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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
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
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
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
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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29 Dec 2022
Abstract Barnes, Richmond-upon-Thames
Design: Matteo Cainer Architecture
Barnes house extension in southwest London

25 Nov 2022
Retrofitted mews house shortlisted for RIBA House of the Year 2022
Mews House Deep Retrofit in London
photograph © Tom Graham
Mews House Deep Retrofit


25 Nov 2022
Supermodels Exhibition, King’s Cross
Supermodels Exhibition London King’s Cross
photo © Andy Stagge
Supermodels Exhibition London King’s Cross

21 Nov 2022
Iconic London Recording Studio Conversion, St Stephen’s Avenue, Shepherd’s Bush, Hammersmith, west London
Former Elton John Recording Studio, Shepherd's Bush bookcase
photo courtesy of the estate agent
Former Elton John Recording Studio
Located in Townhouse Mews on St Stephen’s Avenue in Shepherd’s Bush, the historical address that was once the old Virgin recording studios – where Elton John famously recorded the fastest selling single of all time, ‘Candle in The Wind’ as a tribute to Princess Diana – is a 2000 sq ft. four-bedroom family townhouse for sale for £1,895,000.

18 Nov 2022
SOS Save Our South Bank backs Gove
72 Upper Ground London SE1 Development

17 Nov 2022
Emanuel School new science building, Battersea Rise, London SW11 1HS
Architects: Design Engines
Emanuel School Battersea, London Science Building
image courtesy of architects practice
Emanuel School Battersea, London Science Building
Following an invited competition, Design Engine Architects have been commissioned to start design work on one of the largest building projects ever undertaken on the main site at Emanuel School, Battersea Rise, London.

16 Nov 2022
CLT House, Leyton, East London
Architecture: Unknown Works
CLT House Leyton East London
photo courtesy of architects office
CLT House, Leyton East London
How does the ordinary become extraordinary? This is the question London-based creative studio Unknown Works asked when conceptualising CLT House in Leyton, East London, for a young creative family.

16 Nov 2022
Triptych Bankside Development

11 Nov 2022
Bedford Gardens, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, West London
Design: Nash Baker Architects
Bedford Gardens Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
photo : Will Layzell Photography
Bedford Gardens, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
This property in Bedford Gardens was one of 14 semi-detached houses dating from the early 19th Century. The properties were some of the earliest to be built on the street and historically had large gardens backing onto Campden Street to the North.

4 Nov 2022
Eden House, Green Belt, near London, southeast England, UK
Design: Windsorpatania Architects
Eden House, sustainable luxury country home

2 Nov 2022
Bathurst Street, West London
Architects: Mark Fairhurst Architects
Bathurst Street London
photo : Mark Fairhurst Architects
Bathurst Street Refurbishment and Extension
The residential refurbishment and extension is located on Bathurst Street between Westbourne Street and Sussex Gardens. The grade II listed building, originally a public house, has a carriage way access to Bathurst Mews which is still regularly used by horses from the Hyde Park Stables.

31 Oct 2022
Bond Street Station, Hanover Square and Davies Street, Central London
Design: John McAslan + Partners / Engineer: WSP
Bond Street Station London Elizabeth Line
photo : John McAslan + Partners
Bond Street Station London Elizabeth Line
A new point of arrival into London’s West End designed by John McAslan + Partners with engineers WSP creates an uplifting passenger experience that celebrates the urban realm of Bond Street station.

31 Oct 2022
Buns From Home, Sloane Square

31 Oct 2022
Canada Water Dockside, Canada Water, Southwark, London SE16
Design: HWKN
Art-Invest Real Estate’s Canada Water Dockside Southwark
image courtesy of architects practice
Canada Water Dockside
Art-Invest Real Estate UK (Art-Invest) reveal that HWKN Architecture (HWKN), led by Matthias Hollwich, as the designer for one of the three buildings at Canada Water Dockside, its 4.5-acre development that is set to become the commercial quarter at the heart of the wider Canada Water regeneration area.

20 Oct 2022
Middle Mill Building RIBA Competition, Kingston University London
Middle Mill Building Competition, Kingston University
RIBA Competitions and Kingston University in London are pleased to announce the shortlist for the process to select a multi-disciplinary design team for a proposed building and public realm improvements at Middle Mill, located to the south-east of the University’s Knights Park campus. Expressions of interest were sought at the first phase and Kingston University received 60 entries.

16 Oct 2022
Powerhouse, Chelsea, south west London
Design: Farrells
Powerhouse Chelsea Waterfront England
image Courtesy architecture office
Powerhouse, Chelsea Waterfront
The iconic Lots Road Power Station which had powered the London Underground for over a century has been transformed into an exceptionally rare collection of 260 apartments – the Powerhouse. When fully completed, this post-modernist masterpiece with a hallowed history will enjoy a resplendent future as London’s most refined and exclusive residential address overlooking the River Thames.

