Following seven years of post-occupancy monitoring of this landmark project, the deep retrofit of the Grade 1 buildings of New Court at Trinity College, the college are reporting an 80% reduction in energy usage, the building fabric conditions are exceeding the model predictions, and the students and other users are very happy occupants.

It is time to start talking with confidence about the relevance of this project to the wider heritage sector and the challenge of retrofitting our listed buildings in the context of a climate emergency.

Oliver Smith will be discussing New Court in the Architecture Today Webinar on Retrofitting Heritage on Wednesday 8th June.

Link here for registration here.

5th Studio have been appointed by Ealing Council and the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation to define a set of delivery-focused public realm projects for North Acton embedded within a wider spatial framework focused on improving the streets and spaces in and around North Acton.

As North Acton changes, its streets and spaces need to be improved to make them enjoyable, connected, accessible and welcoming. With funding from developers, the project aims to deliver up to six projects within the next few years as well as setting out a list of longer-term projects to improve public spaces and the street environment.

This first round of public consultation will help shape the projects from the beginning and welcome ideas from all residents, workers, businesses, landowners, community groups and visitors of the North Acton area including local people who are seldom heard and those who regularly use the space.

Friday 4th March - 10.00-11.00am

5th Studio director Tom Holbrook will be taking part in this weeks NLA's webinar on Makers spaces. Tom will be presenting the practice's recently completed work at Merdian Water – one of London's key regeneration projects – where Bloqs the largest open-access factory in the UK launched last month.

In this webinar experts across the sector will describe how they are currently tackling the challenge of affordability for makers spaces in London.

London inherently has been city which has creativity at its core. Artists and makers spaces have been driving factors for Londons regeneration for decades and is now imbedded within our city’s cultural heritage. However, recent years have highlighted how Londons makers spaces are under threat. Increasing rent prices within the capital and a change in work trends to more laptop-based approaches have meant that large workspace is becoming widely unfeasible.

However, where does that leave the makers sector that still heavily relies on larger floor capacity for its creative outputs? As cities move towards resilience and sustainability across its industries how do we ensure makers spaces are not left behind and pushed to London’s periphery cities? How do we maintain creative activation within London’s neighbourhoods and safeguard our makers spaces for the future?

This webinar will hear from core stakeholders aiming to combat the challenges that makers spaces face within the capital. The speakers will debate the affects affordability is having on London’s makers spaces and provide much needed thought leadership in protecting our creative industries for the future.

Speakers:

• Chair: First Sukpaiboon, Head of Programme, New London Architecture

• Rumi Bose, Principal Project Officer, Greater London Authority

• Alex Jeremy, Head of Partnerships, Poplar HARCA

• Tom Holbrook, Director, 5th Studio

• Patrick McKeogh, Managing Director, Pipers Model Makers

• Gemma Dean, Head of Development, Creative Land Trust

More information on the event can be found here.

5th Studio is an award-winning unique spatial design agency, working across the fields of architecture, urban design, infrastructure and landscape. The practice combines strategic thinking at the very large scale with understanding the concrete implications on the ground: we are interested in the practical skills of making and building as well as planning and infrastructure.

We are currently working in some of the most challenging parts of London, Cambridge and Oxford, with a focus on masterplanning and the realisation of buildings within those larger plans.

5th Studio is seeking talented and enthusiastic Part 1 designers to join our London and Cambridge studios. We are currently seeking applications for positions starting as soon as possible. Our design teams are currently working both remotely and in our studios, and we continue to put the safety of our staff forefront in our flexible working practices.

Applicants should be:

  • ambitious and engaged with a strong interest in public projects

  • skilled designers with excellent drawing and model making skills

  • enthusiastic with a positive attitude and strong communication skills

  • proficient across a range of software including Adobe Creative Suite, Microstation & Revit

  • proficient in written and spoken English and eligible to work in the UK

Please send applications to recruitment@5thstudio.co.uk, to include the following:

  • a brief cover letter including details of when you are available to start work, and any notice periods or university term dates

  • a CV

  • a short portfolio (maximum 10MB)

5th Studio is an equal opportunities employer. 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.

