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25 August 2023
Weston Studio Rambert Ballet School, Twickenham
Architecture: MICA
Weston Studio Rambert Ballet School
photo : Andy Stagg
Weston Studio Rambert Ballet School
An extension to the Weston dance studio for the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in Twickenham. With expanding student numbers, increased space requirements for students and expanding community engagement aspirations, the Rambert School was outgrowing its existing buildings.

24 Aug 2023
Battersea House, Wandsworth, South London, UK
Architecture: Gregory Phillips Architects
Battersea House Wandsworth South London
photo : Darren Chung
Battersea House, South London
The Battersea House project involved the complete refurbishment and extension of a semi-detached Victorian house in Wandsworth. In plan, the unusual wedge-shaped house means that the house is much larger at the rear than the front, with the appearance of a modest house at the front while the end of the garden extends is the width of four terraced plots.

23 August 2023
New Campus Plans for College of North West London, Wembley
Design: WilkinsonEyre Architects
New Campus Plans for College of North West London, England
photo : WilkinsonEyre Architects
New Campus Plans for College of North West London

23 August 2023
The Pines, Cobham, Surrey – Southwest London
Design: Ström Architects
The Pines
photo : Richard Chivers
The Pines, Surrey, London
The Pines is an impressive period property, built in the 1900s in a green suburb of Cobham, that has undergone a remarkable transformation.

16 August 2023
Battersea House, Sutton
Design: BDP – Building Design Partnership
Oak Cancer Centre
photos by Hufton and Crow, Nick Caville
Oak Cancer Centre, Sutton
The new Oak Cancer Centre in Sutton will enable clinicians to diagnose cancers at an earlier stage and has been designed to significantly enhance patient’s experience.

9 August 2023
Marylebone Mews House, West London
Design: Patalab Architects
Marylebone Mews House
photo : Julian Abrams
Marylebone Mews House

9 August 2023
Artisi Hammersmith apartments, Hammersmith & Fulham Civic Campus
Design: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSH+P)
Artisi Hammersmith apartments west  London architecture news
image from architects
Artisi Hammersmith apartments

1 August 2023
Simpson’s In The Strand, Central London
Simpsons In The Strand
photo : Pro Auction Limited
Simpson’s in the Strand
Pro Auction is delighted to announce a two-day auction sale in collaboration with the iconic Simpson’s in the Strand. On 2nd and 3rd August 2023, loyal patrons and champions of the historical site will be presented with a rare opportunity to acquire a curated list of furnishings and artefacts that have decorated Simpson’s in the Strand. While the stories, history and foundation of Simpson’s remain, a select few items will be available to purchase as it enters a new chapter.

18 July 2023
Totteridge III House
Design: Gregory Phillips Architects
Totteridge III House North London England
photo : Andrew Beasley
Totteridge III House, North London

21 July 2023
>Marks & Spencer Oxford Street Store Demolition
Marks & Spencer Oxford Street Department Store
photo : Christmas lights, Marks & Spencer, Oxford Street W1 by Robin Sones, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Marks & Spencer Oxford Street Department Store

18 July 2023
Mandarin Oriental Bankside, Bankside Yards, Southwark
Design: PLP Architecture
Mandarin Oriental Bankside London hotel
image courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Hotels
Mandarin Oriental Bankside London hotel
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group will open its third London hotel in the British capital in 2028. Situated on London’s South Bank with dramatic views over St Paul’s Cathedral, Mandarin Oriental Bankside is positioned ideally to access both the City of London and the West End theatre and shopping districts, offering a perfect base for leisure and business travellers.

18 July 2023
Uncommon, Holborn
Design consultant: Quarterback
Uncommon Holborn, London workspace bar
image courtesy of architects practice
Uncommon Holborn, London workspace design
Uncommon is delighted to announce its latest central London workspace – Uncommon Holborn. Opening in September 2023 and set to be the largest Uncommon to date at 105,000 sq ft, with productivity and community in mind.

