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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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.