British Land’s Canada Water, Southwark

Harris Academy Sutton, London School Building

7 October 2022
St John’s Waterloo, 73 Waterloo Road, SE1
Design: Eric Parry Architects
St John’s Church Waterloo London building
photo : Dirk Lindner
St John’s Church Waterloo
The newly refurbished church provides a place of worship and one of the best performance event and meeting spaces on the South Bank, with accommodation for St John’s own and other community projects, as well as the conservation of the unique church and its art. Eric Parry Architects has restored and revealed key elements of the historic interior of the church to create a high-quality space for arts and events within the listed building.

3 Oct 2022
Waterloo Station Masterplan News
Design: Grimshaw
Waterloo Station Masterplan, London aerial photo
image courtesy of architects practice
Waterloo Station Masterplan

3 Oct 2022
School 360, Sugar House Lane, East London
Design: Penoyre & Prasad Architects
School 360, Sugar House Island, East London
photo : Tim Crocker
School 360 Sugar House Island

28 Sep 2022
RIBA Client of the Year 2022 Shortlist
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the shortlist for the RIBA Client of the Year 2022, an annual award that recognises clients who commission and champion outstanding architecture. These London buildings were commissioned by one of the shortlisted clients:

British Land
– for 100 Liverpool Street by Hopkins Architects

Thornsett Group Plc and The Benyon Estate
– for Hackney New Primary School and 33 Kingsland Road by Henley Halebrown

London Borough of Sutton
– for Harris Academy, Sutton by Architype

2022 RIBA Client of the Year Shortlist

14 Sep 2022
The Cosmic House, Holland Park, north west London
Design: Charles Jencks Architect
Holland Park Home by Charles Jencks in West London
photo : Sue Barr
The Cosmic House Holland Park
A new site-specific sound installation how to pass through a door by the Jencks Foundation’s first artist-in-residence Marysia Lewandowska, will be inaugurated at The Cosmic House on 10 October, marking the anniversary of Maggie’s birthday.

1 Sep 2022
Secretary of State calls-in ‘The Slab’
Design: Make Architects
ITV London Studios Demolition, Mitsubishi South Bank
image courtesy of Coin Street Community Builders
London Television Centre Site Redevelopment, South Bank
Local campaigners welcome the intervention of the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing, Communities, Rt. Hon Greg Clark MP who has used his powers to call in a Lambeth Council approved planning application for ‘The Slab’, the re-development of the former ITV Studios, 72 Upper Ground on London’s South Bank.

1 Sep 2022
Renewal Of Edgware Town Centre
Masterplan architect: Glenn Howells Architects
Edgware Town Centre Renewal, London Buildings
image courtesy of Ballymore
Edgware Town Centre Renewal

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27 Aug 2022
ARK Wembley Park, north west London
Interior design: Holloway Li
ARK Co-Living Wembley Park, London Spaces
image : ARK
ARK Co-Living Wembley Park
New co-living brand ARK’s debut 300-room building will open in Wembley Park this September, with interiors from acclaimed London design studio Holloway Li.

22 Aug 2022
Casa del Sol
Design: Sophie Nguyen Architects
Casa del Sol, South London

18 August 2022
Triptych Bankside
Design Architect: Squire & Partners; interior design: Cocovara
Triptych Bankside Development London Property
image courtesy of JTRE London
Triptych Bankside Development
Benefiting from both a culturally rich London district and one of the most striking developments on the capital’s skyline, The Quarto Group, Inc. has agreed to a 12-year lease at the game changing Triptych Bankside development on London’s Southbank. JTRE London, the developer of the architecturally-inspiring scheme, has let more than 50,000 sqft of commercial space in the building since launch in March.

17 Aug 2022
72 Upper Ground London SE1 Development

13 Aug 2022
Serpentine Pavilion 2022 Black Chapel, Kensington Gardens, West London
Design: Theaster Gates with the Adjaye Associates
Serpentine Pavilion 2022 Black Chapel London
photo : Ste Murray
Serpentine Pavilion 2022 Black Chapel
Designed by Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates, the Serpentine Pavilion 2022 Black Chapel draws inspiration from many of the architectural typologies that ground the artist’s practice. The structure, realised with the support of Adjaye Associates, references the bottle kilns of Stoke-on-Trent, the beehive kilns of the Western United States, San Pietro and the Roman tempiettos, and traditional African structures.

