5th Studio have been appointed by regeneration specialist LCR to deliver a masterplan for Chester City Gateway.
Chester City Gateway is a bold vision to regenerate the historic railway station and its surrounding area, having the potential to attract significant investment into Chester and deliver the One City Plan.
Supporting lead local partner Cheshire West and Chester Council, and in collaboration with Network Rail, regeneration specialist LCR will lead on development management to advance the regeneration, public realm and transport connectivity improvements.
Following a highly competitive process, the parties have appointed 5th Studio as lead consultant, supported by a local team. Over the next six months, the team will create the masterplan and delivery strategy, working alongside engineering consultancy Arup together with CBRE and Faithful & Gould. LCR led on the appointments of the consultant team to develop the masterplan for the Chester City Gateway programme, the major regeneration and infrastructure project that will transform Chester’s railway station and surrounding land.
Alex Bowker, Development Manager in LCR’s regional North West team, said: “The formation of our consultant team marks a key milestone in a project that will help to create public value and unlock significant economic growth for Chester. Our masterplan will ensure that the railway station and its surrounding land reach their full potential, helping to deliver new homes, jobs and community assets.
“We’re excited to begin delivering on the Council’s exciting vision for Chester and realising the benefits of investment in the city’s key transport hubs, creating an outstanding experience for residents, commuters and visitors alike.”
Dr Tom Holbrook, director at 5th Studio, added: “Chester City Gateway lies at a crossroads of the key Northern Powerhouse economies of Liverpool and Manchester, the anticipated HS2 hub at Crewe, and is the North West’s gateway to Wales. This is an opportunity to maximise the potential of Chester’s railway station, cementing its role as a key Northern transport hub.
“We know that successful placemaking is greater than the sum of the project’s individual parts, and we’re excited to transform this site to tie it firmly into the life of the city.”
The Chester City Gateway regeneration project is being delivered through LCR’s ongoing partnership with Network Rail, which aims to realise the full potential of land around a portfolio of the UK’s of railway stations. Including Chester, the collaboration currently has 16 active schemes across the UK that have the potential to deliver over £2 billion GDV and 4,000 homes.
LCR and Network Rail’s partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council will see all three parties contribute equally to the cost of producing the scheme’s masterplan and spatial framework.
LCR is a purpose-led, sustainable regeneration company that strives to maximise public value from underutilised public sector assets, with emphasis on those assets connected to the UK’s network of railway stations. Through collaborations and key strategic partnerships, LCR has delivered major regeneration schemes including the £2.4 billion IQL project in Stratford, Manchester Mayfield and the transformation of King’s Cross.
Our work on the New Cross Area Framework has been shortlisted for the Planning Awards 2020.
The Framework – jointly commissioned by the London Borough of Lewisham, the Greater London Authority and Transport for London – has been shortlisted in the Award for plan-making category. More details of the project are available here.
The Planning Awards reward excellence in professional planning work. The awards presentation will take place on 24 September 2020 at The Mermaid London – more details here. The New Cross Area Framework won the New London Award last year in the Masterplans and Area Frameworks category.
Our vision for the public realm of London's Royal Docks has now been published: the Public Realm Framework, describing the overall strategy, is available to download here. More information on our work in the Royal Docks can be found here.
The Royal Docks are the largest area of impounded water in the world: a globally significant man-made structure. Laid over central London, the docks would stretch from Marble Arch to Whitechapel.
The overarching principle of the Framework – ‘Occupy the Docks’ – reflects the ambition to create a more varied, rich, and well-connected set of distinctive places, converting a huge piece of infrastructure into a successful piece of city. Within the coherent overarching vision, the Framework will develop tactical interventions, each deploying a palette of landscape, wayfinding, lighting and design interventions keyed to the overall design principles.
The Royal Docks is one of the most significant regeneration projects in the UK – home to London’s only Enterprise Zone – with an ambitious £314 million investment programme over the next five years.
5th Studio have been appointed to work with Westminster City Council’s Place Shaping team to establish a Permeability Strategy for North Paddington, addressing the severance caused by the Westway and Marylebone Flyover, the canal and the railway lines into Paddington Station.
