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Farrells picked to design Overground station at Old Oak Common Terry Farrell has been appointed as masterplanner and architect for part of the vast transport interchange planned for Old Oak Common in west London. The practice was appointed by Canadian consultant WSP which was picked by Transport for London to develop three options for a London Overground station. The team has been asked to come up with a preferred solution for linking the Overground to the proposed HS2/Crossrail interchange. Under the government’s plans, Old Oak Common would be transformed from a sprawl of railway sidings beside Wormwood Scrubs into one of the country’s best-connected stations. Farrell has been championing the idea for several years and was commissioned by Hammersmith & Fulham council in 2011

to create a vision for the regeneration of the whole area. The rail infrastructure is expected to lead to the creation of thousands of homes and new jobs in the area. Last year Queen’s Park Rangers announced plans to move from Loftus Road to a new 40,000-seater stadium at Old Oak designed by Populous.

EH speeds up listing bid for Kate Macintosh RIBA London winners announced 'masterpiece' Lambeth council has been accused of cultural vandalism akin to the sack of buildings have been recognised with towards Stirling Prize glory. The Shard, the Aquatics Centre, King’s Cross and Blackfriars stations and Tate Britain were among those honoured at a ceremony last night. Haworth Tompkins was named RIBA London Architect of the Year after picking up three awards.

English Heritage is treating an application to list 269 Leigham Court Road at grade II as a “priority case” because of fears the buildings will be levelled by a developer. A campaign to save the 1971-75 sheltered housing in Streatham, south-west London, is gathering momentum, backed by former RIBA presidents and vice-presidents including Jack Pringle, Angela Brady and Bob Giles. Lambeth says it needs to sell a number of its sheltered units to fund the modernisation of the rest and has set 2018 as a disposal date for Leigham Court, though residents claim they were previously warned it could happen within 18 months.

RCKa was named RIBA London Emerging Architect of the Year after landing a gong for its TNG youth centre In its listing application Docomomo praised the design of the two-storey concrete blocks in south-east London. for managing to achieve privacy for residents while fostering sociability. The scheme has its BD’s last two Architects of the Year, own shop as well as covered walkways and a dRMM and Alison Brooks, each picked up an award for private houses in east mixture of private and communal gardens. London. The organisation’s Philip Boyle likened the And 6a Architects also won for a private arrangement of the blocks to Le Corbusier’s Maisons Jaoul in Paris, “a rare achievement house for the writer Rowan Moore. which should be recognised by listing this small housing group”. Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics Centre became race for the Stirling Prize, picking up an award since re-opening minus its temporary seating wings.

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6 Gareth Hoskins triumphs in Scottish National Gallery contest Gareth Hoskins has won a competition to redevelop the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh, BD can reveal. The practice beat a strong shortlist including John McAslan, Malcolm Fraser, MUMA and Page/Park. The details of the four-year project are still being display space for Scottish art. It is expected to involve the addition of a new complex of galleries and spaces as well as the refurbishment of the existing building.

Haverstock unveils Aylesbury Crematorium designs Planning application likely to be considered this summer Architect Haverstock has released images of the new crematorium it has designed for Aylesbury. It said that the work was based on a combination of a single low-roof element for the crematorium’s arrival, waiting and administration areas, and an “upward looking” double-height, timber-clad focus for the centre’s sedum-roofed chapel and crematory. Haverstock said its plans also included the “careful programmatic control” of movement to maximise the privacy and seclusion of mourning parties. The proposals, commissioned by the Chilterns Crematorium Joint Committee, have been submitted to Aylesbury Vale District Council.

The neoclassical National Gallery stands in one of the most prominent positions in the Scottish capital, on the Mound beneath the castle. It was designed by William Henry Playfair and opened in 1859, two years after his death. Playfair also designed the neighbouring Royal Scottish Academy, which underwent a refurbishment of its own 10 years ago. The Playfair Project also saw the creation of the subterranean Weston Link designed by John Miller & Partners. Hoskins has previously worked on other historic cultural builings in Scotland, including the £47.4 million redevelopment of the National Museum of Scotland, also in Edinburgh, which completed in 2011 and won the Doolan Prize. After BD broke the news this morning the the appointment and containing the following quotes: Michael Clarke, director of the Scottish National Gallery, said: “The outstanding collection of Scottish art held at the Scottish National