12 Aug 2022
V&A East Museum Why We Make galleries, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, Borough of Newham
Design: O’Donnell + Tuomey, Architects, Ireland
V&A East Museum building construction London
photo © Victoria and Albert Musuem, London
V&A East Museum Why We Make galleries
V&A East announces that a collaborative team comprising JA Projects led by Jayden Ali, graphic design studio A Practice for Everyday Life, and artist Larry Achiampong have won the competition to design V&A East Museum’s Why We Make galleries. Located across two floors, the galleries will explore global creativity and making through a contemporary lens. Bringing together over 500 objects from the V&A’s collections spanning 5,000 years of art, design, and performance, the galleries will celebrate the joy and transformative potential of art, design and making.

7 Aug 2022
Aldgate Tower
Architecture: Basha-Franklin
Aldgate Tower East London
photo : Philip Durrant
Aldgate Tower
B-F have designed a new arrival to Aldgate Tower that provides a space that has a response to Place, Community & Culture. The design provides a juxtaposition to the urban setting, a place for pause, social connection, sense of belonging and inclusivity.

4 Aug 2022
Chiswick House
Architects: Gregory Phillips Interior Design
Chiswick House West London Property

3 Aug 2022
Bridgewater Triangle, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, Borough of Newham, East London
Design: Mikhail Riches with BBuK, RCKa, Expedition, William Matthews Associates, Gardiner & Theobald and Aecom
Bridgewater Triangle Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
image from architects
Bridgewater Triangle Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
LLDC’s Planning Committee has given the green light to an outline application that will transform Bridgewater Triangle in the south of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park into a new residential neighbourhood.

St Augustine House, Camden

29 July 2022
Apple Brompton Road, Knightsbridge
Architects: Foster + Partners
Apple Brompton Road Knightsbridge London
photo © Nigel Young Foster + Partners
Apple Brompton Road, Knightsbridge
Apple Brompton Road, another close collaboration between Apple and Foster + Partners, is now open. The new Knightsbridge store is situated between high-end department stores Harrods and Harvey Nichols. It is flooded with natural light from floor-to-ceiling arched windows.

23 July 2022
Boundary House hotel, Carlisle Avenue / Rangoon Street, eastern fringe of City of London
Design: Sheppard Robson, Architects
Boundary House Hotel City of London Building
images courtesy of architects practice
Boundary House Hotel City of London
For the Austrian hoteliers–the Ploeberger Hotel Group–the project’s sustainable design aims to bring new life to the area, providing a range of benefits for the local community. Planning permission has been granted for a 311-room hotel, community and co-working spaces, and rooftop restaurant at the eastern fringe of the City of London.

Islington Loft Conversion, Upper Street

22 July 2022
Maida Smiles Dental Clinic, City of Westminster,
Architects: Pedra Silva Arquitectos
Maida Smiles Clinic Westminster London
photo : Ana Marques
Maida Smiles Clinic, Westminster
Located in the City of Westminster, northwest London, Maida Smiles Dental Clinic offers world class cosmetic dentistry and facial aesthetics services. The largely residential area has many large late Victorian and Edwardian mansion flats with a thriving commercial district.

21 July 2022
Orchard Gardens Elephant Park – Stirling Prize Shortlist news
Design: Panter Hudspith Architects
Orchard Gardens Elephant Park, London Architecture News
photograph © Enrique Verdugo
Orchard Gardens Elephant Park
Comprising 228 homes and 2,500sqm of retail and cultural spaces, Orchard Gardens is an entire city block and major component of Elephant & Castle’s regeneration. Designed to be viewed as a cluster of buildings, it wraps around a sunny communal garden with sophisticated and playful contrasting scales and heights, ranging from five to 19 storeys.

21 July 2022
Peveril Gardens and Studios, Tower Bridge Road, SE1
Design: Sanchez Benton Architects
Stephen Lawrence Prize 2022 Shortlist News
photo © Oskar Proctor
Peveril Gardens and Studios, London
In 2018, Sanchez Benton won a competition, originally intended for the creation of a piece of public art at the southern end of Tower Bridge Road. Ingeniously, Sanchez Benton, in collaboration with artist Gabriel Kuri, instead saw the potential to transform a disused garage into a public walled garden and ground level artist studios.

21 July 2022
Fleet House, New Bridge Street, Fleet Street Conservation Area, City of London
Design: HOK Architects
Fleet House City of London Offices
image courtesy of architects practice
Fleet House City of London Offices

21 July 20222
Stirling Prize 2022 Shortlisted Buildings and Architects
Six buildings contending for the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize are revealed, including four in London:

100 Liverpool Street by Hopkins Architects
New Hackney Primary School Building and 333 Kingsland Road by Henley Halebrown
Orchard Gardens, Elephant Park by Panter Hudspith Architects
Sands End Arts and Community Centre by Mæ Architects

21 July 2022
100 Liverpool Street London Workplace, City of London, England, UK
Design: Hopkins Architects
100 Liverpool Street London Offices
photograph © Janie Airey
100 Liverpool Street
This refurbishment project transforms a former 1980s office building with deep floor plates into a high-quality, flexible commercial building fit for the 21st century. Its approach to reusing the existing building demonstrates clear strategic thinking, keeping what could be salvaged, unpicking what could not, and adding what was necessary.

