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.
Work in progress – Hampton
An old grapevine is preserved on our Hampton site as building work gets underway.
Planning permission for a new studio
We’re delighted to confirm that planning permission has been granted for a new rehearsal studio, kitchen and offices at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park. More info here.
Work in progress – Caterham
Wood burner being tested for a residential refurbishment project in Caterham, Surrey.