We held our office-warming party on 29th June and it was a great success: wine, music, good company and magic were enjoyed by all.
We are delighted to have won a design competition to expand Barking Abbey School with Neilcott Construction. The specialist sports and humanities school has approximately 2,000 pupils between the ages of 11 and 19 and is to be expanded across all three of its sites.
We gave a group of students and staff a tour of the building site today to show current site progress and some of the building’s design features. They enjoyed this insight into the construction world and were really impressed with the scale of the sports hall. We hope to have encouraged some aspiring architects…
For more information on the project, click here.
In her role as Chancellor of the University of London. HRH The Princess Royal officially opened Rivington Street Studio’s new lecture spaces at City, University of London’s Northampton Square campus this week.
The Lecture Spaces Project provides a pool of high quality teaching spaces within deep, previously under-used basement spaces and is part of a wider project to transform the campus. For more information on the project, click here.
We have recently secured planning consent for a new medical school at Anglia Ruskin University’s Chelmsford campus. The new 3-storey building will house state-of-the-art specialist medical teaching spaces as well as a lecture theatre, informal study spaces and a café with outdoor seating area.
The design draws from the grain and the landscape character of the existing campus whilst providing a strong distinct marker at a main entry point to the campus. For more information about the project, due to start on site shortly, see here.
Rivington Street Studio are now accredited to the NEPRO framework. NEPRO is an organisation that procures professional services on behalf of the UK public sector, used by a number of local authorities in commissioning consultants and suppliers.
Last week saw the official opening of our project at St Mary’s CE Primary School by Bishop Rob, Bishop of Edmonton, and Councillor Elin Weston from Haringey Council. The School are delighted with the improvements, which expand and refurbish buildings on their two sites, both of which the Bishop blessed during assembly. Headteacher, Frances Hargrove, said “we now have buildings that any school would give their right arm for”.
We have moved to a new, bigger office. For directions to our lovely, new, riverside location, click here.
Plashet School celebrated the New Year with a new building when an audience of 200 guests, staff and students attended the opening of their arts annex. The ribbon cutting ceremony included the youngest pupil currently at the school together with two of the school’s most senior former pupils, one of whom had attended before the Second World War.
The three-storey building connects to the existing school via two link bridges and provides a dining hall with internal and external dining space, a sports hall and expressive arts teaching facilities. It helps transform what had been a fragmented external space into an accessible and secure student plaza. The building also has an allotment plot and green roof area. Head teacher Rachel McGowan said she was “particularly honoured that the school can now offer superb facilities for drama, music and PE”.
For more details on the project, see here.
Our latest project at City, University of London has been awarded the first SKA sustainability rating for a higher education building. Working with Overbury, we have provided a new student reception area, new meeting rooms and zones for staff and students to work in the College and Rhind Buildings for the School of Arts and Social Sciences. For more information on the rating, see here.
The first phase of work at St Mary’s CE Primary School has been completed in time for the start of the new school year. The project involves two schemes on two different sites and expands St Mary’s from a 2FE to 3FE school by extending and remodelling to provide new classrooms, work and external play areas.
More information on the project can be found here.
Our summer trip this year was to Waddesdon Manor in the Aylesbury Vale in Buckinghamshire. As well as exploring the Victorian ‘chateau’ and gardens, owned by the Rothschild family for four generations, we were also lucky enough to be shown around the Flint House, designed by Skene Catling De La Pena, winner of the RIBA house of the year 2015 and Windmill Hill by Stephen Marshall Architects.
Planning permission and listed building consent have been granted for the remodelling and extension of Woodberry Down Children’s Centre in Hackney, one of the first purpose built buildings of this type in Britain.
For more information, see here.
RSS have just been appointed to design Anglia Ruskin University’s proposed new medical school at its Chelmsford campus. The design is being developed and will be submitted for planning in the Autumn.
RSS is delighted to announce that it has been appointed for its third term as architects on City University London’s framework and we are already working on a number of strategic studies leading to future capital projects at the Northampton Square campus.
Planning approval has been granted for the new sports building at the Deutsche Schule. By approving the scheme unanimously, Richmond Council has demonstrated clear support for the replacement of the existing Building of Townscape Merit and paves the way for a start on site this coming summer. The new German government funded, two storey structure comprises dual competition standard sports halls with ancillary accommodation wrapped around a void and a viewing gallery.