18 July 2023
City of London must refuse permission for tower over the top of listed Victorian Turkish Baths to avoid being branded failing on heritage protection.

Design: S. Harold Elphick

Dates built: 1894-95

City of London must refuse permission for tower over the top of listed Victorian Turkish Baths to avoid being branded failing on heritage protection

Turkish bath house in the City of London:

Turkish bath house City of London architecture news
photograph : Guy Newton

The Victorian Society is urging the City of London to reject plans to cantilever a tower over a listed Victorian Turkish bath house – the exterior of which is covered in show stopping tiles. Worryingly most of the proposed site is outside the tall building cluster and no listed building consent application has been submitted. The square mile’s heritage sets it apart from other global financial centres. The tower, if approved, would be another nail in the coffin for the City’s rich history and will pave the way for approving the hugely controversial plans to cantilever a huge tower through and over the grade II* former Great Eastern Hotel which Network Rail claims is needed to pay for escalators and other accessibility works at Liverpool Street Station. The Society has had no response to its request to arrange a meeting with Shravan Joshi, Chairman of the City’s Planning & Transportation committee to discuss concerns over heritage issues.

The Campaign to Save Liverpool Street Station already warned that plans for Liverpool Street Station would set a precedent for cantilevering over listed buildings meaning that no listed building would be safe. The trend seems to have already started. The City must show decisively that it is willing to protect its heritage and throw out the application. The City’s responsibility to protect heritage was already recently called into question over its decision to approve plans for a 32-storey tower in Leadenhall Market Conservation Area which will loom over the Grade II* Market placing it into a canyon of shadow between other towers – read more here. This was followed this week by the news that the City has recommended approval for another 22 storey tower which Historic England was objecting to the plans, citing the impact of the tower on the City’s historic character and the London skyline. The chief executive of Historic England recently stressed that a “pan-London” approach is needed to prevent further harm to the capital’s skyline.

Turkish baths in the City of London
photo : Guy Newton

The former Turkish Bath house is an Islamic-style building, modelled on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. It was designed by S. Harold Elphick and built between 1894-1895. It is covered with tiles both inside and outside, terracotta brick, and surmounted by an onion domed lantern. Its interiors are remarkable for their quality and unusual Islamic-styled tiles designed by Elphick. They include tiled archways, pillars, framed mirrors, and panels of hand-painted tiles. The baths remained in use until the 1950s, after which they were adapted into a restaurant. They are now an events space.

The proposed 23-storey tower would partially cantilever over the former baths. While the amount of cantilevering directly over the baths would be small it would still essentially engulf the building in an artificially lit, cave-like space. This would make it hard to appreciate the outline of the lantern, a crucial architectural feature of the bath house meant to be seen in silhouette against the sky. This would cause significant harm to its setting. The proposed building’s shape and size would harm views in and out of the New Broad Street and Bishopsgate Conservation areas, both noted for their architectural quality and nationally important buildings. The tower would also actively compete with the careful outline of the Flemish Renaissance-style Grade II* listed former Great Eastern hotel, as viewed from the Bishopsgate Conservation area.

Guy Newton, Victorian Society Conservation Adviser said, ‘The city must reject these plans to show that it is serious about protecting heritage and won’t just wave any tower through – regardless of how many policies are broken. The plans reduce the bath house to an ornament in the lobby of a 23-storey building. Currently the space around the bath house allows visitors to the City to fully appreciate the building’s design. This proposal would undermine this. The application demonstrates a staggering lack of deference to the Grade II listed bath house’s significance. No application for Listed Building Consent was submitted with the application which lacks the detail the Society would expect. A proposal of this scale, outside of the City Cluster of tall buildings, is inappropriate and will harm the City’s character and heritage.’