21 July 2022
Kiln Place, Camden, Northwest London
Design: Peter Barber Architects
Kiln Place Homes Northwest London Architecture News
photo © Morley von Sternberg
Kiln Place Homes, Northwest London
Kiln Place is an architectural statement that successfully illustrates how local authorities can provide new high-density public housing that is sensitive and does not require the demolition of existing homes. This new residential property project provides 15 new homes for the London Borough of Camden.

20 July 2022
Reem Taha Hajj Ahmad wins 2022 RIBA AHR Scholarship
2022 RIBA AHR Scholarship: Reem Taha Hajj Ahmad
2022 RIBA AHR Scholarship Winner News
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is pleased to announce that Reem Taha Hajj Ahmad, a prospective MArch (RIBA Part 2) student at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL has been awarded the 2022 RIBA AHR Scholarship.

14 July 2022
Horniman Museum And Gardens Wins Art Fund Museum Of The Year 2022
Horniman Museum and Gardens
photo © Emli Bendixen
Horniman Museum & Gardens Building
Located in Forest Hill, the Horniman is London’s only museum where environment, ecology and human cultures can be seen side by side at a global scale. During 2021, following a period of reflection prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic, climate emergency and the murder of George Floyd, they reimagined the role they could play as a creative hub for their local community.

11 July 2022
25 Cannon Street Revitalization
Design: Buckley Gray Yeoman
25 Cannon Street Revitalization London Architecture News
photo : French + Tye
25 Cannon Street Revitalization
International real estate company Pembroke revitalises 120,000 sqft of high-specification office and mixed-use space at 25 Cannon St, opposite the St Paul’s Cathedral building.

7 July 2022
Islington Loft Conversion, Upper Street

4 July 2022
Totteridge House, Totteridge, Barnet, Northwest London
Design: Gregory Phillips Architects
Totteridge House Barnet London Architecture News
photo : Mel Yates
Totteridge House, Barnet

26 June 2022
LB Southwark SILS3, Peckham, South London
Design: Tim Ronalds Architects
LB Southwark SILS3 Peckham, South London Architecture News
photo : Jim Stephenson
LB Southwark SILS3 Peckham
The LB Southwark SILS3 Peckham, South London is one of the 29 winners of the 2022 RIBA National Awards for architecture. LB Southwark SILS3 is a Pupil Referral Unit for children who have typically been excluded from school. Its purpose is to give students time out from mainstream education before they are ready to return.

22 Jun 2022
Bloom Clerkenwell, Farringdon, north east London
Architecture: John Robertson Architects
Bloom Clerkenwell Farringdon Building
photo : Peter Cook
Bloom Clerkenwell, Farringdon Building
John Robertson Architects (JRA) completes Bloom Clerkenwell, one of London’s most dynamic and prominent workspace developments in recent years, occupying a site adjacent to London’s Farringdon station.

24 June 2022
3 Mills Studios, near Stratford, East London
Architecture: Gort Scott
3 Mills Studios Stratford, East London Architecture News
photo : John Fielding
3 Mills Studios
The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) announce the start of a £6million renovation and modernisation project to upgrade several of the historic buildings at its iconic 3 Mills Studios in east London this month.

24 June 2022
BFI Riverfront, Southbank, central London
Design: Carmody Groarke, Architects
BFI Riverfront London: British Film Institute
photo : Luke Hayes
BFI Riverfront
Burrowed beneath the arches of Waterloo Bridge, The British Film Institute (BFI ) Southbank was originally built in the 1950s to accommodates the UK’s largest independent cinema house and National Film Archive. Prominently facing the river Thames, the BFI benefits from a steady stream of pedestrians enjoying the Southbank; however, its entrance had become outdated and poorly equipped to entice and welcome visitors.

24 June 2022
Ditton Hill House, Surbiton, Southwest London
Design: Surman Weston Architects
Ditton Hill, Surbiton home
photo : Johan Dehlin
House in Ditton Hill, Surbiton, Surrey

22 June 2022
Olympia London Energy Centre building, Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, W14 8UX
Design: SPPARC
Olympia London Energy Centre building
image courtesy of architects
Olympia London Energy Centre building
Olympia London Energy Centre building building design by architects SPPARC, has been given a dramatic and eye-catching appearance thanks to the use of a portfolio of façade products.