Planning approval has just been granted for this split-site, special educational needs school. The existing primary school in Plaistow is to be extended and improved and a brand new secondary school will be built in East Ham. The new buildings will be constructed in cross laminated timber (CLT), providing generous, flexible classrooms with specialist teaching resource areas, calming spaces, break-out spaces and extensive, external landscaping.
Construction is due to commence in the Autumn.
The optometry, speech and language clinics designed by Rivington Street Studio for the School of Health Sciences at City University were formally opened by the Rt Hon MP John Bercow at a ceremony earlier this week. The new spaces were highly praised with several speakers describing how significant the facilities were in allowing the University to compete with the very best in the discipline for both teaching and research. A short video by the school was presented and can be viewed here.
For more information on this and other projects for the School of Health Sciences click here.
Dr Dominic Luckett, Head of the Mill Hill Schools Foundation opened our recently completed project for the Mount Mill Hill International – a new international school. The event was attended by over 200 people including the new pupils who come from across the globe.
For more information on the project click here.
Our recently completed Sixth Form for Skinners’ Academy in Hackney was officially opened on Friday 2nd October 2015 by the Hon Mrs Emmeline Winterbotham of the Skinners’ Company. It is one of three parts of the Skinners’ Academy project, which also includes a classroom extension and a new playground. The project’s main contractor, T&B Contractors, were there with staff, students and governors to celebrate the new space. During the event we received lots of positive feedback and there were inspiring speeches from the Principal, students and governors, as well as Piers Clanford, Managing Director of Berkeley Homes, a key partner in the regeneration of North Hackney.
For more information on the project, click here.
On 20th September, London South Bank University Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine was officially opened by Chinese Vice-Premier, Madame Liu Yandong.
The Vice-Premier’s visit was marked by a colourful display of Chinese ceremonial drumming before she was taken on a tour of the newly created facilities at Caxton House, including traditional Chinese medicine treatment rooms, teaching spaces and an exhibition space currently exhibiting a photographic celebration of the CITCM’s work in connection with LSBU.
For more information about the project, click here.
The Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation at London South Bank University will be open as part of London Open House weekend, which runs from 19th to the 20th of September. This award-winning building is a careful juxtaposition of old and new, incorporating office space and support for start-up businesses into two Grade II listed Georgian terraces and a former pub.
Over 800 buildings, neighbourhood walks and architects’ talks will be featured as part of London Open House weekend. For more information on London Open House see here. For more information on the building, see here.
On 29th July, the studio hosted a design charrette for graduate students from the University of Idaho and undergraduates from Angela Ruskin University as the culmination of a four-week summer term course for the Idaho students focussed on green architecture in the UK. This bi-annual event gave the students one day to design their own, alternative Serpentine Pavilion that will serve as an exemplar of design ideas crucial to mitigating the spectre of global climate change. Groups of students were sent to architecture offices around London where office members were available to participate and the results of the one day design charrette were presented the following day to their peers, office host and lecturers.
We are delighted that our recently completed, City University Lecture Spaces project has been shortlisted for an AJ Retrofit Award 2015 in the Higher Education Category.
The awards celebrate design, engineering and construction excellence that prolongs the active life of buildings and infrastructure and the winners will be announced on 16 September 2015.
For more information about the building, click here.
Planning approval has just been granted for this major regeneration project in Croydon, which will transform a declining industrial site into a creative hub for 78 start-up businesses and 97 new, mixed-tenure homes, all concentrated around a communal amenity space and play area. The scheme was unanimously approved by the committee, who commended it for being exciting and innovative.
We are delighted that the Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation has just been awarded winner of the ‘Regeneration’ category of the RICS Awards 2015 London.
The RICS Awards showcase the most inspirational projects and developments in land, property, construction and the environment and the judges called it ‘a most impressive example of good regeneration and re-use of otherwise redundant buildings!’. The scheme will now be entered, along with the winners of the other categories, into a grand final in October.
For more information on the building, click here.
The final phase of our Lecture Spaces Project for City University has just been completed. It provides a pool of high quality teaching spaces within deep, previously unloved and under-used basement spaces at City University’s Northampton Square campus. A variety of new spaces facilitate a range of teaching and learning models focussed around student collaboration and link to newly created campus circulation routes with a strong presence through ‘pop-up’ elements at pavement level that also maximise natural light to key areas.
