Signstrokes has launched 04.01.21

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

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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.

2020 has been a year unlike any other; but amidst the turmoil and hardship there have been some welcome highlights for our studio.

We have won a number of high profile awards, not least of which was being named the AJ100 Practice of the Year. Fish Island Village won in two categories at the Evening Standard New Homes Awards - Best Large Development and the prestigious Grand Prix; at the New London Awards, Battersea Arts Centre was named overall winner as well as winning the Experiencing Culture and Community Prizes while our project for Kingston School of Art was highly commended in both the Mayor's Prize for Circular Design and the Environmental Prize. In US awards, the Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre won an International Chicago Athenaeum Award, while Battersea Arts Centre won a USITT Architecture Award.

Haworth Tompkins is working with King's Cross Church (KXC) on a feasibility study to convert the now vacant Pauline Quirke Academy into a home for KXC. In addition to an auditorium space and community facilities, the building would have a number of multi-use rooms for various community outreach charities which work closely with the Church.

Haworth Tompkins has completed the concept design for a new theatre in Christchurch, New Zealand. The project, for The Court Theatre and Christchurch City Council includes a 360-seat main playhouse auditorium, a 130-seat studio space and front-of-house facilities. All aspects of a working theatre, including set-building, costume-making and rehearsals, will be based on site, with plans to make these activities visible to the public. The design thus far has been in collaboration with New Zealand based Athfield Architects who will also be leading on the next stage. Construction is expected to begin in early 2022 and the theatre is due to open in late 2023.

Battersea Arts Centre is the Overall Winner at the New London Awards this year. Praised by judge Ben Prosky, AIA New York, who said 'BAC is such an exquisite project. And it is exquisite in so many ways. There’s also a dedication to craft, to restoration, to design but not in a conventional way. I love this building because it is a teachable building.'