Beyond the Red Line at London Festival of Architecture 03.06.19

Beyond the Red Line is taking place at the London Festival of Architecture on 20 June. Haworth Tompkins is part of the Hackney Wick Fish Island Retrospective Masterplan team, a group of architects working in the area seeking to learn from this process of building a new piece of city. This debate forms part of a continuum of events curated by a collective of architects to open up lines of communication and reflect on the pace of change in HWFI. See more information, and book your place here.

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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.

Haworth Tompkins are working with The Old Vic, to design a new build annex to the rear of the Grade II* listed theatre. The new facility will include a; Clore Learning Centre, a script library with a café/bar, a new green room and back of house spaces. The works will also involve remodelling of the existing back of house spaces enabling a fully accessible stage door, improved dressing rooms and staff offices and the refurbishment of the existing rehearsal room to include a studio theatre space.

Haworth Tompkins is working with Newham Council to design a residential led scheme in the east London borough. The commission, won through an invited competition on the Notting Hill Genesis Framework, will transform The Greenhill Centre in Manor Park into over 100 new mixed tenure and 100% tenure blind homes. We will help Newham to achieve their target of becoming a low carbon borough by delivering a Certified Passivhaus scheme. Alongside the homes, there will be a local community space and a commitment to improve the natural landscape and biodiversity of the site, with the retention of existing trees, new planting and open space. Planning will be submitted this summer.

Haworth Tompkins are working with The Architecture Centre, English Heritage and Bristol City Council on plans for Temple Church and Gardens. We are developing proposals with the design team, and the local community, that will unlock the heritage value of both the church ruins and the gardens. By applying the principles of regenerative design to respond sensitively to the context, and using sustainable materials, a vision is beginning to form that will transform the site it into a thriving space for those who work and live nearby.

Bristol Old Vic has been recognised by the Civic Trust Awards in two categories. The theatre is a winner in the main awards and also the Selwyn Goldsmith Awards for Universal Design. The level of award received will be revealed at the ceremony in early March.

Signstrokes is a linguistic project for the deaf community founded by Christopher Laing of Haworth Tompkins and Adolfs Kristapsons. Through their online resource they seek to inform British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters and users of BSL about architectural terms. Deaf people are not new to architecture, however they face significant barriers because the sign language vocabulary of the profession is not standardised, and lacks breadth and complexity. Signstrokes seeks to break the cycle of making new signs by finding common ones and communicating these throughout the community. For more information please follow them on Instagram @signstrokes