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.
Affordable housing competition
Initial designs for low cost, sustainable housing on a tree lined site in the South west.
Our second project in Hampton has been submitted for planning.
In praise of shadows
Play of light and shadow on the textured masonry wall.
A sketch of the Victorian stacks at the London Library – farewell to the Librarian, Inez Lynn.
Our second project for the V&A museum is complete. The new Member’s Reception features a ‘living’ chandelier by Julian Melchiorri.
Commonweal Housing Competition
First view of our winning proposal for an Ideas Competition for Commonweal Housing. The brief calls for new models for temporary housing for vulnerable, migrant workers who would otherwise be homeless. Our solution proposes the use of salvaged construction materials to create individual bedroom pods. More details here.
Rain Forest Green
One of the amazing pieces of marble used in our project at the V&A Museum. The new tunnel entrance opens to the public on Thursday, 29th June.
We recently completed work on this property on New Bond Street. Our refurbishment of the entrance has introduced a wall of bespoke marble tiles.
Kingston University End of Year Show
Work by Jim’s students from Unit 5 of the MArch course at Kingston University is on display at the Knights Park Campus, Grange Road. The exhibition runs until 21st June.
We’ve been exploring ideas for new housing models. This idea, which won a prize at XCO2’s Greenskythinking competition, makes the most of under-utilised spaces, such as sites landlocked by railways. It uses pre-fabricated homes delivered by rail, with energy supplied from PVs on the track. Our proposal shows how redundant rolling-stock can be converted to 1 and 2 bedroom homes.
Our submission can be viewed here.
We’re gearing up for a couple of buildings in our Royal Parks – Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park and Teddington Cricket Club in Bushy Park. Both projects will use pre-fabricated timber framing to enable quick builds and a low carbon footprint. They have also been featured in the Architect’s Journal – here.