We were thrilled to run a drop-in workshop for kids (and enthusiastic adults) at Firstsite gallery, building and testing out junk-made water towers celebrating Colchester's very own Jumbo water tower for North Essex Heritage's #jumbosummer!
Our work at Redbridge Town Hall has now started on site. Several spaces in the Grade 2 listed Town Hall are being repurposed and converted into arts projects space and workspace, in partnership with SPACE studios. More information on the project is available here.
We were honoured to have the Science Museum Smith Centre formally opened by Her Majesty the Queen today, after months of hard work by all involved. It also became the site of her first Instagram post!
More information on the project can be found here.
Hana is really pleased to have been invited to be Guest Speaker for the Jane's Walk Colchester annual fundraiser supper, to be held at Firstsite in, on Friday 22nd March at 7pm. Jane's Walk is an International weekend of local walks led by local people on local themes ('citizen-led, walking conversations'), taking place in towns and cities around the world, honouring the legacy of the urbanist, writer and activist, Jane Jacobs (1916-2006), and marking the anniversary of her birth.
Hana's talk will touch on the themes of designing for people, civic engagement and the importance of public realm. Further information is available HERE.
We're thrilled that the Ely Museum development project has been awarded capital funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, enabling this ambitious project to become reality. Following an outstanding match funding campaign by the museum's team and volunteers, the HLF has awarded £1.66m to the Museum, towards the total capital project budget of £2.2m.
The restoration and extension of 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 project here.
Trinity Works, our self-developed studio complex in Colchester, has been longlisted for the RIBA MacEwen Award, which celebrates 'architecture for the common good' - projects which demonstrate a clear sense of social purpose. We're truly honoured and delighted to be considered for this award, as it rewards exactly those qualities that we feel are most important in our work - the criteria say that 'We’re looking for built projects that are of real and demonstrable benefit to society, something that architects are well-equipped to achieve.'
We want to embody this in our practice - not just responding to the brief set by our clients, but expanding this to maximise the social and public benefit of each project. At Trinity Works, we're thrilled by how quickly the space has been adopted by our community and how it is starting to serve as we had hoped - as a meeting place for creating and cross-fertilising civic projects for our town, at large and small scales.
Our 45 apartment project for Pocket Living has been submitted for planning permission. On a prominent corner site in north London, the project will create 45 affordable sale one-bedroom apartments, and has been designed to be a landmark piece of architecture for the area. Read more about the project here.
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.
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.