The Westminster Society presented their Biennial Award for Architecture to Peabody and Haworth Tompkins for Peabody Avenue. The society which seeks to promote urban vitality and congeniality in Westminster gives only one award every two years in each of its categories: Architecture, Urban Design, Renovated Architecture and Contribution to Urban Vitality. The award's citation read: 'Peabody's 150 years of unique historical accomplishment in providing affordable housing for London has been fittingly extended by this neighbourhood enhancing range of residential units that is both contextual and progressively up-to-date'.
The Shed, a new temporary venue for the National Theatre on London's South Bank, opens with 'The Table' by Tanya Ronder. The Shed will give the NT a third auditorium while the Cottesloe is closed for a year during the NT Future redevelopment. The Shed was developed by Haworth Tompkins as a collaborative process with theatre consultants, Charcoalblue, theatre-makers, designers and directors from the National Theatre and with contractors Rise Construction. The 225-seat naturally ventilated auditorium is served by a temporary foyer that has been carved out from the space beneath the NT's external terraces and provides easy connection to the existing foyers.
The Shed website
Haworth Tompkins Abroad
Following Steve Tompkins visit earlier in the year, Associate Director Matt Watts was part of the UK Trade and Investment Built Environment Mission to Brazil. Lead by Mark Prisk MP, UK Minister for Housing, the mission visited Rio de Janeiro and Recife to meet key decision makers in Brazil and hear about new projects including future developments for the Rio 2016 Olympics. Matt has written about his trip in an article "Brazilian architects keen to learn" in this months AJ.
Brazilian architects keen to learn
The Dyson Building was featured in the March issue of Architectural Review, a review of the Erco Technical Centre, Germany by Graham Haworth was published in Building Design as part of their Inspiration Series and the National Theatre 'The Shed' was featured in the Architects Journal, Daily Telegraph and on the cover of Building Design.
The Dyson Building in Architectural Review |
Inspiration: Erco Technical Centre in BD |
The Shed in Architects Journal |
The Shed in the Daily Telegraph |
The Shed in BD |
Bristol Old Vic
Haworth Tompkins have been selected as architects for the second phase of the redevelopment of the Bristol Old Vic. This will involve refurbishment of the theatre's front of house and studio spaces and is due to complete in 2016, to coinicide with the theatre's 250th Anniversary. Haworth Tompkins were selected from a shortlist consisting of Ian Ritchie Architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Allies and Morrison, Eric Parry Architects and Levitt Bernstein.
Haworth Tompkins Abroad
Steve Tompkins visited Brazil with People's Palace Projects as part of its ongoing 'Points of Contact' programme. In a series of meetings with leading actors, designers, architects and cultural policy makers, Steve exchanged ideas about the transformational role of theatre in the contemporary urban environment and outlined recent proposals for a temporary theatre for the National Theatre.
Peoples Palace Projects
Graham Haworth visited the USA to deliver a lecture hosted by the American Friends of the V&A entitled "Historical Architecture: Refashioned" at the Society of the Four Arts as part of the Four Arts' Best of Britain. He discussed the practices work for Victoria and Albert Museum in creating a new Textiles and Fashion Study and Conservation Centre as well as the practices other projects that reuse existing buildings.
American friends of the V&A
New Years Honours
We are pleased to announce that Roger Watts, Matt Watts, Joanna Sutherland, Irfan Alam, Jim Reed and Paddy Dillon have been made Associate Directors, whilst Sarah Hare, Lucy Picardo, Chris Fellner, Tom Wilson, Brian Yeats, Jason McKay and Will Mesher have been made Associates.
Park View School
Haworth Tompkins designed Park View School was featured in an article by Oliver Wainwright in the Guardian on 22 January 2012 entitled 'Birmingham's brilliant new schools - but could they be the last?' and in the Independent on 31 January 2013 by Richard Garner entitled 'Things can only get better'
Read the Guardian article |
Read the Independent article
Haworth Tompkins' new facility for the Donmar Warehouse in Dryden Street has started on site. The project will give the Donmar a permanent home near their performance space in Covent Garden and will house new rehearsal facilities, an education spaces and administrative offices. The project is due for completion by the end of the year.
The start of the construction of the Hallsville Quarter in Canning Town by developer Bouygues UK in partnership with London Borough of Newham, has been officially marked with a groundbreaking ceremony on the 13th December. Phase 1 of the £600M mixed use regeneration scheme has been designed by Haworth Tompkins and consists of 179 mixed tenure residential units, a 7000 sq ft Morrisons supermarket, a new Town Square, a basement car park and the energy centre for the entire regeneration site. Haworth Tompkins are currently working with Bouygues on the detail design and coordination of the project which is due for completion in 2014.
Hallsville Quarter Website
Chichester Festival Theatre
Haworth Tompkins design for the redevelopment for Chichester Festival Theatre has started on site. The demolition of all post 1962 extensions has commenced with the original Grade II Listed auditorium and foyer retained. The appointed contractor Osbornes Construction will begin the refurbishment of the listed building and the construction of the new front of house and back of house extensions in the new year.
