2018, March
Gainsborough School is granted Planning permission!
Gainsborough school has planning approval for a beautiful new entrance, creating a friendly and more functional entrance to their Victorian school built in 1910. It is a traditional board school intended to fly the flag for education! The school classes are named after birds found in the Lea Valley and so we translated the essence of the marshland onto the gates creating spouts and birds to encourage welcome the children. 
2018, January
Plymouth Central Park Cafe has been granted Planning Permission
As part of the growth of the city and to deliver significant health and well-being  for communities Plymouth City Council has commited to a programme and masterplan for the Plymouth Central Park. 

The material concept for the cafe is deeply contextual and local. It is inspired by surrounding materials and landscapes. To add to the family of existing park buildings the all solid walls are rendered.  The mounded green roof embeds the building naturally in the park and provides an exemplar sustainable aspect. It increases the ecological value of the building. 

The form for the proposed landscape design draws upon the structure of the existing landscape – complimenting the geometry of the Clock Tower from original Thomas Hayton Mawson design. The design unifies this radial geometry of the Clock Tower and proposed café with the broad arc sweep of the existing slope (to the south of the events field) and the Devon hedge to the east.

Working within this landscape structure, two timber seating terraces emerge from the landform creating a level platform for the café whilst taking full advantage of the views as the gradient slopes down to the south. These terraces provide an animated edge between the café and the future play area allowing parents to sit in close proximity to playing children. The configuration of the play area also ensures that the cafe terrace maximises long distance views to the south through the attractive parkland, in an area free from ‘play’ structures. A generous hard space surrounding the building creates an area for café spill-out seating.
2018, January
St Mary's Church is submitted for Planning
The key conceptual approach is to consider the reworked Church Rooms as an extension of the existing narrative of the ‘collection of buildings’ for the evolving community – connected by a circumferential route, which historically existed.

To increase visibility and create a welcoming feel, the new façade has more presence from the street and is more open with larger glazed elements. Considered material propositions introduceornamental patterning. The patterns are inspired by George Gilbert Scott’s patterns found within St Mary’s New Church.The proposed scheme is looking to re-introduce the original concept of the ‘circumferential route’ around the Church building. The internal route also creates a space and distance to respect and appreciate the listed Church building. With selected glazed inserts into the roof it frames elements of the church and allows appreciative views upwards to the church.

The plan conceives the new hall as an internal open courtyard in front of the new vestry. Above the multi-purpose room the roof creates a light, welcoming space, with strategic views onto the transept. Furthermore, these rooflights provide good daylighting levels internally.  Conversations happen along the church walls. One is shielded and embraced by buttresses, which allows views upwards, also creating a dialogue with the existing church fabric. 

It was essential to see the roof as a tool to gain views to the listed buildings, create a relationship with the Church and to ensure the building has a street presence. The new roofscape reads as a progression, a natural extension of the existing roofs. It extends the existing narrative of the ‘collection of buildings’ for the evolving community – connected by the circumferential route.

 
2017, December
Jellicoe Water Gardens wins the Heritage and Conservation category at the Landscape Institute awards.
We won the Heritage and Conservation category at the Landscape Institute awards last week for Jellicoe Water Gardens in Hemel Hampstead, it was great to work with HTA Design on such a beautiful historic park. Check out more here.
2017, November
Alexandra Road Park is one of seven winners of the Camden Design Awards!
Alexandra Road Park was just selected as one of seven award winners for the Camden Design Awards 2017. It was one of our favourite projects and a very special project for all involved. Janet Jack was an inspiration to work with we hope we did her proud!

For more information check it out here. See a little article on it here.
2017, October
Camley Street is submitted for Planning
Camley Street Natural Park is a very unique place, and has been in the hearts and minds of many people for over 30 years. The site, a former coal drop was colonised again by nature after its abandonment. Local residents fought hard against development for this green pocket to be retained.

CSNP was managed by London Wildlife Trust since it opened in 1985, has a charm that would be hard to replicate today without feeling contrived. It feels informal and cared for, the result of a place that has evolved through many years of dedicated development by a committed group of staff and volunteers.

The development of the neighbouring King’s Cross yards, especially the newly constructed Somers Town Bridge linking Camley Street and wider Somers Town to King’s Cross Central, is an ideal opportunity to enhance Camley Street Natural Park to offer long lasting natural and educational assets to the area.

Watch this space...
2017, October
Alessandro joins Erect as we become part of the LSA practice network
Alessandro has joined us part time while he starts his studies at the London School of Architecture. Previously he worked in Barcelona and studied at the WSA. Erect Architecture have become part of the Metabolic Cities think tank within the LSA network along with other practices.

 
2017, October
Galvanising small practice with a spreadsheet... Barbara speaks to the RIBA
Barbara discussed our 'profitability' spreadsheet at the latest small practice board meeting, she was then interviewed by the RIBA to find out more! Comments from all the team included!

Check it out here