No hard copy applications. Please note that due to the volume of applications we can only respond to shortlisted applicants.

5th Studio's proposals in support of Goldsmiths College's PLAN25 to decarbonise its estate have been granted planning permission.

As part of the government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, this proposal radically overhauls Goldsmiths College’s existing energy centre, replacing its inefficient, and carbon intensive, gas boilers with a state of the art 1MW air-source heat pump array. The electrically powered heat pumps will provide over 6,500 MWh of low- carbon heat to the campus every year, reducing site gas consumption by 77% with associated annual CO2 savings of 1,375 tonnes.

The proposal’s form and material articulation draws from local heritage structures, including the sectional water tanks of the nearby Laurie Grove Baths. The reinterpretation of these utile structures is expressed through offset massing and equally sized ETFE cushions, alluding to the building’s function as a facilitator of airflow, rather than the storage of water.

Rather than an anonymous plant enclosure, the proposal maximises the potential of the site and programme to create an intriguiging structure that acts a beacon within the campus.

Tom Holbrook will be speaking at the 9th ECTP Conference, Madrid, on 2 December.

The ECTP (European Construction, built environment and energy efficient building Technology Platform) is exploring ways to shift the European construction industry to the heart of green transition in the built environment.

Following a welcome from the Mayor of Madrid, José-Luis Martinez-Almeida, Tom will address the role of the built environment in promoting health and wellbeing, speaking about our experience in the transformation of East London. The session will be chaired by Marta Fernandez (RMIT Europe, ECTP Vice-President on Built4Life) and Helianthe Kort (TU Eindhoven).

Booking in-person and online attendance here.

Portrait by Tim Soar

5th Studio are an industry research partner as part of the EU-funded REDI PhD training program. We are pleased to announce that the application process for the first round of the REDI program is now open. REDI is a unique offering industry-supported positions with excellent salaries, enviable international experiences including a residential year in Melbourne, Australia and annual workshop weeks in Barcelona, Spain, top-class training as well as networking with academic and industry leaders across 60+ supporting partners.

5th Studio will host a doctoral researcher, able to draw on 5th Studio's networks and portfolio of past and current projects. Researchers will be supported by the practice and supervisors Prof. Tom Holbrook (5th Studio) and Prof. Martyn Hook (RMIT) to research by design within three broad themes, falling under the heading of Making Cities: Centres & Edges:

Ecological Urbanism

Project: Research through design at the very large scale, addressing the challenges of climate change in the city. Deep contexts, ecologies – methodologies for documenting evolution of land uses and existing conditions. Estate retrofit. Conceptions of the 15-minute city, circular economy, social equity. Approaches to adaptive re-use, retrofit, co-production + community empowerment.

A New Hansa

Project: Exploring intra-national interplays between contemporary resonances of the old Hanseatic League of countries / city states around the North Sea. Exploring energy production, common conditions and environments, climate change adaptation and resilience, post-Brexit conditions and sociologies. Drawing on and building networks of city governance and practitioners: Amsterdam, Hamburg, Malmo, Copenhagen, Oslo. Rural/urban relationships – landscape re-wilding and repair.

Urban Logistics

Project: Exploring emerging thinking on logistics within the city, including food /just-in-time relationships, new markets, distribution of building materials, waste and the circular economy. Exploration of different modes including water, rail, new transport, Consolidation within cities; future of work. Emerging architectural hybrids that draw on co-location and intensification; new typologies and urban Impacts; social aspects. Economic and historical survey of precedents.

For more information visit the REDI program website here.

We are delighted that two of our projects have been shortlisted for NLA’s New London Awards.

Our Meridian Water Meanwhile Masterplan is the result of 3 years of work for the London Borough of Enfield on their flagship regeneration project. Our role has been to lead on the creation of a meanwhile and interim masterplan, and to deliver key building projects and public realm components. This includes a new home for Building Bloqs, which is set to be the largest open access workshops in Europe when it opens this autumn.