For more information, interviews or pictures of the bathhouse, please contact Marie Clements (Media and Communications Manager) at The Victorian Society on
020 8747 5897 or email [email protected]

29 June 2023
Arbor, Bankside Yards, Southwark, London, England, UK
Design: PLP Architecture
Arbor Bankside Yards workspace, London architecture news
photo © Jack Hobhouse
Arbor Bankside Yards
Arbor is more than just an office building. It’s a hub for interaction, creativity, and inspiration in the heart of the city. In the post-COVID era, offices are no longer just about providing a place to work, but rather fostering meaningful and productive interactions between people.

28 June 2023
New AELTC Indoor Courts, Somerset Road, southwest London
Design: Hopkins Architects
New AELTC Indoor Courts, Somerset Road,  London architecture news
photo : Janie Airey / Airey Spaces
New AELTC Indoor Courts, Somerset Road

26 June 2023
National Portrait Gallery, Trafalgar Square
Design: Jamie Fobert Architects
National Portrait Gallery Trafalgar Square London
photo © Olivier Hess

National Portrait Gallery on Trafalgar Square
The new National Portrait Gallery in London opens on 22 June 2023 following the most significant redevelopment in its history, led by Jamie Fobert Architects alongside heritage architects Purcell and a highly skilled design team.

20 June 2023
BAFTA’s Grade II listed headquarters, 195 Piccadilly, W1
Architecture: Benedetti Architects
BAFTA Headquarters Piccadilly London architecture news
photographs : James Newton, Jim Stephenson, Jordan Anderson, Luca Piffaretti, Rory Mulvey and Thomas Alexanders
BAFTA Headquarters Piccadilly
This comprehensive expansion and re-design of BAFTA’s Grade II listed headquarters enhances its international identity as the centre of excellence for motion picture arts in Film, Games, and Television. The architectural design integrates innovative state-of-the-art technology and cost-in-use efficiency, while sensitively balancing members’ needs with public access and revenue generation.

18 June 2023
Orchard House
Design: Strom Architects
Orchard House London southeast England
photograph : Richard Chivers
Orchard House

15 June 2023
150 Holborn, Midtown
Design: Perkins&Will, Architects
150 Holborn Building, Dar Group London HQ
photo © Luke Hayes
150 Holborn Building, Dar Group London HQ
The London studio of global architecture firm has completed its own self-designed, self-built European headquarters for its parent company, built environment consultants Dar Group, at 150 Holborn.

14 June 2023
Lee Valley Ice Centre opening, Waltham Forest, Lee Valley, east London
Architect: FaulknerBrowns Architects ; Landscape Design: LDA Design
Lee Valley Ice Centre London building
photo courtesy of LDA Design
Lee Valley Ice Centre London building
Lee Valley Regional Park Authority is opening a new Lee Valley Ice Centre (LVIC) in Waltham Forest, east London on 17 June following a £30m project to create two Olympic-sized ice rinks, a gym, studios, café, and community space on the site of its old single rink venue. LDA Design is responsible for the £1.5m landscape transformation to help realise the ecological potential as part of the wider Lee Valley Regional Park.

5 June 2023
22nd Serpentine Pavilion, Kensington Gardens, West London
Design: architect Lina Ghotmeh
Serpentine Pavilion 2023 London architecture news
credit”>photo : Iwan Baan, Courtesy : Serpentine, © Lina Ghotmeh
Serpentine Pavilion 2023

31 May 2023
Vietnamese Embassy London Building Design

Corstorphine & Wright has been appointed alongside LXA Projects, to design the alterations and refurbishment of the existing Vietnamese Embassy and Consulate in London.

Contracts have been signed with the current Ambassador, Dr Long, for works which will coincide with the 50-year anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the UK and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

Vietnamese Embassy London Building Design
image courtesy of architects practice

Located in a conservation area in Kensington, London, the current Embassy building needs an upgrade to improve the provision of essential services and to act as a backdrop for formal occasions.

