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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Birmingham City Council has unanimously approved Lendlease’s regeneration plans for the Smithfield area in Birmingham city centre. Haworth Tompkins has been working with Lendlease and Birmingham City Council on one of the plots within the wider Prior and Partners masterplan. The vision for Plot 3A is to deliver an exciting new workplace offer, with a design that celebrates its adjacency to Manor Square and its connection to Central Boulevard. With its proximity to Digbeth, the aim is to create an urban workspace which facilitates and drives a new economy, attracting and retaining skilled workers and creative entrepreneurs.

Our mixed-use and commercial project, designed in collaboration with Minesh Patel Architects,, will include over 20,000m² of office space, as well as a mix of retail and leisure facilities. The building has been designed with flexibility in mind, allowing smaller start-up businesses to stay, and grow, within the building rather than moving elsewhere in search of a larger space. The project is targeting BREEAM Excellent, WELL Building Gold and NABERS 5 Star certification for the commercial space. Congratulations to everyone involved, we are delighted to see these exciting proposals move forward.

Fish Island Village has won a RIBA London Award. The project is major brownfield regeneration project, comprising 588 mixed tenure dwellings with 5,522m² commercial space across a 2.23-hectare site. It has transformed a site of disused warehouses with a collection of mid-rise buildings interspersed with new public streets and spaces, opening up over 200 metres of previously inaccessible canal frontage. The judges commented that... "Fish Island Village is sustainable in its broadest sense. This is a truly mixed community, a vibrant place to live, work and visit." National Award winners will be announced later in the year.

The Court Theatre, a joint project between the Christchurch City Council and the Court Theatre is rapidly taking shape on site in Christchurch, NZ. Designed in collaboration with local architects Athfield Architects with Christchurch firm, Ruamoko Solutions providing the structural engineering. Construction, which is led by main contractor Hawkins NZ, reached a critical milestone last year, with all engineered timber now in place. The Court Theatre’s aim was always to create an open-hearted building that expressively portrayed manaakitanga and whānaungatanga, a warm invitation and welcome to the community.

To achieve this goal, the design response makes use of engineered timber construction, selected for both the warmth that the material brings to the project, and the sustainability advantages. Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL), Glue Laminated Timber and Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) mass timber technologies have been used in various ways throughout the structure. Processed by Redstag Timberlab, the timber elements were prefabricated in the North Island and installed on site by Kobe Construction, with extensive use of digital co-ordination to ensure a smooth assembly. This process sees New Zealand-grown and processed plantation pine converted into a high-value product. The volume of timber used sequesters an estimated 101 tonnes of CO2. Construction is continuing throughout 2024 as the new theatre is enclosed and internal services, fittings and fixtures get underway.

Haworth Tompkins has been appointed to work with Rother District Council and DLWP to develop proposals for the refurbishment of the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill as part of the Bexhill and Sidley Levelling Up Capital Projects programme.

The proposals explore options to refurbish the Grade I listed building to provide improved accessibility for audiences, a refurbished auditorium, improved gallery spaces, increased technical and learning facilities, remodelled existing staff facilities and new environmental systems to help meet net carbon neutral ambitions.

Haworth Tompkins will lead a design team to develop proposals for the sensitive refurbishment and upgrade of the building. The team will draw on their extensive experience in delivering cultural heritage projects to produce designs that deliver an ambitious vision, ensuring that the Pavilion can continue to deliver culture-led regeneration for the region.

“We are thrilled to have been awarded the opportunity to work alongside Rother District Council and DLWP to develop proposals for the refurbishment of the iconic, modernist, Grade I Listed De La Warr Pavilion.

Alongside our experienced and creative team, and with valuable input from the local community, we are looking forward to creating a renewed Pavilion for the arts, for staff, performers, exhibitors, and visitors alike.

Building upon our extensive experience in delivering cultural heritage projects including ‘NT Future’ for the National Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre and the remodelling of the modernist Chichester Festival Theatre, we are well placed to work with all the partners and stakeholders to deliver an ambitious vision for the Pavilion”. Lucy Picardo - Director, Haworth Tompkins.

Read the full press release here. Image credit - Clear Air Flying.

Reading Borough Council has unanimously approved plans for the Hexagon studio theatre in Reading, commenting that the proposals create a “visionary and transformative scheme”.

