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May 5, 2022

Ely Museum wins two RIBA East awards

We're thrilled that our project at Ely Museum has won two awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects this year. We won both a RIBA East award and were also the winner of the 2022 RIBA East Conservation Award, in recognition of the approach we took to restoring, conserving and enhancing the Grade 2 listed building.

The judges said "HAT Projects have taken on a badly degraded historic building and lovingly restored and extended it to give new life and purpose to Ely Museum, creating a great resource for the town...The project exemplifies the rejuvenation of a civic building in a way that provides great community value." We're delighted for our wonderful client at the Museum, and the whole project team who worked so hard through the Covid-19 pandemic to achieve real quality in the finished building.

Read the full judge's citation.

May 4, 2022

HAT shortlisted for Henry Moore Foundation project

We've been shortlisted for a wonderful project at the Henry Moore Foundation's site in Perry Green, Hertfordshire. The project will adapt and extend the Sheep Field Barn, to provide space for the Foundation's education and outreach activities as well as improved gallery spaces.

From 1940 until his death in 1986, Moore lived and worked in rural Hertfordshire where he acquired over 70 acres of land and set up various studios, creating the ideal environment in which he could make and display his work and cater to an international demand for exhibitions. Now open to the public, Henry Moore Studios & Gardens offers a unique insight into the artist’s working practice and showcases a large selection of Moore’s renowned monumental sculptures in the landscape in which they were created. It's wonderful for us to be considering how the site evolves for the next generation.

March 30, 2022

A Century of the Artist's Studio

Hana has recorded the first video lecture in a new series for the Architecture Foundation and Whitechapel Gallery, linked to the gallery's current exhibition 'A Century of the Artist's Studio 1920 - 2020'.

The series highlights collective models of artist studio provision and was an opportunity to reflect on our work and what we've learnt over many years making spaces for artists - from our work with ACME on purpose-built affordable studios at High House Artists' Studios, to renovations of existing buildings including Gasworks and within Redbridge Town Hall for SPACE studios, as well as the development our own building Trinity Works.

The exhibition runs until 5th June 2022.

March 15, 2022

Working with the planning system

Hana has been commissioned to write a series of articles for the RIBA Journal on working with the planning system. The first, featured in the April 2022 edition is titled 'How you can help planners approve your scheme' and spells out what architects need to deliver to help planners say yes.

"When architects zero in on design, ignoring the other policies that need to be satisfied, they don't make it easy for planners to say yes."

March 8, 2022

Hana nominated as one of The Planner's Women of Influence for 2022!

We are proud that co-director Hana Loftus has been nominated as one of The Planner's Women of Influence for 2022.

This is the fourth year The Planner has produced such a list, featuring 50 of the most influencial women in and around planning, as nominated by their readers and selected by a panel of judges. The list is representative of the women whose commitment to support colleagues and the community, creativity, inclusivity and diversity, and achievement has most affected the planning profession over the last year - "a year of much discussion about levelling up, continued concern about health, inequality and the built environment, and an intense concentration on the climate crisis."

Her citation says that “Hana cares deeply about public participation in planning, has led major programmes of public engagement and consultation, and effectively co-designed large and small development projects. She also has an in-depth understanding of policy making – having written policy at local plan level down to supplementary planning documents, design guides and unadopted guidance. She is a confident and experienced voice when working with senior political leaders, civil servants and the private sector – sensitive to the political nuances and, importantly, able to build bridges between different interest groups.”

March 1, 2022

Ely Museum featured in RIBA Journal

This month's RIBA Journal features a thoughtful review of our work at Ely Museum, written by Jan-Carlos Kucharek, who says "HAT's design, on a construction budget of just of £1m, succeeds in doing simple moves beautifully... the show stopper is the rear extension, making the museum accessible in a dramatic way."

Elie Hughes, curator at the museum, says some lovely things about working with our team and Kucharek describes the project as a "labour of love" by "a motivated architect which embedded itself in the project from its genesis, guiding a green client through the process."

We love the final quote from Elie: "The museum is the first touch point for so many local kids in terms of a cultural experience, so if we can make it something that feels amazing and special and beautiful and exciting... that first perception here can stay with them for life."

Read the full article - Penal Reform - review of Ely Museum.

February 14, 2022

Ely Museum shortlisted for RIBA award

We are delighted to reveal that Ely Museum has been shortlisted for the RIBA East, Regional Awards.

All shortlisted projects will be assessed by a regional jury with the winning projects set to be announced in May.

RIBA East regional director Louise Todd said: "Given the challenges of the past two years, we were thrilled to see a significant number of entries to the regional awards this year. The shortlisted schemes across the region demonstrate the determination and design skill of all the practices involved, on projects large and small and across all sectors. They also show the enormous value that architects bring to these projects and how their expertise can be used to create better spaces for people to live, work and experience."

Photography by Philip Vile.

January 24, 2022

Short Wyre St wayfinding artwork receives Planning approval

We are excited to reveal that the first of our artist designed wayfinding sculptures for Our Colchester BID and Colchester Borough Council, has now received Planning approval. We anticipate that fabrication will start soon, pending further permissions from ECC Highways, with delivery expected in May.

Sited at the junction of Short Wyre St, Queen St and St Botolph's St - one of the entry points to the independent 'lanes' - a part of the medieval town layout which was overlaid onto the Roman street grid - Nicola Burrell's design celebrates the distinctive identity of the streets and invites visitors to explore further, as well as acting as functional signage in a location where existing signage is inadequate.

November 18, 2021

Head Street wayfinding artwork

An online consultation has been launched for the second of our projects resulting from the ‘Indies Route’ strategy, developed for Our Colchester BID. We have commissioned locally based artist Ben Coode-Adams to create a new piece of wayfinding signage, celebrating the history of the town, and his proposal can be seen in the online survey.

Sited at one of the entry points to the independent ‘lanes’ – part of the medieval town layout which was overlaid onto the Roman street grid – Ben’s proposal is inspired by the pre and post Roman history of the town and informed by Colchester Castle’s collections. It serves to announce and invite visitors to explore further, as well as acting as functional signage in a location where existing signage is inadequate, and also includes proposed improvements to the public realm and cycle racks at the site.

The informal consultation runs from Wednesday 17th November to Wednesday 1st December, and feedback will inform the development of the final proposal before we submit a planning application later in the year. This follows a successful consultation for the first of our creative wayfinding projects, which received very positive support for a piece sited at the other end of the ‘lanes’. HAT have been working with the BID and Colchester Borough Council since 2018 on various projects to improve the public realm of the town centre.

October 14, 2021

Short Wyre St wayfinding artwork

The first of our projects resulting from the 'Indies Route' strategy, developed for Our Colchester BID, has now been launched for consultation. We have commissioned artist Nicola Burrell to create a new wayfinding artwork for Colchester town centre, and her proposal can be seen on the online survey.

Sited at one of the entry points to the independent 'lanes' - part of the medieval town layout which was overlaid onto the Roman street grid - Nicola's proposal celebrates the distinctive identity of the streets and invites visitors to explore further, as well as acting as functional signage in a location where existing signage is inadequate.

The informal consultation runs from Thursday 14th October to Thursday 28th October, and feedback will inform the development of the final proposal before we submit a planning application later in the year. HAT have been working with the BID and Colchester Borough Council since 2018 on various projects to improve the public realm of the town centre, and proposals by artist Ben Coode-Adams for another site will be unveiled later in the year.