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.

Public / Community

Ive Farm Sports Ground — London
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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.

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.

Landscape / Urbanism

Lea River Park — London
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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. With studios in London, Cambridge and Oxford we are able to maintain a close connection to the people and environments with which we work.

Education / Innovation

Clifton House Workspace — London
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Housing / Residential

Westlegate Quarter — Norwich
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...their creative analysis of space, and understanding of place, has exceeded expectations... Their outputs are proven to be both visually appealing, and capable of bringing abstract spatial concepts and relationships ‘to life’ for analysts and decision-makers. 5th Studio’s work has been vital in securing the confidence of senior stakeholders and in communicating analyses and conclusions to a generalist audience.

The National Infrastructure Commission describing our work

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5th Studio – appointed through a competitive tender via the GLA’s ADUP II Framework – is leading a multidisciplinary design and planning team to produce a planning and development framework. Their work is focused on Stratford Station, how it can be improved as an interchange and how it links to the nearby International Station. A key part of this study will also assess how better connectivity could be formed between Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Stratford Town Centre. The team will also identify strategies to enable the station to be more accessible and passenger friendly.

In 2019, The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) identified Stratford Station as the seventh busiest Network Rail station in the UK and it is estimated that there are 128 million passenger movements a year across all lines. The passenger demand is expected to continue to increase in the future, even post-Covid.

5th Studio is working with Expedition Engineering, Momentum Transport, Turner & Townsend and Giorgia Sharpe with Thomas Matthews to develop a vision and urban design framework. This work will inform the strategic business case for the long-term redevelopment of Stratford Regional Station that is being progressed by LLDC, Network Rail, LB Newham and TfL.

The scale of transformation needed is similar to what has been seen at Kings Cross and London Bridge.

LLDC, the regeneration agency responsible for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, is leading on the procurement of this project as part of its work alongside Network Rail, LB Newham and TfL.

Rosanna Lawes, Executive Director of Development at LLDC, said:

“The scale of regeneration on and around the Park has meant that passenger usage at Stratford Station has trebled over the past ten years.

“This essential work will not only help us make a case to government which secures Stratford as an appealing place to work, live and visit, but it will also help us identify ways in which we can improve local connectivity and job opportunities for nearby residents.”

Tom Holbrook, Director of 5th Studio, said:

“Stratford has been shaped by the railway, but the railway has set up some challenging obstacles to movement and connectivity that have baked in inequality. We are delighted to win this important commission, which builds on previous work over the last decade to ‘improve connectivity on and around the Olympic park and Legacy Boroughs.

The project presents an opportunity to ensure strong, well-designed connections between Stratford Town Centre and the growing social, cultural and economic assets of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and its neighbouring communities across East London.

In doing so we hope to unlock a much better interchange around Stratford Regional Station and bring the International station more into play.”

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5th Studio was invited by the Internationale Bauaustellung 2027 to participate in the urban planning competition based in the Stuttgart Region of Germany.

Our collaboration with ARUP and Taktyk landscape architects, Brussels has been awarded a Special Prize.

The aim of the competition was to develop radical ideas for a sustainable urban quarter on a former industrial site in the town of Backnang in Baden-Württemberg. The 30-year project will transform the district into an environmentally friendly light industrial and residential neighbourhood featuring educational and cultural facilities. The development will be part of Germany’s International Building Exhibition which has been held since 1901 (including the Weissenhof Siedlung, 1927) and will focus on Stuttgart in 2027.

5th Studio was one of six teams pre-invited to participate in the competition, joining White Arkitekter, KCAP, Rotterdam and Denmark’s Cobe. Invited teams were joined by 18 teams of global architects and urban designers who qualified through an international ideas competition.

We warmly congratulate Teleinternetcafe Architektur und Urbanismus, Berlin, working with Treibhaus Landschaftsarchitektur, Hamburg on winning this competition and look forward to seeing the exhibition of the shortlisted schemes and the built results at the Internationale Bauaustellung in 2027.

You can read more about our submission here, or download the full boards.

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Publications

While the Olympic Park and its associated paraphernalia of furniture and lighting did its best to lay a freshly designed carpet over an area of shagginess, 5th Studio’s work feels more like the kind of hard-working infrastructure that might have always been here.

Oliver Wainwright, The river that London forgot, The Guardian

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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London

Unit 14
21 Wren Street
London WC1X 0HF
t +44 (0)20 7837 7221
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Cambridge

Darkroom
Gwydir Street
Cambridge CB1 2LJ
t +44 (0)1223 516009
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Oxford

2 King Edward Street
Oxford OX1 4HS
t +44 (0)1865 684004
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Stay in touch

We are keen to recieve CVs and short portfolios from Part 1 and Part 2 designers. Please contact us via recruitment@5thstudio.co.uk

We actively encourage qualified applicants who are Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, disabled, women and LGBTQIA+, as these groups are under-represented throughout the built environment professions.