Our multi-sports, community rooms and landscape regeneration project at Ive Farm for Waltham Forest was opened by Clr Clare Coghill on Friday October 5th.

The project redevelops the run-down playing fields site in Leyton, providing competition standard facilities for football, hockey, beach volleyball and athletics, along with informal jogging trails, petanque and community allotment raised growing beds. The pavilion building at the heart of the park includes changing facilities and a public cafe.

The project restates the community legacy of the 2012 Olympics and opens up this small but valuable site as Metropolitan Open Land, connecting with green infrastructure routes across the borough.

February Phillips is presenting at the 2018 RIBA Smart Practice Conference with the theme of ‘Value-added’. She will be talking about assessing the social value of refurbishing brutalist buildings using Wolfson Flats, Churchill College, a 5th Studio project, as case study.

The session will be chaired by Flora Samuel, RIBA Vice President for Research, and the key speaker is Dr. Jennifer Thomas, Head of Built Environment, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

The event is on Thursday 4th October at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.

Tom Holbrook will be taking part in a Demos fringe event at this year’s Labour Party Conference in Liverpool to discuss some of the challenges of the UK’s crisis. The talk is entitled Quantity and quality – How can we make sure new homes improve quality of life, and build strong communities?

The event will be chaired by Alan Lockey, Head of Research at Demos, and Tom will be joined by Sarah Jones MP, John Myers, Co-founder of YIMBY and David Thomas, Group Chief Executive of Barratt Development.

The event is on Monday 24th September, 7.30am – 9.30am Concourse Room 9, ACC Liverpool and will be situated inside the Conference secured zone.

The Lea River Park has been announced as a finalist in the European Prize for Urban Public Space 2018.

It is one of 25 finalists from across Europe selected by an international jury, the winning project and commendations will be announced on the 20th June at a ceremony taking place at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona. Read more about the European Prize for Urban Public Space can be found here.

More information about 5th Studio's long term involvement in creating the Lea River Park can be read on our project page here.

5th Studio have won a place on a record five lots on the Greater London Authority’s Architecture + Urbanism Panel which runs until 2022. 5th Studio have qualified on the following Lots:

Lot 1: Urban Strategies, Spatial Policy and research

Lot 2: Site Masterplanning and Development

Lot 3: Public Realm and Landscape

Lot 7a: Transport Architecture and Interchange design

Lot 7b: Specialist Infrastructure

The Architecture and Urbanism Panel is a pre-approved panel of built environment consultants. Consultants on the panel were whittled down from more than 225 shortlisted applicants through a design challenge to demonstrate their expertise. The panel is available for EU-compliant pre-qualification by virtually all public bodies, including Network Rail, boroughs & local authorities outside London and housing associations.

The GLA set up the Architecture and Urbanism Panel with Transport for London to advise London's public sector on how to deliver the best quality building and design work. The Panel’s job is to support the Mayor's regeneration programmes and priorities, as well as other public sector-funded projects in London and beyond.

More details available here.

Illustration: Our proposals produced during the tender process of Lot 7b, for a crossing between the key growth areas of Barking Riverside and North Thamesmead.

Professor Tom Holbrook will be taking part in a Symposium exploring the design of innovation districts in Melbourne, Australia.

RMIT University is hosting a Symposium on the Melbourne Innovation District that will focus specifically on the role of design. The symposium will share knowledge between emerging mixed knowledge economy quarters in Melbourne, the @22 district of el Poblenou, Barcelona, and 5th Studio’s project in North East Cambridge. Participants include representatives of the municipalities and key universities of these cities. The Symposium aims to make explicit the contribution of design in all its forms, exploring how through strategy, advocacy and action, designers can facilitate positive change.

The Symposium is part of Melbourne Design Week and takes place on Friday 23 March from 9:30 am – 5:30 pm AEDT at the RMIT Design Hub, Victoria Street, Carlton.

Tickets are available here

Councillor Clare Coghill, Leader of the London Borough of Waltham Forest, joined Associate Liz King for a chilly topping out ceremony for 5th Studio’s new sports facilities in Ive Farm, which will be, as the poster says, ‘Opening in Summer 2018’. In the background is the former Leader of the council, Chris Robbins, who initiated the project, Darrall Bishop, the council’s Project Manager, together with members of the team from the contractors, Willmott Dixon. More details here.

5th Studio’s long term project to create a new public foreground to regeneration in London’s Lower Lea Valley was picked as a top ten highlight of the year by The Guardian’s Architecture & Design Critic Oliver Wainwright. Read the article here.