21 June 2022
LFA Co-designing Equity in the Public Realm Competition 2022
LFA Co-designing Equity in the Public Realm Competition
photo : Mark Allan
LFA Co-designing Equity in the Public Realm Competition
The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) is collaborating with the City of London Corporation, its cultural district Culture Mile, and Foundation for Future London to launch ‘Co-designing Equity in the Public Realm’, a new design competition. This architecture competition will deliver one or more temporary public realm interventions in Smithfield and East London that collectively develop a deeper understanding of the public’s experience of streets and public spaces.

14 June 2022
Grenfell fifth anniversary: firefighter numbers cut
Fire in West London building
photo by Natalie Oxford, courtesy of wikimedia commons
Grenfell Tower fifth anniversary
The Fire Brigades Union has revealed that 221 firefighter positions have been cut since Grenfell, as the fifth anniversary of the fire takes place on 14 June.

13 Jun 2022
ABBA Arena East London Building, close to Pudding Mill Lane DLR, East London
Design: STUFISH Entertainment Architects
ABBA Arena East London Building
photo © Dirk Lindner courtesy Stufish
ABBA Arena East London Building
The newly opened ABBA Arena has become one of London’s biggest cultural destinations, with thousands of people travelling into the capital to see ABBA’s revolutionary virtual concert ‘ABBA Voyage’. Situation close to East London’s Pudding Mill Lane DLR, ABBA Arena has become the world’s largest demountable temporary venue.

10 June 2022
Palace of Westminster Building Survey News
Palace of Westminster Building Survey

6 June 2022
One Exchange Square, Broadgate, EC2
Design: Fletcher Priest Architects
One Exchange Square, Broadgate, London EC2
image : Secchi Smith
One Exchange Square Broadgate Building

2 June 2022
Kensington Memorial Park Masterplan
Design: Simone de Gale Architects
Kensington Memorial Park Masterplan, London Office Retail building design
image courtesy of architects practice
Kensington Memorial Park Masterplan
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has appointed Simone de Gale Architects as Lead Architect and Principal Designer to the project. Designs are underway with a view to gain planning permissions in 2022, and complete construction in time to launch in 2023.

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27 May 2022
Student Scheme and Revitalised Railway Arches, Hornsey Road, North London
Architects: CZWG
Railway Arches Student Housing London Architecture News
render : CZWG Architects
Railway Arches Student Housing London
Plans submitted for a 284 room student scheme on Hornsey Road adjacent to London Metropolitan University and opposite the Emirates Stadium. It includes proposals for the opening up of a new pedestrian route between Holloway Road station and Hornsey Road and the revitalisation of 21 dilapidated railway viaduct arches and a derelict building on Holloway Road.

26 May 2022
RIBA HQ refurbishment
RIBA HQ refurbishment, 66 Portland Place
The Royal Institute of British Architects announce Benedetti Architects as the Lead Architect for the refurbishment and modernisation of 66 Portland Place, a Grade II* listed building. This project forms part of the RIBA’s House of Architecture initiative to inspire members, professionals, students and the public through physical and virtual debate, discussion, learning and exhibitions.

25 May 2022
Horniman appoints Feilden Fowles as lead architect for Nature + Love
Horniman Museum and Gardens Clocktower, London Architecture News
photo : Sophia Spring
Horniman Museum & Gardens Nature + Love
With initial support* of £475,000 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, made possible by National Lottery players, the Nature + Love project aims to make the Horniman more inclusive and accessible, placing environmental sustainability and a commitment to fighting the climate emergency at its heart.
Feilden Fowles will lead a team of conservation and landscape architects, engineers and designers to develop designs for three new attractions at the Horniman.

24 May 2022
Woolwich Elizabeth Line Station London Building

23 May 2022
The Royal College of Art, Howie Street, SW11 4AY
Architects: Herzog & de Meuron
Royal College of Art Battersea Campus London
photo © Iwan Baan
Royal College of Art Battersea Campus
“The Royal College of Art is a unique institution, rightly revered globally for the excellence of its postgraduate art and design education. The dynamic created by this new building is remarkable. Our working environments have a powerful influence on the way we create and collaborate, and I am so excited for this new chapter in the life of the college and the inspirational work its graduates will bring into the world.”

23 May 2022
Tree-less Treehouse, Northwest London

23 May 2022
Elizabeth Line stations by Weston Williamson + Partners

20 May 2022
Houses of Parliament Building Restoration News

20 May 2022
Don’t Move, Improve! 2022 winners

18 May 2022
The Pears Building at Royal Free Hospital
Design: Hopkins Architects
The Pears Building at Royal Free Hospital London
photo : Janie Airey / Airey Spaces
The Pears Building at Royal Free Hospital

18 May 2022
National Gallery London NG200 Design Proposals
National Gallery London NG200 Design
image : Selldorf Architects
National Gallery London NG200 Design
The National Gallery released its developed NG200 design proposals, now out for a second round of public consultation ahead of the submission of a planning application this summer.