The Hexagon studio theatre will revitalise the brutalist 1977 theatre with the creation of a flexible new hub for arts, performance and community uses. The extension and refurbishment will create a new 300-seat auditorium, a café, bar, rooftop terrace, and rehearsal and workshop rooms.

A single-storey backstage and performer area will be demolished to allow for the new building to be created, which will include improved dressing rooms, a wardrobe department, and more production and rehearsal spaces. All proposals focus on improved sustainability as part of the Council’s commitment to working towards a net-zero carbon Reading by 2030.

HT will work in partnership with a multi-disciplinary design team, including Charcoalblue as Theatre and Acoustic Consultants, JCLA as Landscape Architects, Momentum as Structural Engineers, Skelly and Couch as Service Engineers and Equals Consulting as Project Managers. The project is due to start on site Summer 2024. Read the full release.

“We are absolutely thrilled that our plans for the Hexagon studio theatre have been approved. Alongside our collaborative design team we are looking forward to working with the council to deliver an ambitious, sustainable and adaptable theatre for the future of Reading.” Lucy Picardo, Director – Haworth Tompkins

A design team, led by Haworth Tompkins has been chosen by Hackney Council to develop proposals for 7 infill housing projects across the borough expected to deliver 240 new homes providing much needed new council housing as well as high-quality public realm and resident amenity spaces. Proposals for a further 7 sites will be developed by design teams led by Al-Jawad Pike and Apparata, Sergison Bates, Archio and Citizens Design Bureau.

Haworth Tompkins has assembled a collaborative, multi-disciplinary design team, including regular co-designers LDA Design (landscape) and HTS (structure), but also new and exciting talent Mark Lemanski, Nooma Studio and Balaam Murphy who will work closely alongside Haworth Tompkins but also be given the opportunity to lead on the design of two of the sites.

“We are thrilled to have been selected for this exciting project. Several members of the project team are Hackney residents, so for us there is a personal connection to working with the local communities to provide much needed new council housing and improvements to the surrounding estates.

Hackney Council is an ambitious client, with a vision closely aligned with our own aspirations to provide high-quality low-energy homes, predominantly for council rent. We are looking forward to working with the council on the development of these low-rise infill sites and exploring the opportunities for the creation of low-embodied carbon structures.” Chris Fellner – Director, Haworth Tompkins

The Haworth Tompkins team recently gathered to celebrate the completion of the superstructure at Wembley NE02/NE03 with a topping out ceremony. A big thank you to client Quintain and John Sisk & Son Ltd for hosting us – it was a brilliant event for the whole project team to mark the fantastic achievement in bringing these projects to fruition.

The NE02 and NE03 schemes combined deliver:

  • Quintain’s largest construction contract signed to date at Wembley Park
  • 769 new homes, more than 100 affordable homes and 972-bathroom pods
  • 22,000 cubic metres of concrete poured but the lowest Embodied Carbon to date
  • 1,802 offsite manufactured façade panels used across both buildings
  • An innovative design that allows each of the 752 balconies to be installed within minutes
  • 99% of waste reused or recycled or diverted from landfill
  • An average of 560 people working on site each day
  • Over 1.2 million hours worked in 2023
  • £24m spent with local businesses
  • 213 hours of volunteering to support community projects
  • 26 apprentices currently on-site
  • 7 tower cranes across NE02 and NE03 simultaneously through construction

We are honoured that our Fish Island Village project for Peabody & Hill Group has been shortlisted for a RIBA London Regional Award.

Fish Island Village has transformed a site of disused warehouses with a collection of mid-rise buildings interspersed with new public streets and spaces, opening up over 200 metres of previously inaccessible canal frontage. The development is made up of Neptune Wharf by Haworth Tompkins - 17 individual blocks forming 3 clusters, comprising 501 dwellings and 56 commercial and workspace units, opening up into a sequence of courtyards; Lanterna by Lyndon Goode - a standalone building facing a new public square comprising 16 dwellings and a ground floor restaurant; and Monier Road by Pitman Tozer - 3 blocks comprising 71 homes and 7 workspace studios. Emerging practice Bureau de Change designed the fit-out of the workspace facilities delivered by The Trampery.