Feasibility Study for THIS 26.05.21

Haworth Tompkins are working on a feasibility study for a new Innovation Centre for THIS - a startup who produce plant-based meat alternatives. The project would involve the conversion of a historic, industrial building in Chiswick to house the flexible innovation spaces of a pilot plant, laboratory, commercial kitchen and support functions alongside an HQ for the company. An important aspect of the design is to showcase the cutting-edge creative and experimental processes within the centre, while creating a visual identity that surprises and delights, reflecting the subversive, humorous qualities of the brand. THIS are aiming to start on site later this year.

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Haworth Tompkins have been appointed to a newly launched £500 million consultancy framework. Operated by LHC, the six-year multi-disciplinary framework can be used by a wide range of public sector clients for specialist areas including masterplanning, housing, industrial buildings, and conservation and heritage. Successful tenders were evaluated across several areas, with the aim of enabling organisations 'to access high quality pre-approved suppliers’.

Despite its many challenges, 2021 has been a year to celebrate. We mark our 30th anniversary with a Monograph covering the work we have completed in our first thirty years, pictured above, which will be launched early next year. We welcomed two new directors – Joanna Sutherland and Lucy Picardo – whilst Steve Tompkins, received an MBE for services to architecture and the arts in the Queen’s Birthday Honours and we saw our studio grow to over 100 strong. The year has reinforced the importance of the collective wellbeing of our staff, our society and our planet and as such our resolution for the year ahead is to find new and better ways to work that will support and sustain the social and environmental ecosystem of which we are part.We are looking forward to 2022 and wish all our staff, clients and collaborators a very Happy New Year.

Our mixed-use project, redeveloping the Greenhill Centre site for Newham Council, has received planning approval. The scheme includes 81 Passivhaus certified, affordable homes, a communal garden and a reprovided gym. Work starts in site in Spring 2022 with completion expected in 2024.

Our major restoration of the historically important Theatre Royal Drury Lane is up for three awards. The Architects' Journal Retrofit Awards has shortlisted the project in two categories - Cultural and Religious Building, and Listed Building. The venue is also a contender for Theatre Building of the Year at The Stage Awards. Winners will be announced for both in the New Year.

Haworth Tompkins are taking part in this year's Gingerbread City, organised by the Museum of Architecture. On the theme of 'Nature on the City', our plaza design depicts the emergence of nature, existing in an rewilded urban setting, with an algae-filled ecological pool and tiered fountain. The pop-up show is on now in London until 9 January.

Industria, our innovative multi-storey industrial project for Be First in Barking, has started on site. The development will deliver 11,000sqm of space across four floors, with van ramps and decks serving 45 Light Industrial and Flatted Factory units of varying sizes, alongside a public café, business hub, rooftop breakout space, and seven-metre tall ‘shopfront’ units on ground floor. McLaren have been engaged as main contractor on the project, with completion expected in early 2023.

Haworth Tompkins have been compiling a sustainable materials database, available as an open source resource. Diana Dina and Nick Royce worked alongside members of several Architects Declare signatory practices from the UK and across Europe to start this ongoing project. For more details, click here.

Our project for Malmö Stadsteater has started on site. The refurbishment of the 19th century Swedish theatre, originally designed as a circus amphitheatre, includes reconnecting the auditorium to the street by the creation of a new link building that part covers an existing courtyard, providing an informal events space. Alongside the redevelopment of the front of house and café, the project also involves a full refurbishment of the auditorium, increasing capacity to 520 using an adaptable layout, making it more suitable to host the theatre’s expanding repertoire.