12 May 2022
Triptych Bankside London Development
Design Architect: Squire & Partners; interior design: Cocovara
Triptych Bankside Development London Property
image courtesy of JTRE London
Triptych Bankside London Development
Highlighting the strong demand seen recently for space at the game changing Triptych Bankside development, one of the most striking schemes on the central London skyline, over 25,000 sq ft has been let by developer JTRE London in the commercial building at One Triptych Place. The deals are the first commercial signings at the Southbank development.

9 May 2022
Stanhope Avenue House, Finchley, North London
Design: Iguana Architects
Stanhope Avenue House North London Architecture News
photo : Juliet Murphy
Stanhope Avenue House in Finchley

28 Apr 2022
Barbican Centre Renewal Competition Winners
Design: Allies and Morrison architects + Asif Khan Studio
Barbican Centre Renewal Competition Winners
A collaborative design team led by architects Allies and Morrison and Asif Khan Studio, has been selected to deliver a multi-million-pound renewal of the Barbican Centre. The project will preserve the iconic building’s original architectural vision, provide new opportunities for the Barbican’s diverse community of artists, audiences, and partners, and boost the building’s accessibility and environmental performance.

28 Apr 2022
Four Bentinck Street
Renewal Design: Hale Brown architects
Four Bentinck Street Marylebone, London W1
photo courtesy of The Howard de Walden Estate
Four Bentinck Street Marylebone

25 Apr 2022
NLA London Tall Buildings Survey 2022
NLA London Tall Buildings Survey 2022
The results of the 2022 edition of the annual New London Architecture (NLA) London Tall Buildings Survey, published in partnership with global property consultancy Knight Frank, indicate a downward trend in London’s tall buildings with applications down 13.3% over the previous year.

20 Apr 2022
Demolition of M&S flagship Oxford Street store

Sustainability expert on Gove’s decision to block demolition of M&S Oxford Street store:

Asif Din, head of sustainability Perkins&Will London, comments: “The saga surrounding the demolition of M&S’s flagship Oxford Street store continues and the decision for Michael Gove to scrutinize the plans seems to be done purely on a basis of heritage value only.

Marks and Spencer Oxford Street, London W1 building:
Marks and Spencer Oxford Street, London W1 building
photo : Gary Rogers / Marks and Spencer, courtesy of wikimedia commons

“As a non-listed building, the heritage value of the building has not been recognized up until now and seems strange that this is drawing so much attention only when the building has been threatened the listing process is in place to deal with this to preserve buildings of historic significance. Gove has no remit under the carbon value of the building which is put in GLA policy. I am still of the opinion that the building can be retrofitted but find that this type of intervention by the central government disturbing on what seems to be a populist decision and not based within the hierarchy of decision making.

“Surely we’ve learnt from our collision course with climate change that we have to look at carbon savings now. Inaction is no excuse when the stakes are so high. In this case alone, embodied carbon equivalent to four million gallons of diesel risks being released back into the capital’s atmosphere, reversing many of the gains made elsewhere in our road to net zero emissions by 2030. The construction industry has a high impact and the same security that has been placed on other sectors needs to be applied.

Christmas lights, Marks & Spencer, Oxford Street W1:
Marks & Spencer Oxford Street store London Architecture News
photo : Robin Sones, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

“The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) calls for cities to be bold in their approach to decarbonisation. Decision-makers have the power and jurisdiction to lay precedent today to ensure that carbon efficiency in construction is not tomorrow’s issue. Retrofitting, and the resourceful conversion of the existing building stock, are essential to this aspiration, not only due to the profound environmental impact that demolition presents but because the financial burden of mistakes made now is a half-a-trillion pound problem.

A basic video re the proposal, with robotic vocieover, some useful graphics:

“Throwing our hands up is not permissible in this day and age. If a systemic solution is not immediately clear, then decision-makers must canvas the development industry to search for one. Architects are ready to challenge existing practices and have the necessary skills to deliver low carbon buildings, but this conviction must be matched on both sides.”

7 Apr 2022
Victorian Terraced Townhouse, Highgate, North London
Design: LLI Design
Victorian Terraced Townhouse in Highgate

1 Apr 2022
Liverpool Street Station Redevelopment
Design: Herzog & de Meuron Architects
Liverpool Street Station London concourse
photo © Adrian Welch
Liverpool Street Station
The first names of companies working on a massive plan to redevelop Liverpool Street Station are beginning to emerge as Swiss architect Herzog & de Meuron plans a block up to 20 storeys high above part of the concourse.

1 April 2022
Nanaksar Primary School, Hillingdon, Northwest London
Design: CPMG Architects
Nanaksar Primary School Hillingdon, West London Building
photo courtesy of architects office
Nanaksar Primary School
Hundreds of new primary school places will be the result of an extensive refurbishment and expansion of Nanaksar Primary School in Hillingdon, West London, which has now been completed.