Working with Jonathan Cook Landscape Architects, Studio Dekka and Daisy Froud, the strategy seeks to improve north-south permeability and create legible and attractive routes for walking and cycling.
The strategy will provide a holistic approach and guidance for future growth and development in the North Paddington area establishing a holistic approach to key development sites, the public realm and improvements to infrastructure in order to create new connections, public spaces and destinations.
There will be opportunities to engage with emerging thinking and proposals in due course.
5th Studio’s work for the National Infrastructure Commission on the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge Arc illustrates the potential of well-planned and integrated growth around infrastructure. There is much work to do to develop this thinking, particularly around the potential for net-zero carbon and the creation of new landscapes to support sustainable growth.
Cranfield University, in association with the Arc Universities Group and the UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities is hosting a one and a half day conference on June 4th-5th on ‘Science and Innovation for the Arc’. The event will both give a voice to a selection of perspectives on delivering the promise of the Arc and showcase leading edge research aligned with the four policy pillars of Connectivity, Place Making, Productivity, and Environment.
Tom Holbrook will be speaking on the opportunity of creating well-designed places in the Arc on 4th June. Other speakers include Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor, University of Buckingham, Liz Varga Professor of Complex Systems at UCL and Will Hutton, Principal of Hertford College, Oxford.
As part of the Mayor of London’s Good Growth by Design programme, Designing a City for All Londoners is an event to celebrate the programme and its first term of activities. It will also be an opportunity to show the work to date on draft guidance for two important policies – ‘Good Quality Housing for all Londoners’ - new housing design guidance, which embeds quality at the centre of housing delivery, and the Public London Charter, which sets out new principles for the rights and responsibilities of the owners, managers and users of public spaces.
Tom Holbrook will be chairing a session on the Public London Charter, with a panel including Paul Harper from the GLA, Anisha Jogani, Placemaking Lead at LB Croydon, Professor Antonia Layard, Professor of Law, University of Bristol, Manijeh Verghese, Curator British pavilion Venice architecture biennale 2020 and Martyn Evans from developer U+I.
Compered by Sadie Morgan OBE, the event will celebrate the Good Growth by Design programme and progress made across a range of priority areas like circular economy, child-friendly cities and high streets. This work has all been summarised in a new compendium, edited by MDA Rory Hyde. The event will bring together local authorities, built environment experts, the planning sector and a public and civil society audience to showcase and recognise the role of design in improving development and delivering quality of life in a growing city.
5th Studio working in close collaboration with landscape architects, JCLA, recently put together a successful bid for the Royal Docks ward for The Urban Tree Challenge Fund organised by the Forestry Commission.
The project was awarded funding for 712 trees to be planted by winter 2020-21. The grant will fund the planting of trees and the first three years of their care to ensure they can flourish into the future.
Furthermore, 5th Studio were appointed by the Royal Docks Team to produce all public consultation material for the Tree Planting Programme and to coordinate the programme from inception to delivery.
Between October 2020 and March 2021 the Royal Docks Team hopes to plant trees across the Royal Docks which will not only create beautiful green spaces but also add to the environmental benefit for the Royal Docks as a whole. Walnuts, quinces, sweet chestnuts, white cherries, and ginkgos are a few of the proposed species, which have been chosen based on trees that were originally found in the borough.
London has almost as many trees as it does people, but don't underestimate the benefit of these familiar figures. Trees for Cities write that 2,367,000 tonnes of Carbon is stored in London's trees alone. They soak up pollutants, cool down urban heat islands, and lower stress levels. Last week, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced almost 7,000 new street trees across 20 boroughs, and over 900 of them will be in Newham.
The online consultation survey is now live.
To respond to the online Tree Planting Programme questionnaire by March 6th here.
To help transform Thames Barrier Park, respond to the questionnaire by March 15th here.
To find out more about the Royal Docks Tree Planting Programme here.
