Studio review of 2020 23.12.20

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.

We have secured new projects in residential, workplace, higher education and performing arts sectors over the year and expanded our horizons internationally on projects in New Zealand, USA, Sweden, Norway and Russia.

We have supported the effort to tackle the fall out from the pandemic by using our model shop capacity to make visors for local healthcare providers, and by donating our Christmas party funds to Shelter. Many of our clients, particularly in the creative industries, have experienced the hardest of times and we have offered our assistance where possible. We have continued to support Blueprint for All (formerly Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust), Heart of the City, Arts Emergency, the Social Mobility Foundation.

Despite all the challenges and uncertainties caused by the pandemic, we have managed to keep our 80-strong team together over the year. We would like to thank them, our clients, and collaborators for helping us ride the storm of 2020 and look forward to working alongside you all in the new year.

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Neptune Wharf at Fish Island Village has won a Housing Design Award at this year's ceremony. The project for Peabody and Hill is a 25% affordable scheme of over 500 homes with 5,550 sqm of commercial space, nine blocks of which are workspace facilities being delivered by The Trampery as a campus for sustainable fashion businesses. All the homes are now occupied, with businesses moving in to the maker spaces later this year.

Industria, our innovative, stacked industrial development for Be First in Barking, is part of an exhibition opening tomorrow in central London. Engineers Create, is a collection of recent research and projects by Engineering Club members which includes models, drawings, sketches, prototypes and other examples of the creativity within the sector. Industria Open from 22 September until 1 October at the Crypt Gallery at St Pancras Church, the exhibition is open 10-6 and free to visit.

Haworth Tompkins has been shortlisted in two categories at the New London Architecture Awards. Albert Island, our project for London + Regional is in contention for 'Masterplans and Area Strategies' which looks at new and improved parts of the city, intentionally designed to create destinations offering a mixture of uses and activities. Theatre Royal Drury Lane, our major restoration for LW Theatres, is shortlisted in the 'Culture' category, celebrating projects which improve the cultural experience for both local residents and international visitors. Winners will be announced on 29 November. Every shortlisted project is also in the running for the People's Choice award, click here to vote for your favourite.

The Old Vic has embarked on a major programme of investment and renewal to sustain and modernise the Grade II* listed 203-year-old theatre as a creative hub and community resource for the next generation by building The Annex, a five-storey extension, to be completed in 2024. Sustainability has formed an integral part of the design proposals and salvaged materials have been incorporated from the start. The intent for the extension facade is to repurpose theatre barndoors, sourced from performing arts venues around the UK and we need your help to collect 240 of them. More details on the specifications, and how to get them to the theatre can be found here.

There are architect led tours at three of our projects this September, as part of the Open House Festival. Associate Pa trick Quinn will be taking groups around Kingston School of Art on Tuesday 13th. On Saturday 17th, architect Annecy Attlee will show people around Silchester Estate, our housing project for Peabody in west London. Finally on Tuesday 20th, Associate Director Ken Okonkwo will lead a tour of Fish Island Village alongside Pitman Tozer, Lyndon Goode and Bureau de Change, our collaborators on this scheme. Please book all these tours via the Open House website.

This summer we hosted 14 students for week-long work experience placements at our Kentish Town studio, supported by a group of Part I mentors. The programme aims to offer students an idea of what being an architect involves through a mini creative project - researching and designing their own version of our Dovecote Studio, using modelmaking, hand drawings and digital packages. The weeks were supplemented with site visits and meetings, and all concluded with informal crits in which they presented their work and discussed routes to careers in architecture.

Theatre Royal Drury Lane has won a Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award. The awards, in their 19th year and presented in conjunction with The European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, and Metropolitan Arts Press, are dedicated to the recognition of excellence in architecture and urbanism from a global perspective. The winners will be taking part in an exhibition, 'The City and the World', in Athens from September.

Our mixed-use proposal for the London Borough of Newham has been submitted for planning. The site on Freemasons Way comes forward as one of two ‘kick starter’ sites for the larger masterplan for Custom House, a Council led co-design project with Adam Khan Architects and East, which will provide 800-900 new homes, a health hub, community facilities and improved public realm. Our building features shops on the ground floor, opening onto a new public space along the high street set beneath existing mature trees. All of the 29 homes will be for social rent, including a mixture of one, two and three-bedroom apartments with access to a generous communal garden. The homes are being designed to Passivhaus standards, with start on site targeted for Spring 2023.