International Architecture Awards for Battersea Arts Centre and Bristol Old Vic 26.09.19

Haworth Tompkins has won two International Architecture Awards. Battersea Arts Centre and Bristol Old Vic have both been recognised by the awards, organised by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, together with The European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, and Metropolitan Arts Press. These awards are dedicated to the recognition of excellence in architecture and urbanism from a global perspective.

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Diana Dina, Head of Sustainability and Regenerative Design at Haworth Tompkins, is taking part in the RIBA Smart Practice Conference starting on 30 September. Diana will be leading the session 'Understanding your Impact and Identifying Quick Wins' as part of the Transforming your Practice session. To book tickets for the event, with two days of sessions on Confronting the Climate Emergency, please click here.

Haworth Tompkins have won Practice of the Year in the AJ100 Awards for 2020. We were also named New Member of the Year for our "business success and the quality of [our] work."

From the AJ - Why Haworth Tompkins was named AJ100 Practice of the year - Will Hurst
"The AJ100 judges were bowled over by the achievements of Haworth Tompkins in a competitive field of nominees. The Stirling Prize-winning practice itself began its presentation by describing 2019 as the ‘most significant year’ of its 30-year history and it quickly became clear this was no exaggeration.

As well as achieving steady growth in profit and turnover (architecture fees totalled £7 million in 2019), Haworth Tompkins diversified into new sectors, such as retirement living and industrial buildings and gained 16 significant new clients over the course of the year.

Haworth Tompkins also found time to spearhead the globally influential Architects Declare movement, putting its money where its mouth is by placing social and climate justice at the heart of its purpose as a company. It did this by transforming itself into an Employee Ownership Trust, signing up to the RIBA 2030 Challenge and upping its game on things such as in-house embodied carbon assessments and post-occupancy evaluation and focusing further on retrofitting.

‘Haworth Tompkins is setting the standard for architectural practice in today’s world,’ one judge said. ‘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.’

Other judges admired the practice’s ‘truly democratic studio environment’ as well as its commitment to environmental sustainability. One remarked: ‘They have gone through a series of deep reflections, which have engaged the whole studio. They have redefined their leadership structure by rebalancing age, gender and ethnicity among the group and laying out a clear path to succession. That is so rare.’

In 2020, Haworth Tompkins has set the bar for AJ100 Practice of the Year very high indeed."

Read the full piece here

Haworth Tompkins has been shortlisted for four awards at the NLA Awards this year. Battersea Arts Centre has been shortlisted in both the Experiencing Culture category, and for the Community Prize celebrating community-driven design and collaboration. Kingston School of Art is a contender in the Learning category, and is also up for the Environmental Prize which recognises the most sustainable projects in the capital. Winners will be announced later in the year.

The Den, our nomadic theatre auditorium for the Manchester Royal Exchange, has been shortlisted for a Wood Award. Materials are recyclable or compostable, designed for minimal environmental impact. The structure is a slender larch and hemp rope frame, so light that it requires no foundations. Fixings are simple and exposed and the entire structure can be dismantled, transported and rebuilt within a week. The awards will be announced later this year.

Congratulations to Architects Declare which has won Sustainability Initiative of the Year at the AJ100 Awards. Launched in May 2019, the movement has attracted support from 985 practices in the UK, and almost 5000 worldwide.

Haworth Tompkins have been selected by One Housing and the Resident’s Steering Group to work with them on a project for the Kingsbridge Estate. The five-stage selection process, undertaken online and with socially distanced interviews, has led to our appointment for a 7-9 month options appraisal. We will be involving residents and local stakeholders in extensive consultation, exploring feasibility for estate improvements and regeneration ranging from minimal intervention and refurbishment, through to demolition and new build. The site, adjacent to the Thames in the Isle of Dogs, currently comprises of 134 homes across three blocks.

Haworth Tompkins have been appointed to Peabody’s Consultant Framework covering large new build schemes, masterplanning and refurbishments amongst a range of other architectural services. The practice has already worked on several projects with Peabody including Fish Island Village, Silchester and Peabody Avenue and are delighted to be involved in their plans to deliver 2500 new homes a year.

The Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre has won an International Architecture Award, organised by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, together with The European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. These awards are dedicated to the recognition of excellence in architecture and urbanism from a global perspective and pay tribute to new developments in design and process.