The Pudding Mill Lane masterplan is a collaboration between Gort Scott and 5th Studio, with support from JCLA, ZCD and Stantec. Pudding Mill Lane will be a new mixed-use local centre with over 900 homes, offices and retail around the DLR station. Pudding Mill Lane is shortlisted along with the proposed development at Bridgewater, which is being designed by Mikhail Richies with RCKa, BBUK, Expedition and Momentum. Together these two sites together will deliver around 1,500 new homes, public open space and workspace for around 2,000 people.

The New London Awards 2021 celebrates all scales of projects, from community-led to large-scale mixed-use developments, both built and unbuilt, that contribute to and enhance this vision of the city. Head to New London Architecture's website to check out the full shortlist here.

The winners will be announced Friday 26 November.

5th Studio are working with the GLA's Royal Docks Team to produce a Walking and Cycling Action Plan for the Royal Docks area. The Action Plan will identify where to improve existing walking and cycling routes and where to create new infrastructure to create key connections. It is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The Action Plan will also include guidance for walking and cycling routes and will identify tactics to increase footfall and encourage sustainable travel modes.


We are about to hold two consultation tours:
Walking tour: 22nd September, meeting at 12 noon at Pontoon Dock DLR station.
Cycling tour: 27th September, meeting at 5.30 pm at Cyprus DLR station.

More information and survey here.

5th Studio has completed its first Oxford project: the refurbishment of the 17th century grade 1 listed Dining Hall for Oriel College. This project realises the first phase of the College’s masterplan for redeveloping their social spaces.

The project was an opportunity to review and enhance the Hall’s heritage character whilst upgrading to modern comfort standards with new underfloor heating and lighting systems. Exemplar conservation techniques synthesised old historic fabric with new joinery insertions. Taking up the original oak floor boards revealed a patchwork of primary beams and joists reflecting the fascinating changing patterns of use of the over its 400 year history. Oak joinery wall panelling by early 20th century architect Ninian Comper was given a new lease of life with a bold new decorative plan to highlight the carved joinery frieze of grotesques interspersed with heraldic devices.

Image credit: Tim Soar

As the lead on the Stratford Station Urban Design Framework, 5th Studio has been working with GS Solutions and Thomas Matthews on behalf of the LLDC, Network Rail, LB Newham and TfL to develop consultation material. The team want to hear what local residents, visitors, passengers and businesses think about the station now and how it could be improved in the future, in order to shape the developing Urban Design Framework we are developing.

We would like to invite you to attend one of the consultation events on site to discuss the project. The consultation events will be happening on:

  • Saturday 11 September: 10am-5pm at Westfield Shopping Centre (top floor, outside M&S entrance)
  • Monday 13 September: 8am-1pm at Stratford Station (next to Jubilee Line platforms)
  • Monday 13 September: 2pm-6pm at Stratford Station (outside station entrance, next to National Rail ticket office)
  • Tuesday 14 September: 8am-12pm, now at Stratford Shopping Centre (South Mall Location Point opposite Costa) due to inclement weather
  • Tuesday 14 September: 1pm-5pm at Stratford Shopping Centre

More details about the consultation events and how to get involved can be seen at: https://stratfordstation.commonplace.is

After more than 5 years at the practice Raluca has relocated from London to Lausanne, Switzerland.

Raluca has worked on a variety of projects at 5th Studio, from masterplanning, strategy to delivering built work. More recently she has been leading the Meanwhile Masterplan for Meridian Water, one of the biggest regeneration sites in Europe. Raluca is now embarking on a new adventure in academia, joining the the School of Architecture at the prestigious École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne as a Studio Director teaching first year undergraduate students.

We wish her the best of luck!

5th Studio are proud to have our recent Trinity College retrofit scheme featured as a key case study in a recent paper, written by Grosvenor with Donald Insall Associates.

Historic buildings are central to Britain's culture and economy, and can also play a leading role in reducing carbon emissions nationwide. Retrofitting existing building can help to reduce energy demands, but also reduce the emboddied carbon associated with demolition and new-build developments. But policy change must play a part to incentivise the retention and retrofit of heritage assests.

