HT shortlisted for AJ100 Practice of the Year 20.04.22

We have been shortlisted for the AJ100 Practice of the Year award, two years after last winning the prize. The criteria is based on business and quality of design output and takes into account both key business data from the main AJ100 research, including approach to sustainability and diversity, and findings from the employee satisfaction survey. The judges commented after our 2020 win ‘Haworth Tompkins is setting the standard for architectural practice in today’s world... They are challenging themselves to improve on every front and succeeding, working incredibly hard to promote architecture and create diversity within the profession and their own leadership team. While universally applying new, higher sustainability standards on all projects, they also share vast amounts of knowledge through open-source publications.’ The awards will be announced at the ceremony in June.

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Associate Director Ken Okonkwo has been selected as one of the Mayor’s Design Advocates (MDAs); independent, built environment experts helping to deliver a safe, fairer, greener and more prosperous city for all Londoners. The group of 42 MDAs have experience in both the public and private sector, include practitioners, academics, policymakers and those from community-led initiatives. The new cohort will be supporting the Good Growth by Design programme, working on the three main objectives of quality, recovery and representation. Click here for further details.

This year the London Festival of Architecture (LFA) is celebrating some of London’s most architecturally significant areas under the banner of LFA Destinations, including Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as it marks ten years since the 2012 Olympic Games. We will be discussing some of our work in the area, firstly on an architect-led walking tour of Fish Island Village on Saturday 11 June. Then on 21 June, Associate Director Ken Okonkwo will be on the panel for 'Ten years of Design Review in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park' - an event using two case studies, Here East and Fish Island Village. Click here for further information.

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Commissioned by the award-winning theatre company Punchdrunk, Haworth Tompkins have completed a temporary entrance pavilion for the company’s new base in south-east London, forming part of the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s new creative district, Woolwich Works. The scheme includes show infrastructure for their opening immersive production “The Burnt City”, technical plans, assistance making the building fully accessible for the first time, and support with their initial office space planning. To read more, click here.

Wood Street Families and Homes Hub, our project for Waltham Forest Council, has now started on site. The Hill Group have been appointed to build the 67 tenure blind homes and new Hub, which will provide a range of customer facing council services. The 50% affordable housing scheme, also a LETI pioneer project, is due to complete in Spring 2024.

Fish Island Village and Gardner Close have both been shortlisted for the Housing Design Awards. The awards, originally created in 1948, are judged by a cross-disciplinary panel from key industry stakeholders, including the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Homes England, the GLA and the RIBA. Shortlisted schemes will be visited over the next few months with the winners announced in July.