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.

The Norwich Society awarded our Westlegate project its Design Award for housing at its bi-annual awards recognizing the best contemporary architecture in the city.

Jonathan Hooton, chairman of The Norwich Society, said: We were delighted with the number and quality of nominations. Norwich is an absolutely wonderful city with many fine buildings and it’s important to us that new buildings reflect that.

Tom Holbrook joins a stellar cast, including Nathalie De Vries, Nicholas Serota & Selina Mason on the newly established independent design panel for HS2, Britain’s second high-speed rail-line. The Panel, chaired by dRMM director Sadie Morgan, will be the project’s independent adviser, helping it to deliver on its key design principles and will ‘mentor and inspire HS2 to design a transformational railway system which will exceed all of our expectations’.

HS2 Ltd chief executive, Simon Kirby said:

“I’m delighted the Independent Design Panel has now been formed. It’s a mark of HS2’s significance that it’s attracted such a wealth of talent to help us deliver this transformational piece of infrastructure for the nation.”

The London School of Architecture’s monthly Show and Tell asks leading figures to give an insight in to how they design. On Tuesday 20 October, 5th Studio’s Tom Holbrook joins architect and urbanist Deborah Saunt (DSDHA) and planner David West (Studio Egret West) to discuss the crafting of cities. The session will be chaired by London School of Architecture Director Will Hunter: See more here

This event, on September 5th, will bring together writers, historians, architects and economists to discuss the development of London’s periphery. Doughnut will be the first event of its kind – an adventurous celebration of all things Outer London and a critical reflection on the rapid transformation that the city’s periphery is currently experiencing.

Tom Holbrook will join Will Self, Hanif Kureishi, Gillian Darley, Ken Worpole, Ellis Woodman and Dutch historians Crimson Wouter & Michelle Provost among other speakers. Outside, businesses and artists from London’s periphery will be manning pop-up food stalls and staging music performances. This collaboration between the Architecture Foundation and the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich promises a great day out!

Tickets & further information available here

5th Studio is proud to be part of the Practice Network supporting the newly-launched London School of Architecture which opens in the autumn.

With fees of £6,000 a year, the school offers an alternative Part 2 route into the profession, and is designed to cut the cost of architecture education. Students spend half their time working in practice.

5th Studio’s Tom Holbrook is the school’s Leader of Urban Studies.

5th Studio has been shortlisted to design a new cultural quarter at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, dubbed ‘Olympicopolis’. The practice is part of a team with Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios, DRDH, Coffey and David Kohn Architects, together with Expedition, Gardiner & Theobald and Atelier Ten. The project will establish new east London locations for The Victoria & Albert Museum, Sadler’s Wells, University of the Arts London (London College of Fashion) and a fourth institution yet to be confirmed.

More information on the project has appeared in The Guardian and from competition organiser, Malcolm Reading.

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