Carmody Groarke wins Dorset museum revamp Architect to refurbish historic Dorchester centre and develop new facilities Carmody Groarke has been appointed to to refurbish and expand the Dorset County Museum’s grade II-listed home in Dorchester. The project will see existing collections’ galleries completely updated, the addition of new buildings to house additional display space, and the creation of a “world class” archival facility. It includes bringing the museum’s John White’s Rectory building back into public use, providing new work areas for volunteer teams and visiting researchers, and creating a purpose-built education and lecture room. Museum director Jon Murden said Carmody Groarke had been selected following an invited bids competition, and said the architect would be critical in turning the centre’s vision into reality. “They have a track record of inspirational museum and heritage projects

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33 Clive Higham, Partner at Hoare Lea, said: “We are absolutely delighted at the opportunity of continuing our association with Birmingham City University. The idea of working on a landmark building, setting the tone for Birmingham and its learning quarter, is very exciting for us.” Anthony Fuller, Director at White Young Green, said: “The Birmingham Conservatoire is famous across the world for its state-of-the-art music facilities. The decision to relocate the building to the city’s learning quarter is a fantastic opportunity for WYG to redesign the structure of the building so that it by Birmingham City University. We are extremely proud to be appointed as structural engineers involved in yet another deliver a brilliant new venue for current and future students to enjoy.” Paul Doherty, Head of Operations (Midlands) at Faithful+Gould, said: “The Birmingham Conservatoire project is a fantastic win for our Birmingham business, helping us to maintain our record Birmingham. We have been working on projects in Birmingham for over 75 years and have delivered a wide variety of projects in the city that have helped shape the Birmingham landscape. We look forward to working with Birmingham City University and

The new Conservatoire will be a unique contemporary building providing state of the art facilities for students, incorporating and public performance, private rehearsal and practice rooms, recording and technology studios in addition to providing teaching spaces for musicians from a variety of disciplines.

Building work will begin in the summer of 2015 and is scheduled for completion in summer 2017. It will be situated alongside Millennium Point, adjacent to Jennens Road in Eastside and in the heart of the City’s learning quarter, which is already home to Birmingham City University’s City Centre Campus, the ThinkTank Museum, and the Birmingham Ormiston Academy.




unveils huge HS2 redevelopment plan ahead of MIPIM BIRMINgHAM CITy COUNCIl UNvEIlS THE BIRMINgHAM CURzON HS2 MASTERPlAN, wHICH wIll SEE 141 HECTARES Of THE CITy CENTRE TRANSfORMED. The centre-piece of the plan is a stunning glass rail station for the 250mph HS2 trains designed by award form one of the biggest urban regeneration schemes in Britain, and by far the biggest redevelopment so far announced on the back of HS2. The new developments will be focused around the

brand new City Centre station – Birmingham Curzon – where HS2 terminates on its 49 minute journey from London. The station will place the City at the heart of creation of over 14,000 jobs, 600,000 sq metres of new regeneration will boost the city’s economy by £1.3bn each year.



to support its burgeoning creative, learning and research sectors and the booming professional and Birmingham head’s to the world’s biggest property

get in ahead of the game of three new developments building more than 5,000 new homes around leaders in Birmingham today hailed the potential of HS2 as a catalyst for urban regeneration and called on political leaders to push ahead with the rail scheme

Station will be completed next year and ambitious Metro tram system is set to bring trams back to the

providing extra capacity, better connections to London and the north

the critically acclaimed Library of Birmingham opened

“Today we set out our vision for how Birmingham can use HS2 as a catalyst to transform a huge part of our

terminus station and the huge regeneration potential that surrounds “The masterplan is part of Birmingham’s ambitious growth agenda that

“We’re not waiting around for HS2 to get built before and we’re ready to start building as soon as the new Up and down the length of HS2 there is huge potential

“By stating its plans now and not waiting, Birmingham is going the right “Birmingham is developing ambitious plans to kickdemonstrates the transformational value of HS2, not

“The legacy of our new north-south railway will not only to cities in the north, but also regeneration and economic growth for Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds,

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be revived as part of the Masterplan


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set to give new lease of life to woolley hall

Luxury homes buiLder miLLgate hAS ANNOUNCED ThAT IT hAS ACqUIRED ThE magnificent WooLLey haLL ON ThE OUTSkIRTS Of LITTLEwICk GREEN IN BERkShIRE. The house and land have a rich history that spans several Woolley Hall has passed from the hands of the Forester