“After years of negotiations, 5th Studio’s Leaway riverside path finally opened in spring, stitching together crucial missing links with ramps, bridges and new sections of towpath with a rugged, as-found quality that makes them feel like they’ve always been there. A model of useful green infrastructure – unlike the Garden Bridge, which was finally cancelled this year."

5th Studio is seeking an experienced Senior Architect (5 years+ post-Part 3) to join our London Studio. The new role will support some exciting new projects in the practice and provides the opportunity to shape and deliver these in addition to a wide range of projects from masterplanning through to realising complex buildings. You will also be involved in all aspects of the practice, from pitching for new work to delivering projects.

Applications should be made simultaneously in hard copy and by email and include the following:

- A cover letter setting out why you want to work for 5th Studio;

- CV detailing previous experience and qualifications;

- Up to 4 sides of A4 showing images and drawings of key previous projects.

Please post hard copies marked 'Recruitment' to Unit 14, 21 Wren Street, London WC1X 0HF, and email a single PDF to recruitment @ 5thstudio.co.uk.

5th Studio is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

5th Studio’s spatial study for the National Infrastructure Commission illustrates how growth in the 100-mile Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge arc can be realised, securing the future of this critical engine of the UK’s knowledge economy. The study proposes the establishment of the first New Towns in a generation, as part of a diverse range of development typologies that draw upon exemplars from around the world to make strong and beautiful places rooted in their locale. The study identifies optimal relationships between transformational growth and associated infrastructure, including East-West Rail and the proposed Expressway.

The cities and towns across the arc are some of the UK’s most productive and innovative places, but their continued success and vitality is not guaranteed. Oxford and Cambridge have some of the most expensive housing in the UK; the lack of suitable, affordable housing in the corridor threatens sustainable growth.

The corridor is currently hard to negotiate, and needs connective infrastructure to make stronger, more functional relationships between its constituent cities and towns. A lack of integrated metropolitan transport infrastructure results in congested cities, affecting productivity and blighting the environment.

Without swift and determined action this innovative landscape will fall behind its international competitors and fail to attract and retain the talent and skills it needs. With a finite amount of land, it is critical that this scarce resource is used in the most optimal way. 5th Studio’s study explores the consequences of accommodating up to 1.9 million additional people in the corridor by 2050.

NIC Commissioner Sadie Morgan said:

“The work of 5th Studio was instrumental in framing the ambition of the NIC final report on Cambridge Milton Keynes Oxford arc. Their work is rigorous, thoughtful and credible and they have been a pleasure to work with.”

Both our study and the NIC’s report to Government - Partnering for Prosperity: A new deal for the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford Arc - are available for download as PDF documents.

Our multi-sports and parkland project for Ive Farm in Leyton has started on site. Piling is now complete for the community pavilion building that will be at the heart of the new development.

5th Studio have been working closely with London Borough of Waltham Forest on the strategically important regeneration of this previously neglected public open space within the Borough.

The plans include a full size 3G pitch, competitive standard hockey pitch and a 4 court beach volleyball arena. Landscaping includes a publicly accessible green roof, raised spectator seats in the landscape, community allotments, wetland reedbed area and fitness/jogging trails around the park.

The project is due to complete in summer 2018.

Tom Holbrook has been appointed as a member of the RIBA Planning advisory group.

The RIBA advisory groups are made up of expert advisers appointed following an open call to the profession, these advisers bring with them specialist knowledge and experience to help inform RIBA policies and guidance.

Read more in RIBA's Practice News post.

Oliver Smith has been invited to represent The Edge - a campaigning built-environment think tank - on the Membership Panel of the Construction Industry Council.

The Construction Industry Council is the representative forum for the construction industry, with a mission to improve the industry by collectively representing and supporting the built environment professions, research organisations and specialist business associations.

Tom Holbrook will speak at the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland Annual Conference at the Royal Dublin Society, 6-7th October. The conference theme is Challenge, Change and Collaboration and Tom will be a protagonist in The Great Debate: The Generalist vs The Specialist.

Leading on from his book, Expanding Disciplinarity in Architectural Practice, Designing from the Room to the City, Tom will be defending the role of the generalist in architectural practice, with Dr Alan Mee of University College Dublin, speaking for the specialist.


Tom Holbrook will be taking part in a week-long urban design workshop at the Università IUAV, Venice, 18-22nd September.
Other participants include Hernan Diaz Alonso (Director of Sci-arch, Los Angeles) Marjan Colletti (University of Innsbruck), Enric Luis-Geli, Barcelona and Tom Kovac and Mauro Baracco from RMIT Melbourne.

Tom will be discussing 5th Studio’s work seeking to integrate infrastructure with successful city making. Material from the workshop will feature in the International Architecture Biennale, Venice in 2018, and the workshop forms part of the Malaysia Biennial 100YC.

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