More information can be found here.
On 23 April, we attended the opening of the recently completed expansion to Stebon Primary School in Poplar, East London. As well as extensive internal refurbishments to the existing school, a new classroom block is the first Passivhaus certified school building in London. Representatives from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, the project’s main contractor, Bouygues UK, and many parents and members of the wider school community were there to celebrate with performances from the school choir, percussion and drumming group and speeches by those involved in the project including Jo and Jeremy Iver, the co-headteachers. Among the speakers was Professor Brian Cox OBE, who has worked with children from the local area at educational summer schools designed to inspire them to careers in science, and has a classroom named for him in the new extension.
More information on this exciting project can be found here.
We are delighted to have been selected to design a new sports hall facility at The German School in Richmond as part of the winning team with Neilcott Construction. The new building is in two parts – a simple banded sports hall ‘box’ set against an articulated two-storey block containing a secondary sports hall, changing rooms, storage, reception/office, meeting room and wcs/kitchen.
The warm red brickwork, stained larch cladding and glazing help to define the forms and create an architecture that is both expressive and controlled. Carefully planned around the existing school and its mature landscape, the new building improves circulation and orientation as well as defining and creating better external spaces and views in and out of the school.
The project is due to complete in November 2016 and more information can be found here.
This exciting expansion of an inner East London primary school has just been handed over. A new, two storey classroom block attaches to the existing school by way of a glazed link, increasing the number of pupils and improving the overall layout and operation of the school. Constructed to strict Passivhaus environmental standards, the building also takes advantage of passive solar gain and should yield energy savings of up to 80% compared to standard construction.
Open-City have organised a guided talk and tour of this ground-breaking project as part of their Green Sky Thinking week on Tuesday 21 April at 4pm. Green Sky Thinking is a week long, London-wide events programme highlighting innovative practice on how we ‘design in’ sustainability for London. More details of the event can be found here and more on the building can be seen here.
We have received planning permission and listed building consent for the refurbishment and re-modelling of the existing buildings to provide facilities for the Mount Mill Hill International in Barnet. The scheme is centred around a new transformed external courtyard which will unify the disparate buildings and act as a focus for the whole site. The first phase of construction is almost complete and the main phase of works commences in January 2015. For more project information, see here.
RSS were invited to take part in the Skinners’ Academy Careers fair on 23rd October. We have recently completed some internal remodelling for the Academy and are currently working on two extensions and some extensive external works, so it was great to meet some of the students who will use the spaces.
We displayed 3D visualisations of the proposed sixth form and other projects and had numerous discussions with inquisitive year 11s. Many of the students will be coming back to the Academy in September 2015 to attend sixth form and wanted to know more about the brand new space that will be available to them, and those interested in architecture as a career asked questions about their choice of subjects and the process of becoming an architect.
Wendy participated in a panel discussion along with five other professionals in creative industries, in which they explained how they got into their careers, the pros and cons, similarities and differences. It was very interesting to hear that the pros and cons with each were similar – everyone agreed that the biggest drawback is Excel spreadsheets!
The Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation at London South Bank University was highly commended at the AJ Retrofit Awards last week. The awards celebrate design, engineering and construction excellence that prolongs the active life of buildings and infrastructure. As one of 18 winning and commended schemes, the judges commented ‘that the work carried out on this entrepreneurs’ university was innovative and ambitious’. For more information on the project, see here.
The Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation at London South Bank University will be open as part of London Open House weekend on the 20th September. This recently completed building is a careful juxtaposition of old and new, incorporating office space and support for start-up businesses into two Grade II listed Georgian terraces and a former pub. There will be regular tours on a first come basis from 10am-4pm (last entry 3pm).
Over 800 buildings, neighbourhood walks and architects’ talks will be featured as part of London Open House weekend. For more information on the event, see here. For more information on the building, see here.
The recently completed Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation at London South Bank University was commended at the New London Awards last week. The Awards recognise the very best in architecture, planning and development in the capital and the transformation of the Grade II listed buildings in Southwark was commended under the Conservation & Retrofit category. It is one of 19 winning schemes that will now be featured in the NLA galleries alongside all shortlisted schemes at The Building Centre, Store Street, WC1E and in a special publication.