1 April 2022
Clichy Estate, Stepney, Tower Hamlets
Architects: PRP
Clichy Estate housing: Stepney homes, Tower Hamlets
image courtesy of architects practice
Clichy Estate housing: Stepney homes
Planning permission has been granted to replace three ageing council blocks in Stepney with 412 homes, new community facilities and green spaces. In line with the Council’s housing aspirations, 42 per cent of new homes will be affordable, with 56% of these intended for larger families.

31 March 2022
The Officers’ House, Royal Arsenal, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, South London
Design: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), architects
The Officers House Royal Arsenal by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
images courtesy of the Brick Awards
The Officers’ House Royal Arsenal
AHMM were appointed in late 2015 to redevelop a dilapidated Grade II listed barracks at Royal Arsenal, Woolwich. The brief sought to retain ‘The Officers’ House’ (Block-A) and develop additional housing within a new, ‘twin’ block (Block-B) running parallel to it.

Alfred Place Gardens, Camden
Alfred Place Gardens Camden

17 Mar 2022
Shortlist for Wilcox Road Gateway, South Lambeth, South London
Wilcox Road South Lambeth Competition Shortlist
image courtesy of architects practice
Wilcox Road South Lambeth Competition
The London Festival of Architecture and the Neighbourhood Regeneration Team at Lambeth Council have revealed the five teams shortlisted for the Wilcox Road Gateway design competition. Emerging architects, designers, artists were invited to submit a proposal for a public realm installation that animates Wilcox Road in Lambeth and transforms it into a welcoming gateway from the newly opened Nine Elms Tube Station.

10 Mar 2022
Student accommodation in Hammersmith, 181 Talgarth Road – near to White City Campus, Hammersmith, West London
Design: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSH+P)
Student Accommodation in Hammersmith, West London Architecture News
image courtesy of architecture practice
Student Accommodation in Hammersmith
Dominvs Group has received resolution to grant for a 713-bed purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) scheme in Hammersmith. Permission had previously been granted in December 2020 to deliver two new hotels on the site. However, following strong demand from Higher Education Institutions, the north of the site has been revised to provide high-quality PBSA.

Grenfell Tower in West London

2 Mar 2022
Don’t Move, Improve! 2022 shortlist
A Tuscan Veranda by Turner Architects - London Architecture News
photograph © Adam Scott
Don’t Move, Improve! 2022
15 renovation projects have been shortlisted as some of London’s best home improvements for the 2022 edition of New London Architecture’s (NLA) annual competition Don’t Move, Improve!, celebrating the most innovative home improvement projects from across London.

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28 Feb 2022
2022 RIBA London architecture awards
2022 RIBA London Awards shortlist – 68 designs

72 Upper Ground London SE1 Development – 68 designs

Treehouses at Kew Design Competition Shortlist – 68 designs

23 Feb 2022
House of Illustration, Islington, London N5
Design: Tim Ronalds Architects
House of Illustration Islington London Architecture News
photo © Justin Piperger
House of Illustration, Islington
Encompassing galleries, a learning studio, public gardens, a shop and a café, the renamed Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration will be the national centre for illustration: a unique destination for art-lovers, illustrators, families, schools and colleges; and the catalyst for exhibitions and activities across the UK. It will also become a permanent home for the archive of the organisation’s founder, Sir Quentin Blake, with selections from his archive of more than 40,000 works on permanent display.

19 Feb 2022
University College Hospital Grafton Way Building
Design: Scott Tallon Walker Architects in association with Edward Williams Architects
University College Hospital Grafton Way Building facade
photo © Paul Raftery
University College Hospital Grafton Way Building
Constructed by Bouygues UK, the new building is located in a tight and historically challenging site within the Bloomsbury Conservation area, in close proximity to two Grade II-listed UCL buildings and directly below the Mayor of London’s View Corridor. In order to create the necessary clinical space while respecting protected views and surrounding heritage, the 13-storey building has a significant basement, which is five-storeys plus a mezzanine below ground, is equivalent in volume to the Royal Albert Hall.

18 Feb 2022
The National Gallery Reveals Initial Proposals For NG200 Project
National Gallery London NG200 Project

15 Feb 2022
Centrepoint ILP Peckham, Peckham, Southwark
Build: M-AR
Centrepoint ILP Peckham: Reuben House London Architecture News
image courtesy of architects practice
Centrepoint ILP Peckham
Centrepoint, the UK’s leading youth homelessness charity, has revealed a ‘first look’ at 33 new modular homes built to house young people experiencing homelessness in Peckham, London.

