Our winning proposal for Dover Midtown is featured in the RIBA Journal this month. Our work focused on four place making themes focusing on resilience, connectivity, localness and greening. Exploring the re-purposing of existing buildings, consolidation and mixing of uses and the naturalisation of the River Dour. Our proposal looks to a future experiential town centre where people live, work and learn and was praised by judge Gary Wilburn as ‘it creates a joyful place’.
Here is our proposal for a flexible housing typology which can grow from a 1 bedroom house into a three bedroom house over time. The masterplan arrangement has been informed by the local vernacular (in the Lake District village of Burneside) as have the houses. Low dry stone walls create front gardens which open onto a shared landscape of allotment gardens and wilderness play - the houses are built using a repeatable CLT frame, and feature open hung staircases and pop-out bay windows which overlook the hills to the west.
Here are some photos from our work with Park Primary School in Stratford. We have spent the last six weeks working with Year 4 to imagine a High Street of the Future as part of the RIBA Architecture Ambassadors programme. Together we explored model making techniques, key ideas about making buildings and landscapes and the possibilities of creating different types of space. Our work culminated in the assembly of all of the models into a giant High Street model in the main assembly hall. Many thanks to everyone at Park Primary School and at RIBA Architecture Ambassadors.
The first hard copy edition of our Place Vision book for Meridian Water has just been published.
We’ve been working with Enfield Council to capture the core elements of Meridian Water, past, present and future. The Place Vision book is the master vision document for the project and will be accompanied by ten ‘Place Briefs’ for the various neighbourhoods. The Place briefs contain more detail on how the Place Vision is interpreted and delivered to create robust, sustainable, healthy and distinctive places for current and future Enfield communities.
We’re delighted to announce that we’ve won the RIBA Journal’s first Future Town Centre Competition in Dover. Our work focused on four place making themes; Resilience, Connection, ‘Local ness’ and Greening. Exploring the re-purposing of existing buildings, consolidation and mixing of uses and the naturalisation of the Dour our proposal looks to a future experiential town centre where people live, work and learn.
The Future Town Centre programme will feature in the July 2019 issue of the RIBA Journal.
Volker Fitzpatrick have commenced work on the new public realm for Meridian Water Station. Designed in the later part of 2018, our project provides temporary access routes across the Willoughby Lane development site to the west of the station and a new public square to the east. Works include a new pedestrian crossing, lighting, cycle parking, over 300 linear metres of rain gardens and enabling utilities works for future Meanwhile Uses.
The next phase of our work for Barking Riverside has been submitted for detailed planning approval. Working alongside Karakusevic Carson Architects, Elliot Wood and Max Fordham we have developed the design for the neighbourhood park, streets and podium courtyards following our earlier work on the landscape strategy for Stage 2 North. For more information on the project click here.
Our friends over at Wire Collective have edited one of our old images into a Christmas card. Thanks Carlos and Co.
Thanks also to our brilliant staff, collaborators and clients for making 2018 a year to remember.
Happy Christmas all, see you in 2019!
The cranked steel frame at our Burton Stone Lane project in York is now installed. This week and next the slim profile Petersen bricks will be built too, with the copper roof being finished in January and project completion in the summer of next year. For more information on the project click here.
Thank you to all those who came to see our proposals for Little Haldens in the Gomm Valley at the weekend, where we are working with Mae and Kjellander Sjöberg architects. The exhibition showed the illustrative masterplan, an overview of the key features of the project and the ecology, energy and landscape strategies.
The plans will now be finalised and drawn together in an outline planning application for submission to Wycombe District Council in December.
For more information go to www.gommvalley.com.
Concrete contractors Togher have been working hard through the summer heat to finish the structural concrete on the Colville Phase 2 Building F courtyard garden. Waterproofing commences next week with brickwork following in August.
Colville 2 is a collaboration with Karakusevic Carson Architects and MUF for contractors Higgins. Our thanks to Dave, Tony and the team at Higgins for their care and attention over the setting out.
For more information see the project page here.
Our Daubeney Road project in Hackney with Al-Jawad Pike has just received planning consent.
The project is being delivered through Hackney Council's 'Housing Supply Programme' - an initiative to deliver homes quickly on brownfield sites that are within Council ownership.
Find out more on the Architect's Journal website here.
We're just about back in action after a mammoth consultation event in High Wycombe. We had over 200 people through thee doors over two days and gained some really insighfully feedback on the emerging masterplan for Gomm Valley.
Find our more at the project website: www.gommvalley.com
We have moved into our new space in Dalston. The marker pens still elude us, but we've found the tea and coffee so please do come and visit! You can find the new office at 2-4 Tottenham Road, London, N1 4BZ.
Periscope has been commissioned by Harrow Council and Friends of Byron Park to produce a Framework Plan for Byron Park. This new piece of work is jointly commissioned and will involve close collaboration with the Friends of the park, Harrow Council, Harrow Parks Forum as well as the Environment Agency and Thames Water. The process kicked off with a resident's consultation event in Harrow Leisure centre, almost 100 people came to have their say providing the design team with really valuable insight into their local area and their hopes for the park.
We've been casting concrete for our latest project in Barking. This is the second prototyping phase using site won aggregates supplied by our client Barking Riverside Ltd. The tests aim to establish the performance of various aggregates including knapped flint, incinerator bottom ash and crushed concrete. The next test phase is a full-scale accelerated pavement test on site ahead of the project construction phase commencing in 2019.
Here's our contribution to this year's Gingerbread City - a Periscope Ponte Vecchio.
London's finest gingerbread Architects have been pulling out all the stops in time for the opening on Wednesday 6th December.
Find our more at https://www.thegingerbreadcity.com/.