For more information on the building, see here.
We have taken part in a number of careers events in different schools over the last two weeks.
Wendy attended a careers speed-dating session at Stoke Newington School on 30th June. She had a steady stream of inquisitive year 10s asking what she does in her job and whether it is hard work. Some even dared to ask what she earned. She hopes she explained the joys and challenges of being an architect sufficiently to encourage some of them to consider it.
Shane launched William Torbitt Primary School Science Week on 7th July. At morning assembly, he described his very important role as architect of the new school expansion before issuing each year group with a design related challenge to solve in the week ahead.
Dominic wore his best black shirt to the World of Work Day at Earlham Primary School on 9th July. He spoke to the children in years 1-2 about being an architect and answered an endless list of questions from years 3-6. The children were allowed to dress in the attire of their favourite profession – hopefully next year there will be a few more black shirts.
Richard Trew has completed the RIBA’s conservation training course and will be added onto the RIBA Conservation Register, which helps those commissioning work on heritage buildings to find architects with the necessary knowledge, competence and experience. It encompasses all aspects of historic building conservation, repair and maintenance and builds on Richard’s considerable experience in working with historic and listed buildings such as London South Bank University’s Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation and City University’s School of Arts.
The Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation has been awarded a Civic Trust Commendation. The university based innovation and incubator centre contains a range of flexible office spaces and support facilities as well as a public cafe and gallery and the project restores and re-uses listed Georgian terraces and shopfronts. It has also been shortlisted for an RIBA Award.
For more information about the building, see here.
Planning Approval has just been granted for two of our projects for City University. A major consolidation and remodelling of accommodation for the School of Health Sciences (SHS), due to complete in June 2015, reflects the School’s ambition to promote inter-disciplinary interaction that better reflects healthcare provision in the ‘real world’.
The Lecture Spaces Project will provide a pool of high quality teaching spaces for the staff and students at City University’s Northampton Square campus and take into account the demand for maximum flexibility to suit a range of teaching and learning models. This final phase of work is due to complete at the end of this year.
Rivington Street Studio hosted two workshops for Year 5 & 6 pupils from Godwin Primary School in early January. Architects took the children on a tour of office buildings in the city and then got them to design their own school extension model at a scale of 1:200. The children presented and critiqued their designs with the rest of the group. There are some budding architects here!
As one of the three Newham schools which we are currently expanding, we were able to explain our design and the construction process to them in some detail.
With the increasing number of school aged children in Newham, there is an urgent need to either expand existing schools or provide new schools in order to meet demand for spaces. Newham’s Planning Committee met on 19 November and granted us permission for new school extensions to Earlham Primary School, Godwin Junior School, Woodgrange Infant School and St Stephen’s Primary School. This will provide 525 extra school spaces, to be completed by the end of next year.
Our new extension to Cayley Primary School was officially opened this month. The project expands the school from a 2-form to a 3-form entry, providing 170 new primary school spaces in Tower Hamlets as well as radically improved accessibility and new, high quality teaching spaces. The design and external materials echo the massing and character of the existing Victorian Board School whilst also creating a distinct and contemporary identity.
For more information about the building, see here.
We have just completed the first phase of work for City University’s Lecture Spaces Project, that transforms a set of poorly used spaces into new, bright, coherent circulation, leading to a new lecture theatre and seminar rooms. The next phase, due to start on site in Spring 2014, will link to a much larger series of new lecture spaces at City University.
For more information about the project, see here.
Our new Enterprise Centre for London Southbank University has now opened. The new building attaches to the back of two Grade II listed Georgian terraces, wrapping around to form a landscaped courtyard and has specially created ‘shopfronts’ presenting a new, inviting face to the street. The centre offers flexible office space for small businesses and university graduates, together with exhibition space and a public café.
Rivington Street Studio exhibited work in “Shoreditch Find”, organised by the RIBA as part of the London Festival of Architecture 2013. The exhibition was a collection of exploratory work and projects by practices in the Shoreditch area.
With models of the schemes, a chance to speak to the people behind them and special talks on excellence in design, this event was a MUST for architects, designers and creatives and anyone with an interest in the exciting schemes that are transforming Hackney.