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November 28, 2018

Fore Street artist's studio wins planning

We're delighted that our proposal for an artist's studio and living accommodation has been granted planning permission in Suffolk. Within a conservation area in the picturesque town of Framlingham, the project adapts the 'ruin' of an existing dilapidated workshop building on the site, to create a simple, spacious, and economic shell for our artist client to inhabit.

It's been a pleasure to work on developing this project over some time, to make sure it meets our client's desire for space and light with basic materials maximising the potential of a small budget, while responding appropriately to the site and context.

Read more about the project here.

October 16, 2018

Hana reviews the new V&A Dundee for Architecture Today

Hana reviews the new V&A Dundee by Kengo Kuma for the October edition of Architecture Today, suggesting it's skewed shells skilfully meet the requirements for new museums, but perhaps it's time to rethink the brief...

The article is available to read here.

September 21, 2018

Ely Museum wins planning permission

We are thrilled that our project at Ely Museum has won listed building and planning consent. The £2.2m project to overhaul the Grade 2 listed building, which itself has a fascinating history as the Gaol of the Bishop of Ely, will increase the floor area available for displays, create a new multi-purpose space for education and community programmes, and restore historic features that are currently hidden from view. Read more about the design here.

The development plans have won initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), and a second stage funding bid to the HLF for £1.67m has been submitted and will be decided later in the year. The Museum, an independent charity with a small staff team and a broad, dedicated team of volunteers, is currently fundraising for the remaining income needed to complete this project.

Pending confirmation of funding, construction work will start in 2019, with completion in 2020.

September 13, 2018

HAT profiled in RIBA Journal!

Hana & Tom were recently interviewed by Hugh Pearman for the RIBA Journal, profiling the practice and providing an introduction to Trinity Works and the thinking behind it.

The full article is available to read in the September edition of the magazine or here.

June 15, 2018

Working on Colchester's key public spaces

We're excited to have been commissioned by Colchester Borough Council to develop proposals for rejuvenating two key public spaces in the town centre. St Nicholas Square, and the Balkerne Gardens area around the Mercury Theatre, both have immense potential to become wonderful focal points, as part of the wider network of town squares that is quite a unique quality of Colchester's historic centre.

We will be working collaboratively with the organisations and business that border these two spaces, to develop a shared understanding and a design strategy that can realise their full potential, as well as developing a business case and delivery strategy.

May 14, 2018

Hana becomes a Public Practice Associate

Hana has been selected as one of the founding cohort of Public Practice Associates. She is undertaking a part-time, year-long contract with South Cambridgeshire District Council, working with village communities to co-create a new generation of Village Design Statements. Rural design is an area that Hana has long been researching and exploring through design, and she is excited to have the opportunity to pioneer new work in this area.

Public Practice is an innovative social enterprise, founded last year to help address a lack of public sector planning capacity, recognised as the primary barrier to delivering the quantity and quality of homes the country needs. It is a key initiative of the Mayor of London's Good Growth by Design programme, and is also supported by the Local Government Association, Future Cities Catapult, British Land, The Berkeley Group, and Peabody. Local authorities are using the first cohort to bring in design expertise at a time when almost half of all councils have no in house design capacity.

May 14, 2018

Announcing Trinity Works

We're very excited to announce a new self-initiated project, Trinity Works. We are creating a new home for our studio, along with Colchester Makerspace and a new independent café, Café Saison, in a 1970's former church in the heart of Colchester Town Centre.

We'll be in residence from 1 July 2018, so plan a visit, or you can have a sneak peek tour of the site on Sunday 20th May 2018, as part of the Trinity Street summer festival. Read more about Trinity Works here.

April 26, 2018

HAT Projects selected for the Mayor of London's architecture framework panel

We are very proud to be the only practice based outside London, to be selected for the Mayor of London's new Architecture, Design and Urbanism Panel (ADUP). We are one of only twelve practices on this framework for commercial, workspace, health, education and civic buildings - among some of the best of our peers and major UK practices. The framework panel will run for two years and we look forward to working on the projects coming up.

This illustration shows the design proposal that led to our selection - repurposing a former London School board complex as a community and workspace hub.

March 14, 2018

'Revisiting Postmodernism' reviewed by Hana for Architecture Today

Hana has reviewed 'Revisiting Postmodernism' by Terry Farrell and Adam Nathaniel (published by RIBA) for the February edition of ArchitectureToday. She finds that whilst not without its problems, "this necessary book rightly reinstates the best of postmodern architecture as a serious design response to an increasingly diverse cultural context." The full review can be read HERE.

March 13, 2018

Creative Workspace Summit in Great Yarmouth

As part of this excellent summit hosted in Great Yarmouth exploring the role of creatives (individuals and organisations) in creating great places and how creative workspaces can help make the most of a town's potential, HAT Projects will be presenting a talk upon how architecture can affect place.

Taking place at St George's Theatre in Great Yarmouth on 20th April, other speakers will include:

Creative Foundation (Folkestone)
East Street Arts (Leeds)
Focal Point Gallery and Southend Borough Council (Southend)
Outset (London/ UK)
MAIA (Birmingham)
Paradise Works (Manchester)
OUTPOST (Norwich)
Dove Street Studios (Norwich)
originalprojects (Great Yarmouth)
Smiths Row (Bury St Edmunds)
Mazi Reverso (independent networking)

with a keynote speech from Charles Landry.

Further information is available HERE.