Studio Review of the Year 23.12.21

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 saw the successful completion of four projects - Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Gardner Close, Donmar Warehouse and Fish Island Village and we received awards for four others - Kingston School of Art, Bristol Old Vic, Battersea Arts Centre and Kingswood.

We won a number of new commissions including for Lendlease as part of the first phase of the Birmingham Smithfield masterplan, and masterplans for Queen Mary University London, for the Western Gateway at the Royal Docks, and for co-location masterplans for sites in Harringay and Barking.

Planning permission was received for a number of new projects including Wood Street, a housing and community hub for LB Waltham Forest; Greenhill, a housing and gym for LB Newham; two housing plots at Wembley NW Lands for Quintain; Albert Island and Barking Industria, industrial intensification projects for L+R and BeFirst respectively. In addition we have submitted planning for three blocks at Canada Water for British Land and for Maydew House and the Bede Site Redevelopment for LB Southwark

Several projects started on site such as King's Cross Church, Barking Industria and the first phase of our projects for Pembroke College, Cambridge.

We are working on a wide range of performing arts project including with Trafalgar Entertainment Group on a new theatre at Olympia, for the Old Vic Theatre on a new Annex, with Theatr Clwyd on a radical working of their 1970s building and a new home for Punchdrunk in Woolwich. We have continued to develop our work internationally adding a performing arts complex in Australia for Perth-based Edith Cowan University to our portfolio of projects around the world including the American Repertory Theatre in Boston, USA; The Court Theatre in Christchurch New Zealand; Stadsteater in Malmö, Sweden and Sentralbadet in Bergen, Norway.

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.

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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’.

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.