5th Studio were finalists for the Smithfield Market competition, making the final five from over 70 entries were received from across the world in a strongly fought competition that included BIG and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Our team included John O’Mara Architects, Estudio Martí Franch, Arup, Donald Hyslop, New Economics Foundation, Squint Opera, Counterculture and the Planning Lab. The other finalists comprised teams led by David Kohn Architects (the competition winners), ACME & b720 Fermín Vázquez arquitectos with James Corner Field Operations, Moreau Kusunoki Architects and Publica with Alejandro Echeverri & Shigeru Ban.
We can now reveal our submission which, as required by the competition, focussed on a design approach rather than a proposal.
The new markets will be the centrepiece of the £1.5 billion Smithfield development. Lendlease is Birmingham City Council’s preferred development partner for Smithfield and the Markets are central to the City Council’s Big City Plan, a 25-year vision to support the development of a world-class city centre.
Film above created by Squint Opera / Executive Creative Director – Oliver Alsop / Director – Jason Brooks / Producer – Yinka Obisesan
Plans by 5th Studio for a major new makerspace at Meridian Water, providing affordable workspace for hundreds of workers, have been approved by LB Enfield Planning Committee.
Building BloQs is one of Enfield Council’s key partners on Meridian Water and will play a major role in providing creative manufacturing workshop space while the development is being constructed and beyond.
Building BloQs will move into a bespoke workshop facility which incorporates an existing vehicle testing building. Together the new facility will provide more than 30,000 square feet of manufacturing workshop space with capacity for more than 1,000 workers across five major departments - Engineering, Computer Numerical Control, Wood, Metal and a Fashion Studio.
Workers would have access to more than £1million worth of light industrial equipment as well as new skills training facilities, a waterside café, gardens, shop and event space easily accessible to Enfield residents.
Enfield Council’s flagship £6 billion Meridian Water scheme is seeking to provide 10,000 homes and 6,000 jobs and to create 8.2 hectares of parkland in the Lea Valley over the coming 25 years.
The Council has taken direct control of the vision and delivery of Meridian Water to ensure that local people are the principal beneficiaries. It aims to provide thousands of affordable homes and quality jobs in Enfield as well new schools, community and health services, nurseries, shops and youth and leisure facilities.
The Leader of Enfield Council, Cllr Nesil Caliskan, said: “Building BloQs is a vital partner and this planning application seeks to provide them with flexible and affordable open access workshop space. In doing so it will increase the amount of space and facilities available to support freelance designers, makers, and small businesses while Meridian Water grows around it – and for many years to come.
“Meridian Water has always been about jobs as well as homes and this planning consent will play a major role in helping use achieve our aspiration of providing a range of good quality creative jobs on the site.”
Al Parra from Building BloQs said: “ Building BloQs and Enfield Council have today reached a truly exciting moment in our project to make affordable, manufacturing workspace available in Enfield. This planning consent fires the starting pistol on the building of a truly remarkable facility.”
5th Studio Director Tom Holbrook added: “We are really pleased that this important project has won planning consent from Enfield’s planning committee. As one of the first construction projects on the long-term Meridian Water redevelopment it is great to see this project gain momentum, and we look forward to helping get it built and occupied as a significant making and workshop resource for North London."
The Building BloQs project is part of a series of interim projects that will play a significant role in supporting the regeneration of Meridian Water. It will play a key role in defining the character of the area through placemaking and bringing unused and underused sites into use ahead of advance of longer term regeneration and development plans.
We have opened a studio in King Edward Street, Oxford to support a growing number of projects in and around the city at a variety of scales from individual buildings and public realm to regional infrastructure. The studio will build relationships with both town and gown and with both the reinvention of historic fabric and contemporary challenges. You can read more about how our expertise will help address Oxford's particular and pressing spatial dilemmas here.
