BD Architect of the Year Award
We are extremely happy to have been shortlisted for Small Project Architect of the Year.Congratulations to the other shortlisted practices – a very strong field!
It’s been a busy year!
Here’s a snapshot of our completed projects. Thanks to all those who have contributed and supported us in 2018. Look forward to seeing you all next year…
Pods at the 999 Club
We recently installed 10 sleeping pods at the 999 Club night shelter in Deptford. The original Commonweal pod design has adapted to include a bed platform and a slightly smaller footprint. We worked with AJ&B who both milled and installed the structures using fire-treated birch plywood.
Set in Ashtead Park, a Grade II-listed historic park and garden, this new club house for the Old Freemen’s Association responds sensitively to the challenges inherent in this environment. Partially cut into the hillside and clad in weathered timber, the building will be extremely discreet so as to limit its impact.
The original clubhouse was built as a memorial to members killed during the war and the new building will incorporate salvaged materials to provide a tangible link with the old structure.
Reed Watts at the V&A
Excited to be featured in BD today. Our new cafe for Benugo has recently opened in the V&A garden.
A model practice
We have almost three years of architectural models in the office. There were more, but we ran out of space.
Models and prototyping are an important part of our design development process – allowing us to test ideas and to communicate them to our clients in a very direct and tangible way.
Silver medal at Hampton Court
We’re so proud that our little Heritage Shed – built with SHEDx, The Community Brain and our students at Kingston University as a replica of one on the Tolworth Allotment site – has won a Silver Medal at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.
The SHEDx project encompasses a range of activities to activate and engage the local community of Tolworth to take ownership of their unused and green spaces – to help define and improve the future for their town.
Woodland Studio in the press
“Realised with an acute understanding of the natural environment and the importance of our location in the heart of Regent’s Park, one might be forgiven for assuming that these new buildings have always been a feature of the theatre’s infrastructure.”
New project on site
Now on site is this café pavilion, our third project at the Victoria & Albert Museum. We’ve been working with AJ Wells to develop bespoke cladding panels that will sit beautifully within its Grade I listed courtyard. The new café opens at the end of May.
We spent a day at AJ Wells’s factory on the Isle of White, testing finishes for our new café at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Work starts on site in mid-May.
It might be rainy, but our extension on this house in Hampton is looking good as it nears completion. The brick parapet detail mirrors that in the existing building.
We’ve completed the first stage of design work for Dorchester Area Community Land Trust. Our design will provide affordable homes for young people in the area.
Jim’s MArch students from Kingston University unveil their ‘yatai’ at the Surbiton Seething Festival. The moveable piece of architecture, built by the students, hosted ‘Lefi Ganderson – the Goat Boy of Mount Seething’ and launched the annual procession through the streets. The structure will be taken to Dorich House before returning to the festival again next year.
We’d like to welcome Max Crichton and Andrew Humphrey to the Reed Watts team. He we are inside our prototype of the Commonweal bedroom pod.
We spent a busy day yesterday building our Commonweal bedroom prototypes for a winter shelter in Hillingdon. The shelter, run by Housing Justice, provides overnight accommodation for homeless people. The bedroom pods give guest privacy, more autonomy and better prospects in making a successful transition off the streets. The design for the pods is going to be made available under a Creative Commons license so that it can be used by charities wishing to provide shelter for the homeless or for disaster / emergency relief.
Dorchester Area Community Land Trust
We’re excited to have been appointed by Dorchester Area Community Land Trust to develop proposals for 20 new homes in the centre of Dorchester. The new homes will be designed for young people who are being squeezed out of the local housing market. We’re looking forward to working with the community over the coming months.
Our project to refurbish this small terraced house in Kingston is nearly complete. We have installed a mezzanine in the new extension to maximise floor space.