Corstorphine & Wright will be working with interior designers, project managers and cost consultants, LXA, on the refurbishment of the Consulate facilities (for the provision of visas, register of births, deaths and marriages register etc), a new formal reception, meeting and entertainment areas for the Embassy and official visits, a new Ambassador’s residence, and various back of house operations.

Vietnamese Embassy London building UK
site photo courtesy of architecture practice

Jonny Plant, director at Corstorphine & Wright, said: “This appointment comes at an exciting time as we celebrate a significant milestone in relations between the UK and Vietnam, as well as the recently agreed ‘Just Energy Transition Partnership’. Our proposals for the new Embassy seek to promote the diversity and distinction of Vietnam and enhance the importance of its relationship to the UK as one of the world’s fastest growing economies.”

Dave Rooney, Design Director at LXA, said: “The Embassy provides a unique opportunity to blend beautifully proportioned Victorian spaces with contemporary motifs inspired by Vietnam’s architectural and cultural heritage.”

A planning application for the works is currently being prepared.

31 May 2023
V&A East Storehouse, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, Borough of Newham, East London
V&A East Storehouse Building, Stratford, London architecture news
image © Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Image courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum, Londonn
V&A East Storehouse Building, Stratford
The V&A releases new details of the unique experience awaiting visitors at the V&A East Storehouse, as it completes construction and prepares to embark on the largest collection move in its 170-year history. Part of East Bank, the Mayor of London’s new cultural quarter in Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and the capital’s biggest single investment in culture and education for over a century, V&A East Storehouse is one of two new V&A East sites opening together in spring 2025.

24 May 2023
red bar interior, downstairs:
Outernet London entertainment district red bar interior
photo © Adrian Welch
Outernet is an immersive entertainment district in the heart of London where communities come together to enjoy culture in breathtaking new ways. The main construction contractor for the project was Skanska and the developer is Consolidated Developments.
This new type of entertainment district opened in 2022 in the West End. It is the largest digital exhibition space in Europe with the “world’s largest LED screen deployment”. It is located adjacent to eastern exit of the new Elizabeth line Tottenham Court Road Underground station, on the southern side of the public square.

4 May 2023
30 Minories, City of London
Design: PLP Architecture, Architects
30 Minories London property
image courtesy of architecture office
30 Minories London office building
PLP Architecture and PATRIZIA submit planning application to redevelop 30 Minories and retain and substantially refurbish neighbouring Writers House (13 Haydon Street) in the Aldgate area of the City of London. Plans for c.17,314m2 NIA scheme comprise new 16-storey, office-led development at 30-33 Minories, the provision of community and social enterprise space at Writers House and enhanced landscaped public realm.

4 May 2023
Elephant & Castle student residence, Elephant & Castle, south London
Design: Maccreanor Lavington architects
Elephant & Castle student residence, Southwark
image courtesy of architecture office
Elephant & Castle student residence
Planning permission has been granted to Alumno for the construction of high-quality purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) in Elephant and Castle, part of the London Borough of Southwark. Consisting of a 24-storey tower designed by Maccreanor Lavington architects, the development will regenerate a constrained brownfield site and provide 244 student rooms together with a range of communal spaces for quiet study and socialising.

27 Apr 2023
BCO Regional Awards celebrate London’s best-in-class offices
Henrietta House London workplace
photos courtesy of BCO Awards / architects office
BCO London Award Winners 2023
London’s most outstanding workplaces have been announced, with British Council for Offices Awards going to seven office buildings across the capital. Held at the London Hilton on Park Lane, the BCO’s annual London Awards Lunch recognised projects that demonstrate best practice in office design, fit-out, operation and sustainability, setting the standard for excellence across the sector.

2 Apr 2023
Building 9, Devonshire Square, City of London
Design: John Robertson Architects
Building 9 Devonshire Square City of London architecture news
photo : Peter Cook
Building 9, Devonshire Square, City of London
JRA completes work on former warehouse in Devonshire Square for DSQ JVCo JRA has completed the refurbishment of Building 9 of the Devonshire Square Estate in the City of London, for client DSQ JVCo.