The argument behind this call for policy change is captured in a new paper published by Grosvenor Britain & Ireland. This has been developed over the last six months in discussion with a group of consultative partners including the National Trust, Historic England, Peabody, Southern Housing Group and The Crown Estate, and written with Donald Insall Associates.

This summer, one part of that jigsaw could be tackled immediately. We think the Government should use the impetus of planning reform and COP26 to commit to aligning heritage protection and environmental sustainability much more closely in the NPPF and include policies for carbon reduction in relation to all designated heritage assets, excluding scheduled ancient monuments.

If this happened, it could cut operational carbon emissions nationwide by up to 7.7 MtC02 per year, equivalent to 5% of the UK’s carbon emissions associated with buildings in 2019.

It would also act as a powerful stimulus to the green economy and help protect a crucial part of our common heritage which gives so many people a sense of civic pride and identity across the UK.

TAKING CARE

8:30pm-9.30pm, 30.06.21

Sometimes, the best way to support biodiversity in the city is to step back. Neglect can be intentional, and it can be positive: either through allowing nature a foothold to reassert itself in the city, or in supporting self-sustaining ecosystems and habitats to establish. Wilding or letting go can be a crucial part of being a good steward. Spaces outside of human circulation and human access can also contribute just as much to urban wilding as those spaces we encounter and can touch.

In this event we’ll dig into the tension between productive land & the gaps in-between, and the opportunities of a hands off approach. We’ll look around to see how expanding our understanding of nature in the city can uncover a network of wild-ness above and beneath us, and how a steward approach might also have community benefits.

Speakers:

• Chair: Cristina Monteiro with Edward Powe

• David Knight - Radical Nature, Wastelands of the Lea Valley

• Tom Holbrook - East London Green Grid

• Madeleine Kessler - Garden of Privatised Delights

More information on the event can be found on eventbrite here.

5th Studio – appointed through a competitive tender via the GLA’s ADUP II Framework – is leading a multidisciplinary design team to produce a concept masterplan for Harrow Road and its environs. Following on from the masterplan, the team will develop detailed design for three strategic sites, working closely with residents and stakeholders, to be delivered via the GLA’s Good Growth Fund.

The project seeks to transform and revitalising the high street and canal to bring forward much needed improvements to the area. Public realm projects at Maida Hill Market – the heart of the high street – and Westbourne Green and Canal Terrace (Queen’s Park) – the intersections of the high street and canal – are due to be implemented in 2022.

5th Studio is leading a consultant team that includes regular collaborators Jonathan Cook Landscape Architects (JCLA), Studio Dekka, Expedition Engineering, Accertum, Daisy Froud (leading the consultation work) and Waterway Projects. The team has recently worked with the Council on ‘Paddington Places’, the public realm and connectivity strategy for neighbouring North Paddington.

Harrow Road has a diverse and close-knit community but suffers from severances caused by the Westway and the railway corridor. Its inclusion in the North Westminster Economic Development Area recognises that regeneration and growth is required to improve employment and social opportunities. The Council and the community have established four objectives for the Harrow Road Place Plan: create a 21st century high street; improve access to public open space; ensure a socially sustainable future; benefit from future development. This next phase, particularly the delivery of the three key public realm projects, aims to be a catalyst for wider regeneration and investment to meet these objectives.

Cllr Matthew Green, Cabinet Member for Business, Licensing and Planning, said:

"Local high streets have been lifelines for our communities during the Coronavirus pandemic and none more so than the iconic Harrow Road. As retail and hospitality emerges from the Covid crisis, the Council is providing unprecedented levels of support to shopping areas across our City. On Harrow Road, we will ensure that the street responds to the needs of its communities while sustaining commercially successful businesses that are sources of jobs and revenue for local residents.

Improving access in the Harrow Road area while delivering better public spaces and more greenery will help to create a 21st century high street. Working alongside the local community, we will co-design a scheme that will increase opportunities for both businesses and residents alike."

Image credit: Oliver Goodrich

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