We were thrilled to be selected to work with Our Colchester and our local business community to develop wayfinding solutions for a route through the local lanes surrounding our offices. As well as suggesting design principles for identifying and promoting the route through the town centre we hope to develop an exciting narrative for visitors to the area to follow.
We were delighted for the Architects' Journal to feature a First Look at the Science Museum Smith Centre this week, with a selection of drawings and photos made available from the project. Karen Livingstone, director of masterplan and estate for the Science Museum Group was also quoted as saying:
"The Science Museum found the perfect partner in HAT Projects to transform and integrate this elegant early 20th-century sorting office into the working life of the museum. The simplicity of the space today belies the complexity of the design, and the enormous thought and effort the architects have put into the details such as the acoustics, thermal efficiency, daylighting, thresholds, materials and finishes."
Hana has reviewed Gillian Darley's book "Excellent Essex" for Architecture Today this month, describing it as "an omnivorous miscellany: a gathering of vastly diverse anecdotes, observations and historical footnotes hung together in a delightfully token attempt at categorisation and order." Read more here.
"The route to this spectacular space is visually simple and intuitive but that is only thanks to months of patient design development by the architects, HAT Projects, and their team."
We are pleased to share that our extension and redevelopment of Ely Museum has just started on site. Set to reopen in late 2020, the museum will benefit from an increased floor area and internal arrangement for the displays and a new multi-purpose space for education and community programmes. More information on the project is available here.
We are thrilled to announce that the Science Museum Smith Centre is now open and in use. These photos are a sneak peek of the project, a new supporters space converted from a Royal Mail sorting office - more to come soon!
For further information about the project please look here.
We are contributors to the Tides of Tendring - a programme of community arts activities exploring the coastline and flooding, and an exhibition to be held at Jaywick Martello Tower between 21st August and 8th September. We are contributing exhibition material that demystifies the nature of flood risk along the coastline, and how other communities around the world are addressing similar questions and adapting their landscapes in response. We are also collaborating with Signals Media Arts to create an animation about flooding and climate change, for sharing online.
Our involvement is generously supported by Flood Re as part of their mission to talk to communities at risk of flooding about how to become more resilient for the future. It draws on the research we have been doing as part of our commission to develop the Jaywick Sands Place Plan.
Tom has been invited to join the Essex Quality Review Panel, helping to offer independent and impartial guidance on the design of new buildings, landscapes and public space.
The Essex Quality Review Panel has been set up to ensure delivery and promotion of high quality new developments through the creation of good design, sustainability and improved quality, creating better places and environments to work and live in the County.