13 Feb 2022
Rediscovering Notting Hill Gate, Northwest London
Rediscovering Notting Hill Gate Design Competition
photo © Luke O’Donovan
Rediscovering Notting Hill Gate Design Competition
Notting Hill Gate is set to get a refresh as a design competition invites architects, designers and creatives from across London to reimagine public space
The innovative new installation could use using seating, greening, lighting, interactive elements or pop-ups to bring vibrancy to the area.

10 Feb 2022
The Hickman, Whitechapel, City of London
Design: DSDHA
The Hickman Whitechapel, London E1 Building
photograph courtesy of architects practice
The Hickman London E1 Development

9 Feb 2022
Lancer Square, Kensington, West London
Landscape design: Scape Design; Buildings design: Squire & Partners
Lancer Square, Kensington Church Street, London Architecture News
image courtesy of architects practice
Lancer Square Kensington
A garden square created by Scape Design has recently been completed in the Kensington Palace conservation area of West London, providing high-quality public realm and private landscape areas for Lancer Square, a new mixed-use development of 36 world-class apartments, retail and restaurants designed by Squire & Partners.

8 Feb 2022
PEARL: Person-Environment-Activity Research Laboratory, UCL
Design: Penoyre & Prasad
PEARL: Person-Environment-Activity Research Laboratory, UCL
photograph © Timothy Soar
PEARL: Person-Environment-Activity Research Laboratory, UCL
London-based architecture practice Penoyre & Prasad has completed UCL’s unique research laboratory, PEARL. The research centre’s goal is to improve the built environment and the way we interact with it. Life-sized environments – a railway station, high street, town square for example – will be built under controlled conditions to examine how people of all abilities interact with their urban environment and each other.

2 February 2022
Triptych Bankside sees surge in luxury apartment sales
Design Architect: Squire & Partners; interior design: Cocovara
Triptych Bankside London Property
image courtesy of architects practice
Triptych Bankside London Property News
JTRE London, the developer of Triptych Bankside, one of the most striking mixed-use schemes on the central London skyline, has marked the start of the New Year by securing luxury apartment sales totalling £36.5m.

6 Feb 2022
Revive Bramcote Park design competition

2 Feb 2022
61-65 Holborn Viaduct Building, City of London
Design: Stiff + Trevillion Architects and Jonathan Cook Landscape Architects
61-65 Holborn Viaduct London building design
image courtesy of architects practice
61-65 Holborn Viaduct Building

1 Feb 2022
Camden Highline Design Competition Shortlist, Camden, North London
Somers Town Design Competition, Camden, London Architecture News
photo courtesy of LFA
Somers Town Design Competition Camden
The London Festival of Architecture and the London Borough of Camden have launched a new design competition, inviting architects, landscape architects, designers, and artists to develop a creative design in Somers Town that supports the events planned in the area as part of LFA 2022. Whilst King’s Cross and Euston have experienced significant growth throughout the years, Somers Town and its residents have yet to see the full benefits of surrounding regeneration.

17 Jan 2022
New London Architecture King’s Cross Design Competition
NLA King's Cross Competition 2022 London One Housing Group building
image courtesy of NLA
New London Architecture King’s Cross Design Competition
King’s Cross, London’s 67-acre creative neighbourhood, has today launched a competition in partnership with New London Architecture (NLA). It is inviting individuals, community groups, established and emerging enterprises and organisations to put forward ideas and proposals for how they could transform an existing premises on Beaconsfield Street into a new community offer.

13 Jan 2022
Wilcox Road Competition, South Lambeth
Wilcox Road South Lambeth Competition London Architecture News
photo courtesy of LFA
Wilcox Road South Lambeth Architecture Competition

13 Jan 2022
London Festival of Architecture launches call for entries and reveals Destinations
LFA 2022: London Festival of Architecture Brixton
photo © Gareth Gardner
LFA 2022 – London Festival of Architecture News
This summer, the London Festival of Architecture (LFA), the world’s largest annual architecture festival, returns for its 13th edition across June. LFA 2022 will once again transform London’s neighbourhoods with a series of installations, exhibitions, talks and special events that will bring people together as London continues to reopen.

10 Jan 2022
Alphabeta, Finsbury Square
Design: Studio RHE
Alphabeta Finsbury Square
photo : Nick Hufton, Al Crow
Alphabeta is the melting pot for Two Tribes; the City’s financial sector and the new Creative Media and Tech industries. An energetic shared workspace that straddles the divide and creates a new home for ideas to make money.

7 Jan 2022
Treehouses at Kew Design Competition, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, south west London
MoA Treehouses at Kew Design Competition London Architecture News
photo © Luke Hayes
Treehouses at Kew Design Competition
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Museum of Architecture (MoA) have launched an international design competition to find three exceptional designs to create three Treehouses across RBG Kew’s UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of a larger ‘Treehouses at Kew’ Exhibition taking place in 2023.

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