities Management at the University of Sheffield
The new Student Union for Manchester Metropolitan University has won a RIBA North West Award.
The judges said "A very successful building – fit for purpose and to be enjoyed by the student population of Manchester for many years."
Leventis is a new art gallery with restaurant and apartments for the AG Leventis Foundation, a private foundation supporting educational, cultural and philanthropic causes which promotes Hellenic culture.
This coveted award is given in recognition of the finest building that has been completed by an AJ120-listed practice in 2014.
The winner will be announced on 3 June in The Pavilion at the Tower of London.
We are thrilled to announce that Middleport Pottery has won Europe’s most prestigious award for Conservation.
It is a great affirmation of the vision of our client The Prince’s Regeneration Trust and the work of our project team.
"This year’s winners are powerful examples of creativity and innovation at work for Europe’s cultural heritage. They also demonstrate that heritage matters to Europe and its citizens” Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra. The Pottery was one of only two UK projects given an award.
The Europa Nostra Awards Ceremony will take place on 11 June at the Oslo City Hall where seven of the selected winners will be named as Grand Prix laureates, receiving €10,000 each, and one will receive the Public Choice Award, chosen in an online poll conducted by Europa Nostra.