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 have completed their 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

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

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.”

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.

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 & 2 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 covid-secure 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 is a core industry partner in RMIT University’s €9 million European Doctoral Innovators (REDI) COFUND doctoral training program, funded through the European Union’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) COFUND grants scheme.

The programme will be led by RMIT Europe and support 41 new PhD positions across a network of 24 academic partners in 11 countries, including the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris, Politecnico di Milano, and the Max Plank Institute, Dusseldorf.

5th Studio will host a doctoral researcher placement, who will work with the academic network and also complete a year's secondment at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Details will follow on researcher recruitment.

More information here.

A landscape that’s a joy to explore and that has everything you need. A place where natural beauty and historic artefacts are thoughtfully highlighted, and where every route is accessible, intuitive and suitably lit.

That is the vision for public realm in the Royal Docks, and now the Design Guides that set out a detailed code for how to achieve this have been published.

Developed by 5th Studio in collaboration with JCLA and Studio Dekka, the Guides draw on engagement sessions with stakeholders and the community on both the overarching strategy and their specific recommendations. These conversations are detailed in the Guides’ engagement appendices, and build on several years of prior consultations, such as Join the Conversation, which gathered perspectives from nearly 2,000 people during the course of last year.

The Design Guides provide a unified handbook for wayfinding, lighting and landscape, as well as guidelines for accessibility and inclusive design. They’re a detailed toolbox for architects, developers, community groups and designers – or indeed anyone who is creating design and public realm work for the area. The Guides will ensure that new projects in the Royal Docks contribute to a public realm that is coherent, legible and socially inclusive – a group of distinct neighbourhoods united by subtle and beautiful elements of continuity. Shaped by a culture of innovation, the Guides posit the Royal Docks as “an urban testbed… a site of innovation and experimentation for London”. They cover everything from light fittings, planters, species of trees and flowers, and how a banner might be attached during a special occasion.

Read more about the Guides and the GLA and LB Newham's work towards regenerating the Royal Docks here.

Tom Holbrook will be discussing 5th Studio's ongoing work in cities and landscape in RMIT's forthcoming webinar – The Future is Landscape.

The European Commission's €750B recovery plan to kick-start the economy and to invest in a long-term future for Europe prioritises the green and digital transition that Europe needs. ​

The commitment to a green recovery and a healthy environment has brought into focus the importance of our buildings and the impact they have on people’s lives. Homes, schools, hospitals and office buildings suffered the effects of the pandemic and had to be re-adjusted to the new reality.​

This presents a unique opportunity to rethink, redesign and modernise Europe’s buildings and urban landscapes to meet the demands of a greener and digital society.​

RMIT's Global Webinar brings together leading academics, designers, policy makers, industry leaders and practitioners to explore and discuss the crucial role of the built environment in creating a greener and more sustainable future.

More details here.

Tom will be contributing to a webinar on the UK Innovation Corridor at Real Estate Live 11.00am, Wednesday 7th October 2020.

The session will be chaired by Helen Crane, property editor, City AM, and will feature Monika Jain, Principal City Planner at Transport for London and Professor Greg Clark, Global advisor on future cities.

This year has been one of upheaval – and it has changed our outlook on life, work, and leisure, and on how we move between those parts of our lives.

Do the changes in the housing, labour, and transport markets offer a new set of opportunities for the places in the UK Innovation Corridor? Can there be a new mix of functions and activity in places like Harlow, Stevenage the Upper Lee Valley and towns close to Cambridge? Could there be a hybrid model in which we can find a new paradigm for our towns and cities?

Sign up here.

Earlier in the year we worked with Emily Seabrook, a graduate civil engineer based in Oxford, to develop and illustrate her winning entry to the Vision 2050 Competition organised by England’s Economic Heartland (EEH) - the collaborative partnership of 11 transport authorities and four local enterprise partnerships that covers the Oxford to Cambridge Arc.

The competition was aimed at students, recent graduates and apprentices, with the intention of encouraging fresh perspectives on the future of transport in the region – an endeavour that we wholeheartedly support.

The vision has recently been published and Emily will be presenting it today at EEH’s annual conference.

The judging panel was chaired by Professor Sadie Morgan OBE who said ‘Emily's vision covered many different aspects of connectivity, considering both urban and rural needs, and those of freight as well as people. It contained a number of innovations and was an example of the type of forward-thinking approach we need to meet the challenges of the future.’

Emily has commented that she ‘enjoyed trying to piece together all the interconnected features of a transport system and the varying nature of its users’ .

Here at 5th Studio we were really pleased to support the competition and to work with Emily to develop and illustrate the spatial and design aspects of her vision for future mobility as a continuation of our work in the Arc for the National Infrastructure Commission, and for England’s Economic Heartland – and as part of our commitment to support the next generation of designers and engineers to work in innovative and collaborative ways.

More information about the competition can be found here.

As part of New London Architecture's focus on London's Royal Docks, Tom Holbrook will chair a panel of experts on public realm and inclusivity to find out ways we can ensure our public spaces are fit for all.

The Royal Docks is providing a range of unique opportunities for London across Public Realm, Transport, Culture, Communities and the Economy. At this extraordinary moment as we struggle through a period of social unrest and the impacts of lockdown on our City, how can areas like the Royal Docks help to champion innovation? How can the built environment sector contribute to more democratised public space? And what is the role of public realm in equalising opportunity?

The panel will feature:

Daniel Bridge, Programme Director, Royal Docks

Maria Adebowale-Schwarte, CEO, Foundation for Future London

David Ogunmuyiwa, Partner, ArchitectureDoingPlace

Bridget Snaith, Senior Lecturer Landscape Architecture, University of East London

Fahmida Rahman, Research and Policy Analyst, Resolution Foundation and Commissioner, Newham Democracy and Civic Participation Commission

Wednesday 15 July 2020

14:00 - 15:00

Book here.

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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.