Chichester Festival Theatre Website
On the 29th November, HRH the Duke of York joined Peabody in celebrating their 150th anniversary at Haworth Tompkins'
Peabody Avenue development, meeting Steve Tompkins, Peabody residents and community groups before unveiling a commemorative plaque in the Thamesbank Community Centre. The project, which has won two Housing Design Awards, an RIBA Award and a New London Architecture Award provides 56 new homes, a community centre and new landscaping to the new and existing estate.
RCA Concrete lecture
Graham Haworth speaks about the Dyson Building as part of the Concrete Elegance series produced by The Building Centre and The Concrete Centre.
Building Centre interview
NLA Exhibition - Housing London
Haworth Tompkins are exhibiting two projects at an NLA exhibition 'Housing London - the design and delivery of the capitals homes' at the Building Centre from 31st Oct to 21st Dec 2012. The redevelopment of the Silchester site for Peabody and Site 1 of the Stead Street schemes for Guinness are both featured as exemplar projects in an exhibition that aims to showcase new and imaginative ideas for designing and delivering new homes for London.
Battersea Arts Centre HLF funding
Battersea Arts Centre has been awarded a £2.5m grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to undertake works to its Grade II* listed building and create an archive of its history on the site. The scheme will restore and upgrade the historic fabric, improve access, re-landscape the adjacent Town Hall Road and remodel the Lower Hall to provide new community facilities and office space for creative start-ups. The project is part of a wider masterplan that has already received support from the Arts Council and Big Lottery Fund.
Darwin Building 6th Floor
Haworth Tompkins have completed the first stage of the restoration of the RCA Darwin Building in Kensington as part of a wider masterplan for the institution. Following the Printmaking programme's move to Battersea, the practice has converted the areas it has vacated in the Darwin Building for use by the Architecture and Fashion & Textiles programmes. Over the years there have been a number of piecemeal additions and project has been to 'de-silt' and restore the space to create open-plan studios similar to the original building layout.
The Royal College of Art's Dyson Building in Battersea has been officially opened by Sir James Dyson for the start of the 2012 academic year. The Dyson Building is named in honour of the British industrial designer, inventor and entrepreneur whose educational charity, the James Dyson Foundation, donated five million pounds to support the development.
Park View School
Park View School in Birmingham, which has been radically remodelled as part of the Building Schools for the Future programme, has opened for the autumn term. Haworth Tompkins provided a site wide masterplan for the school, rejuvenated the existing buildings, selectively added new buildings and rationalised circulation to create an environment that matched the school's academic achievements.
Venice Architecture Biennale 2012
Haworth Tompkins have been invited to contribute to the 13th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, which runs from 29 August through to 25th November 2012. Curated by David Chipperfield on the theme of 'Common Ground', Haworth Tompkins have collaborated with Eric Parry Associates and Lynch Architects on a London installation. Seven panels from the front of the Young Vic Theatre have been temporarily removed and shipped to Venice, including original artwork by Clem Crosby, to be presented as part of the exhibition. Other collaborators include artist Jake Tilson, film makers Sue Barr and David Heathcote, photographer Andy Chopping, dramaturg Zoe Svendsen, academic Juliet Rufford, digital artists Scanlab and principle contractor Lars Wagner.
Venice Biennale 2012 |
Haworth Tompkins at Venice
Working with Peabody, Haworth Tompkins has recently gained unanimous planning approval for 112 new mixed-tenure homes, a new community building and retails space at the Silchester Garages site in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The Chairman of the Major Planning Development Committee, Councillor Terence Buxton said, "Both Peabody and Haworth Tompkins have done a first class job on this new development. It will make a huge difference to the regeneration of this part of North Kensington."
Haworth Tompkins has received unanimous planning consent for a new housing scheme in Southwark, designed for the Guinness Partnership with Southwark Council. The Stead Street scheme, which forms part of the £1.5bn regeneration of Elephant and Castle, provides 63 affordable units and a new community church hall arranged around landscaped courtyards. The narrow site is split into three blocks, allowing through-routes and views onto Nursery Park to the South.
Haworth Tompkins's Peabody Avenue Scheme in London has won a RIBA Award. The judges described the building as displaying "the strength, resilience and confidence of the existing structure and is an exemplar of good housing and place-making." The Scotsman Steps were one of 18 winners at the inaugural RIAS Awards, representing the very best of Scottish architecture. The steps, created with the artist Martin Creed, were praised as being "rich in delight." The Chicago Athenaeum and the European Centre for Art Design and Urban Studies have awarded The International Architecture Award to the studio's work at Snape Maltings. The 2012 Jury was held in Oslo, Norway and 81 projects from 28 nations were selected by a distinguished group of Norwegian architects and educators.
