We are a unique spatial design agency, working across the fields of architecture, urban design, infrastructure and landscape. We work with our clients and commissioners to create beauty and enduring value from complex situations, for new and existing buildings, through to larger-scale urban strategies.

Education / Innovation

Creative Exchange — St. Neots
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5th Studio's design approach allies conceptual clarity with practical 'making' skills – and is underpinned by a series of principles which inform the way we design and deliver projects.

Landscape / Urbanism

Lea River Park — London
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Housing / Residential

Westlegate Quarter — Norwich
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5th Studio are able to think, design and organise at a strategic scale - operating across infrastructure, engineering, conservation, ecology and planning. Our work at this extra-large scale - across projects which range from the re-thinking postindustrial landscapes to the strategic planning of future change within historic cities - aims to create strong places by combining visceral and analytical responses to their particular topographies.

5th Studio has recrowned the tired George V pavilion with an overhaul and extension to accommodate the whole neighbourhood.

Ellis Woodman, Building Design

Public / Community

George V Pavilion — Trumpington, Cambridge
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Our work is anchored by the experience of working and thinking across this spectrum of scales, disciplines and projects: we are skilled at thinking strategically, whilst also maintaining a meticulous attention to detail.

News

At a lecture at the London School of Economics Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London launched City Hall's Good Growth by Design programme and announced the appointment of Founding Director Tom Holbrook as one of his Design Advocates to help steer the programme.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, launched his Good Growth by Design programme to enhance the design of buildings and neighbourhoods for all Londoners. In a major speech at the London School of Economics, the Mayor spoke of his vision for the future of London as the city’s population heads towards 10 million peopleIn his first major intervention on this topic, the Mayor is calling on London’s architectural, design and built environment professions to help realise his vision of London as a city that is socially and economically inclusive as well as environmentally sustainable.

London needs to provide space for 46,000 new jobs and build 50,000 new homes a year just to keep up with demand, as well as build the social infrastructure to support both. Good Growth will enable this, leaving a legacy of world-class buildings, outstanding public realm and large-scale regeneration for Londoners of the future.

The Good Growth by Design programme will:

  • Set ambitious design standards.
  • Apply these standards and undertake rigorous design reviews.
  • Increase capacity by launching a new social enterprise - ‘Public Practice’ - that will plug the skills gap in local authorities.
  • Support diversity to tackle the under-representation of women and people from minority groups in the built environment professions.
  • Use open procurement processes such as design competitions to seek the highest standards for public projects.
  • Lead by example, with the Greater London Authority being champions of good growth by advocating best practice to support success across the sector.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “My vision for London is a city that enables all Londoners to reach their potential, a city that is inclusive and a city where growth brings benefits to communities.

5th Studio's new Oxford office are taking part in Oxford Green Week event 'Greening your historic home' on 21 June at Lady Margaret Hall. Iona is presenting the recently completed project at Trinity College Cambridge which upgrades the Grade 1 listed building to current energy standards.

Oliver and Iona will be in a panel discussion with other building experts from the University, Oxford City Planning and the construction industry and answering questions on how to save energy within the constraints of a heritage building - of which there are many in Oxford. The 5th Studio Oxford team will be holding a stall and Helena will be introducing 5th Studio's 'Top Trump' green cards of projects completed.

This event is free and can be booked through eventbrite.

More information about our award winning work for Trinity College, Cambridge can be found on our website here.

Publications

5th Studio’s Creative Exchange for St Neots in Cambridgeshire is a wonderful example of why it’s a good idea to hire a decent architect. The ingenuity of Tom Holbrook and his team at 5th Studio allowed the Creative Exchange to fulfil its potential on several levels - socially, politically, urbanistically, architecturally

Professor Peter Carl, Architects’ Journal

Awards

  • RIBA Multiple Award Winner

News

  • Nominated for Architects of the Year

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  • Tom Holbrook talk at the London School of Architecture 7.30pm 10.8.15

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