The Draft New Cross Gate SPD is now open for consultation and will run from 13th Nov 2019 - 5th Jan 2020
This draft SPD has been produced following the adoption of the New Cross Gate Framework and Station Opportunity Study in April 2019, and covers the area immediately adjacent to the Station. With the proposed arrival of the Bakerloo Line the area is experiencing great change. It has a growing night-time and creative economy, and is in close proximity to the Old Kent Road regeneration area. All of these factors make the area an exciting prospect for new development, and planning applications are expected to come forward in the near future. The SPD will provide LB Lewisham with guidance on this development, helping to steer positive change.
At the southern entrance to the park and adjacent to UCL’s emerging eastern campus, the new neighbourhood consists of two sites - Pudding Mill Lane and Bridgewater - the last of the five Olympic neighbourhoods to be established. Around 1,500 new homes are set to be built between the sites, alongside enough workspace for 2,000 jobs and a new neighbourhood centre.
The Pudding Mill Lane site, adjacent to the DLR station, will be designed by Gort Scott, 5th Studio and Jonathan Cook Landscape Architects. This will form one of the most mixed legacy neighbourhood on the Olympic Park, with around 900 new homes, 36,000 sqm of employment space and health & community facilities. A significant proportion of the housing is designed for families and will also include purpose-built accommodation for older people.
The Bridgewater site will be designed by Mikhail Riches, RCKa, William Matthews Associates and BBUK Landscape Architects. The plans for Bridgewater include C. 600 new homes.
The new neighbourhood will deliver 40% affordable housing, split between a mix of London Affordable Rent, London Living Rent and Shared Ownership. The entire neighbourhood has high sustainability ambitions: all commercial buildings aim for BREEAM Excellent and all homes achieving a Code for Sustainable Homes 4+. Enabling people to walk, cycle and access public transport is an important part of the development’s sustainability.
Rosanna Lawes, Executive Director of Development, London Legacy Development Corporation, said:
“Pudding Mill will be a thriving new neighbourhood on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and we’re determined to build high-quality new homes and significant commercial space, generating jobs and homes across a variety of tenures, affordable and for sale which cater for everybody. We’ll continue to work closely with people in the area as we develop our plans with our design teams, ahead of a planning application submission next year.”
Professor Tom Holbrook said:
“This commission is hugely exciting: a significant addition to over 12 years of work at a number of scales in the Lea Valley to ensure the legacy of the Olympic Games is realised through a well-integrated and mixed urban fabric.
It’s a real pleasure to be working with old friends Gort Scott and JCLA, as well as a stellar team across the two sites, with a very high design calibre. We look forward to rising to the challenge!”
Selected from 75 international competitors, 5th Studio has been shortlisted to lead one of five teams for the Celebrating Birmingham: City of a Thousand Trades competition. The competition is at the heart of Lendlease’s Birmingham Smithfield development: one of the largest city centre regeneration opportunities in Europe. We are working with with John O'Mara Architects; Counterculture; New Economic Foundation; The Planning Practice; Donald Hyslop; EMF Landscape and Arup.
The £1.5bn development of Smithfield is part of the 2010 Big City Plan, which sets out a 25-year vision to support Birmingham’s continuing transformation into a world class city. Smithfield is the birthplace of Birmingham, a city that is known for its markets: indeed, there has been a market in the area for over 850 years.
As the gateway to the wider Smithfield development, the Market complex will be one of the first elements of the masterplan to be built. It will be the standard-bearer for the quality and character of the overall project, setting the tone as the centrepiece of both Smithfield and the rejuvenated city.
You can read more about the competition here.
Image Credit: Birmingham City Council / Lendlease.
A talk by Tom Holbrook on 5th Studio's approach to working in cities, originally produced for RMIT University's Masters in Urban Design programme, Melbourne, Australia.
Tom flags the importance of synthetic design thinking in addressing complexity and change, and asks ‘what if architects became activists for their cities and towns?'
This Friday 20th September 5th Studio will be participating in the Global Climate Strike.
5th Studio is a signatory to Architects Declare and as a practice we seek to raise awareness of the climate emergency and the urgent need for action amongst our clients and supply chains.
We therefore support the Global Climate Strike and we will be using the day in a variety of ways to understand how we can improve our contribution to addressing the emergency and foreground affirmative action.