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for regeneration of South Wales colliery site AN AmbITIOUS REGENERATION SChEmE ON ThE DERElICT SITE Of A fORmER WElSh COllIERy AND COkING WORkS hAS WON OUTlINE PlANNING APPROvAl. Master-planned by LHC Architecture + Urbanism on behalf of CPL Industries Ltd, the project will see the demolition of Cwm Coking works and over £17million worth of site remediation. There will also be landscape restoration, the development of up to 851 homes, a primary school, sports facilities and further public open space. The development will be a catalyst for the regeneration of neighbouring Beddau, a rural village close to Pontypridd which grew with the colliery from 1958 until its closure by the National Coal Board in 1986 and the later closure of the Cwm Coke works in 2002. Within the plans for a sustainable community development for up to 2,400 people, the LHC designs have been careful site. A pair of Grade II* listed cooling towers used in the coking process have been incorporated in situ and set within a parkland setting to form a focal point within the development. Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s development control committee awarded outline planning consent on April 24th 2014 to CPL Industries Ltd, for whom LHC have worked for the past 6 years to develop the plans. Urban Designer and Landscape Architect Ian Richardson, who is an Associate at LHC said: “The regeneration of Cwm Cokeworks and Colliery will provide the opportunity to link existing communities, restore a despoiled landscape and create a dynamic extension to an existing settlement. This high quality mixed-use regeneration scheme will capitalise on the most importantly, will act as a further catalyst for the ongoing regeneration of the Welsh Valleys.” Beddau’s roots are in the mining industry, which developed through the late 19th century. Cwm Colliery was opened by the Great Western Colliery Company in 1909 to provide coal for the Great Western Railway. At its peak it was the nearly 2000 men in 1960. The Coke Works were opened in 1957 by the National Coal Board to produce high grade coke (the purest fuel with the highest carbon content) to fuel the furnaces in the metal making industry. Coal production stopped in 1986 with coke manufacturing ceasing in July 2002, since which time the works have lain dormant with the equipment decaying.

It is estimated that it will cost £17 million to clear and decontaminate the site, which includes reducing the height of the colliery tip by up to 10 metres in places to create a more realistic topography.

create an accessible public recreational facility and parkland. The proposals will involve protecting and maintaining existing ecologically sensitive wetlands and the opening and introducing recreational routes and wildlife and habitat corridors. Mark Scoot, on behalf of CPL Industries Ltd said: “Over the past six years, an enormous amount of work has gone into the preparation of the planning application and the scheme itself. We are now looking forward to seeing our vision become reality with the beginning of regeneration work which will make there.” The Trevenson Park project is part of a multi-million pound scheme which is being delivered under the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA’s) ‘Public Land Initiative’ to help bring prosperity back to the west Cornwall towns of Camborne, Pool and Redruth.






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Harris Academy in Dundee

Work to create a modern school for the next generation of pupils at harris academy in dundee is noW underWay. Dundee City Council appointed hub East Central Scotland Company (hubCo) to replace the existing Harris Academy in the South West of the city. hubCo works with its development partner, Amber Blue, which is led on a daily basis by Robertson Capital Projects. The £30m contract will see the construction of a 15,000m2 school which will replace the original building which dates from the 1930s. With an overall build programme (including enabling works) of 139 weeks, the new school will provide 1200 pupils with safe, secure and well-designed academic spaces which are complemented by a variety of facilities for community use. Features such as the clock tower and stone entrance portico from the 1931 school will be retained and reused. The project is due to be completed in spring 2016. hubCo’s supply chain for the project includes main contractor Robertson, architects Holmes Miller Partnership, M&E Engineers Wallace Whittle, and structural engineers Goodsons. The supply chain will be responsible for delivering a range of local employment and training opportunities for local people; providing opportunities for locally based SME businesses; and promoting social enterprise growth. It is also

hoped that the investment acts a catalyst for wider community regeneration. Keith Taylor, Regional Managing Director at Robertson said: “Work is now underway on this exciting project to “Over the course of the next two-and-a-half-years we will deliver a well designed, modern space for 1,200 pupils which will also be open for community use. “The development will also create a range of local jobs and training opportunities which will help to leave a lasting legacy for the local community.” Dundee City Council education convener, Councillor Stewart Hunter, said: “This funding will help provide a building that will meet the educational challenges of the future. “Pupils have now taken up temporary residence in the former Rockwell building for the duration of the project and they have taken the spirit and ethos of Harris there with them. “These are exciting times for everyone connected with Harris Academy and I am sure that they will be watching progress with interest.”




reveals the design for iconic building in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Atkins has completed the design of the Lavenue Crown Hotel – an iconic new building in Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in the client, Lavenue Investment Corporation’s ambitious vision the emerging skyline of Ho Chi Minh City. Boulevard, close to the city’s cathedral and the historic City apartments and a spectacular sky bar upon completion. The

like facades that extend down to provide a series of canopies and up to shelter the roof terraces of the sky bar.



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