25 Mar 25323
The Hurlingham Club, Fulham, west London
Design: Jestico + Whiles
The Hurlingham Club Fulham London
photo courtesy of architects practice
The Hurlingham Club, Fulham
Following an invited design competition, London and Prague-based architecture and interior design practice Jestico + Whiles have been appointed to bring forward a new chapter in the Club’s long history. Building on the impressive architectural legacy, Jestico + Whiles plan to transform the estate incrementally over the next decade, implementing a masterplan produced by Tim Ronalds Architects.

10 Mar 2023
Holly Walk House, Hampstead
Design: Square Feet Architects
Holly Walk House, Hampstead

9 Mar 2023
Thornhill House, Islington, North London
Design: Bradley Van Der Straeten
Thornhill House Islington London architecture news
photo : French + Tye
Thornhill House, Islington

7 Mar 2023

Lendlease’s Build to Rent homes feature on BBC’s ‘Interior Design Masters’

A group of aspiring interior designers provided dramatic makeovers to brand-new rental apartments in London’s Zone One in the latest episode of hit BBC One series ‘Interior Design Masters’.

The featured apartments are at Park Central West, a thriving new community in vibrant Elephant & Castle. With an ethos of ‘rent it like you own it’, residents are encouraged to express their creativity and decorate their homes as they see fit, painting their walls and hanging pictures to truly make it their own.

rental apartments in London’s Zone One

Reflecting this freedom, ten aspiring interior designers were given the chance to put their creative flair to good use and transform a series of apartments for the first episode of the latest series of Interior Design Masters, which is broadcast on BBC One and hosted by Alan Carr. The show, now in its fourth series, features ten up and coming designers on the cusp of turning professional taking part in the biggest design challenge of their lives. Competing to win their first official commercial contract, the designers face a different commercial brief each week, with their spaces scrutinized by head judge and former ELLE Decoration Editor-in-Chief Michelle Ogundehin.

In the first episode, which aired Tuesday 7 March, the designers were asked to work in pairs to make over five different apartments at Park Central West with a particular focus on sustainability as a theme. Designers made the most of their blank canvases, choosing bold paint colours and statement furniture pieces to stand out at the start of the competition. Upcycled furniture and vintage fabrics featured heavily, reflecting the considered use of the sustainability theme, something today’s modern renter is particularly conscious of.

The results were then critiqued by Michelle Ogundehin and the episode’s guest judge, interior designer Jonathan Adler.

Park Central West and Park Central East opened their doors to renters in 2021, with the newest community, City Lights Point, launching in January 2023. They are the first community of Build to Rent homes from international property and investment group Lendlease. Park Central West was named as having the best touring and customer service experience in the Build to Rent sector in a report from Say Property Consulting.

Quote attributable to Stephanie Barbabosa, Head of Build to Rent, Lendlease Europe:

“At Living by Lendlease we pride ourselves on providing a standard of renting never before seen in the UK. A key part of this ambition is giving our residents the freedom to ‘rent it like they own it’ and redecorate their homes to suit their personal style. That’s why we were excited to let these talented young designers transform these apartments and show what can be done with a lot of flair and creativity. It’s been difficult keeping this under wraps for so long, but we’re thrilled with the results and I look forward to seeing what the judges thought of the designers’ hard work.”

Episode one of Interior Design Masters aired on Tuesday 7 March, 8pm on BBC One. Catch up on the series on BBC iPlayer.

About Lendlease
Lendlease is a global real estate Group with operations in Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, and listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, Lendlease has approximately 9,500 employees internationally. Lendlease has 23 major urbanisation projects located across 10 global gateway cities.

