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The piling rig arrives at Twelvetrees, Lower Lea Valley, time-lapse courtesy of contractors, the Buckingham Group, action by WHH barges Van-Elle, piling rig operator.

Tom Holbrook & Kieran Perkins will be taking part in the London Stansted Cambridge Commission's fourth Growth Commission Inquiry Event - Implementing Change.

Organised by the London Stansted Cambridge Consortium, this event will explore the main opportunities and challenges to this major growth corridor. Tom will be addressing the issues of place-making for the tech economy and what the key requirements to create globally competitive locations and environments for tech and knowledge-based enterprise might be.

The event takes place between 9-11.30am on Thursday 12th May, at BL_NK, 25-27 Curtain Road, Hackney, London, EC2A 3LT.

Further information on the event and registration can be found here.

5th Studio's Tom Holbrook will be presenting the practice's investigations into the subject of the 'Entrepreneurial City' in his lecture at the Politecnico Milano, Department of Architecture and Urban studies. The lecture will take place on Tuesday 3rd May at 18:30 in Aula Gamma.

“How should we design and govern our cities? Although we are not prophets, we can investigate and imagine tomorrow’s city, research it by design. 2016’s International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam, entitled THE NEXT ECONOMY takes the main challenges of the twenty-first century as its starting point. The biennale imagines the city of the future: the healthy and socially inclusive city, the productive city, and the sustainable green city. The city in which public space once again takes centre stage”

Maarten Hajer is the Curator of the seventh Biennale. Hajer is internationally renowned for his exploration of the relationships between public policies, urban development and environmental issues.

The biennale will incorporate 5th Studio’s Stour City proposition for a new city - on the East Coast of England - created through an active state delivering enabling infrastructure and promoting granular tract development and an intensive use of land.

5th Studio’s refurbishment of Westlegate House in Norwich has received a RIBA East Award. This project involved the redevelopment of the 11-storey Westlegate Tower, one of Norwich’s most high profile buildings, together with its immediate urban setting, blighted by the creation of the tower in the early 1960s.


"The Westlegate Tower project has redeveloped one of Norwich’s most high profile, and most unpopular buildings.…5th Studio decided to question the City Council’s planning policy, which recommended demolition of the tower; they saw that retention and reuse were not only possible but could bring real positives in terms of sustainability and a new social cohesion for the area.

In order to improve the proportion of the tower, its height was increased by three storeys. This, together with new cladding, means that the development now provides a landmark for the city rather than the eyesore that the unused tower became.

At ground level the development also repairs the urban grain in a most successful way. The new accommodation knits together a neglected area of the city’s urban fabric; a previously unloved car park in leftover space at the base of the tower. The development has helped to re-establish the historic grain of lanes, yards and passageways, rediscovering the lost Lion and Castle Yard as an enjoyable public thoroughfare, and enriching the pedestrian experience."

Extract from RIBA judges citation

New Court has been awarded the Cambridge Design and Construction Award for ‘Conservation, Alteration or Extension of an Existing Building’ and a Commendation for Sustainability - a special, discretionary award that may be awarded each year for good examples of sustainable design and construction.

The project, which provided 160 high-quality, sustainable student rooms within the historic interiors of a Grade I Listed building, sets a benchmark for reconciliation of the conflicting ambitions of sustainability and heritage. The integrated proposals have reduced the energy consumption, and will reduce the carbon emissions, by 75% and 88% respectively.

5th Studio are seeking an ambitious, qualified architect with housing and regeneration experience to expand the senior team at the London studio. For further information, and details on how to apply, please visit Dezeen. The deadline for applications is the 30th April 2016.

5th Studio are looking for skilled designers to join both our London and Cambridge studios across all roles from Pt1 & Pt2 to qualified architects.

We are actively recruiting an architect with housing and regeneration experience to join our senior team at our expanding London studio.

CV's to recruitment @ 5thstudio.co.uk

After years in planning there is now exciting activity along the banks of the River Lea.

The neglected landscapes around the A13 at Wharfside Road are being transformed by the London Borough of Newham to the designs of 5th Studio with JCLA. This scheme will create an accessible riverside, and transform Wharfside Road into a shared surface with new street tree planting and street furniture.

At Twelvetrees Crescent Bridge work has just commenced on creating a major Leaway project designed by 5th Studio in collaboration with Alan Baxter and JCLA. The Twelvetrees ramp will allow for the first time a connection between the towpath from Three Mills and the eastern riverside walk of the River Lea to Cody Dock, and is due to open in Autumn 2016.

These projects are key phase 1 projects in longer-term delivery of the Lea River Park. Together these, and a series of other planned projects will create the connective infrastructure needed by the housing zones of the Lower Lea Valley

5th Studio have won planning consent for the redevelopment of the Ferry Boat Inn site in Norwich, following our award-winning project at the City’s Westlegate.

The proposals provide 41 homes around a landscaped courtyard creating a new frontage to the River Wensum and the Novi Sad bridge. The project aims to repair the King street frontage and refurbish the listed but derelict inn.

New Court has been shortlisted for the Cambridge Design and Construction Awards, 2016.

In our presentation for the best project for Conservation, Alteration and Extension of an Existing Building, 5th Studio highlighted the breadth of collaborations involved in the landmark project to reduce the energy use and carbon emissions of this Grade 1 listed building by 75% and 88% respectively.

As well as the client, consultant, and local authority teams, these collaborations included a wide range of industry and academic experts in building physics, heritage, and planning policy.

5th Studio’s refurbishment of Westlegate Tower in Norwich has been shortlisted for this years RIBA East Award. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at St John’s College, Cambridge on 14th April.

5th studio have been appointed by Peabody as architects for the transformation of thirteen towers at Thamesmead.

In parallel with the planned arrival of Crossrail, and the development of the new Housing Zone, this work forms a critical part of the Peabody Vision, re-casting Thamesmead as a new quarter for London.

The towers formed part of the original phase of the Thamesmead development in the early 1970s, and were built using a structural concrete panel system, prefabricated on site. The project will address both the character and the environmental performance of the towers.

"Fifth Studio's Westlegate housing and retail scheme regenerates a broken edge of Norwich, kitting it back into the medieval street pattern."

5th Studio's refurbishment of Westlegate is featured in January's edition of the RIBA Journal. The article can be viewed in full here.

Sustainable Building Conservation, a collection of case studies and essays edited by Oriel Prizeman for RIBA Publications, will be launched on 15 December at our London Studio. The book features an essay by Oliver Smith, describing our groundbreaking work in sustainable retrofit on the Grade 1-listed New Court at Trinity College Cambridge.

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