Battersea Arts Centre in best architecture round ups for 2018 21.12.18

Battersea Arts Centre has appeared in round ups of the best architecture of 2018 in the Guardian and Frieze Magazine. Olly Wainwright in the Guardian has BAC in his top 10 of the year, saying “architects Haworth Tompkins were given the chance to craft one of London’s most atmospheric performance spaces from the charred carcass. Along with designing a spectacular ceiling for the hall, they have worked on little interventions throughout the building creating a magical place that revels in the rich patina of its history.” Frieze Magazine has said this of our work at the former town hall: “most successful among them has been Haworth Tompkins’s 12-year project at Battersea Arts Centre, the scope of which was dramatically expanded after a catastrophic fire in 2015. The firm’s work on the Grand Hall is a masterful combination of conservation and reconstruction”. Read the full article here.

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Haworth Tompkins have been running online work experience for a group of year 10 and 11 students from around the country this week, organised through Speakers for Schools. As well as discussions based around portfolios and potential university work, and a Routes to Architecture session, the 28 students have been modelling and making collages based on their local landmarks and found objects within their homes. Our architectural assistants have been on hand through the week to offer support, and answer any questions.

The London Borough of Newham has granted planning permission to London + Regional for their Albert Island Masterplan, designed by Haworth Tompkins with Industrial Architect Ashton Smith. HT have been working with L+R and the GLA since 2016 to bring forward a comprehensive redevelopment masterplan for the site. The scheme will create a well-connected, sustainable hub with a mix of uses, good cycling and walking links, and an enhanced river frontage with improved public realm establishing much needed employment uses in an integrated piece of the City. Technical design work for the first buildings is now underway, with an anticipated start on site in 2022.

Our retrofit of Kingston School of Art for Kingston University has won the 2021 BREEAM award for the best Public Sector Project post-construction. The judges commented that they were "impressed with the take on overall wellbeing, as well as embracing the challenges of refurbishing an existing building. The efforts made on solar shading, biodiversity and accessibility were also highly rated".

Diana Dina, our Head of Sustainability & Regenerative Design, and Architect Danny Lane will be taking part in the AJ Summit on 25 March. They will be discussing their recent post-occupancy evaluation of the Liverpool Everyman Theatre, and explaining what prompted the revisit, the process, and practicalities of what they did, their key findings and how these will be shared within the practice and inform the design process.

Haworth Tompkins are working with Eden District Council, on a Feasibility Study for the redevelopment of Penrith Town Hall. The Grade II listed building is a highly regarded local landmark. Whereas there will be a continuation of elected members using part of the building to hold specific council meetings, there is a strong desire to imagine a new life for this important civic building as a multi-purpose facility with a core focus on Arts and Culture.

Kingston School of Art, our project for Kingston University, has won the Higher and Further Education category at the AJ Retrofit Awards. These celebrate the design expertise behind the vital renewal and repurposing of existing building. The judging panel commented on the "lovely juxtaposition between existing and new" and how by retrofitting instead of rebuilding there is "the preservation of atmosphere". Overall "this scheme embodies what these awards are celebrating – it stood out from the beginning".

Our stacked, light industrial project for BeFirst in Barking and Dagenham has received planning permission. Peter Murray, NLA Chairman commented that “this innovative mixed use space… sets new standards for efficient use of industrial land in London”. The development, which will house tenants in flexible units arranged around a vehicle accessible multi-storey hub, will begin on site this summer.

Kingston School of Art, our project for Kingston University, has been shortlisted in the Higher Education category at the AJ Retrofit awards. These recognise well-designed sustainable project,s and promote structural reuse in the built environment. The winner will be announced at an online ceremony on 24 February.