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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Four architects from Haworth Tompkins led an all-day workshop for year-six classes in conjunction with 15Billion EBP, an east-London charity dedicated to promoting social mobility and raising aspirations among young people. Edoardo Milli, Jonnie Rees, Charlotte Madgwick and Jerry van Veldhuizen spoke to the children from Handsworth Primary School in Waltham Forest about architecture; what an architect does and how buildings are designed taking into account considerations such as purpose and environmental concerns.

Haworth Tompkins has been named AJ100 Practice of the Year 2022, for the second time in three years.

'Judges were fulsome in their praise of the practice, the overwhelming winner of this year’s AJ100 Practice of the Year accolade. ‘It’s a forward-thinking, genuine practice and a well-deserving winner – impressive on all fronts’.

Read the full story here.

Neptune Wharf, our project for Peabody and Hill in east London, has been shortlisted in the Urban Regeneration category at the 2022 Brick Awards. The major mixed-use neighbourhood is made up of 13 blocks within Fish Island Village, providing 501 homes and 56 flexible studios across a 2.23 hectare site. Using a combination of nine different brick types, the elevations reference historic and contemporary precedents found throughout Hackney Wick.

We are delighted to announce a number of promotions at Haworth Tompkins. Laura Gaskell and Hugo Braddick have been appointed as Associate Directors, and James Walker has been appointed as an Associate. Laura leads a number of housing and workspace projects including our plot in the first phase of the Birmingham Smithfield Development with Lend Lease, and Hugo is leading our Industrial portfolios including our major regeneration of Albert Island at the head of the Royal Albert Dock. James is an experienced and valuable member of our Housing Team and has played a key role on both our Kingswood project for Legal and General and our project for Quintain as part of the Wembley NW Lands Masterplan. We would like to thank them for their contributions to date and congratulate them on their promotions.

Gardner Close, our scheme for Pocket Living in east London, has won Best Use of Brownfield Land in Placemaking at this years' Planning Awards. Formerly an underutilised informal parking area, this site has been transformed into a community of 20 new homes on a highly constrained 0.1-hectare plot. All were discounted to market value and available only to local first-time buyers who lived or worked in the borough.

The Phase 2B Aylesbury Masterplan has been submitted for planning. We have been working on the project with lead architects and masterplanners Maccreanor Lavington, and alongside the other three plot architects Sergison Bates, East and Architecture Doing Place. The entire site, in Walworth, south London, is being redeveloped over 30 years, providing 3500 new homes in all, of which 50% will be affordable and prioritised for existing and former Aylesbury Estate residents. Our appointment, through the Notting Hill Genesis Framework, is to design Plot 4A of Phase 2B; over 200 of these homes, which are located alongside a new neighbourhood park, with play areas, landscaping, and spaces for community use.

Associate Director Ken Okonkwo has been selected as one of the Mayor’s Design Advocates (MDAs); independent, built environment experts helping to deliver a safe, fairer, greener and more prosperous city for all Londoners. The group of 42 MDAs have experience in both the public and private sector, include practitioners, academics, policymakers and those from community-led initiatives. The new cohort will be supporting the Good Growth by Design programme, working on the three main objectives of quality, recovery and representation. Click here for further details.

This year the London Festival of Architecture (LFA) is celebrating some of London’s most architecturally significant areas under the banner of LFA Destinations, including Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as it marks ten years since the 2012 Olympic Games. We will be discussing some of our work in the area, firstly on an architect-led walking tour of Fish Island Village on Saturday 11 June. Then on 21 June, Associate Director Ken Okonkwo will be on the panel for 'Ten years of Design Review in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park' - an event using two case studies, Here East and Fish Island Village. Click here for further information.