23 Feb 2023
The David Bowie Centre for the Study of Performing Arts, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, Borough of Newham
The David Bowie Centre at V&A East Storehouse
The V&A announces it will secure the archive of David Bowie for the nation – revealing the creative processes of one of the most pioneering and influential figures in the history of live and recorded music, film, fashion and beyond. From 2025, the archive will be made available to the public, from fans to school children and researchers, through the creation of The David Bowie Centre for the Study of Performing Arts at V&A East Storehouse, in Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

23 Feb 2023
Lightroom venue with David Hockney exhibition, 12 Lewis Cubitt Square, N1C 4DY, UK
Design: HaworthTompkins
Lightroom London King’s Cross
photo : Philip Vile
Lightroom London King’s Cross
Haworth Tompkins has completed a new immersive venue in London’s King’s Cross, capable both of exhibiting and provoking innovative digital work. A collaboration with performance design specialists 59 Productions in partnership with London Theatre Company, Lightroom is envisaged as a sister space to the Bridge Theatre, also by Haworth Tompkins.

23 Feb 2023
NLA London Industrial & Logistics Sector Report
Industria London building by Haworth Tompkins
photo © Haworth Tompkins
NLA London Industrial & Logistics Sector Report
• New report by NLA brings together industry expert views and a project showcase to highlight best practice
• London has released 24 per cent of its industrial floor space to other uses in last 20 years
• Industrial and Logistics sector contributes £232 billion of GVA – 14% share of total economy

22 February 2023
Blue Fin Building
Blue Fin Building Bankside workspace, London architecture news
image courtesy of architects practice
Blue Fin Building Bankside workspace
· Opening scheduled for Autumn 2023
· Workspace will place customer experience at its core, with unrivalled service and amenities
· Prime location at Bankside, adjacent to Tate Modern – creative and cultural hub

26 Jan 2023
Bloomsbury Mansion Apartment
Design: LLI Design
Bloomsbury Mansion Apartment Kitchen
image courtesy of Barnet Council / architects practice
Bloomsbury Mansion Apartment
LLI Design were commissioned to completely redesign and refurbish Bloomsbury Mansion Apartment, a period apartment in a grand mansion block in the heart of Bloomsbury London

60-72 Upper Ground Public Inquiry

Triptych Bankside Development

3 Feb 2023
Liverpool Street Station Building Redevelopment News
The Victorian Society is today announcing a partnership of leading heritage and conservation bodies which aims to stop the insensitive and harmful plans for Grade II listed Liverpool Street Station and Grade II* listed former Great Eastern Hotel, now the Andaz London Liverpool Street Hotel. A petition has been launched asking Sellar and Network Rail to abandon the plans:
Liverpool Street Station Redevelopment

19 Jan 2023
Colindale Tube Station Redevelopment, Colindale, Barnet, Northwest London
Concept designers: Atkins ; Architects: BDP and SOM
Colindale Tube Station redevelopment, Barnet, London architecture news
image courtesy of Barnet Council / architects practice
Colindale Tube Station Redevelopment
The Leader of Barnet Council, Cllr Barry Rawlings, has welcomed the Government’s announcement today (19 January) to award £29.5m of Levelling Up funding for the redevelopment of Colindale Tube station.

12 Jan 2023
Wandsworth Gasworks
Architecture: shedkm
Wandsworth Gasworks South London architecture news
image courtesy of architects practice
Wandsworth Gasworks, South London
A planning application forWandsworth Gasworks – a new, mixed use, mixed tenure, sustainable community in the heart of Wandsworth that celebrates its connection to the River Wandle – has been submitted by Common Projects, on behalf of joint venture SGN Mitheridge Ltd, with master planner shedkm.

8 Jan 2023
Old Shoe Factory, Childs Hill
Design: Square Feet Architects
The Old Shoe Factory North London Homes
photo : Dan Welldon
The Old Shoe Factory, North London Homes
Initially gaining ‘change of use’ of this property, held in a family portfolio for many years, via a ‘permitted development’ application, then applying for the vertical extension of the central block, we managed to put a scheme together for 9 units – 3 mews-type houses and 6 flats.

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