Open Air Theatre
The Regent's Park Open Air Theatre has re-opened to present their 80th season, following its redevelopment by Haworth Tompkins. The backstage buildings have been rebuilt, creating new facilities for actors and moving the theatre's offices on-site. A new box office has also been constructed, creating a new public face for the theatre that allows for multiple configurations depending on its use throughout the day and season. Timothy Sheader, Artistic Director at the Open Air Theatre, said the new buildings allow them to "challenge what is expected of the space, both through genre of production and scale of presentation."
Open Air Theatre
BAC Front of House Works
Working directly with Battersea Arts Centre staff and Egyptian carpet manufacturer Foundation Rugs, Haworth Tompkins has designed new entrance seating in the form of a continuous, folded stair carpet on the main formal staircase of the Grade 2* listed Battersea Town Hall. Along with improvements to the bar and foyer areas, the new seats were completed in time for the launch of BAC's Summer Cook Up Season.
Civic Trust Awards
The Scotsman's Steps in Edinburgh was one of only two Civic Trust Award Winners in Scotland. The project was a collaboration between Edinburgh City Council and the Fruitmarket Gallery and included the restoration of the Grade A listed steps and a public art installation by Artist Martin Creed.
The award citation stated: "The result is deceptively simple, very functional and quite beautiful. The scheme has impacted positively on the local community and the rehabilitation of this historic artery between the old and new towns, which had become dilapidated and a focus for anti-social behaviour."
Civic Trust Awards
The Royal College of Art's new Dyson Building, which is the second phase of the Haworth Tompkins Designed Department of Fine and Applied Arts in Battersea, has been handed over to the College for fitting-out ahead of the start of 2012 academic year. The new facility provides new workshops and studios for the photography and printing departments as well as a lecture theatre, exhibition space, retail space and incubator units to support new graduates to develop business opportunities.
Haworth Tompkins have completed a new residential block as part of the East Village in Stratford, London. The 9-storey block contains 45 residential units consisting of 3 storey townhouses facing a new town square with apartments above. Situated on the edge of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the East Village will be the first residential legacy to result form the Games when it opens to residents in late 2013. The project features in a New London Architecture Exhibition called 'East Village - a lasting legacy for London' which is showing at the Building Centre on Store Street from 13th March - 31st March 2012.
NLA Exhibition |
Canning Town Planning Permission
Haworth Tompkins design for the first phase of a £600 million regeneration of Canning Town Centre has been given the go-ahead by the Planning Committee at the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation. The scheme, developed by Bouygues Development and its consortium partner One Housing Group, forms part of the London Borough of Newham's £3.7 billion Canning Town and Custom House Regeneration Programme.
Phase 1 will comprise 179 residential units of private and affordable housing, 424 square metres of retail and a Morrisons supermarket of over 7,000 square metres. A mix of unit sizes, types and tenures will be provided including two and four storey houses and wheelchair accessible flats. The scheme also includes a new Energy Centre, which will provide heating and hot water for the whole of the masterplan area. Work will start on site during the final quarter of 2012.
Martin Creed at Sketch
Following previous projects at the London Library and the Scotsman's Steps in Edinburgh, Haworth Tompkins have assisted Martin Creed with the realisation of his Work No. 1347 at Sketch in Mayfair. Haworth Tompkins provided technical support for the installation of a new floor, which consists 96 different types of marble, in a formation of zigzagging lines across the floor. Wall paintings by Martin Creed complete the work.
Haworth Tompkins work for the Haunch of Venison Gallery, 103 New Bond Street has recently been published in the current issue of Quaderns d'arquitectura Magazine, the journal of the Institute of Architects of Catalonia (COAC).
Peabody Avenue was published as a building study in January's issue of Building Design Magazine and the Victoria & Albert Museum's new Textile and Fashion Study and Conservation Centre within Blythe House was published in February's drawing board.
Haworth Tompkins proposals for the National Theatre was published in the March edition of the RIBA Journal.
The London Library
A short film exploring the book stacks and the reading rooms in the Library and the new spaces members can now work and relax in.
Produced by Sketch for The London Library. Director: Jeremy Riggall.
Haworth Tompkins design for the Chichester Festival Theatre have been granted planning and listed building consent. The project which proposes to take the building back to its original 1961 footprint and to redevelop the front and back of house extensions received unanimous support from the planning committee.
The Clothworkers' Centre
Victoria & Albert Museum's new Textile and Fashion Study and Conservation Centre within Blythe House, Olympia has started on site. The project, which will be named the Clothworkers' Centre, reinstates the original entrance to Blythe House, providing a dedicated visitor reception, new study room, seminar room and conservation studios, together with 3,500 cubic metre of compressed storage to house the entire fashion and textiles collection. The Centre will be one of the world's most important resources for the study of textiles and fashion. It will make available to the public, on request, some 104,000 objects which form the Museum's Fashion and Textiles Study Collection.
The demolition of the old Everyman Theatre has been completed and contractors Gilbert Ash started on the construction of the new building in December. The new 400-seat theatre will incorporate a major public art work based on 105 full size portraits of local people and will be completed in 2013 and the progress can be viewed at the link below.